Taco Jaunts

Tire Shop Taqueria (4/5)

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Tacos and tires, finally united

Tacos and tires, finally united

This stand is strange. The whole deal surrounding this place isn't the usual setup for a taco stand, but still seems undeniably like it belongs in a city like Los Angeles. This taco stand has been set up in a used tire shop, I imagine to keep from being shut down as is the fate of many a street taco stand.

What I like a lot about Tire Shop Taqueria is that every taco is made from scratch, start to finish. Take a look. The tortillas are patted out by hand before being filled with freshly chopped asada and topped with homemade salsas. I had to order like 5, since I wasn't sure when I would be in Vernon again, or how long I could expect this humble taco stand to exist. It seems to be enduring, it does have its own Yelp page after all. The tacos, while incredibly fresh, didn't pack the kind of flavors that the really great stands and shops can produce. The avocado salsa that so elegantly tops each taco tastes good, but lacks the richness that can be found elsewhere. I think even a little more heat would have been very welcome. The asada was expertly cooked, however, there is a pleasant crispness on the edges.

The beautiful product of street food know-how and willingness to bend the conventional rules of where to set up shop

The beautiful product of street food know-how and willingness to bend the conventional rules of where to set up shop

If it's your first time, you'll probably stumble along the tables looking for who to give your money to. The thought did cross my mind of how easy it would have been to just simply, walk off. The register is there, however, I suppose in the waning light of the evening it became more and more camouflaged. By the register you'll find the tanks of various agua frescas that they offer, three in total on my visit. I always have to try the horchata, and I definitely picked up a order of that before paying. It's on par with the tacos, well worth the money.

Hands so fast they become a blur

Hands so fast they become a blur

Definitely not poor picture taking, blurry people make this food...

Definitely not poor picture taking, blurry people make this food...

Is this gonna be the best taco you ever eat? Nah. But they're still super tasty and worth a visit, even if just for the odd experience of figuring out where to find this place. If you take a lot of pleasure in exploring food in unfamiliar parts of the city like I do, places like the Tire Shop Taqueria are what make food discovery so much fun.