Inspired by my interview with taco reporter Andrew Kreighbaum, I decided to go out on location and investigate a couple of taco stands he suggested. This post was written on location at these stands and then edited when I got back to a computer.
The first stand I’m visiting is called Taqueria “La Canaria” on the corner of Airport Boulevard and 51st Street. The first thing I noticed here is the fact that their tacos are cheaper than most stands on the East side at $1.50.
I ordered two Al Pastor tacos and went inside the 1-Stop Convenience Store next door to buy a drink. The tacos are definitely worth the $1.50: They’re a good size, good tasting and filling.
Today I’m visiting a stand called El Jefe’s, which is located on East Riverside and Royal Crest drives but not listed on any of Web sites that I could find. I’m drawn in by the sign of four tacos for $5, so I ordered Al Pastor to make a comparison.
Unfortunately, these tacos are much smaller and four of them aren’t even as filling as the two at La Canaria. The meat is also much drier with less flavor. A lose-lose combination unworthy of photographic identification.
I’m disappointed that I made the drive all the way out to Riverside for unsatisfactory tacos, but at least there’s still La Canaria in my backyard.