Tacos Leo sits on a busy corner of Los Angeles (La Brea and Venice, to be specific), seemingly in direct competition with Tacos Gallito just across the intersection. It's the sort of location that is nestled among plenty of fast food joints, and Tacos Leo seems to draw a large enough crowd that you can't help but think, "You know what, that place looks pretty good, why don't I give it a try". I think I know why the folks running that truck are drawing such a large crowd.
That's why. Pretty impressive, right? How many taco trucks have you been to where they have a giant freakin' outdoor spit and two dudes carving pieces off? That's where they assemble their al pastor tacos, and based on their ballsy presentation I'd bet that al pastor is a big seller.
So I got some al pastor tacos, and a carne asada. Again, the presentation is pretty solid. The pastor looks great, and the little slices of pineapple that they cut for each taco is an awesome touch. The al pastor tacos seriously look good enough to go up on a menu. But you know what? They're flavorless. Like, shockingly flavorless. Isn't seasoning supposed to occur somewhere in the cooking process? I really don't know how that works with a big meat beehive, but those pastor tacos are seriously disappointing. The pineapple packed more flavor than anything else in that taco. The asada was fine, nothing super special, but tasty nonetheless.
There's also a salsa bar, which has all the usual stuff you'd find in a salsa bar. Could have used a wipedown though. I did find it kind of odd that their salsa bar looks like it was taken from a restaurant, taco trucks usually have small tubs or squeeze bottles, not the ladle version you can see here.
For all of the effort put into the looks, the flavor just ain't there. Feel free to ogle, but spend your taco dollar elsewhere.