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#1 concreteoatmeal

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Posted 09 November 2008 - 11:28 AM

after having our Lucky Srike hopes crushed last night, Sauce and I headed to La Catrina. I had never been, and honestly without having detailed instructions or a guide, I doubt I would have ever found it.

I did my usual with a new taco truck, ordered three tacos to get a sense of the offerings. Got a carnitas, Lengua, and meche. They were out of cabesa.

The carnitas has a really good cripsness to it while retaining a fair amount of juicyness. The Meche seemed a bit dry, but that may have just been in comparison to the other two. Lengua usually is my favorite, and my favorite lengua is at Sanchez Taqueria. That being said, La Catrina's is damn tasty. Just the right amount of fattiness and great texture, not overcooked like it tends to get.

the two things i didnt like about the tacos were the lack of fresh herbs and onion, and the tortillas. Points for crisping the tortillas nicely but they were pretty damn plan.

salsas here are awesome! perfectly hot and the chile flavors are still bright.



as for the Cubanitas that Sauce ordered, all I can say is WOW! B)

that thing is ridiculously huge for a "small". perfect bread, soft and not competing too much with the rest of the sandwich. Which btw, is damn near perfect except for the avacado. If I ever order one of those myself(If!? ofcourse I mean WHEN......) Im sure a "hold the avacado" would be accomodated.

all in all, damn fine truck that Im bummed is on the other side of the universe then I. well atleast I now have a destination on that side of town other then the 17 lingerie "shops".
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Posted 09 November 2008 - 03:23 PM

La Catrina
9684 SE 82nd (near Otty),
Portland OR

I'd figure you'd like it out that way CO - That's Tonya Harding Country B)

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Posted 09 November 2008 - 11:13 PM

yeah LaCattina has been my fav. Taco truck for about 4 years now. I have introduced countless amounts of people to they're wonderful food. Glad to heR you liked it. They also have a 2nd location on about 148th and stark.

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Posted 10 November 2008 - 09:45 AM

yeah LaCattina has been my fav. Taco truck for about 4 years now. I have introduced countless amounts of people to they're wonderful food. Glad to heR you liked it. They also have a 2nd location on about 148th and stark.


I had heard once or twice about the second truck but I've never been. Is that even Portland or is it technically Gresham at that point?

It's been talked about in the main taco truck thread, but it's worth mentioning the Cubanita specifically. It's a serious Dagwood sandwich. Hot dog+Mayonnaise+Avocado+Milanesa+Scrambled Egg+Ham+Jalapenos+Cheddar. $6.50 for the small, and I've only finished it myself once but I was uber-stuffed. I can't imagine buying the large.
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Posted 10 November 2008 - 09:57 AM

I've seen that truck. It is in Portland. Gresham doesn't start, technically, till 162nd in that area, I believe, but it is out there. Since it is La Catrina I need to check it out. When we had the eastside taco truck crawl I recall their having some really tasty food. We did get that Cubano sandwich Sauce mentions. It's got everything but the kitchen sink in it and it's surprisingly tasty.

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Posted 10 November 2008 - 12:22 PM

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9684 SE 82nd (near Otty),
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Otty is near what main street?

Thx.

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Posted 10 November 2008 - 12:33 PM

Going south, past Johnson Creek.

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Posted 10 November 2008 - 02:12 PM

Going south, past Johnson Creek.


I find it easiest to use the light just south of Otty to double back and pull into the lot.

Having said that, I live within ten minutes of La Catrina and haven't had any real luck yet with the food. Still haven't tried the Cubanita, but the other tortas and tacos I've had have been average at best.

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Posted 10 November 2008 - 02:35 PM

Having said that, I live within ten minutes of La Catrina and haven't had any real luck yet with the food. Still haven't tried the Cubanita, but the other tortas and tacos I've had have been average at best.

Yeah, I've only been once but the two standouts are the Cubanita (which I'd get everytime without hesitating) and the salsas (both the red and green are excellent, some of the best in town).

As for the other stuff, it's all fine. Carnitas are good, asada is good, I had some mediocre buche, etc etc. I don't think you can go wrong here, but I wouldn't make a special trip unless it was to get the Cubanita and drown it in salsa.

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Posted 10 November 2008 - 02:55 PM

I gave the Cubanita a whirl once. Yuck.
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#11 concreteoatmeal

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Posted 10 November 2008 - 04:23 PM

I gave the Cubanita a whirl once. Yuck.

no one said it was Haute cuisine. its good in the same way a bacon whopper with cheese is good........drunk or stoned. nuff said.
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Posted 10 November 2008 - 07:58 PM

That's a crappy definition of good

But if it suffices, then so be it.
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#13 concreteoatmeal

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Posted 10 November 2008 - 08:10 PM

hey to each their own, I know what I like and that sandwich isnt bad at all.
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Posted 11 November 2008 - 12:10 AM

I had a similar sandwich at the taqueria on 58th and Glisan, it has had so many names i don't know what it is called now. anyway it is called the big cuban or whatever. it was literally the size of a football. I tried to finish it and made it 3/4 the way through it and surrendered.

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 02:13 PM

I stopped by the 147th-ish and Stark cart today. Got a large carnitas torta to go. Been munching on it between me and the 2 kids. It's big, it's good, and those salsa's are awesome.

The 2 salsa choices are a little different then you find at a lot of different carts, both are really darn tasty. I love how they had sour cream on the outside salsa tray, a cool touch.

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 03:12 AM

Went last night and tonight and got some pics. Here's a mixed torta -- pastor and carnitas -- with a little dripping avocado and chile de arbol salsas. This is their torta chica -- small sandwich at about 6 bucks:

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And here's their raison d'etre, the cubana. I decided that if I was going to get it, I might as well go for the full monty and order the grande at 10 bucks. Alas, I could only take 7 of its 14 inches. Food porn follows, including a messy series of money shots at the end, of course.

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As a reminder, there's hot dog, head cheese, breaded pork cutlet, two types of cheese, ham, lettuce, tomato, avocado, sour cream, salsa, and fried egg in there.

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Who says more than a handfull is a waste?

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Oops, that mess is a bit premature.

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There we go. Now it's time for a nap.
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Posted 26 February 2009 - 03:16 AM

Bonus tacos: carne asada in front, buche in back:

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Yes, I ate that entire torta at the top there, plus these tacos.
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Posted 26 February 2009 - 09:11 AM

These tacos look as good as Autentica's, which are my very fave. I'm guessing after downing that entire monster sandwich + tacos, you felt somewhat like my H after eating both halves of a K&Z Deli Club in one sitting.

Being from Miami, I don't get why all the carts call that sandwich a Cubano. I know, it's like trying to argue Chicago or NY pizza or whatever, but I still don't get it.

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 09:39 AM

I like that they call it a little Cuban at La Catrina, and it would have been the perfect 3 AM sandwich back in my dissolute days. The cubano at Bunk is the most authentic I've found so far, it's been a long time since I went to Pambiche, but there wasn't anything compelling when I tried it a few times. Admittedly, the cubano at Bunk would inspire arguments aplenty in Miami or in the smallish Cuban community in LA, but it's a good version. I'd always hoped with the panini semi-craze someone would do the real deal, but no goodski.

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 09:54 AM

Alas, I could only take 7 of its 14 inches.

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