Taking the BF’s Cherry with the Quesadilla Lady

I finally took the BF’s Mexican street food cherry. I can’t believe he’s lived so long in LA without eating any street food. It must be hard for a vegan to eat food from a cart on the street that doesn’t contain animal products. Until now!

Quesadilla Lady

The Quesadilla Lady is a lady with a cart, some fast hands, and the tastiest quesadilla I’ve ever had. She sets up her stand on the sidewalk on Echo Park Blvd., just a few steps south of Sunset. When I spotted her, there was already a handful of people crowded around her cart.

For $3, you get a fresh, handmade blue corn quesadilla with your choice of filling. I asked her to fill mine with cheese and huitlacoche, also known as corn smut, also known as corn fungus. It may sound gross, but boy was it tasty. It had a smooth, almost slimy texture, and a sweet, subtle taste not unlike corn itself.

Blue corn quesadilla

In front of the flat grill, there’s also a variety of toppings which can be put on the quesadilla, free of charge. I recommend the pickled cactus, pico de gallo, and red salsa. But use the red salsa sparingly! Even though I was told it was very mild, it actually has a lot of kick to it — a delicious but painful kick.

The best part about the Quesadilla Lady is that she has vegetarian and even vegan (we hope!) options. When I asked if the quesadilla contained lard, the answer was no, just corn oil. The BF, curious to try Mexican street food, asked for a quesadilla filled with huitlacoche and squash blossoms. The squash blossoms gave the quesadilla a nice change of texture. I may have to get some of those next time.

A group of people in front of us, who must be street food pros, brought their own plates and utensils! Considering I live so close and will most likely visit the Quesadilla Lady again, this sounds like something I should be doing too.  Next on my list of fillings to try are the chicharrones and potato filling.

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  1. says

    Bacon wrapped hot dogs, or just regular hot dogs? I would go for a poutine cart. Or even just a Belgian Fries cart with a variety of toppings.

  2. says

    I wish they were bacon wrapped! We do have a few poutine trucks in front of City Hall, but the rest of the city is just shitty hot dogs with yellow buns. An old city bylaw made it illegal to vend any other type of food from a stand (supposedly a racist tactic to protect us from filthy “ethnic” foods). Now we are finally taking baby steps into the 21st Century by adding a few different foods(http://tinyurl.com/c8fvqu).

    I’m surprised you know poutine, my best buddy wants to quit his job at Google and open a Poutine truck in San Francisco, is California ready?

  3. says

    What a strange bylaw. I thought that Canada was already ahead of us in being open to different cultures, but what you said shows otherwise.

    Maybe your buddy would like to open a poutine truck in LA! We already have a mediocre korean taco truck. We need a delicious poutine truck! I’ve only had it once before, at a restaurant called “Canadian Cafe” and it was pretty darn good. I was sad that I didn’t get a chance to try it the last two times I was in Vancouver though.


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