Following the scent of tacos

One of the best things about Twitter is following the random thoughts of people on the ‘net. Whether it be the latest rant, promoting so-and-so or what someone is doing, I find it an interesting way to fill up my day. Despite the majority of mundane information, I like Twitter and I like it better than Facebook. But it’s torture when I follow @kokobbq.

There have been a lot of articles written about Kogi BBQ’s tacos filled with Korean-marinated short ribs. It’s the ultimate fusion street food. But most notably it’s their use of Twitter that garners a lot of attention. They update the location of their wandering trucks and a crowd follows them across Los Angeles to grab ahold of one of their tacos. Yes, I follow them with the hopes that they somehow end of in San Diego. And if they do, I’ll be there even if it is in the far reaches of San Diego County, like Oceanside.

But San Diego has its own tacos trucks. Maybe not a notable as Kogi and not even on Twitter.

Princesita

On the corner of Linda Vista and Comstock is Princesita Taco Truck. After 6 p.m. every day except Monday, they park their truck in front of Joe’s 99 Cent Store. I admit, I had to really pysch myself up to eat here. It was skeevy but I managed to reach down into my South San Diego roots and buckle up. I was glad I did because the tacos were pretty darn good. And cheap too.

Tacos

Carne asada, pastor, pescado and cameron tacos cost a total of $6 each. For all I know, they could have charged me more because there was no price list any where to be found. But I found out later doing some online research that the tacos are mere $1.50 each. Burritos are $4 but I stuck with the tacos.

The pastor and carne asada tacos are piled high with meat. And the pescado and cameron tacos are battered and freshly cooked. There was no lack of filling either. Each taco was bursting at the seams.

And there was also the condiments bar. A help-yourself, get-as-much-as-you-want spread of guacamole, spicy carrots, salsa and onions. I didn’t linger too long at the condiments because with all the shaking coming from the truck (possibly they need new shocks due to the aggressive cooking inside?) and I feared that the condiments would topple over. It never did. They refreshed the even condiments a few times while I was there. Always a good thing that it’s just not sitting there.

Tacos

So Princesita Tacos isn’t pretencious at all. It’s what it is: cheap street food. And despite taking your risks from consuming a meal from an unrated food vendor it was all good and I would go return for more tacos. But I’m still keeping my eye on Twitter just in case @kogibbq within 20 miles of my location.

Taco truck cooks

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  1. The only travelling cart food that I have eaten was in Bali. If that didn't make me sick then a taco cart probably won't! Like you, I'm into culinary adventures!

  2. I am all about the street food. I've eaten from vendors across the U.S. (NYC, SF, once from a lady selling hot dogs from a hibachi outside the Colosseum after a USC game), Europe (London, Paris), Asia (Tokyo, Bangkok, Seoul), etc. I think my most daring was when we bought lassis from some dudes on the street in India (photo). Jen even participated, bless her. Afterward, she said she made a plea to the Ghanesh statue in the lassi stand to not get sick. Seemed to work!

  3. omg darlene we went to LA on sat. and had Kogi BBQ – so amazing i can't even stand it. we tried the korean short rib tacos, spicy pork tacos, blackened chicken quesadilla, spicy pork quesadilla and sliders. we enhaled the food in like 10 min (sitting on the curb) and couldn't stop talking about how good it was the rest of the day. they need to bring it to SD!

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