6157 Cleveland Ave
We seen a few seafood-focused taco trucks come and go on the west side before but Aguachiles brings this novelty the east side. Found on north Cleveland Avenue just south of 270, it’s conveniently (if you’re getting take out) located in the parking lot of a beer store.
The truck takes its name from the dish – aguachiles – which is a shrimp ceviche in which the shrimp are essentially cooked in lime juice. Usually aguachiles are very spicy but the version at Los Aguachiles was probably the mildest version we’ve had. It didn’t suffer for the lack of heat and I’d imagine you could order it spicier. As is traditional, it’s served with crackers and tostadas.
The truck offers several different versions of shrimp cooked on the grill. The main difference seemed to be different levels of spice. We enjoyed our order of camarones a la plancha. The shrimp were grilled with onions and peppers and still had a little kick even though this was reputed to be the mildest option. They were served with cucumber, rice and beans as well as tortillas.
We also tried a tostada de camarones y pulpo (shrimp and octopus) which proved to be a solid version of the dish. Not too spicy but with plenty of lime and some avocado.
In addition to the seafood, there are plenty of meat options including the usual taco truck staples of burritos, tacos, tortas and quesadillas.
The truck has a tent with some seating and the owner and staff were friendly. The truck had only been open 3 days when we visited so we expect the menu and hours to evolve as they get established.
233 W 5th Avenue
Corner of 5th and Forsythe, Victorian Village
Monday-Saturday 11am-9.30pm (or later)
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We were sad when the owners of Taqueria Davanne returned to Mexico but it wasn’t long before their truck was reincarnated to become Los Primos. The truck is still parked outside Las Maravillas Mexican Market and you can go into the store to buy drinks or do some shopping while you wait for your food.
The truck offers most of the taco truck staples – tacos, burritos, quesadillas and tortas but no sopes or gorditas. Taco meat options are steak, chicken al pastor, chorizo and cecina (marinated beef). In addition to the standard fare they also offer enchiladas and restaurant style plates with either steak, milanesa (breaded steak) or cecina.
We ordered tacos with cecina, chorizo and al pastor and all were solid but the pale green salsa (we weren’t offered a choice) was a little disappointing.
When we visited they were also offering tostadas de ceviche and tamales as specials. The ceviche had nice chunks of fish and some heat. You may want to add some extra lime and hot sauce. It was thoughtfully packed to go with the tostada separate so it didn’t get soggy. The tamale (green with chicken) was small and suffered from having been overly nuked.
(Last seen at this location, currently missing)
2991 Sullivant Ave (corner of Sullivant and Binns, in Alex Market parking lot)
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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.