Taqueria Sanchez: mobile Shady Restaurant of the Month

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Taqueria Sanchez is located around the 4000 block of NW 10th St in Oklahoma City (map). They are open 7 days a week during most daylight hours.

To the drive-by reader, the title “Shady Restaurant of the Month” may appear insulting, but shady-lovers everywhere know the truth. It is a distinguished honor and a true privilege to earn this title. To receive the “Shady Restaurant of the Month” award, an establishment must not only provide tasty fare, but also it must be bold, daring, adventuresome, and willing to flex its culinary muscles in a less than desirable location, under less than desirable conditions. Plus, it must remain steadfast in its calling as the higher-end restaurant snobs turn their nose up and speed by on their way to whatever “safe” food they can find served in a polished interior. Anyway, today we bestow this high honor on Taqueria Sanchez.

Taqueria Sanchez is located 5000-ish NW 23rd in Oklahoma City. I say “ish” because they move around a bit. On the weekends, they are usually in the parking lot of the auto repair shop on the corner, but during the week, they seem to move to whatever parking lot lets them sit there the longest.

PLEASE NOTE: Since this review was published, Taqueria Sanchez appears to have moved to near the 4000 block of NW 10th Street.

Speaking of mobile taco stands, I read that Los Angeles is about to pass a law keeping these mobile trucks of goodness from sitting in one spot for more than an hour at a time. This will ruin their businesses. Apparently, local brick and mortar restaurants put pressure on governments to pass such laws because these mobile delights, with no rent and little overhead, have an advantage over the traditional sit down establishment. Let’s hope that the entrepreneurial masa artists in Oklahoma City are not similarly restricted.

I usually eat at taco stands a couple of times each week. They are cheap, convenient, and they offer a level of taco, burrito, and gordita goodness that most restaurants in town only dream of. I like Taqueria Sanchez in particular because they have a really flavorful chicken taco. The al pastor isn’t bad either, but it’s nothing like Max Burger. You can also get carne asada, lengua, barbacoa (occasionally), and you get to choose whether you want them in the form of tacos, burritos, mulitas (best described as corn tortilla quesadillas), quesadillas, or tortas (Mexican sandwiches).

The prices are great. You can have tacos for $1, burritos for $4, or mulitas for $2. Whatever you choose, it’s a great value, but you really get the best bang for your buck with the burrito. It’s $4, but keep in mind this includes tax, and it is big enough to be a meal in itself. Stuffed with rice, beans, meat, cilantro, and hot sauce, you won’t need more than one.

I also encourage you to move beyond chicken or beef. Try the lengua. Sure, it’s tongue, but you can’t say you don’t like it until you try it. It has a real beefy flavor, like roast beef. It’s very tender. Plus, it’s fun to see little taste buds on the chunks of meat. A friend of mine refuses to eat it saying he won’t eat food that can taste him. He’s a wimp. Also, the tripas (Mexican chitterlings) aren’t bad, although I prefer them in soupy dishes rather than tacos.

If you need an icy-cold beverage and can’t wait to get a can of Dr. Pepper when you get back home, try the flavor of Jarritos. It’s the first national soft drink brand of Mexico. It features lots of fruity flavors if that’s your cup of tea. I’d stick with Dr. Pepper, but Sanchez doesn’t sell it.

In a way, the goal of this review is to encourage you to eat at any taco stand you can find. There are hundreds throughout the Oklahoma City metro, each with a unique flavor and offering. Plus, their shadiness cannot be questioned. Sure, there have been accusations of these stands having sub-par health ratings, as was reported in Nashville, but I don’t believe it. I think these stands offer great food at great prices. If you turn your noses up at them, you are passing up the opportunity to introduce your palate to so many fresh and unique flavors.

Oklahoma City, it’s time to celebrate the shadiness of ordering food while standing on a street corner. Give it a try, and let us know what you think in the comments.

This article was posted by Andrew Littleton on Friday, May 23rd, 2008. It is filed under:

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  • Paul Baird says:
    May 24th, 2008 at 5:29 pm   

    My wife and I stopped and got tacos there a few weeks back. It was really good. Wifey got the chicken and I got one chicken, one barbacoa and one lengua. All were well prepared, well seasoned and very tasty. We will go back again…we might even go tonight.

  • Robert Prince says:
    May 26th, 2008 at 11:06 am   

    You have now given me the nerve to stop and try these kind of places. I always “knew” I was missing some great food, but now I “know” I have been. Thanks for the confidence-building review. I’ll report back after my first meal. I doubt I’ll have the lengua, though. I’ll have to break myself in slowly.

  • Todd Johnson says:
    May 27th, 2008 at 10:15 am   

    Stopped there this weekend. We have dined at several truck vendors and so far this has been the best. My wife and I both had the Pork Burritos. I also ordered two Asada tacos but we were so full we could not eat them so we took them home. My picky son loved the taco. It is our new favorite mexican food vendor. If th truck is not there you won’t go wrong by stopping by the grocery store on the same block. They offer several authentic Mexican dishes in the small cafe located inside. We often drive from Guthrie and shop the local thrift stores just to have the excuse to eat Oklahoma City’s best mexican food.

  • stephen says:
    May 27th, 2008 at 7:16 pm   

    you didnt think i would see you calling me a “wimp” did you??

  • Sean says:
    June 2nd, 2008 at 8:42 am   

    We’ve seen this stand and been wanting to try it and your review was the push to final do so. This place is simply amazing!

  • kurt says:
    June 6th, 2008 at 1:19 pm   

    Andrew, do you know of any place in town that serves cabrito?

  • Andrew says:
    June 6th, 2008 at 6:07 pm   

    Unfortunately no. The only goat I have found in town is at Indian and middle eastern restaurants. And the only place I have seen Monterrey style cooking is at El Pollo Regio (formerly El Regio Loco). You can read my review of their chicken.

  • Ryan says:
    June 7th, 2008 at 12:30 am   

    kurt, I am guessing from Andrew’s comment that cabrito is goat. The El Parian on Broadway just South of 2nd street in Edmond serves a goat dish. I have not had it because I don’t have a taste for goat meat. But the Parian is a great Mexican Food find. They have a great selection on their menu and everything I have had there has been great. Check it out!

  • kurt says:
    June 7th, 2008 at 1:13 am   

    Thanks Ryan! I’ve eaten there, but it’s been quite a while ago. I’ll check it out again. Cabrito means “little goat” or baby goat. Chiva means adult goat (I think). I had goat tacos in Tulsa at a place called Cancun and they were very tasty.

  • TMB says:
    July 11th, 2008 at 10:35 am   

    This one is gone from 23rd & Ann Arbor.

    I found out from a restaurant manager friend that traveling food vendors have to renew their license regularly (monthly?),and are limited on how many times per location. If anyone sees where this taco truck relocated, let us know~

  • TMB says:
    September 18th, 2008 at 4:03 pm   

    They are back at 23rd & Ann Arbor!

    have a regular line of 4-8 people waiting everytime I drive by.

    I always get 2 tacos Al Pastor “with everything”
    as it comes with a foil bundle of spicy carrots, onions, jalapeno & lime to squeeze = $2.00 !
    I love this place!

  • sergio says:
    November 3rd, 2008 at 1:48 am   

    whe are very happy to go an eat at taqueria sanchez the new location is 4011 nw 10th street oklahoma city, ok 73107 between portland and meridian.

  • Monkeyhead says:
    January 25th, 2009 at 3:14 am   

    Mmmm! I love stopping here late on a Friday or Saturday night for some excellent Mexican food. My favorite is their carnitas. Lean pork wrapped in two small corn tortillas with minced onion and cilantro, with a lime to squeeze over it to add flavor. Top it off with the salsa verde, and oh. my. god! They aren’t even fattening! Another one of my favorite items is their pinto beans with beenie weenies. Sounds corny, but it’s delicious! Oh, and I always see them at 23rd and Ann Arbor. It’s worth tracking them down.

  • Eric says:
    February 6th, 2009 at 12:23 pm   

    you should try the lengua at Chalos Tacos at 50th and Rockwell – best lengua I have found in OKC so far

  • John says:
    April 10th, 2009 at 3:11 pm   

    I tried to find Taqueria Sanchez today but wasn’t able to, are they still in the same area?

  • Sam says:
    May 3rd, 2009 at 2:45 am   

    Just came from 23rd & Ann Arbor and the taco truck’s name was Las Palomas I believe. Thought the pollo tacos were awesome. The asada burrito though was too salty. Should’ve tried the lengua though…next time….next time!

  • Cara says:
    May 6th, 2009 at 4:42 pm   

    A couple of friends and I went on an excursion to find the ellusive Taqueria Sanchez….although we didn’t find this exact taco truck we did find a different one. It was on 29th and Kentucky I believe, in a convience store parking lot. We all tried the lengua and barbacoa. I’m going to have to pass on the lengua next time, but luckily my friends loved it and offered to finish it off for me. The asada burrito is officially my new addiction! This was my first time at an establishment like this and I must say it was well overdue. As my friend Kacie is quoted as saying, “you know it’s gotta be a good taco truck with that much cilantro on the front dash”…indeed Kacie, indeed.

  • donnie says:
    May 21st, 2009 at 3:52 pm   

    i think i’ve seen the Sanchez in the Whittaker’s parking lot at 10th and May, as of late, I will try to track it down and give it a shot.

  • John says:
    May 28th, 2009 at 10:15 am   

    You guys should try the food at Feria Latina, the grocery store in the same area on 23rd. They have a little restaurant inside that serves the best tacos I’ve ever had.

  • chris says:
    November 22nd, 2009 at 9:43 am   

    anyone know where these guys are currently located?

  • Kristy says:
    December 3rd, 2009 at 5:00 pm   

    They are currently just a little east of 10th and Tulsa in front of the old Lucky’s.

  • kimmie says:
    January 12th, 2010 at 8:52 am   

    Yes, Kristy is right on the location. Ate there for the first time yesterday and it was so good. Had asada and pastor and they were the best tacos ever (and yes, I say this at most every new taco place I try). Think I will go back today!

  • ENCISO says:
    July 30th, 2010 at 10:23 pm   


  • Jason says:
    September 28th, 2010 at 2:24 pm   

    Since i discovered this site last week it now dictates where i eat lunch!!! Today I ran over to Taqueria Sanchez with two of my co-workers for lunch. I had three tacos, one pastor, one asada and one pollo. Man they were no where close to the chain!! These tacos were to die for!! Nice thick homemade corn tortillas sprinkled with cilantro and onion with the most tender street taco meats around. The meats are perfectly seasoned and im not sure if it is a sauce on the taco or marinade from the meat but something with a little kick on there that really completes these tacos. I also had something called a molita(?) Kind of like a gordita I guess? This was handsdown the best thing i had. It had avocado inside with cheese and your choice of meat sandwiched between corn tortillas and grilled. It was unbelievably good!! One of my friends ordered a quesadilla that was very good and then the rest of our order was just tacos. We got out of there for less than $15 for all 3 of us, so it is very reasonably priced which is to be expected at a taco truck. When we pulled up this place was about 15 deep with people ordering or waiting for food, I knew it was going to be good. It took about 15 mins or so to get our food but it was well worth the wait. As stated above they were located at the old Luckys just east of Tulsa on 10th street. If you haven’t tried it I strongly recommend you get by there!! I will be going back VERY soon!!!

  • Jenna says:
    November 1st, 2010 at 10:33 am   

    Since discovering this taco truck; I can’t get enought of it. At a $1 a piece I think their taco’s are hands down the best in the city. The meat is so tender and juicy with the perfect amount of spice to it! The tortillas, cilantro, and lime are great too. My husband got the burrito for $4 and said it was the best he had ever had! It is not the best location and you have to wait sometimes but it is totally worth it!

  • Jason says:
    November 16th, 2010 at 11:51 am   

    I hit up taqueria sanchez again yesterday for lunch, man this place GOOOD!!!!!! Found out that it is a salsa/sauce on the taco’s that give them the extra kick!!! Had pork and chicken tacos yesterday…….wish I had some right now!!! Can’t say enough about this place. I need to try a burrito, possibly next week. I will let you know!!

  • Eric says:
    March 25th, 2011 at 10:53 am   

    Me and my Korean friend went after a dirty fishing trip and it was so delicious and awesome and however, she got diarrhea, but she claimed that it was the best diarrhea she ever had and she had no regrets because the taste of the food was amazing!

  • Kari Myers says:
    January 24th, 2012 at 4:05 pm   

    OMG……Where do I start? I wrote a song about Sanchez Taco Truck:
    Oh Sanchez Tacos, I love you so. I’d follow your truck wherever you go. Be it fast or be it slow. You had my fat @ss at hello. I love your lengua and sweet barbocoa. I love you like I love My Sharona. Beef, pastor, and chicken too. I’d give up sex to be with you!

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