Do you know the pinkie toe test of restaurants? If you walk into a Chinese restaurant full of white people, get your behind out of there. The same holds true for Mexican, Thai, Vietnamese, and any other ethnic cuisine. Taqueria Guadalajara passed the test with flying colors. Their customers and cooks speak a mixed flow of Spanish and English.
This small taco truck is just off I-405 on the border of Bellevue and Redmond. It’s been sitting in the same gas station parking lot as long as I can remember. I question if the truck can actually move anymore. If it can’t, all the better. I don’t want these tacos going anywhere.
Seating is minimal at best, made up of a few bar stools. The burritos are okay, mainly because I’m not a huge fan of refried beans. Often I see regulars buy tortas. They’re delicious and travel well. But for me, it’s all about the tacos. The chicken and beef are good; but for the real flavor, order the Lengua Tacos. (Lengua is Spanish for tongue). At just 25-cents more, their meat is tender and well seasoned. With a little lime juice on top, they make the perfect mid-day meal. Don’t forget your folding money though, as this is strictly a cash house.
Lengua Tacos: $0.75 (I’d buy at least three. You’ll thank me as you’re driving down the freeway and don’t want to turn around.)
Regular Torta: $4.50