… and Asada-licious burritos in Lone Pine
On a Sunday night in January, tourists and this local Lone Pine resident lined up at Castro’s Tacos on Main Street in Lone Pine.
The menu is a quick read. The wait is quick, too.
Husband and wife, Antonio and Carmen Castro, their son, Tony and another worker prepare tacos and burritos behind the glass window of the taco truck.
The food at Castro’s Tacos is satisfying, as several customers discuss what they ordered and how they found out about the truck. According to Veronica Castro, the most popular selling food item are the asada tacos.
Escondido resident, Jed Burt said that his family came back from snowboarding in June Mountain and this was their last trip before the kids go back to school. The four kids that came along with Jed ordered anything from a carnitas burrito to carne asada street style tacos. Jed said that their friends were “passing through on Saturday night, [and] everything was closed [so] they stopped here and they have six kids—everyone was super stoked on it,” he said. According to Jed Burt, he said the taco truck scene is “pretty big in San Diego, they are everywhere,” and after finding out about the truck in Lone Pine, Burt said “they are pretty good!”
Robby Williams, also a resident of Escondido and friend of Jed Burt, ordered a carne asada burrito. “We yelped something to eat on Friday, [as we were] driving up to do a little skiing in June Mountain,” and this is his second time at Castro’s Tacos, Williams said.
According to Williams, the customer service at the truck is “very smiley, very personable, [and] everyone seemed very happy with their jobs,” he said. “It’s so good we’re coming back… [and I] recommend it to everyone,” Williams said.
Lone Pine resident, Alexis Austin ordered a shrimp burrito and said that she comes once a week if possible, to the taco truck. Austin said that she found out about the truck “from my mom, she brought me food from here, and I also know this family,” she said. As to the quality of the food and service, “it comes out in a good amount of time, [and] if I had to choose any place to eat, I would eat here,” Austin said.
Veronica Castro, daughter of Antonio and Carmen Castro, said the taco truck has been in operation for 3 years, and the family’s catering business has been going for six. The Castro children help out whenever it is needed, but “my younger brother is the one that helps the most,” Veronica Castro said.
While the family currently serves tacos in Lone Pine, their catering business has traveled as far north as Bridgeport.
The current construction behind the taco truck will be “a mini store with a commercial kitchen,” which will hopefully open sometime this year, Castro said.
Currently, Castro’s Tacos is open from 3-11:30 p.m. on Wed.-Sun. Castro said the time they close depends on the traffic. Veronica Castro said that on a busy night they serve about 200-300 customers, and on a non-busy night they serve up to a hundred customers, she said.