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Co-founder of tacotruckscolumbus.com, alteatscolumbus.com and streeteatscolumbus.com. Bethia is also co-owner of Columbus Food Adventures and writes about food for Columbus Monthly.

Taco Time

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3477 E. Main Street (Intersection of Barnett Road)
On the side of the R&M carryout.
Hours: 11am-10pm (may closed earlier if not busy)

Taco Time has bounced around town for a few months; we’d previously heard sightings of them at Polaris and on Shrock road. This is the first time we’ve caught up with them and we’re glad we did. The truck is run by a friendly family (from Durango and Mexico City) and the food is solid. Their daughter was taking orders during our visit and there was no need for any Spanish to communicate.

As usual at a new truck we started off with some tacos. We tried buche (pork stomach), lengua (cow tongue) and asada. The meats were all well cooked, tender juicy lengua and crispy (and relatively mild seeming) buche. The tacos came with a pile of grilled onions and a grilled jalapeno. The house green salsa, tomatillo based, was spicier than most.
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The menu also featured gringas (small and large). We tried a small al pastor version. The al pastor was cooked on the plancha and topped with a slice of grilled pineapple. It was no match for the spit roasted al pastor we’ve gotten used to from Los Guachos, but it was very pretty and enjoyable nonetheless.

gringa with grilled pineapple

Taco Time also had tamales. We sampled a red tamale which was good. Tamales are harder to find, especially in the summer so it was a nice surprise.

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The menu is rounded out by tortas and burritos. At the weekend Taco Time offers carnitas and menudo and we heard good reviews of the carnitas.

The highlight of our visit was their homemade pina (pineapple) agua fresca. Not overly sweet, very cold and really refreshing, it definitely hit the spot on a hot summer day.

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Taqueria Sope Tapatio

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4250 W. Broad St (just inside of 270 by the Family Thrift)
614.929.0016
Open 10am-10pm

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‘Tapatio’ is a nickname for people from Guadalajara, and unsurprisingly so are the owners of this new truck. They have only been open a couple of weeks, and on our visit they had a limited menu; the only protein offerings were pork (al pastor), chicken, and beef (asada).

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A sincronizada is a cross between a ham and cheese sandwich and a quesadilla. It is two tortillas sandwiching melted cheese and ham. Here it was topped with salsa, lettuce and avocado and cut into quarters. It was a little messy to eat and to my taste under crisped.

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The sope was fried to order. It was smaller than some of the other trucks but the deep frying gave it a nice crunch and it wasn’t too greasy.

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We also tried some chicken tacos. Fine, but nothing special, and the tortillas were a little under done. Bear in mind, though, that the truck was pretty new when we visited – they deserve the benefit of the doubt at this point. They said that they plan to offer more meat options at the weekend including barbacoa and carnitas.

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Las Gaviotas Pupuseria & Taqueria

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552 Norton Road
(in the Sunoco gas station lot)
Columbus, OH 43228
Usual hours: Thursday-Monday 11am-10pm

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Las Gaviotas (which means ‘the seagulls’) is a Honduran-owned truck serving pupusas alongside standard taco truck fare. We thought that the truck looked familiar and indeed it was – it’s the old Chapis taco truck in a new incarnation.

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There is a choice of four flavors of pupusa and all were made from scratch upon ordering. They were the plumpest pupusas we’ve come across in Columbus and were dubbed the ‘double-stuffs’ of the pupusa world. We tried the cheese and bean and the cheese and chicharron. The cheese and bean filled pupusa was universally popular. We couldn’t find much evidence of pork skin in the chicharron pupusa but that may have been a good outcome.

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We really liked the curtido (pickled slaw). It was milder in flavor than some renditions and was a refreshing accompaniment on a hot day.

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We tried the al pastor and buche tacos. The buche was very good, mild in flavor which suggests it has been carefully cleaned and prepared. The al pastor was pretty average. One notable thing is the tomatillo salsa looks fairly innocuous but is made with habanero peppers; delicious but not for the heat averse. Next up was a lengua gordita. The shell was prepared to order and was much less greasy than is often the case, but conversely the lengua was the greasiest we have had and the flavor suffered as a result.

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Taqueria Dos Rositas

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6065 E Livingston Ave.
614.984.8903

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This post has been a while in coming, as this truck was closed for a while over the winter.

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Taqueria Dos Rositas has expanded their menu a lot since last year and added some extra dishes (sopes and taco salad) and additional meat options. It is less common to see  nopales (cactus) , desebrada (shredded beef) or picadillo (ground beef) as options. It seems that they are trying to appeal both to Latino and American audiences. It’s certainly the first taco truck we’ve ever seen that’s serving crab rangoon!

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We had a few tacos including lengua which was pretty good and nopales. The highlight was definitely the homemade tortillas. Dos Rositas is a solid truck, so if you are out on the East side check them out.

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El Habanero Antojitos aka El Abanero

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Corner of Wedgewood & Sullivant
Currently open 7 days a week, 10am – 10pm

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The corner of Wedgewood and Sullivant has been a popular location for taco trucks over the years and we’ve seen several trucks come and go there. We hope that El Habanero (some parts of the truck say ‘El Abanero’) will buck the trend and stick around for the long haul.

The owner is not new to the taco truck business but recently moved to Columbus from elsewhere in Ohio. From the (surprisingly inexpensive) tlayudas on the menu we correctly guessed that she’s from Oaxaca.

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We tried a range of tacos and a gordita. During our visit they only had asada, carnitas, pastor and chorizo available. We aren’t sure if they’ll have lengua and buche as the menu is clearly recycled from another truck (or the previous owner).

tacos from el habanero truck

What a beautiful plate of tacos! We had one each of asada, chorizo and al pastor. The al pastor was very finely chopped, good flavor but surprisingly hard to distinguish from the chorizo. Salsas were nice and thick and obviously freshly made.

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The gordita had a great crispy shell but the carnitas was perhaps a little on the dry side.

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