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The White Rabbit Truck was a pleasant surprise.  I heard about them a lot online and in the media, so I was excited to try their food.  This truck, a Filipino fusion truck, serves their take on tacos and burritos as well as rice bowls. A fan or Asian fusion with Mexican, I was inclined to try their most famous item on the menu, the pork sisig burrito.

The pork sisig burrito had garlic rice, pork sisigs, egg, and cheese.  This was a perfect balance of flavors and textures.  The pork was nice and tender.  Their pork sisig is deep fried pork belly, fried in onions and jalapenos.  The almost runny egg and cheese was a perfect creamy and velvety texture. Their garlic rice was perfect as well.  My gripe about some burritos is that the tortilla is not soft. I liked the tortilla from the sisig burrito — it was soft and chewy, almost silky.  This burrito was perfect because each individual item inside the burrito was perfect — together, it was exponentially more delicious.

The White Rabbit Truck offers a food eating challenge, which they are known for.  The burrito is almost 2ft long, and contains, 6 eggs, 3lbs of any choice of meat, 6 scoops of rice, 12 cheese slices, wrapped in 6 tortillas. That equates to 6 pounds! — Definitely bigger than my single tortilla burrito.  Here is the video of Adam Richman from Man v. Food on the White Rabbit Truck. Watch to see them make this monster, and see someone eating it. Does he actually finish it?

Honestly, I was happy to eat the burrito (the regular one of course).  Each bite gave me a smile.  Though I only had the normal one, one day, I shall attempt and possibly finish the challenge. Am I crazy? Maybe a little. Until then, the regular one will do for me.  Just like the chef on the logo, White Rabbit Truck is a thumbs up!

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Gosh Cha Cha Chili.  Why did you do this to me?  You got me so excited, and now I am caught in the middle.  I ordered my food, but you made me wait 30 minutes for 2 tacos and a burrito.  At first you excited me because I got the last of the short rib. Score!  But why didn’t it taste like anything?  Why did I feel I should have gotten the far superior spicy bbq pork tacos?  I hate you, and I like you.  But for the most part, I like you.  Just don’t make me wait over 30 minutes for my food.  Thanks.

This place is located in the weirdest neighborhood ever.  Situated in between Lincoln Heights and the low lands behind Cal State LA, the location is awkward, but I guess it works. This Asian Mexican fusion makes Korean style tacos and burritos, as well as bowls.  As a fan of the Kogi Truck, I had to give it a try.  As You may already know, I clear like the food truck better.

The tacos were flavorful and huge.  They don’t use the tiny 2 inch tacos, but the ones they sell at the market. It was packed with flavorful pork, and the salad they put on top worked really well in the tacos.

The short rib burrito, which I assume caused the 30 minute wait, was a turn off for me.  The beef was chewy and tasteless.  The rice inside was mushy, and added to the blandness. Even the flour tortilla turned stale and hard, not warm and chewy.  The burrito, simply put, was not good.

Would I be stupid to come back?  No.  I wouldn’t mind getting a few Korean tacos.  I would be scared for the wait, so I would call ahead. Definitely, when the Kogi Truck is nowhere in sight, at least I know that this brick and mortar will stay put.

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Boyle Heights has been blessed by Manuel’s El Tepayac. Established in 1956, this is truly a historical restaurant to the community. They serve authentic Mexican food — not the street tacos and burritos kind, but the real home cooking Mexican food. I remember when I was a kid, I ate here with my family. The unique thing about this restaurant is that it is small. The inside dining area can’t hold no more than 35 people. It is situated on a somewhat residential area — next to a house, across from a church. Things like this make this restaurant a special one. Despite being in a somewhat bad neighborhood, this still hits home to me.

This restaurant is for the hungry – for those who can eat. Who better to represent this than my family. We ordered the biggest thing on the menu — The Manuel Special. This was a humongous burrito. Inside, there were beans, rice, choice of meat (ours was carne asada), guacamole, and cheese. On top, they poored mounds of their chili sauce and cheese. The thing was so big, they had custom made platters for to-go orders. They even gave it to us in a box.  They sure know how to feed the hungry.

A part of me wanted to get my hands messy and just pick up the whole burrito. Of course, my senses kicked in knowing that it would fall apart and make a mess. It’s always a good idea to cut this burrito into slices and eat it. Where else can you go and say, “I had a slice of their burrito.” The flavor of this thing was amazing.  It was messy, but good.   I’m not usually a fan of beans, but theirs was manageable. The carne asada mixed in with the guacamole was delicious. Of course, we only finished half of the thing.  Still a feat if you ask me.

We also ordered the enchilada plate.  I always order the enchilada plate here — it is my favorite. The red sauce they put over the enchiladas was so tasty. It had a very strong, dark chili taste to it that I liked. The depth of flavors the sauce had was like no other. Underneath all that yummy sauce and cheese was the beef — it is the best beef, hands down. Most places with shredded beef is usually dry and tasteless. The one from El Tepayac was so tender and was not dry at all. They had huge chunks of meat inside too. The quality of their meet was outstanding. I encourage anyone who comes here to try the enchilada plate. I get that all the time, no matter what. I got this even though I knew in my head the Manuel Special would have been more than plenty.

Their guacamole was all hand made in house. How do I know this? Because for one, There were still huge chunks of avocado in the guacamole. Also, I found a piece of skin/stem in the guacamole. Though I was disappointed of finding it, I was assured that it was indeed fresh and home made. Dipping the tortilla chips in the guacamole, I found myself grabbing a lot of guacamole on one chip. Subconsciously or not, I must have wanting to cover my whole chip with guacamole. It was that good.

Los Angeles is proud to be a Mexican cuisine Mecca. El Tepayac, arguably one of the most influential and historical Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles, has a place in my heart. They serve quality food, and the establishment knows its roots. They are humble — their food is comfort to the community and for me. Through the years, I hope to find Manuel’s El Tepayac still the same as it was yesterday and is today.

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