Will not start on a rant against Kogi’s, only to paint a chow-portrait of actual Mexican tacos in Koreantown, owned by non-Koreans, eaten by non-Koreans, not powered by a publicist who capitalizes all her “L”s.
First up, as noted by both the Fresser and I, R&R. Parked on the NE corner of 3rd and Vermont, this truck has been a popular outpost in K-town for years. Parking is extremely difficult, forcing participants to risk the wrath of the Shell gas station owner, or walk from Ralph’s parking. R&R is marked by a few white plastic lawn chairs, and a varied salsa bar.
To make this random nite a little more structured, I decided on regular grilled carne asada & cabeza at both joints. Results, perfectly mediocre carne asada, just as equally mediocre cabeza. Cabeza could’ve used a bit more stewing, hoped it was al vapor, but it was not.
Next up, ALI.
Usually parked on the SE corner of Wilshire and Vermont, this truck is frequented by Red/Puple Line metro riders and the bus riders associated with said lines. Parking is even worse than R&R’s situation. Cars often line up behind the truck, well into the bus zone. Eater beware.
Pricing here is indisguishable from R&R; tacos are typically $1.25, sopes & huaraches a bit more. With the hurried nature of the truck, do not expect to receive tortilla a mano for only $1.25. These are standard fare small (but not tiny) double stacked corn tortillas. The square styrofoam plates actively evoke memories of eating from taco trucks in Mexico, sans plastic trash bag for purpose of re-use. Here, tacos come with grilled green onions and some roasted peppers. The carne asada was well crisped & salted, while the cabeza was beefy, tender and not too greasy.
Between the 2 trucks, ALI is the clear winner on the taste front.