Red flags up even before I ordered, they were out of shrimp and al pastor. According to their site this was their only stop today, which means: leftovers being served. The quality of the food confirmed this.
The tacos(kung pao, carne asada, bbq pork) were on par with a bad taco truck. The meat was dry and there was no flavor. The burrito(bbq pork) was mostly bean and stale rice, the little meat there was only had the slightest flavor of bbq pork. The Chow fun(tofu) was bland as well. Some soy sauce, carrot, lettuce, tomato, and onion.
The only positive thing I can say is that items were relatively cheap compared to other food trucks and service was fast. $5 for three tacos, same for a burrito. If you absolutely have to try them I would stick w/ the tacos, maybe you’ll catch them on a good day.
Fries? From a food truck? Thats all? Thats enough. Portions are more than enough to justify they price (5-7 bucks) and satisfy a normal appetite. Fortunately for the food blogging world I have an abnormal appetite. My goal was to try half of two different items and I failed. Quantity aside, the fries are very good. All items start with a base of pomme frites (crunchy fries, although you can order them regular style) and are topped with various toppings. I opted for the Chili Cheese fries AND the Poutine. The chili was meaty and spicy but could have used a little more cheese. What the Chili lacked in cheese, the Poutine made up for it. For the uninitiated, poutine is a Canadian dish composed of fries,cheese curds and gravy. It may sound gross, but let me assure you it is quite the opposite.
Can’t type anymore … getting sleepy … too many fries and cheesessssssssssssssssssssssss
Lenchita’s gets packed and the servers don’t care about you, but who needs coddling when the aroma of hand-made tortillas is enough to temporarily erase emotional scarring? Lenchita’s Tortilleria is a Pacoima classic — 34 years in business and still going strong. Prices are pretty incredible, with combinaciones averaging $6. If you’re in the area and want a cheap meal, I’d check it out but I wouldn’t make it the go-to spot for cravings; you’re basically going there for the tortillas. The sope came crispier than I prefer, so stay in the taco or burrito fam if you want some soft tortilla action.
Lenchita’s Tortilleria is located at 13612 Van Nuys Blvd. in Pacoima. See the original blog post here.
George Lopez Burrito Supreme, 2.67 lbs.
It’s no secret that George Lopez frequents the tamal hot spot Carrillo’s. He swears by the pork tamales, but Carrillo’s has returned that devotion in the form of a two pound burrito. The “George Lopez Burrito Supreme” actually weighs in at 2.67 pounds (see picture), but after you pass the two pound mark, you’re in a league of your own. Get yours with a medium soda for $7.85.
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I went for the Bhan mi (or as I like to call it to it the Saigon Sub), taco and drink combo($9). The sub consists of your choice of filling(pork/chicken/beef/tofu), pickled carrots and daikon, cucumbers, cilantro, chili peppers and sriracha mayo all in a foot long baguette.
Not much to say here, excellent sandwich/taco. There was a great cool/sweet/savory taste throughout. Good balance of ingredients, though I would have enjoyed a meatier 6 or 7 incher(oh grow up!).
These gourmet food trucks that won’t go away tend to give off an annoying air of rabid devotion. Not that I’m against a grilled cheese from time to time, but there’s relief in knowing the San Fernando area won’t give way to obsessive tweeps waiting in long lines for something that should never be fused in the first place. That being said, I wasn’t sure whether to grow nervous or excited when I saw a flashy truck parked on Foothill Blvd., complete with Facebook and Twitter advertising painted along the side panel.
Luckily, Papa Juan’s Fish and Shrimp Tacos offers a happy medium between the countless taco trucks in Sylmar and the upscale mobile meals that only park on the west side. Papa Juan’s is run by Cesar Garcia, a former trucker who grew up in Pacoima and decided to honor his late father’s (papá Juan) recipes by cooking up Ensenada-style varieties.
What sets Papa Juan’s apart? Well, for one, the stamp of approval from the health department doesn’t hurt (an “A” is proudly displayed on the front window). Two, fish and shrimp tacos aren’t as easy to come by, plus the coctel and ceviche offerings are a nice touch. Another positive? The fish batter and secret white sauce are both made fresh daily.
The verdict? Pretty good. I would definitely stop by again for the fish tacos and would make it a lunch spot if I worked in the area. I have yet to try the shrimp quesadillas but word is those are just as popular. Who knows? You might even catch me tweeting about them.
Papa Juan’s is usually parked at 12777 Foothill Blvd. in Sylmar. Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Check their Twitter updates for scheduling changes.
April Aguirre has been invited to guest blog from time-to-time about food around the northeast valley. You can read more about the northeast valley on her blog, i am san fernando.
Let me preface this review with the following statement, I LOVE HAMBURGERS. From the Mc Donald’s double cheese burger all the way to fancy gourmet burgers and of course my own homemade bison burger. That is why I had to try the “Cougar” burger from Baby’s.
1/2 lb of Aged beef, OK i’m listening.
St. Andre cheese, alright what else?
Black truffles, wow you’ve got my attention.
Unfoutunately this was a fine idea that was poorly executed. First off the meat while a decent size, was overcooked. The patty was mostly grey with a hint of light pink in the center, perhaps where the last bits of flavor took shelter before being squelched out. The Crust was black and tasted so, the bun was also burned on the bottom. The cheese was sparse in amount and ultimately didn’t help despite it’s normally bold flavor. The truffles were there, visually.
This is supposed to be their top-shelf burger? It certainly does not justify the $15 price.
Another note; please get rid of the Price is right models you have standing around the truck. Take that money and put it towards a better cook or a kitchen timer.
The Grilled Cheese Truck is one of my favorite food trucks to appear Thursdays on Lexington and Highland. I was surprised to see a new sandwich on the special the Fried Chicken and Waffle. Don’t let the fried part fool you, this is no crunchy KFC double-down patty. The chicken breast seemed lightly fried and the added black pepper worked well with the cheddar. You get a choice of maple syrup or white gravy on the side for dipping, I choose the maple. Two complaints; the waffle tasted like your standard toaster Eggo and the sandwich is smaller than my goto the Fully Loaded. I also threw in some glamor shots of the Fully Loaded with tots and delicious Bacon Aoli.
Grilled Cheese Truck twitter
Chili Cheese Tots
Yes, those shavings you see in that bowl is cheddar cheese. Good ol’ cheddar cheese never lets you down, especially in large shreds. These are by far the best chili cheese tater tots I have ever had. They come with melted cheese or shredded. Having the cheese shredded adds texture and a solid consistency. The tater tots are deep fried very well. They are not overly crispy or too oily. The chili is tasty and has a good spice. It is also meaty and thick. I hate it when the chili is like a watery sauce and has no consistency. The cheese is abundant. There is a good ratio between the tots, chili, and cheese. Every bite had a good amount of all three ingredients. Considering the type of dish, it is not much on the greasy side. I will definitely have these again, but in moderation. Fab Hot Dogs go it right. So good!
For more sides served at Fab Hot Dogs, check out their menu:
LA Street Dog
This is Fab Hot Dogs’ embodiment of the popular Los Angeles bacon wrapped hot dogs found on many street corners, especially in the late night scenes or a large popular event. Fab Hot Dogs does a good job of re-creating the LA street dog, but its taste is not exactly that of an authenticate street dog. However, it is a delicious dog. The description on menu read “bacon wrapped all-beef dog topped with grilled peppers & onions, mayo, mustard, ketchup, jalapeños & fresh tomato”. Fab Hot Dogs’ wiener has a nice snap. You can definitely taste the quality. The ingredients are fresh and full of flavor. The dog is put together well and all the flavors are balanced. For those of you unsure of eating a hot dog being cooked on a makeshift grill on a sidewalk somewhere, exposed to the elements, well Fab Hot Dogs has a more conventional way to try this dog.
For more info check out their web site: