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Tacos at Taqueria 16th de Septembre

There are so many taquerias and taco trucks in Fruitvale that it is hard to keep track of them all, let alone try them all. At first I had no idea what I would get for lunch today. I thought that I would go for the old standby of a carne asada super burrito at El Farolito, or a torta at La Torta Loca, or tacos at the La Michiocana truck. Those images went out the window when I saw the steam rise from an outdoor grill in front of a non-descript taqueria on International Blvd and 35th St called Taqueria 16th de Septembre. I’ll have to drive by it again to see if I got the name correct.

I ordered the usual, 2 al pastor, 2 carnitas. The carnitas wasn’t the stringy type, but was more chopped up bits of carnitas. Not my favorite, but it was tasty. The al pastor was one of the better types that I’ve had in the area. They didn’t come from a spit and was already ready in it’s tin water warmed container. The al pastor had heft and meat to it. It wasn’t wimpy and the chunks were sizable. The seasoning was flavorful without being too greasy or oily. I was pleasantly surprised by it. As a side perk, they had grilled jalapenos and a red onion, radish mix that was readily available as a free side condiment. I also got two types of salsa with the taco, one salsa verde that was typical, not too sweet, not too spicy, and the other was a thicken tomato puree style salsa that didn’t quite work for me.

All in all, with so many choices in Fruitvale, it’s nice to know that I now have another option as an old standby.

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I have included a google maps mashup of the ongoing Taco the Town, my journey to go through the taco trucks in alphabetical order. The only rule, eat in order and order a carne asada and al pastor taco.

This installment brought me to my local taco truck, Tacos Chavez located by the Food 4 Less on Emery St. and 40th St. in Emeryville.

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The carne asada was a little gristly but flavorful. Toppings was some salsa with the onions and cilantro. The al pastor wasn’t anything to write home about. I do have to say that I have been to this taco truck many times and this was one of the more disappointing visits. I’m not sure if it has to do with the fact that I just got back from Mexico or not. However, I have always felt that this taco truck’s strengths was never the tacos but their burritos. Since I am not doing a burrito crawl (check out burrito eater for that), I won’t be about to assess the other trucks and their burritos.

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I have also been looking for a ratings system. Here is the ever evolving lodown out of 5 jalapenos.

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I finally got around to adding this item. B is for Taco at Taco’s Barajito located on West Grand and Adeline. It looked really promising and as usual I had the Al Pastor and the Carne Asada tacos. I’d have to say that both were really lackluster and didn’t really have anything special to write home about. The al pastor was niether sweet nor sour and the carne asada didn’t have much flavor at all. Typical prices but not worth your time or money.

 

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B is for Taco
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Taco the Town - A
Taco the town – A
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So after searching for a while, I have finally found my “A” truck. I will be doing a series of taco truck taste tests going alphabetically in order (of course ignoring the moniker taco, taqueria, el, or la, or similar participles). I will be mainly trying out the al pastor (if they have it) and the carne asada. Now onto “A”

Tacos Alonzo is located on Foothill Blvd in Oakland about 4 blocks from Fruitvale Ave. The service was very friendly. The tacos were above average with good flavor in both the al pastor and the carne asada. One great perk was that I was given extra salsa and a fire roasted jalapeno as well. Nothing to write home about but if you are in the area and want that extra jalapeno with your taco, then I would recommend it.