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.