December 18, 2014

Homecoming at El Chato

If you live in LA, chances are, you already know about El Chato. In my humble opinion, it's one of the best taco trucks out there. It's a no frills sort of place, which is exactly what you want when all you need is a couple of great tacos (which should be always, by the way).

Since my sister came back from law school last night, we had to make a quick stop over at the truck before heading on home. What better way to say welcome home?

A man usually comes to the window and takes your order, after which he hands you a receipt stub. Don't lose that receipt! When they call your number, you exchange it for your food. And trust me, they do check. 

Their menu is pretty standard. You can get anything as either a taco, a burrito, or a quesadilla. We usually get a heaping order of asada tacos with a couple of pastor, along with a quesadilla or a burrito of some sort. I highly suggest getting an asada quesadilla. It's so good.

Though fair warning: if you're the type of person that is afraid of a little bit of grease, you might want to stay away (but really, why are you reading this? We're talking about a taco truck!). If that kind of stuff doesn't bother you, then jump in. 

And the best part? Tacos are $1. Again, fairly standard for Los Angeles, but definitely not for places like New York. How I missed these!

The sister hiding from the camera as she cried, "Bags under my eyes!"

Anyway, let's get down and dirty. Onto the food.

What's this, you ask? It's the asada quesadilla. Crispy, gooey, seasoned goodness. Dab a bit of salsa on it and it's a little bite of heaven. If you leave it alone for a while the bottom does get soggy, but I think that's a given.

Hello, beautiful! These tacos are simple and delicious. Asada topped with onions, cilantro, and salsa , wrapped in corn tortillas. No frills, no fuss. Again, just add more salsa or hot sauce and consume. Repeat, repeat, repeat.

You also get a bag of assorted pickled veggies. Radish and cucumber, mostly. And some wedges of lime to squeeze over anything and everything that you fancy. 

You can find El Chato on the corner of La Brea and Olympic. On weekdays they're open from about 9pm until 1:30am, while on weekends they're open until 3:30am. They're closed on Sundays, but open all other days of the week.

If you go, make sure to get yourself horchata or Jarritos and eat your tacos there. Buy a dozen tacos and never look back. But also let me know what you think, or if you think your taco truck is better. I'm all for giving other contenders a shot at my top spot.

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  1. Seriously how dare you write about this?! The food looks amazing... So amazing that I'm drooling. This is so mean of you haha I seriously have never wanted to lick my screen more than I do right now! I love tacos and tacos from a place like this are always soooooo good!!!!


  2. Ugh... love food trucks. (And food for that matter) Reminds me of a Lunchalibre (a mexican food truck in Phoenix, where I'm from). Okay. I definitely am going to go out of my way to have a quesadilla for lunch. xo

  3. YEEEES quesadillas forever!!! Food, always :)

  4. LOL I'm sorry Jessica! <3 But gah, I argue that you have to get tacos from places that aren't going to serve the to you on fancy plates and what not. The dirtier, somehow the better. We'll cheers to delicious tacos!


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