(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)
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.
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.