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Taco Truck Gourmet: Taconazo

The menu is short at Taqueria El Taconazo, Veracruz. There are fajita tacos, barbacoa tacos, and lengua tacos. I asked the taquero, whose name is Lalo, for a fajita taco, and I got one of the best grilled beef tacos I've had in months -- two corn tortillas, nicely crisped, lots of tender meat, freshly cut garnishes and two varieties of salsa with a lime wedge for good measure.

Some taco truck enthusiasts insist that Taconazo is the best taco truck in town. It is actually a permanent operation consisting of two taco trucks parked side by side, locked up behind an iron fence. One truck serves as a prep kitchen, and the other as the retail outlet.

I'd been looking for this taco truck for months before I found it. The directions I was given, "Behind the tire store near the Fiesta at Patton and Fulton," proved frustrating. Do you have any idea how many tire stores are located around this intersection? I finally found it behind the Latino Tire Center, a blue building at the corner of Fulton and Irene.

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Laredo Taqueria's charming Patton location and Gerardo's, my favorite weekend barbacoa stop, are both in this neighborhood close to the Heights. Maybe they should change the Patton exit sign on I-45 to Taco Exit?

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