A few weeks ago I found myself in need of a tortilla press. I’m not sure why but for some reason I always think I can make things better at home. Most often than not, unless its a burger or BBQ, I can’t seem to pull it off. Nevertheless, upon the recommendation of @DoxieMama, I decided to look for one at the Cherry Auction.
If you haven’t been to the Cherry Auction it’s somewhat of an eye opener. One can find undergarments, shoes, used VHS tapes, cowboy hats, produce, roosters, thousand dollar parrots, potions, chili’s in bulk and food vendors. Just to name a few things. It’s quite the combination.
Instead of just tracking down a tortilla press I decided to make this a dual purpose trip and pinpoint the best taco trucks at the Cherry Auction. Whats better than polishing of a few greasy tacos on a hot summer day at nine in the morning right?
I tried a total of three trucks. Each produced an excellent taco which are listed in order of preference below. Here we go.
#3 Tacos Mazatlan
Overall this was a third place taco. There wasn’t anything exceptional going on but the meat was tender and the toritillas were better than the average store bought variety. The standard salsa bar was present. This is located when you first walk in the auction from the south-west entrance. If you reach the snow cone stand you’ve gone too far.
#2 Name Unknown
I ordered an Al Pastor and Asada. I give these tacos a slight edge over Tacos Mazatlan because the meat was more moist. The meat had just the right balance of seasonings and you could still tell what kind of meat you were eating. They are located right in the middle of the auction right next to the produce section. Also, if you want a bacon wrapped hot dog they also sell those right out front of their truck.
# 1 Rosas Mexican Food
This truck you just can’t miss. Based on the amount of people slurping down menudo first thing in the morning, I knew this was the vendor most desired by the regulars. As soon as I got my plate I knew why. They were serving homemade corn tortillas. Needless to say they were chewy and delicious. From the tortilla, the adovada, to the salsa, it was all good. They are located on the central east section of the auction all the way in the back. They have the biggest food kitchen so you can’t miss it.
**Pro-tip: Since it was a blistering 100 degrees that day and probably will be if you go anytime soon, hit up the rainbow snow cone vendor. He’s a local guy and all his syrups are made by their company with no corn syrup. Oh yeah I almost forgot. I ended up getting my tortilla press at J & E Restaurant Supply on Van Ness. It’s pretty nice and the tortillas turned great.