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The best tacos come from the back of a van

The two friends visiting us this week are your classic “work hard, play hard” types. Since there is no work for them to do here, the focus has been largely on playing. In Mexico, “playing” loosely translates “tequila, cerveza, and more tequila”.

You know things are shaping up to be a good nite when one of your visitors asks for your address to write on his arm, in the event that he gets separated from the group (ideally by a woman) before the end of the evening. (Actual house number has been blotted out with skin-colored ovals to avoid a mad rush of fans to our home.)

You know things are shaping up to be a good nite when one of your visitors asks for your address to write on his arm, in the event that he gets separated from the group (ideally by a woman) before the end of the evening. (Actual house number has been blotted out with skin-colored ovals to avoid a mad rush of fans to our home.)

As you can see, this team was well prepared to handle its tequila:

We blended in seamlessly at the bars on New Year's Eve.

We blended in seamlessly at the bars on New Year's Eve.

After a night of several banderas (3 shots of tequila, sangrita, and lime juice, sipped sequentially), any wise Mexico City resident knows that the best way to feel good the next morning is to coat your belly with 3AM street tacos. The street tacos possess a magical property that most closely emulates that Pepto Bismol commercial, where the pink goo coats the angry stuff in your stomach. Street tacos perform a similar act with tequila– enveloping the mass of tequila in their super-absorbent corn tortilla shells & neutralizing its strength.

Luckily, merely blocks from our apartment lies the premiere street taco van in Polanco (at least to the best of our knowledge, but this claim was recently backed up elsewhere). Not only are the tacos quite tasty, but the salsas are excellent.

Look at these options, people. Each shiny plastic bucket is filled with a little salsa gift from the gods. And all the limes you can squeeze.

Look at these options, people. Each shiny plastic bucket is filled with a little salsa gift from the gods. And all the limes you can squeeze.

The taco van also offers an amiable atmosphere that facilitates rapid friend-making. In fact, after ingesting enough tacos, you may be allowed to briefly ride on the back of some of your fellow taco patrons.

I think the guy & girl at the bottom of this pyramid REALLY enjoyed meeting us... (Note actual taco van in the background)

I think the guy & girl at the bottom of this pyramid REALLY enjoyed meeting us... (Note actual taco van in the background)

Two nites later, we discovered another taco van in Polanco across from the W Hotel. This taco van was a bit more stealth, lacking the clear signage atop its roof. Nonetheless, John & James were not dissuaded from sampling a taco from this unmarked van’s rear:

The boys are not visible in this pic since I believe they were busy getting salsa from the van's side door....

The boys are not visible in this pic since I believe they were busy getting salsa from the van's side door....

I think James & Andrew will leave Mexico City ingesting no fewer than 45 tacos each, probably equal parts from stationary vehicles & from more traditional “restaurant” facilities. And the van tacos get a big thumbs up.

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3 Comments on “The best tacos come from the back of a van”

  1. #1 Alice
    on Jan 5th, 2010 at 10:50 am

    I concur, those are some damn good van tacos.

  2. #2 Daniel H.
    on Jan 5th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Niiice!!! Taco vans in Polanco, who would have thought. There IS hope! Thanks, D.

  3. #3 eddieMex
    on Jan 8th, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Not a surprise at all… tacos are a prime “after hours” meal. A good nightcapper i must say.

    Whether your in Tijuana, Mexicali, Rosarito, Ensenada – you will always find the taco stands parked near the bars and clubs.

    Nice site.

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