Friday, April 3, 2009
El Tonayense Taco Truck
Cabeza Super Torta; $5.50: Beef cheeks, lettuce, tomato, onion, guacamole, sour cream, cheese, salsa, and soft bun
Intersection of 14th St. and Harrison (In front of the Best Buy)
San Francisco, CA 94103
This is not your ordinary grease trap / mystery meat roach coach. El Tonayense taco truck serves up some of the tastiest tacos, burritos, and tortas around.
Being this is a samich blog review, I chose the path of the all mighty Super Torta. At $5.50, the Super Torta consists of lettuce, tomato, onion, guac, sour cream, mild or hot salsa, and choice of meat served between soft bread. El Tonayense offers a diverse selection of meat: from the traditional (pollo asado, carnitas) to the exotic (brains, tripe). A vegetarian option is also available for those who support the brutal slaughter of innocent vegetables. While the carnitas and pollo asado were very tempting, I decided to follow the advice often given in a monkey-knife fight: "Go For The Face", aka the Cabeza. Literally translated as "head", this cut of meat refers to the cheeks of the cow. Although the pollo asado would have been a more flavorful torta, the cabeza was incredibly moist and tender. Lettuce, tomato, onion, and salsa all helped balance the fatty cabeza, while the guac and sour cream added a nice, mellow creaminess.
The Super Torta was delicious as it was messy. Bread became a bit soggy, but everything held together. Good samich-handling technique and gratuitous napkin use is recommended. The service was no bullshit friendly and fast, especially considering it is was run by a crew of 2. The usual assortment of beverages were also available; including Horchata and Jarritos. I am a sucker for Coke in a bottle ($1.50), and the soft tacos ($1.75) are a must.
There are other El Tonayense trucks throughout the Mission, as well as a small restaurant. While this particular truck is not in the most scenic of locales, it is in front of a Best Buy.
As a movie-buff / samich-lover alike, the concept of holding a Super Torta in one hand, and say, a copy of JCVD's masterpiece Blood Sport in the other, tingles the mind and stomach.
Parking was a breeze since it's a stone's throw from the parking lot.
So whether it be flavorful asado, tender cabeza, or maybe even beef tongue ye seek, the tortas at the El Tonayense taco truck are a worth every peso.
4 / 5 slow motion, spinning split-kicks to the face
Teenage Mutant Ninja Torta