It seems to me that there are two kinds of taco trucks. The first, which are most of them, serve up decent food made with mass market ingredients and dry tortillas. Then there are those few trucks that knock your socks off with their juicy meats, house-made tortillas, and so many sauces you need an extra plate. El Cuate (the twin) food truck is the latter; it’s food that makes you want to move to Mexico.
When I went the owner, Ricardo Lopez (aka el cuate), his wife, and two of their kids were cooking in the truck. Based on their recommendations, I ordered the fish taco and adobada torta. As I waited for my food Ricardo gave me a tour of his garden, planted right there on the street corner! The produce he grows on the corner, along with more from his garden at home, are used in the food. Now that’s love!
I’m usually an exclusive taco kind of girl, but after eating El Cuate’s torta, I’m going to be ordering tortas regularly. Soft, grilled bread stuffed with spicy pork, smashed pinto beans, huge pieces of avocado, tomatoes, organic greens, onions, pickled jalapeños, cheese, and chipotle mayo. It is a flavorful, messy heaven . The Pacific rock fish taco was also delicious. Next time I’m going to get their house-made burger, which I hear is a contender for the best burger in town. Thank you Lopez family for cooking up such tasty food!