7 WAYS TO TELL IF THAT TACO STAND IS LEGIT
You're driving by a street corner when you spy an exposed lightbulb and a plume of smoke. It sure smells good. Here's how to tell if it IS good.
- •Tight menuReal craftsmen specialize in one of two regional styles. If they have something for everyone, they're rookies. Move along.
- •A region in the nameWhen vendors call out their place of origin, there's a lot at stake. No self respecting taqueros would risk their hometown's rep on mediocre grub.
- •A tortilla ladyTraditionally it's the women who make tortillas by hand. Such a dama indicates the place is going that extra mile.
- •Speedy taquerosTaco masters, like sushi chefs, spend years on their craft. The man behind the tronco (wood) cutting board should be a blur of knife skills and choreography.
- •Tidy salsa stationSides and salsas should be well stocked. Empty bins and spills are evidence of a slacker.
- •A long lineA crowd isn't a foolproof sign, but if customers are chatting up the Taqueros (preferably in Spanish), they're probably regulars.
- •Multiple workersA cashier on duty signifies cleanliness. If it's a solo operation, the taquero should put on a glove before taking your cash. (Text by Bill Esparza. For more check out #tacoweek at lamag.com or July issue on newsstands)
- •If there are Central Americans eating there. If a truck attracts cats doin labor that are from Guatemala, El Salvador or Nicaragua, it's bomb. Fuckin period. 100 percent of the time.Suggested by @youdirtymick