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The Truck: Tacos El Tajin, found at Boren Avenue North and Republican Street, Monday through Friday from 10am-2pm.
The Fare: Mexican galore, with some of the spiciest habanero sauce you've ever had burn your mouth.
The Stop: Meet Tacos El Tajin, the South Lake Union-based truck with what seems like an ever-present line, made up of Amazon dudes getting their Mexican fix. Spicy pork tacos, 14-inch super burritos, quesadillas - those are some of the truck's most popular, most ordered items.
At least, those are what a group of very adament self-proclaimed regulars, suggested ordering. This truck, perhaps due to its very regular appearances - it's located at the corner of Boren Avenue North and Republican Street every week day, starting mid-morning at 10 am - seems to be the go-to truck spot for people who work in the area. The food is cheap, and there's a habanero sauce that will actually light your mouth on fire, no matter how many stars you claim you request at your favorite Thai place.
To be clear, Tacos El Tajin is a no-frills set of wheels that serves its purpose, along with a respectable menu of tacos galore. For the most part, orders don't come cluttered with excessive amounts of sauce or toppings - that's all stuff that customers can put on later.
That being said, it's understandable why this truck has such a loyal customer base: it produces tasty food.
The tacos, which can be ordered individually or in sets of four for five bucks, come with a choice of spicy pork, deep fried pork, steak, chicken, or lengua, and are sprinkled with diced onions and cilantro. The spicy pork tacos proved to be pretty top-notch, although they could be kicked up a bit in flavor - the spiciness was certainly lacking. A close second were the tacos with lengua, cooked until tender, the results satisfying. The mulatas, which are essentially meat sandwiched between two pieces of tortilla, taste just like the tacos. But with more tortilla.
For those who constantly crave cheese, order a quesadilla from this place. Nothing bad will come of this, as the quesadillas are generously packed with cheese and whatever type of meat you order, and come with beans, rice, and a small splay of iceburg lettuce, tomatoes, and spicy pickled carrots and jalapenos. That's a lot of food for $7. Dip a corner - a very small, miniscule corner - in the habanero sauce, and you're good to go.
You can't go wrong with anything from this truck, because it does its staples - that is, its meat - well. And it's cheap, the portions generous. Next time, when I'm feeling especially ravenous, I'll order the Super Burrito, which I saw a customer wave around like a lightsaber.