The "Taco Truck" has business cards. It has phone numbers, regular hours, four employees, and clear, well-drawn menus. It also serves superb tacos -- a generous spread of grilled beef strips, two corn tortillas, cilantro & onions, radish slices and a lime wedge to squeeze.
Now, you're eating them in your car in the parking lot of Paco's Paints. If that bothers you, don't go. If you're here for good food, then drive to U.S. 1 just north of Rte 175 any day between 9 am and 4 pm. The tacos are $2, and you choose between grilled beef, ground beef, sausage and tongue. Burritos are $5. Pupusas are $2. Join the line and ask any questions. This
is a professional joint where the owner takes pride in the food and the business. People talked Mexican food in English or Spanish.
I split each serving between the two tortillas and ate them while leaning against my car. They're better than the trendy taco takeout that opened near Union Station in DC. That place made headlines -- and does have a fish taco option -- but the meat was better on U.S. 1 and the servings were twice as large.
(In late 2011, the truck has normally been on the east side of U.S. 1 north of Rte 175. Sometimes, it is parked in the grass across from the flea market site. That Paco's Paint was demolished as part of a big construction project.)
If you like Mexican, check out Lily's Mexican Market in Columbia, the ceviche at La Palapa Too in Laurel, and anything at El Azteca in Clarksville.
Pupuseria Lorenita's ("The Taco Truck")
at Paco's Paint
7731 Washington Blvd (U.S. 1)
Elkridge, MD 21075
NEAR: On the east side of U.S. 1 a few blocks north of Rte 175.