La Frontera Taco Truck: A Hit and a Run

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All photos by Alex Rodriguez
Okay, maybe I didn't have to order the second taco.

Hey readers, get ready. We're putting new meaning into the term "street food." For Chow Bella's latest mission -- "Eating 16th Street" -- we've employed a young woman who's literally eaten her way around the world. Alex Rodriguez has eaten borscht in Moscow, steak in Buenos Aires and a "life-changing panna cotta" in Bra, a small town in the Piemonte region of Italy. Now we've set her palate loose on Central Phoenix's 16th Street. Rodriguez will try it all, from Jefferson Street north to Thomas Road -- and report back, place by place.

See also: Carne Asada Burrito from La Frontera Comida Mexicana.
See also: Eating 16th Street: Let's Begin at Pollo Sabroso

The Place: La Frontera Comida Mexicana Truck
The Food: Tacos, tortas, burritos, quesadillas, tostadas, vampiros.
The Back Story: Family owned and operated for over 15 years (different mode of transportation, of course).
The Price: $9.50 for two tacos, a torta, and an agua fresca. Cash only, amigos.

Coming from a completely non-Mexican influenced city (Miami), you can only imagine the thrill it is for me to be in Phoenix.

There is Mexican food everywhere. Ah, how my ancestors would be proud. It was a thrill to see La Frontera Taco Truck next on Chow Bella's list for Eating 16th Street.

So, it's a truck, but it's a restaurant. As in, it doesn't move. But it has wheels. Make sense?

What you'll likely first notice about the stationary food truck is that it's not particularly inviting to the naked eye. Most especially on the day we visited (it was grey and rainy, so Mother Nature's color palette that day wasn't so lovely). But Mama always said, "Never judge a book by its cover," so we didn't judge going in walking up.

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The icky weather conditions didn't stop La Frontera patrons from stopping by.

We opted for two tacos ($1.50 each), a torta al pastor ($4.50), and an agua de jamaica ($2). Yeah, we'll admit that's a lot of food for one person. But you know, we're doing this all in the name of journalism, so whatever. The man who took our order was very polite and patient with my friend who doesn't speak Spanish. Brownie points! Everything comes with plenty of lime and fresh sliced cucumber. Extra brownie points!

Two tacos de carne asada came out by mistake. We actually ordered tacos de carne al pastor but we didn't mind the mix up. If things like that bother you, you should probably double check your order. The carne asada was simple. But because of the simplicity and, to be honest, lack of flavor, we kept having to drown them in the salsas provided on the tables. Sadly, even the salsas needed a kick.

Note: Salt is okay, people.

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Fiesta or siesta?

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Salsa with no kick? Heresies!

Allow us to be clear: these tacos were not bad. They just weren't great.

The torta al pastor showed better promise. Carne al pastor is generally a tastier meat, so perhaps that was this torta's saving grace. The Mexican sandwich came adorned with chopped lechuga, tomate, y aguacate. While the torta was a little greasy, the flavor was quite good. Nothing's better than a rustic, al pastor flavor. Extra salsa wasn't necessary, thankfully.

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Not a bad Mexican sammie.

With a decent (though not fantastic) taco de carne asada, a good torta al pastor, and a banging agua de jamaica, we'll leave the verdict as: try La Frontera if you're in the area, but there's no need to go out of your way for it.

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I'm here to eat, y'all!

Eating 16th Street, So Far:
Pollo Sabroso

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La Frontera Comida Mexicana

151 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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7 comments
Alex Rodriguez
Alex Rodriguez

Hi there, if my Ukrainian grandmother were still alive, she would probably give you a nod of acceptance for your comment. Truth be told, her borscht was the best I've had in the world. Diakuju. -A

Ezhikme
Ezhikme

What does it mean, 'Alex Rodriguez has eaten borscht in Moscow'? Is it irony like in 'I ate curry in London'? Borscht is a Ukranian dish bastardized version [more watery and bland] of which is very popular in Russia. 

joe.distort
joe.distort

loved it. the meat was perfect, the skin was good enough to make my lips tingle haha. the sides were serviceable enough, my wife loved the fried yuca though.

joe.distort
joe.distort

haha, we first noticed this truck last night while heading out to Polla Sabrosa and i thought 'wonder if they will hit that next?'

Alex Rodriguez
Alex Rodriguez

Hi there, thanks for pointing out the confusion. When I placed my order, I asked for tacos al pastor. They accidentally made carne asada instead - I didn't mind, so I didn't send them back.  I had a friend with me who ordered something completely different and unrelated to the post. She does not speak Spanish, but I appreciated that the guy who took her order was patient with her because he spoke broken English.  Hope that clears things up. Thanks again. -A

vicelord
vicelord

I love this place. I'm confused by your article though: You say "We opted for two tacos de carne asada ($1.50 each), a torta al pastor ($4.50), and an agua de jamaica ($2)." but then follow it with "Our tacos de carne asada came out by mistake. We actually ordered tacos de carne al pastor but we didn't mind the mix up." so which did you order? This makes no sense to me either "Yeah, we'll admit that's a lot of food for one person." is it one person or is it we? you say you had a friend with you who didn't speak Spanish, so not for one person? Sorry, not trying to point out flaws, just trying to understand your write-up.

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