I am pleased to announce–that after four tries–I have finally tasted the ever elusive, El Chato Taco Truck. It was at night, coming back from a friend’s wedding, when we decided to attempt one more try at finding the truck. Miraculously, there it was sitting at the corner of Olympic and La Brea, with newly painted cartoon characters on a white background–El Chato.
It was ten o’clock, and the truck had barely been open for an hour, but there was already a crowd gathering. We got in line, and the heavenly scent of grilled meat gently wafted under our noses. They just wanted to tease us with the giant glass windows in the front, where we could see a giant spit of al pastor and steam rising from the grill–we were so close, but the line was so long!
When the al pastor and carne asada tacos were finally in our hands, it was marvelous. The sauce has just the right amount of kick without overwhelming the taste of the salsa, the meat was juicy and fragrant, the onions and cilantro were sprinkled lovingly over the palm-sized tortillas. Tacos to-go? What’s that? I squeezed a quarter of a lime over my tacos and ate them right then and there on the hood of my boyfriend’s car.
El Chato Taco Truck
1013 S. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90019