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El Zaguan taco truck in Weed serves Mexican style street food where customers have one of the best views of the iconic heart of Weed etched into Mount Shasta. El Zaguan is a family owned restaurant at 1421 S. Main St., Yreka with a taco truck in Weed. The truck is parked at the South Weed/Vista exit off of the Nickel (I-5) across from the Pilot and next to Grocery Outlet’s east side parking lot.
The first time I ate at El Zaguan’s in Yreka I was on my way to the Medford airport. I avoid eating fast food from chains, but I needed food before stepping on the plane. Their bright golden rod yellow building on 1421 S Main St. caught my eye. The tacos were fresh tasting and full of flavor and that keeps me coming back.
I usually have a street style beef or chicken taco ($2). The fish in the fish taco ($3) is breaded, not my favorite, but it’s a good fish with a lovely crema sauce and shredded cabbage. Every dish I’ve ordered to eat at the orange table in Weed comes with a couple of slices of crispy radishes and a wedge of lime. Their burritos ($7) are flour tortillas filled with beans, rice protein of choice and spicy goodness. Their mild salsa is spicy enough for me. One burrito is two meals for me or I split the burrito with a friend.
While chatting with Juan (husband of the husband/wife owners), I asked where the name El Zaguan came from. Literally it translates to the hallway. Juan told me it has many more meanings in the Spanish language. It's more about a welcoming passageway or gateway. Merriam-Webster's definition: “a passageway leading from the entrance door to the central patio in houses commonly found in the southwestern U.S. and Mexico.” Juan told me his wife named the restaurant El Zaguan for the front porch of their first restaurant in Yreka.
Juan and his family recently bought a new truck and are traveling for events around the county, such as, the Mount Shasta Fourth of July celebrations. If you see the truck, I highly recommend you grab something delicious.