July wasn’t holding back its strong heat, but it didn’t keep Albert Blanco from standing in the sun and eating a single beef taco at La Sabrosita, a taco truck that parks at the corner of Washington and Pine streets every day. Twenty-year-old Blanco was passing by when he stopped for a cheap, fresh snack and a cold can of Pepsi.
“I have been coming here since I was a kid,” said Blanco, who sat at the wooden picnic table and finished the juicy taco in a number of bites.
Lodi taco truck fans have options. There are 19 taco trucks registered with the City of Lodi, and all but three park and operate from permanent locations between Lower Sacramento Road and Cherokee Lane.
Most taco trucks no longer find their customers by pulling up to construction sites or businesses during lunchtime. Mostly, their customers — often regulars — know just where to find them. Customers usually have their favorites — Blanco’s favorites are La Sabrosita and Tacos Ochoa on Lodi Avenue. Others are on a mission to eat a meal from every single one. They crave a spicy super burrito for only $4, $1 tacos or an entire Styrofoam to-go container filled with seafood for under $10.
“Taco trucks offer the cheapest people can get,” said Guadalupe Leon, who works at Tacos “La Poblanita” Burritos. “Everyone’s trying to save money.”
Nick Flores’ family runs its own taco truck in Los Angeles, but earlier this week, he visited Tacos Azteca in West Lodi. He likes taco truck food because he said it’s as close to real Mexican food as you can get.
“You channel Mexican taste from Mexico,” he said.