Taco Tuesday: Chorizo taco at Arturo's
Is it late-ish? Is it prom night? Are you a tuxedo crushed in with gowns and other tuxedos, on your way to the after-party? Are you hungry? You may be on your way to Arturo's, a.k.a. the Yellow Truck, the second-most beloved vehicle on Pasadena's taco-truck row.
Shouldn't we be at the most beloved truck, you may protest? No, you should not. The trucks are almost identical in quality, but Arturo's has a much shorter line, and the stretch Suburban you are driving around in may actually be able to fit in the tire-shop parking lot. You are 30% less likely to get salsa rojo on your shirt, because there is room to move.
And although the truck is probably best known for its juicy lengua, stewed beef tongue, tonight is special: get the chorizo; loosely packed griddle-crisped sausage. Crunchy-skinned, a little spicy, spiked with those unidentifiable chewy bits that are really best left unexamined, Arturo's chorizo tacos are what you want to be eating halfway through the night. In the parking lot at 400 S. Fair Oaks, Pasadena.
-- Jonathan Gold
Photo: Arturo's chorizo taco splendor. Credit: Jonathan Gold / Los Angeles Times.