500 Tacos: Dos Amigos

A taco a day for 2015 — and then some
Dos Amigos
3713 Guadalupe St. in the Good Luck Food Mart lot (map), 512-762-3081
Hours: 7am-3pm Mon-Sat
By Mike Sutter | © Fed Man Walking | 04.23.15
The Good Luck Food Mart at 38th and Guadalupe lives up to its name two ways: Lottery tickets and a taco truck. I expected I’d find at least one taco worth the 500 Tacos treatment at Dos Amigos; I found tres.
Taco A: Lengua
I tell my queasy friends that as long it’s peeled and cooked down tender, tongue is no more challenging than any other muscular cut of beef, like brisket or London broil. This is the taco I’d use to prove that point. ($2)
Taco B: Barbacoa
If you can find a better taco stuffed with fatty, clean-tasting beef cheek with a little cilantro melted in, then buy it. Or just come h­ere. ($1.85)
Taco C: Huevos con nopales
Can’t have lunch without breakfast, and eggs with cactus is a good metric for judging a trailer’s breakfast taco game. And Dos Amigos brings the cactus. Fat ribbons of it, grilled into the eggs for a half-sour wet crunch, with a few grilled onions for sweetness and warmth. Despite a sign saying breakfast ends at 11, the guys at the truck serve breakfast all day, including a plate with migas, beans and potatoes for less than $5. ($1.50)
 Al pastor and carne asada: Al pastor is a trailer standby, and Dos Amigos likes it sloppy, with grilled onions and tough ribbons of pork saturated with tangy achiote. The trailer’s gristled carne asada tastes like tired leftovers from yesterday’s blade steak. ($1.85 each)
 Tortillas: Commercial-grade flour and doubled-up white corn tortillas warmed on the flat-top.
 Salsa: There’s a mild, chopped salsa fresca heavy on the onions, a hot but flavorful creamy jalapeño green and a deep orange tomatillo as hot as the asphalt parking lot.
 Menu: Dos Amigos doesn’t have a website, but I’ve posted their menu boards here.
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(Photos by Mike Sutter © Fed Man Walking)