Saturday Steals – Taqueria Guadalajara 6

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

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About Mikaela Cowles

I’m a food-gobbling, book-reading, aspiring photog. Born and raised in Seattle, I love dancing in the rain, bouquets of fresh basil and green grass between my toes. I like how kneading butter into flour makes my fingers soft. I’m passionate about all things sweet potato. I prefer my coffee black, my scotch on the rocks and my steak bloody. I hunt, when I have time; play basketball; and hike. I’ve been known to laugh so hard I hyperventilate. And, I’m the owner of Making Language Count, a boutique freelance writing business.

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6 thoughts on “Saturday Steals – Taqueria Guadalajara

  • the good soup

    It’s funny, but Australia hardly has any good Mexican. Not unusual in some ways as Mexico is so far away. But very unusual in another because the ingredients in Mexican food are SO compatible with Australia. For instance, we have fabulous tomatoes, chillies and avocados, pretty much all year round.

  • Nami @ Just One Cookbook

    Haha I just laughed when you said “If you walk into a Chinese restaurant full of white people, get your behind out of there.” I love authentic food too. I get frustrated when I go to a Japanese restaurant and it’s just not even a Japanese food……oh well. It’s a good way to check who are the customers. Those tacos look DELICIOUS!

  • Jackie Prentice

    Hi Mikela,

    You Mom sent me your e-mail address. I just opened it, AND what a fun
    read – with lots of interesting information. Do you send Baguette Taste-
    Wonder Bread Budget as a weekly or monthly newsletter OR do I have to remember to check in on a regular basis.

    You will enjoy this – Wonder Bread…….I still remember going on a field trip with Camp Fire girls to the Wonder Bread plant. At the end of the tour we were given a large hunk of warm bread with butter. I can still smell the bread and taste the bread. I think the Wonder Bread plant is still functioning in Portland.

    Hope all is well with you. Look for the meat sticks – they are in the mail.


    • Jackie Prentice

      Whoops!!! I forgot to mention I am now 71 and the field trip to the Wonder Bread Bakery was taken when I was 8 years old. What does this say about my memory?

      Mikaela, when I read this blog, I can hear your Mom talking. We have been good friends for so long…. this is really a treat.

      I hear Dale, your Dad, is working with you on your various writing projects. His Christmas letters have always been fun to read. He is a good mentor for you.


  • admin Post author

    Mrs. Prentice –

    If only you could see me blush right now. Thank you for the kind words. Yes, my dad is an AMAZING mentor. I am incredibly blessed to have his wisdom and support.

    What a great story about the Wonder Bread factory. Safeway’s bakery is near our gym and we can smell the bread as we workout. There’s nothing like the smell of freshly baked bread, is there?

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