(Note this Truck is closed / was sold as of June 2014)
6157 Cleveland Ave (Parking Lot of House of Cigar, west side of street)
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.
880 Weber Road (near the west wall of the Weber Road Market / cross street: Pontiac)
(Closed, Verified August 6th 2010)
614 886 4467
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Taqueria El Trancazo opened on June 3rd. The owner, Jorge Medina is new to the taco trade but has lived in Columbus for six years. His menu is as short as his taco truck but covers the standards that are the baseline offerings for most trucks in the Columbus area. He does have one item that veers from the standard – chorizo con huevos (sausage with eggs) which can be ordered as a topping for any item on the menu.
Jorge also pours homemade aqua frescas and horchata. He hopes to offer one or two special dishes on the weekends after he gets a few more weeks of business under his belt. He did mention one meat variety that cannot be found on any menus elsewhere in Columbus but we are bound by the taco truck code of honor not to release this secret.
El Trancazo may be a good entry level truck for first time taco truckers on the north/central side of Columbus. This area is somewhat residential and if you are traveling with taco truck doubters there is an alternative mobile food vendor across the street.
TJ’s Cafe is open everyday from 3pm to 8pm. The small cart serves hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken wraps and a few other items. This is the second summer in the mobile food trade for the very affable owner. When he lost his job he decided to start his own business and has found it rewarding to date.
Taco Loco (Closed July 2010)
3764 Cleveland Ave (next to Darbo)
614 348 9485
Planned hours 10am-10/11pm every day
With the opening of Taco Loco we officially declare taco truck season 2010 open. Yes, of course we know that the more hard-core taco lovers have been huddling around heaters and sipping atole all winter, but the warmer weather means more trucks, longer hours and enjoying a leisurely meal in the fresh air.
The first of the new trucks is Taco Loco ‘the crazy taco stand’, a reincarnation of the orange truck formerly known as El Tizoncito and parked in the same location. We’re not sure what makes it crazy, the owners were friendly, competent and seemed completely sane and the truck offers standard and solid taco truck fare. As well as tacos, burritos, quesadillas and tortas they also have Mexican hamburgers and cheeseburgers. It’s a new truck so they may add new menu items or adjust their hours as they see how business develops.
The ‘soft taco’ is a flour tortilla with American style toppings. We sampled a few tacos and were really impressed with the juicy chunks of lengua (although the picture below is of buche.) Warning, the red and green salsa are both pack some heat – hotter than average.
We are already planning our first taco truck tour of 2010 – stayed tuned for a proper announcement soon.
More photos to come, once the stars line up......
This truck is now closed and has been reopened as Taco Loco same location, new owners, new menu.
3768 Cleveland Ave
(Near intersection of East Cooke and Cleveland Ave).
Monday to Thursday 11 am to 10 pm
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 11 pm
The Taco Truck Columbus team knows the El Tizoncito site well. Earlier in the year, the parking lot was dubbed the Bermuda Triangle of Taco Trucks since it serves as a resting ground of trucks that are not in use. The site was first on our radar as the former location of Darbo Cafe, an Somali restaurant which closed in September. We also know El Tizoncito as “the orange truck” that was a bonus stop for the Night of 1000 Tacos. We have been delayed writing about this mobile taco stand while trying to find the owner on site to ask for permission to photograph the truck. We have also found afternoon hours to be a bit….variable.
El Tizoncito opened around August of 2009. The truck is easy to find but a little hard to figure out. There is no menu at the truck, you kind of have to sort that out for yourself. It takes a little prodding to find out what you can order. This is what is available in taco or burrito form: al pastor, carnitas, pollo, barbacoa and asada. There are also five to six homemade salsas available each day which seem to vary with each visit. We also discovered that El Tizoncito has huevos (eggs) which they will serve with jamon (ham) or as Huevos Rancheros.
Based on TTC posted comments and our own experience, the al pastor tacos are your better bet here. A word of advice for this truck, you may want to take your own beverage with you or pop across the street to the bar (if you do let us know how that goes) because we have yet to find a cold beverage here or a consistent line up of choices.
Another advisory that you can take with a grain of salt. Some of our Taco Truck savvy allies that frequent this site report that they feel a little uncomfortable and unsafe here during the later evening hours based on encounters with some the clientele. Use your best judgment, our own experiences have been OK but we have dined mostly in the early evening.
Corner of 5th and Forsythe, Victorian Village
Closed. This truck is now Taqueria Los Primos
When we first started out with this taco truck blogging adventure, everyone asked us: have you been to the truck next to the Mexican market in Victorian Village?
We had, and it was always closed.
Until now, that is. A cousin of the owner of the market has taken the truck over, given it a fresh coat of paint, and opened up last week with a limited menu that they plan to expand with time. The hours may also increase over time. The owners are a husband and wife team and were very friendly. The truck name is a compilation of their children’s names.
Currently, they offer tacos, tortas, burritos, and quesadillas filled with your selection from six different meat options. We tried the cecina, al pastor, and chorizo tacos, and all met or exceeded expectations. The chorizo in particular was nice – less greasy than most, but lacking nothing in flavor. It is house-made by the grocery store, so you can also go inside and buy some to take home.