The BigView – Monthly Feature
Aventura de Taco Trucks By ModestoFamous
When you decide to make a life here in Modesto you have to realize that at some point someone will ask you to eat Mexican food from a truck. This might scare you at first but you will be just fine.
We just spent a day sacrificing ourselves to dig into the taco truck culture of the Modestoarea for you and we learned about some great places. Have some fun with this. Spend a day getting stuffed and having fun! It won’t cost you much cash and you might be surprised what you find.
Most newbies to Modesto automatically head over to Taco Truck Row on 8th Street to test out the scene. You will definitely find a great selection of food there but we wentbeyond that particular street a bit. The following are places that we were referred to and places that we simply stumbled upon.
Tacos Vallarta – Corner of 14th and D Streets
This place never seems to close and attracts a vast cross section of Modesto fans. You will find our local police force in line with the suit and tie crowd and the nightclub crowd. Food is cheap and tasty and you get plenty of it for the price. Ask about the phone number that you can use to call ahead. We hear that only their favorite customers get it.
Adrianna’s – Taco Truck Row – 8th Street
Hit this tasty place up for fifty-cent tacos every tuesday, handmade tortillas and a nice spicy kick. We love their sopas!
Alejandra’s – Food cart behind the courthouse downtown on H St.
This is a tamale cart disguised as a hot dog cart. Get their early for tamales that are fresh, hot and thick. The last time that we were there tamales were about $2 each.That is a bargain!
El Mexicano – Taco Truck Row – 8th Street
We were lured in by signs promising homemade tortillas and we are glad that we stopped in. Count on fresh eats that will fill you up without leaving you poor. Be prepared for a bit of a kick in regard to spiciness. It won’t hurt you but it will burn a bit. Best tortillas of the day!
F.K. Jessica’s – Taco Truck Row – 8th Street and Crows Landing Road
Jessica’s seems to be the most famous collection of taco trucks in the Central Valley. This is the place to roll in after a long night at your fav club to eat a $4.50 burrito the size of a newborn. We never hear complaints about these trucks.
Taco’s Apatzingan – Corner of Hatch and Crows Landing Roads
Seriously authentic eats designed for folks that either just arrived from Mexico or have the desire to eat like they live there. Try something called a Morisqueta. You will be served a heaping plate of bone-in pork, rice, beans and cabbage. Bewarned – You will feel the burn here!
“Chito” Birria Tatemada- Crows Landing Road
Absolutely the cleanest outdoor dining area that we visited. I never thought I would have the chance to say this – “I ate a goat!” Their goat meat tacos are tender, delicious and spiced to perfection! My health-conscious girlfriend fell in love with the cup of consume (soup) that was served free with our taco. It featured a ton of cilantro and onions swimming happily in a cup of tasty beef broth.This place is amazing!
Mariscos Sinaloa – Crows Landing Road
We had to think long and hard about buying seafood from a truck but were glad we did! One of the best deals that we found all day was the ceviche de camaron tostada that came piled high with shrimp and fresh salsa for $1.25. They also serve octopus, abalone and oysters on very clean stainless steel tables.
El Rey del Taco – Crows landing Road
This truck came highly recommended and did not disappoint. It is hard to beat fifty-cent tacos served all the time. Hot, fresh and packed with flavor!
Super Taqueria – Crows Landing Road
We were tempted by the sign advertising aguas frescas. Order the red one! For less than $2 you get a sweet juicy bucket-of-a-beverage complete with fresh fruit chunks that will quench your thirst on a hot summer day.
Tony’s Tacos – Salida Blvd. in Salida
Relax outside and watch families eat fat burritos at Tony’s that are priced too low to resist. You can take them to go – if you can carry them! Value and freshness is thefocus here.
Impress your friends with this handy phrase guide-
Asasda/Carna asada- Beef
Cabeza- Cow brains
Lengua- Cow tongue
Pastor- Meat shaved from the bone. Most typically pork.
Carnitas – Fried shredded pork
Mariscos – Seafood
Camaron – Shrimp
How much does it cost? ¿Cuánto cuesta?
What is on that? ¿Lo que hay en eso?
Is it spicy? ¿Es picante?
Help! My mouth is on fire! Ayuda! Mi boca está en llamas!
Where is the bathroom? ¿Dónde está el baño?
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About the Author: Ruben Porras is also known as ModestoFamous in some circles. He has been in and out of Modesto for about the last eight years. He is a bit of a survivor that suffers from wanderlust more than anything. He pays his bills by writing words, spreading the word and making people laugh. Follow Him. Friend him. Nice guy. Twitter: @ModestoFamous