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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6 responses to “Ghost Trucks

  1. Graciela

    There is a late-night taco stand at El Volcan, called Los Guachos. And they have REAL, spit-roasted tacos el pastor. I moved here recently from Texas and have been craving el pastor for years! Now that I found it I eat there like 4 days a week. They are open daily from 4:30-3:00am. The meat will be the tastiest if you go weekends late-night when they are busy. Nothing fancy, just tacos y tortas, Jarritos.

  2. Speaking of ghost trucks, any idea what happened to Los Potosinos? It’s like they up and disappeared overnight? Do you have any way to get in touch with Lydia to find out if they moved?

    • hungrywoolf

      They did move – their rent was raised at the original location, and they are now setting up in a spot on Georgesville just north of Las Delicias. We’ll update the Potosinos post and bump it to the top once we can confirm that they’ve re-opened. Their phone number is 614 887 6895

      • It’s at Lincoln Park Place off of Georgesville Road now.. The food is still great..

        A birdie told me that the owner of a nearby Chinese restaurant got mad that a certain taco truck was soaking up all the business, which prompted the move…

        TTC Editorial Comment: For those confused by Micheal’s comment, it refers to the move of Los Potosinos to a new location in May 2009. The truck was not a ghost truck during the few days it was off the radar, Lydia calls us at least once per week. If anyone can help her find a better location for Los Potosinos – she would appreciate it.

  3. Looking for Taco Time!

    There was a taco truck called Taco Time at the corner of Schrock Rd. and Karl Rd. or at the corner of Karl and 161. It was there for the better part of a year, but it disappeared about three or four months ago and we haven’t seen it since, despite looking around for it. Has anyone seen or heard from them?? They had the best burritos and pork sandwiches ever!

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