500 Tacos: Tacos Luna

 
 
An Austin taco a day for 2015 — and then some
 
Tacos Luna
1200 Kramer Lane in the E-Z Stop lot, Austin (map). Hours: 6:30am-1pm Mon-Sat.
 
By Mike Sutter | © Fed Man Walking | 12.12.15
 
Tacos Luna is an odd little trailer, in that it has nothing to do with the moon, opening at sunrise and going barely through lunch. And by “barely,” I mean that at noon, Luna was down to just al pastor, bistec and beef fajitas. The menu’s limited to begin with — nothing like the lengthy one printed on the trailer’s street side, but rather just beef and chicken fajitas, bistec, chorizo and pastor for $1.75. Breakfast tacos only last until 11, something not mentioned on the weathered sign out front, on which they haven’t bothered changing the big yellow “$1” to reflect the extra quarter yet, either.
 
The taco: Beef fajitas. Or bistec. Whatever.
I defy you to tell me the difference between “fajitas” and “bistec” here. They’re exactly the same cut of hard, lean beef, cooked the same way on the grill and finished the same way with onions and cilantro. Either way, they’re cooked right in front of me in clean cooking oil, taste just fine and cost the same: $1.75.
 
 
 Al pastor: Wait, wait. I know this one: Al pastor’s the orange one, right? For micronuggets of stiff pork and Day-Glo grease that stays on your hands all day, this is the al pastor for you. Like the taste of burnt chili from the bottom of the pan? Bonus. ($1.75)
 Tortillas: Petite flour and doubled-up corn tortillas from a bag.
 Salsa: These are easy to tell apart: One’s a pleasant tomatillo-jalapeño green with fresh, clean heat. The other one is the devil’s own blend of habanero and chile de arbol with the sole purpose of making you cry.
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(Photos by Mike Sutter © Fed Man Walking)