Whenever I think of Sunset Blvd., what comes to mind are the iconic Cinerama Dome (R.I.P.) and that gigantic, glowing Arby’s sign that both haunts my dreams and tempts me whenever I pass by. And now, with the opening of El Ruso in Silver Lake, I can add incredible Mexican food to that list. The Boyle Heights taco truck, known for their Sonora-style tacos and handmade tortillas, can now be found in an empty lot across from All Day Baby, alongside a little patio, shaded from the sun. Nothing much has changed with their expansion, you’ll still find a knock-out menu of cheese-encrusted vampiros, birria that’s been stewed in hot consommé, and, my favorite, anything wrapped in their signature sobaquera. The huge Sonoran tortilla could double as a parachute, and whether you opt for it stuffed with beans, chile colorado, or as a vehicle to wipe away any joy-related tears, this needs to be in your order.
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