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Taqueria Angela

Taqueria Angela
3764 Cleveland Ave (next to Darbo)
614 490 4434 (?)

We hope third time is the charm for this taco vendor but we have our doubts. This orange taco trailer has seen better days. In late 2009, it appeared as El Tizoncito. In the early 2010 taco season it became Taco Loco. Now it is Taqueria Angela. It is showing some significant wear and tear. Scouting missions have come up empty handed many times, we could see no signs of life. The owners of the restaurant next door report the truck is open…”sometimes at night, sometimes not”. We would probably not even mention this truck but since it is at a known location and because readers have asked about it, we have to give you something to work with. We have never steered readers from any taco truck…but this may be the exception, (if it is open). I did catch the current owner at the truck in early August. Things did not look so promising. The owner asked if we would wait a month or so until he could pick a new name, paint a new sign and update a few other things. He was going to call when he was ready. We never heard back and drive by scouts in early September showed no activity. Stay tuned. If you are in this area, consider hitting the Cleveland Ave. trucks or Los Texanos on Weber Road.

On the bright side, the parking lot behind this location used to be a graveyard of unused taco trailers. The trailers have disappeared as of July 2010 so maybe they are being reborn to push the number of taco trucks over the 50 mark in 2010. That would be muy, muy bueno.

The photo below is from better days.

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Taqueria El Trancazo

880 Weber Road (near the west wall of the Weber Road Market / cross street: Pontiac)
(Closed, Verified August 6th 2010)
614 886 4467

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Taco Trucks Columbus is very much a team effort. As a trio, duo or sometimes solo we scout, photograph, research and write about all things taco truck in Columbus. Another important part of the team is our loyal taco touristas who fill us in on new finds. Our latest assist comes from @nspeelman a long time reader and supporter. We say mucha gracias!

Taqueria El Trancazo opened on June 3rd. The owner, Jorge Medina is new to the taco trade but has lived in Columbus for six years. His menu is as short as his taco truck but covers the standards that are the baseline offerings for most trucks in the Columbus area. He does have one item that veers from the standard – chorizo con huevos (sausage with eggs) which can be ordered as a topping for any item on the menu.

Jorge also pours homemade aqua frescas and horchata. He hopes to offer one or two special dishes on the weekends after he gets a few more weeks of business under his belt. He did mention one meat variety that cannot be found on any menus elsewhere in Columbus but we are bound by the taco truck code of honor not to release this secret.

El Trancazo may be a good entry level truck for first time taco truckers on the north/central side of Columbus. This area is somewhat residential and if you are traveling with taco truck doubters there is an alternative mobile food vendor across the street.

TJ’s Cafe is open everyday from 3pm to 8pm. The small cart serves hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken wraps and a few other items. This is the second summer in the mobile food trade for the very affable owner. When he lost his job he decided to start his own business and has found it rewarding to date.

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Las Brisas

(Last seen at this location, currently missing)
2991 Sullivant Ave (corner of Sullivant and Binns, in Alex Market parking lot)

614.930.8671

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The days are getting shorter, the kids are trudging back to school, OSU football’s in full swing – fall is in the air in central Ohio.

And, we’ve just stumbled upon a new taco truck.  Specializing in seafood.

When we asked the folks at Las Brisas how long they’ve been opened, the response was ’4 days’.  This served to a) reinforce our desire to believe that no truck in Columbus goes unnoticed by us for long, and b) hope they’ll be able to weather the seasons to come and make it through to prime ceviche slinging weather.  It’s nice to see a taco truck alternative to Mi Chula’s seafood offering, and from what we’ve seen Las Brisas should be able to hold their own in this niche of two.

The empanadas were tasty – light, flaky, expertly fried pockets enveloping a generous portion of diced shrimp and cheese filling.  Good on their own, and delicious when dipped into the creamy red sauce that accompany them.

We also tried the tostadas mixtas, which is a fried tortilla topped with a mixed ceviche comprised of shrimp, fish, and octopus.  Light and refreshing – perfect as a… umm… quick cool snack on a blazing summer afternoon.

Las Brisas has a somewhat confusing mishmash of menus taped up around their service window with hot dogs, hamburgers and steak tacos in addition to their seafood specialities.  We’ll be back to try out some of the other items, and we’d love to hear from you in the comments if you get the chance to explore their selection as well.

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El Nuevo Tacos Tao / The New Taco Tao


(last seen at 1505 Schrock Rd. on August 23rd – we assume this is closed for good)

614 306 8539 (has been disconnected, confirmed October 2009)

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This truck came to our attention when a good friend mentioned “I drive by one everyday on my way to work but I forgot to mention it”. Well, 5 months later this friend (?) did bring it up so The New Taco Tao / El Nuevo Tacos Tao was found. While the truck has bilingual nomenclature, the staff for the most part does not.

The owner is very friendly. The truck opens at 10 am everyday. We are a little unclear when it closes, probably sometime after 7 pm, so we will keep eating and update later. If you don’t want a blend of cheeses, sour cream, tomatoes and onions on your taco fare, let the owner know as best as you can when you order, because the default toppings will be americano.

The truck maintains loyal band of followers. After two years at a Karl Road location in the Northland area, the truck moved to Schrock Road in August 2009. It never seems to be without a few customers hanging out under the tarp tasting tacos. The tao of this truck to is stick with a minimalist approach: tacos, tortas, burritos, gorditas and quesadillas.

gordita y taco

gordita y taco

There are a couple exciting menu exceptions. Menudo (Tripe, not the boy band) has not been sampled or viewed as of yet. The Hungry Woolf is our offal expert and she was out of the country during the initial recon missions. Offal is well represented on the taco menu so stay tuned for Hungry Woolf Approval .

Another interesting development, Fish Tacos – a rarity in our landlocked city. These have not been sampled either since the recon taco team member is allergic to fish. We are hoping these might be San Diego style fish tacos, an icon of Southern California.

A point of interest here is the Tao approach to salsa. It is fresh, made mortar and pestle style in a stone bowl shaped like an unknown four legged creature. We are not sure what the old Taco Tao was but 24+ trucks into our journey of discovery, we think the New Taco Tao is on track.

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Ghost Trucks

Several months into the hunt, the Taco Truck Team has located twenty trucks and counting. Some trucks close for the winter but warm weather jumpstarts all of the trucks out of hibernation and back to taco slinging. We have continued our quest to track all taco trucks in town but a few remain elusive. We call these Ghost Trucks. Most trucks stay in one place their entire career to build a following. The nature of requirements to run a truck – water, power, etc., preclude a truck from being mobile like many LA Trucks such as Kogi BBQ.

During our winter research we found a large truck cluster on Cleveland Ave. However with spring sprung they have not moved and show no sign of life. My friend BA would call these fake out trucks. I think of this place as the Taco Truck Bermuda Triangle. There are three parked between the Darbo African Restaurant and the (closed) Plaza Mexico at 3768 Cleveland Ave.

Moving a little farther north on Cleveland Avenue, there is a taco truck/trailer that has been parked in a residential driveway since at least February.

Heading a bit to the southwest, Hungry Woolf did some recon based on a tip from Becke at Columbus Foodie. The truck below is in front of Carniceria Brothers at 977 Harrisburg Pike.

photo by Hungry Woolf

photo by Hungry Woolf

This truck has not been open to our knowledge since it first landed on HW radar.

There are a few other trucks we have not glimpsed. Our initial research included a post on Columbus Underground asking for truck locations. One of the leads we received is below.

There is a great taco truck is in the alley (West Gay Street?) at West Broad and Souder Ave in Franklinton. It’s almost like it’s a secret. You can’t see it from West Broad. For five bucks you can get a a HUGE burrito with fresh ingredients including avocado. The owner is Marta. She is a very nice lady. She gave me a free Mexican soda once just so I’d try it. it was some sort of kiwi or banana sugar drink, nasty, but the food there is awesome. They even have tongue!

A few weeks later we got this update.

Absolutely love the burrito buggy at gay and souder, unfortunately it has been closed the past week or so. Marta has been ill and hasn’t had anyone to open up for her. The burritos are excellent and huge.

We have checked back for this truck several times since March and it has not returned.

Another truck we found in the winter was El Paisa Taqueria. We first found it near the intersection of West Broad and Oakley. A few weeks later, we saw it in a parking lot on Georgesville Road near Broad Street. We have not seen it in over a month and we have never found it open at any time.

We have heard rumors of a late night taco truck at El Volcan nightclub on Sullivant Ave.
(Update: A happy ending here, we found this truck thanks to a comment on this post. Yes – the al Pastor at Los Guachos Taqueria is that good – Taco Drew will tell you more.)

We also visited a new truck called La Vacana on Sullivant, but we have not seen it in weeks.

These trucks could be ghosts of trucks past, present, or future. We will keep tabs on them. Let us know if you find any other trucks….that are open. In the meantime, we will keep searching and taco truckin’.

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