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Friday, March 11, 2011

A Spicy Taste of Austin in a Mellow SOMA Parking Lot

Posted By on Fri, Mar 11, 2011 at 10:07 AM

click to enlarge Le Truc's Tex-Mex breakfast taco with egg, potatoes, bacon, and Tapatio aioli, $3. - JESSE HIRSCH
  • Jesse Hirsch
  • Le Truc's Tex-Mex breakfast taco with egg, potatoes, bacon, and Tapatio aioli, $3.

Yesterday morning SFoodie veered off our usual bike route to stumble upon a sleepy, laid-back version of SOMA's lunchtime darling, the food bus Le Truc. After prior lunches here amongst marauding techie hordes, discovering Le Truc's mellow morning vibe was a treat. Also, there were tacos.

click to enlarge JOHN BIRDSALL
  • John Birdsall

The a.m. menu boasts tri-tip and egg on an English muffin and a hefty-sounding "breakfast bowl," but the breakfast tacos are clearly belles of the ball. Le Truc co-owner Blake Tally hails from Austin, the undisputed national hub of this Tex-Mex favorite. Tally was dismayed to learn he couldn't find breakfast tacos when he moved to the Bay Area two years ago. "People were like, 'I know a few places that serve a great breakfast burrito...' but tacos were nowhere around," he recalls. "Thing is, a burrito is way more food than I need in the morning. Give me a couple six-ounce tacos and I'm good to go!"

In Austin, the breakfast taco's only standard is a flour tortilla, egg, and cheese. After that, it's add-what-you-like time. Le Truc's version comes with smoky Niman bacon, cheddar, sautéed onions and garlic, red jalapeno, potatoes, scallion, and cilantro, topped with a healthy squirt of house-made Tapatio aioli. The sweet squish of onions and garlic are an ample soother for the taco's peppery kick, with the bacon, egg, and cheese providing a sturdy base. It's a well-constructed mix, and at $3 a pop (two for $5), you won't break the bank before work.

Despite minimal crowds, Tally said there's little risk of shutting down breakfast operations. Le Truc's crew arrives early to get ready for the midday onslaught, so it's no hardship to sling out a few tacos while they prep. Advantage: you.

Le Truc: Parks in the lot at 470 Brannan (at Zoe). Breakfast tacos available Mon.-Fri. 8-10:30 a.m.

New York refugee Jesse Hirsch tweets at @Jesse_Hirsch. Follow SFoodie at @sfoodie, and like us on Facebook.

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