The Taste continued unabated Saturday night with a feast of tacos set within the cool city sets of Paramount Studios. Our host, Roy Choi of Kogi truck fame stood at the entrance high-fiving all guests as they entered. The greeting was kind of appropriate, because this weekend was no sprint, it was a marathon. The Taco and Tequila Tryst was one of the most crowded events of the weekend, making it hard to sample everything.
Some of the best bites came from Taberna Mexicana, which boasted four different delectables. A favorite was their Yucatan Pork on a Plantain Tostada. Antojitos Carmen, voted best authentic taco truck at last year’s LA Street Food Fest, presented delectable deep-fried potato tacos. Loteria Grill made their presence known with Tacos Veracruz.
Bajamar Seafood and Yamashiro boasted the longest lines of the night with Bajamar’s full-size fish tacos, and Yamashiro’s Thursday night specials with duck and seafood. But the lines were just too long for this intrepid reporter, whose tootsies and tastebuds were starting to wear thin.
On the wild side, Xoia Vietnamese Food offered Pho Beef Tacos, and MexiKosher was serving up beef sweetbreads. Rosa mexicano’s Pulpo taco was a little too chewy for me. I found myself in line at Birreria Flor del Rio with General Hospital’s Carolyn Hennesy who asked me, “Is this lamb?”
There were not as many tequilas as I had hoped, with Hornitos being the main attraction. Luckily Voli Vodka, Blackbeard Rum and DonQ Rum stepped up with some refreshing cocktails. And then, sober as a judge, I rode off into the night.