Dining with DeMattei: The Taco Throwdown

Isabella DeMattei

At the intersection of West and Sebastopol, there are two fantastic taco trucks facing off on opposite street corners. El Roy’s Mexican Grill and Delicias Elenita Taco Truck have some of the best and most authentic Mexican food in Santa Rosa. Some people favor one over another, and stand by their decision religiously. For this challenging decision, I brought three friends along to help. I compared Carne Asada tacos at both taco trucks to try and determine the ultimate winner.

Our first stop was at Delicias Elenita Taco Truck. I ordered two carne asada tacos. Each taco was $1.50. One thing to keep in mind, is that they only take credit cards if your order is over $10. The tacos themselves were the classic street taco. The tortilla was lightly grilled with a golden crust. The steak was cooked and seasoned to perfection. It was all topped with cilantro, chopped onions, and homemade salsa. The salsa was the perfect amount of spice and flavor. The tacos were served alongside radishes and a lime. Delicias Elenita Taco Truck makes the perfect classic street taco.

Next, I went across the street to El Roy’s Mexican Grill. I ordered two carne asada tacos and one shrimp taco. The carne asada tacos were $1.50 each and the shrimp taco was $2. I know my mission was to compare carne asada tacos, but I couldn’t resist trying the shrimp! The carne asada tacos were great! The tortillas were warm and paired perfectly with the carne asada. The meat itself had good flavor that completemed the chopped onions and cilantro. One nice thing about these tacos was how the salsa was served on the side, so you could put the ideal amount on. The tacos were also served with radishes and a lime. The shrimp taco was outstanding! The shrimp was covered with a creamy yet spicy sauce. The taco was also topped with cilantro and onions. El Roy’s Mexican Grill is fantastic!

After contemplating my decision, I cannot determine what taco truck is the best, Delicias Elenita Taco Truck has the best carne asada tacos. El Roy’s is a very close second for their tacos. You cannot go wrong with either one. El Roy’s is the best in other ways, like their shrimp tacos and unique dishes, while Delicias Elenita Taco Truck is the best for classic Mexican food favorites.

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