I've eaten at the El Taquito Mexicano taco truck many times over the years, never with a disappointment. But until yesterday I'd never been to the brick-and-mortar El Taquito. I passed by the one on Fair Oaks for years but never bothered to stop. Yesterday I decided to hit up the El Taquito on the corner of Lake and Villa. There were a half-dozen people in line ahead of me but the girl assembling the food (every person got tacos except one, who got a "wet" burrito) moved quickly.
The chips and mild salsa were the same ones you've had a million times, which is to say good. But nothing outstanding.
The carnitas tacos with cilantro and mild salsa: I tend to stay away from carnitas these days, as too many places serve dried-out pork, one of the great disappointments you can get in a restaurant. But these carnitas were juicy and flavorful, one of the better carnitas tacos I have had in Pasadena.
Al pastor with onions, cilantro and hot sauce: This was by far the best of the tacos I tried. The pork was bursting with flavor. The hot sauce was spicy but I'm not sure if it was necessary - it somewhat distracted from the flavor of the meat. I will absolutely get one of these again, but I will either get mild sauce or refrain from sauce all together.
Taco de pollo with onions, cilantro and hot sauce: I love chicken, but I don't usally get chicken tacos. I prefer beef or pork. But every once in a while I come across a chicken taco that I think is really good. This was one. The chicken was very tender and, unlike the al pastor, was complemented nicely by the hot sauce. I would get one of these again, and there are only a handful of taco places where I can say that about chicken tacos.
Taco de chorizo con papas: This taco (Mexican sausage with potatoes, as the menu points out to those who do not speak Spanish) was the only one that I did not care for. The sausage had no flavor and the mushy potatoes added nothing to the taco.
Overall I liked El Taquito. Lunch for two of us cost $9.33, and we both were satisfied. But it's only two blocks from La Chona, which I like much more, so I'm not sure how frequently I will return to El Taquito.