Cinco de Mayo at La Loma Taco Truck in Akron
On this 5th of May, everyone’s favorite day to consume tacos and tequila like they’re going out of style, let me introduce you to my favorite off-the-beaten-path TACO TRAILER in Akron.
Yep, Akron has a taco truck-like thing. It doesn’t exactly move; it’s more of a permanent installation on wheels, but regardless, it’s one of my favorite hidden gems for authentic and cheap Mexican tacos, burritos, sopes, tortas, and more. Fancy? No. Delicious? YES.
Where exactly is this place? Excellent question. It’s just east of Akron and north of the Goodyear compound in what I *think* is roughly the Ellet/Tallmadge neighborhood…the Ellet IGA is located a couple of blocks south. Apologies, this is almost completely unfamiliar territory to me.
On an inconspicuous corner on Darrow Road is La Loma Supermarket and Taqueria. I’ve been on a number of occasions, so if you fear eating from a truck, DON’T! I’m still here – alive and well, and I’d even say all the better for eating there. My food is always fresh, flavorful, and about as close as one can get in these parts to the tacos from Futureman’s hometown of San Antonio. Some of our faves:
- A la carte tacos, $1.50/each, with your choice of carne asada, chorizo, chicken, barbacoa, tongue, or my fave – al pastor (pork marinated in spices and pineapple). They’re served the right way – on corn tortillas, topped with cilantro and onion, with a choice of verde or traditional salsa. The verde salsa? I die.
- Sopes, $2/each. These are similar to a tostada concept, but instead of a tortilla, there’s a thick fried masa “base” topped with beans, meat, lettuce, tomato, and drizzled with sour cream. Spectacular and filling.
- Quesadillas, $4. Kids’ choice, but we adults always sneak a few bites and semi-wish we had ordered one for us. So much better than your-run-of-the-mill Q.
- Burritos, $6. Futureman’s fave: the al pastor burrito. Don’t expect a Chipotle-sized burrito (although it’s not small by any means) but do expect better flavor. Marinated pork, beans, rice, and the usual toppings come together just perfecto (that’s, uhhh, Spanish for perfect).
- Homemade tamales. I’ve had them a few times from the truck (so good), and have even heard rumors that you can buy them by the dozen. I should probably look into that.
While your food is being made to order, be sure to venture next door to La Loma’s supermarket, which clearly caters to the local Latino population (we’re often the only English-speakers inside). If you need to pick up dried chiles, Sofrito, a Jarritos to go with your meal, or hard-to-find items like banana leaves or tamale husks, this is your place. They even have a small produce area and a meat counter in the back (they sell their marinated al pastor pork by the pound – yeah!). We always come home with a few items.
We usually take our food to go, but they do have a little make-shift dining room attached to the market. Each time we go they’ve made improvements (a few years ago it was like eating in a garage). They’ve also added a few counters and stools around the trailer; an OK option if the weather’s decent and you don’t mind the incredibly scenic Darrow Road. Goodyear Metropark is right around the corner, with lots of picnic areas and a good way to walk off a few cals after your meal.
So, when what you’re really craving above all else (read: atmosphere) is awesome, inexpensive Mexican food, skip your regular Mexican standbys and head to La Loma. This is the real deal, folks!
Oh, and one more thing! They’re on Facebook, although they haven’t updated in a while:
La Loma Supermarket and Taqueria
421 Darrow Road