The Art of Tacos
Next time you drink one too many at a bar on Rainey Street, you can try The Art of Tacos when you come back in the morning to pick up your car. The trailer is open for breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., tucked unobtrusively behind one of the few Rainey Street homes that hasn't yet been converted to a bar. Fortunately, there’s a billboard pointing you in the right direction. The seating area behind the house is open and shaded by large trees overhead.
While there are those epicurean trailers that make you wonder why we bother with fancy restaurants anymore, The Art of Tacos is here to remind you that food trailer DNA begins with cheap, filling street food.
The menu is simple: $2 tacos, $4 quesadillas or $4 burritos filled with a choice of fajita beef, fajita chicken, al pastor or ground beef and potatoes. Sadly, I came at the end of a lunch rush - I’m partial to al pastor and didn’t get to sample it, but I went with the ground beef and potatoes and ordered one taco and one quesadilla.
For the price, both the taco and quesadilla were stuffed to the brim – and dripping with juice and grease. This is where to go to fulfill your craving for greasy, homemade tacos, not a place for to look for diet anything.
The ground beef was flavorful and very moist, and the taco came also with cilantro, onions and yellow cheese. It left me almost entirely full. Then came the quesadilla, which put me over the top. I couldn’t finish both, and I am not a wilting flower with a delicate appetite.
The quesadilla had the same meat inside, but had a thicker, white cheese in the filling that had more flavor and more texture. The salsa also helped the flavor. There were pepper seeds floating in the salsa, but it was a mild pepper that didn’t leave my mouth smarting for the rest of the day.
Maybe because the day was hot, my favorite part of the meal was the “pineapple water." I had been excited to see horchata on the menu, only to be struck downhearted when I was told they were out. The pineapple agua fresca was sweet, refreshing and pineappley enough to assuage my horchata-less rage.
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