burritos just like the taco trucks back home make – Daddy Donkey

A bit of a departure today from my usual wine blogging. As a matter of fact, there will be no wine mentioned in today’s post so if that’s what you’re looking for – move along, now. WAIT! If you do go though, you won’t be able to read about my very delicious-made-me-think-I-was-back-home-and-not-in-London soft tacos and burrito I had the other day from Daddy Donkey.

the hombre himself, Joel

Daddy Donkey is a taco truck in the best possible East LA tradition. Joel Henderson, the founder, started Daddy Donkey because he missed the Mexican street food he had discovered while studying in Mexico. Fresh, quality ingredients made from scratch everyday and then put together in front of your very own eyes just the way you like it. A bit more salsa, less lettuce and NO rice. Sorry but I hate the whole idea of putting rice in a burrito. Being a Mexican-American myself, we never put rice in our burritos when I was growing up, that is purely an American thing. Happily, Daddy Donkey was more then accommodating in foregoing the rice.

soft taco carnitas

I shared the carnitas tacos with my lunchtime companion and had a whole carnitas burrito by myself. Everything was gorgeous and so tasty. From the black beans to the grilled peppers to the guacamole. That had to be some of the best guac I’ve had so far here in London.   But be warned, the “medium” salsa definitely has a kick to it!

So there you go, for all you California expats in London. Looking for a taco truck like the ones back home? Look no further. Get down to Leather Lane for a quick, tasty and filling lunch from Daddy Donkey. They call themselves a “kick-ass Mexican grill” and they ain’t kidding!

I’m dreaming  of those tacos. Now if they could just get a margarita machine installed round the back….

P.S. Next post will heavily feature wine 🙂


  1. Hi Denise –

    Cool post. I work right near there, and eat at Daddy Donkey all the time! I’m pretty much addicted to it. My favourite is the Tomatillo beef – it’s a bit more expensive but worth it – give it a try!


    • Hi Tim,

      Thanks for the suggestion. I will definitely give the tomatillo beef a try the next time I’m around there. Joel told me that there will be another Daddy Donkey truck coming on soon so keep an eye out for it. Cheers!

  2. Those carnitas look great. It’s great this place exists, because one thing London doesn’t do that well is Mexican food. And I didn’t know about the rice. Interesting post.

    • The carnitas were awesome! And what I liked about the food is that it really had TASTE!!!! Too often what passes for Mexican food here is some sort of mishmash of tomato and onion with no spice. I love jalapeno peppers just to give you an idea of what I’m looking for. That’s why I was so surprised by the kick of the salsa! The rice thing is just a ploy to make the burritos look bigger, which it does but really all you need for a good burrito is meat and cheese or cheese and beans, no need to fancy it up! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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