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Taqueria Gonzalez

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(near Stelzer Market) 755 Stelzer Ave
Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614 589 3312
Facebook: Taqueria Gonzalez
Monday to Saturday: 11 am to 10 pm
Sunday 3 pm to 10 pm

By count we can think of at least three other trucks that have called this spot home but Taqueria Gonzalez offers a few upgrades. The most noticeable is aesthetic, this truck is parked on what was probably a former trailer home site – it offers a sidewalk leading right up to the ordering window. There is a large picnic table with umbrellas available for guests to sit and relax while waiting for their meal or to eat it al fresco. Given the choice between waiting in the cell phone lot at the airport and eating a tasty taco here….the choice is clear cut.

The meal is standard Taco Truck fare as displayed below. The service is friendly and if you check out their Facebook page you will see that can come up with some interesting specials for the truck and for events.

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El Conquistador

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El Conquistador
5225 N High St, Columbus OH 43214
-parking lot of the Blue Pickle (bar)
west side of High Street, north of Graceland Shopping Center
614 804 0330
Open Monday to Saturday 11 am to 9 pm

When I first spotted El Conquistador I had hoped this was the original – which served Dominican dishes. Well, this trailer now has a new owner whose menu is traditional taco truck fare but it is well worth checking out. The trailer is based as the newly renamed Blue Pickle (formerly Porter’s Pub). As I approached the trailer, several Blue Pickle patrons without being solicited shouted out to me that the food was great and I should try it. That was a good sign. I sampled the Flautas (rolled, crispy taco) sometimes called a Taquito. Flautas are served in groups of four with plenty of toppings on top. These were great. This is definitely a spot I look forward to trying out more this summer.

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La Moreliana Mexican Grill

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La Moreliana
4490 Indianola Ave, Columbus, OH 43214
(North side of lot, a few blocks south of Morse Road)
614.940.7308
Open Monday to Friday 10 am to 9 pm,
Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 10 pm(?)
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The trailer housing La Moreliana has a lot of history to it. It started it’s life as a mobile food trailer in Florida. Then the owners of the El Arepazo restaurants purchased it to be an extension of their restaurant. It had a good run in Clintonville at several locations including the present location of La Moreliana. In fact, since the exterior of the trailer has not significantly changed from its previous life as Yerba Buena, many people thought it was the Yerba Buena owners making another run at mobile food. (You can see on the photo below that the wrap still has sections that might make people think it is still Yerba Buena / El Arepazo).

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The menu here is very bare bones: burritos, tacos, tortas and quesadillas. Tamale’s appear on the weekends fairly often. The Taco Trucker has dropped by three times and found the fare to be very basic with nothing really standing out from the rest of the menu. The family is friendly and their young daughter usually works the order window in the evenings.

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La Poblanita

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La Poblanita
3825 Indianola Ave, Columbus, OH 43214
(Parking lot of Beechwold Barbershop )
Corner of Blenheim and Indianola (across Marzetti plant)
614.598.9539
Open Tuesday to Sunday 10:30 am to 9 pm
Cash Only (as of March 2015)
Instagram: lapoblanitacol

La Poblanita opened at this spot in late September (2014) in the very heart of Clintonville. It is a one woman operation. Marcelita (Marci) the owner is happy to be running her first business and reports great feedback from the community so far. She is originally from Puebla Mexico but she has lived in Columbus for a long time and speaks English well.

Her trailer is small which limits the menu she is able to serve but what she does have is excellent. The standard menus includes: tacos, tortas, burritos, quesadillas and chuletas (pork chops). La Poblanita also offers the following specials when possble: Carne Asada Platter, Grilled Shrimp Platter and (some weekends) Tamales. The Taco Truck Tasting team has sampled the following on two visits: burritos, quesadillas, pork chops, Carne Asada, and grilled shrimp. Based on two trips and in spite of the fact that this business has been open less than 1 month, I declare this is one of the ten best taco trucks in town. Portion sizes and prices are very good. The vegetables in the side salads and inside the burritos are fresh and served in generous portions. Meat choices are steak, chicken and pork.

For platters in addition to the main dish you receive a side of seasoned rice, a side of pinto beans with queso blanco mixed in, a small salad with lettuce, cucumber and radish and when available a piece of candy. Platters are typically served with 4 fresh tortillas which are served steaming hot and fresh. Do use caution with the two house salsas – both the green and the red are very, very hot.

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The burritos are densely packed with meat and any other items you would like included. The pork chops were a surprise to see on the menu (not a typical taco truck standard). They were well cooked and lightly seasoned. They are not available every day and do not last long due to popularity. Although a one person operation, service has been very good and friendly. It is a one minute walk to Weiland’s Market across the street which is a nice way to spend some time if you are waiting for a large order. Check out La Poblanita muy pronto.

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December 2014 update.

Business has been decent at La Poplanita which has helped them add a wrap and some branding to the trailer and they may be the only Mexican trailer with an Instagram account. Further visits to the truck has all been very positive eating experiences. The trailer initially moved around several spots on Indianola but as of March 2015 seems to have found a permanent home.

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Condesa

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6157 Cleveland Ave
(Parking Lot of House of Cigar, west side of street, south of Ida)
Columbus, 43231

Open 10 am to 10 pm Monday to Saturday

This opened after June 4th 2014 (the date on it’s inspection tag).

Right now they are in flux as a new business. Their core menu is standard Mexican fare – tacos, burritos, quesadillas and Tortas. They may do some occasional specials on the weekends such as Pupusas. We are mainly posting this as a TTSA – Taco Truck Service Announcement. We will try to visit again later in the summer when the business is more experienced and they have a chance to find their footing. Let us know what you think in the meantime.

You will find this truck just south of 270 and Cleveland Ave., one the west side of the street.

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El Manantial Latino (Dos)

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3166 N. High Street (corner of Pacemont and High St)
614 515 3929

Open 11:30 am to 9:00 pm
Closed Sundays

El Manantial Latino may look familiar. The original trailer has been around for over four years. This is a spin-off. It is started in an unlikely area and especially well beyond the traditional Taco Truck Territory. Located outside of I-270 on the far north side of Columbus, this trailer is buried in a series of strip malls and surrounded by plenty of food options, including a Taco Bell. The menu is the same as El Manantial (Original or Uno). We will let the menu speak for itself below. in Spring of 2015 they moved the a site in Clintonville that was formerly home to Ray Ray’s Hog Pit and Mya’s Fried Chicken.

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The selections (and some of the translations) are very different from the typical Taco Truck fare. Pineapple is a common ingredient in some dishes as well as unexpected items like hot dogs and the mysterious “pink sauce”. Empanadas and Cuban sandwiches are on the menu as well.

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The trailer has a couple of downsides that might be righted along the way. Not all menus items are available every day (we don’t know if this is still the case so let us know). The phone number is for the original trailer located miles away so neighbors can not effectively call in an order for pick up. The start time of 11:30 am….is a little shaky on occasion.

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Late Night Taco Trucks at the Continent

In the early 1980’s, the Continent near the intersection of SR 161 and Busch Blvd., was the place to be in Columbus. The location housed the French Market, which added an international feel to the city with a food court of various foods, independent shops that had a faux French Village Motif and lots and lots of people coursing through the area. The area was dead by the mid 1990’s. In the last few years, the place has had a minor rebirth as a destination for the young Latino population of Columbus. On Friday, Saturday and especially Sunday nights, the night clubs are full. If you did not look at the license plates in the parking lot you could think you were in Houston, Santa Fe, Southern California or even parts of Mexico City. Mixed among the throngs of the young ladies with short skirts, bangle ear rings and three-inch heels and macho boys in Cowboy hats and urban wear you will find two Taco Trucks serving the crowds and keeping it real in the neighborhood.

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El Tizoncito has been at the location for over a year. Don Pedro’s (well known to the writers of TTC) has migrated to this spot in early 2013 and found it to be very profitable. Tizoncito parks in front of Euphoria Night Club Friday to Sunday from 7:30 pm to 3:30 am.

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Don Pedro’s pops out the panbazo’s Friday to Sunday until 4 am in front of Spain Night Club. The club complex is more centrally located and more upscale than many other Taco Truck locations in town. There is also a bit of a sense of “turf” here, so if you are going to visit to appreciate the food and the culture, you may feel that you really stand out from the crowd. Do make sure you know some Spanish if you plan on doing more than ordering food to go.

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