My Sincerest Apologies to Tacos El Chavito
Yesterday, on my new KPFK-FM 90.7 Tuesdays @ 4 p.m. show, I was talking about last year's ridiculous proposal by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to make carne asada a crime. I asked Erin Glenn, an organizer with the Asociación de Loncheros La Familia Unida de California, to name off some of her favorite Los Angeles-area taco trucks, and she rattled off the following list:
Tacos Colima, Mckinley Avenue and Florence Avenue, South Los Angeles
Tacos El Calusmo (sp?), Hoefner Avenue and Whittier Boulevard, East Los Angeles
Mariscos Colima, Alameda Street and Manchester Avenue, Los Angeles.
My producer, Alan Minsky, suggested La Estrella, off Avenue 54 and York in Highland Park, while my engineer Gee suggested El Torino off Olympic and Hoover. I, in my infinite Orange County food wisdom, blurted out my beloved Tacos El Chavito in Huntington Beach, home of the 50-cent taco and free pineapple juice.
Then, I froze.
I couldn't remember for the life of me where it was. I knew it was in Huntington Beach, but which cross street? I started to utter Edinger, but quickly took that back. I, I...failed.
Sorry, El Chavito, for denying you the KPFK nation. Everyone else: it's on Morgan Street, between Slater and Speer avenues, in Huntington Beach. Eat away, and don't commit the same mistake I did and forget where it is--EVER.
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