100 Favorite Dishes 2013: No. 74, Taco al Pastor at Taco Keto (Just Look for the Red Truck)
This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of personal favorites, things she thinks any visitor or Houstonian ought to try at least once and dishes that seem particularly indicative of the ever-changing Houston foodscape. It's a list to drool over.
Photos by Kaitlin Steinberg Everything in this box cost $1.50. For a whole meal. A whole, wonderful meal.
I wasn't looking for Taco Keto when I found it. I was lost in East Downtown, perhaps looking for one of my favorite haunts, Voodoo Queen, before I memorized exactly how to get there. I drove past the little red truck covered in handwritten signs on neon poster board, and found myself drawn to it.
I grew up eating tacos and fruit cups from small stands or trucks in weedy, overgrown lots in my hometown of Corpus Christi, and I learned from those experiences that taco trucks usually meant one of two things: food poisoning or the best tacos of your life.
I parked in the tiny amount of space allotted to visitors next to the truck and walked up to the window, unsure of what I was getting into. A man appeared and proceeded to ask me in Spanish what I wanted.