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Posted: Saturday, July 17, 2010 12:00 am

Looking for something special? Here's where to find it.

Tacos Ochoa

Daniella and Aila Gomez sit on a picnic bench outside of Tacos Ochoa, halfway through their al pastor tacos. It’s a surprising view of two children under five — they are not fidgeting with their food, but taking bite after bite.

“They got to choose to eat here,” said the sisters’ relative Juanita Gomez, of Stockton. “We come just for the taco truck.”

Location: Corner of East Lodi Avenue and South Main Street.

Specialty: $1 tacos, $3 tortas, $3 burritos, $2 tostadas.

Meats: Beef, pork, tongue, beef head and chicken.

Seating: One picnic table.

Moriscos Frescos Estilo Mazatlan

It may seem strange to order seafood from a truck, but Moriscos Frescos Estilo Mazatlan is rarely without a customer. Located in the same shopping center as Save Mart Markets and Liquors and the Tacos, Burritos Tortas taco truck, it offers only seafood, from shrimp cocktail and oysters to their specialty, crab tostada.

Location: Corner of Kettleman Lane and Hutchins Street.

Specialty: Seafood.

Seating: Two picnic tables with umbrellas.

La Picosita

La Picosita is home to the $4 beef burrito supreme that is the vendor’s most popular menu item. It is huge, stuffed with beans, rice, beef, sour cream, cilantro and tomato.

La Picosita is especially busy during the lunch rush, from noon to 2 p.m., when a diverse group of people, dressed in dirty jeans and business attire, line up to give Ramon Hernandez their orders.

The key to La Picosita’s success is the freshness, Hernandez said.

“The bread is delivered daily, the meats are done daily,” he said.

They also pride themselves on getting their orders done quickly. A large order can take 10 minutes, but usually orders are out far before that.

“We try our best,” Hernandez said.

Location: Corner of Turner Road and Church Street.

Specialty: Traditional Mexican food, including their most popular beef burrito.

Other menu items: Tacos, quesadillas, etc.

Seating: None.

Lorena’s

Located in the center of town, at Lockeford and Hutchins streets, Lorena’s specializes in traditional Mexican food, but offers breakfast. Unlike a lot of taco trucks, customers can stop at Lorena’s to pick up breakfast burritos stuffed with favorites like eggs, chorizo, potatoes and cheese. The only catch is that Lorena’s may not be open for business until after 10 a.m.

Location: Corner of Hutchins Street and Lockeford Avenue.

Specialty: Traditional Mexican food and breakfast burritos.

Other items: $1.25 tacos, $3.50 ham quesadilla, nachos.

Seating: None.

La Sabrosita

Everyone loves tacos. Every taco truck has, well, tacos. But not all have tacos like the carne asada tacos at La Sabrosita on Pine Street. Kathia Ornelas says their carne asada tacos are the most popular item on the menu. They are made with a family recipe.

“Everybody has their own taste,” she said, and that’s why she believes taco trucks are successful.

She also believes it’s sometimes more convenient to go to taco trucks because they are often cheaper than restaurants.

“You get to buy more stuff for less money,” she said.

Location: Pine Street.

Specialty: Burritos and tacos.

Seating: One picnic table.

La Ilusion

Salvador barella, who works at la ilusion on cherokee lane keeps busy serving up customer favorites: tacos. Open 7 days a week, from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., La Ilusion sells Mexican food made with traditional family recipes. On a recent afternoon, two shy diners rave about their plates of carne asada tacos.

Location: Cherokee Lane, across from Kmart.

Specialty: Beef, pork and chicken tacos.

Other items: Burritos and more.

Seating: One picnic table.

Tacos Azteca

Open every day except Sunday, Tacos Azteca serves West Lodi at its Turner Road location, near Lower Sacramento Road. Behind the gas station, there is a large parking lot and the truck is mostly quiet. Maribel Ochoa takes your order of traditional Mexican food.

Tacos Azteca offers a vegetarian burrito with rice, beans, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, salsa and onions. They also offer a breakfast burrito with chorizo and ham.

“Everything’s fresh here,” said Daisy Florez, an Elk Grove resident who likes Tacos Azteca burritos.

Location: Turner Road and Rutledge

Specialty: Burritos and tacos.

Seating: None.

La Poblanita

You may wonder how so many taco trucks make it in Lodi, but Guadalupe Leon, who works at La Poblanita, says it’s because everyone has their own style of cooking. At La Poblanita, the specialty is the beef taco that she says is moist and made simply.

Location: 310 N. Sacramento St.

Specialty: Traditional Mexican dishes.

Seating: None.

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