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We Love Los Guachos….and so does everyone else.

Los Guachos has been in print quite a bit over the last year. It is well deserved. Of the hundred or so Taco Trucks that have come and gone as well those that have stayed and made a living, Los Guachos has consistently been among the best. The guys at Los Guachos have also done the best job of crossing over to the Gringo mainstream without compromising their food or culture. Earlier in the year they were in Maxim Magazine (with a quote from the “annointer of good things, Roland K. The Pierogi King of Columbus) Five Best Dinners from the Maxim staff . Most recently, Los Guachos was noted as the best in the Midwest and fourth in the nation by Every Day with Rachael Ray. Now think what you will of the Food Network celebrity but it is acknowledged that her staff do a good job at finding the best of the best. In this case they were dead on. So check Los Guachos out at their trailer on the west side or try them any day at their brick and mortar restaurant at Bethel Road and Godown in Northwest Columbus.


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Quicho from Taco Nazo in the News!

Taco Nazo has been one of our favorite taco trucks since we started this project. Quicho is always happy to help out with any help we need with a bike tour or TV appearance. He generosity and freebies for El Dia de Pavo and other events is legendary. He is also a heck of a nice guy that does a lot for his community. There is a small minority of people in Columbus that view Taco Trucks as lawless, non tax paying banditos stealing from society. Quicho is a great example that such is not the case. This is an article from the Hispanic Chamber of Columbus. We are long overdue in updating the Taco Nazo post so look for that this year.

Tarcisio “Quicho” Perez is the owner of Mexican taco truck, Taco Nazo. A little research on Yelp and will reveal what many of us that have tasted Taco Nazo already know. Taco Nazo is one of the best in Columbus. This May Taco Nazo will celebrate its seventh year in business.

What some people don’t know is that Quicho is passionate about Soccer and the community. I thought Taco Nazo’s name derived from being a great taco but it’s more than that. “Taco Nazo”, explains Quicho, “refers to that amazing kick with soccer cleats”. For my information, cleats are called tacos in Mexico.
Quicho was a minor league soccer player in Mexico. He is an advocate of women soccer. He promoted and coached a woman’s soccer team with great success. Last year Quicho started training young children to play soccer and partnered with Jorge Lasso, an Ecuatorian futbol professional with a bookkeeping business known as ABD Bookkeeping. It’s very encouraging to hear a proud Quicho telling how boys and girls train and play together, how children’s lives become more active and they become more confident. Join me in congratulating Quicho and Jorge in incorporating Latin Star Soccer. They are hoping to raise funds and sponsors to continue impacting more children in the community… and win more games.

To get involved get in contact with Quicho or Jorge.

Visit Taconazo at 2200 East Dublin Granville Road. They are open from 10AM to 9PM in the Winter and from 10-10 in Summer.

Quicho’s phone number is 614 390 9166.

Jorge Lasso’s number is 614 403 4136.

Hmm…maybe we should do a fundraiser to help this great cause. What do you think?

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Winter 2011 Taco Truck Tally: Support Your Local Taco Slingers

Some people think that Taco Trucks migrate to the south for the winter. Not true. Just like the rest of us they hunker down, try to stay warm and try to make a living until spring comes along. Most of the Taco Trucks in Columbus do stay open in the wintertime. However, their hours become a bit irregular and some just call it a day before the day begins. Equipment used in some of the trucks does not work well when it is below freezing and just like us – if the employees are freezing, they don’t work too well either.

A few trucks take late December, January, February and early March off. Many reduce evening hours and try to stay open on days when the temperatures are above 32 degrees. In the case of Taqueria Jalisco II, the owners decided to open up at Mad River Mountain (skiing destination) and take the tacos to the people. Los Guachos and Super Torta II have brick and mortar locations to feed you when the outside temperatures bring fear to you.

So, in the meantime, the best way to fight winter and avoid cabin fever is to go out there and eat tacos. This is also a way to ensure that taco truck you loved in the summer returns in the spring by making sure they have enough income to survive in the dark days of winter.

A couple taco truck census missions were conducted after New Year’s Day. A few taco trucks have disappeared and a couple show no signs of recent activity. Two trucks seem to have repositioned to ride out the winter together as dueling taco trucks. Taqueria y Pupuseria Salvadorena and Taqueria La Morena have been open some weekend evenings in the parking lot of a bar which seems to change names every few months at 2400 E Dublin Granville Rd / SR 161.

To support winter taco consumption, help out our friends during a slow business time and to help you fight the cold of winter with hot sauce we are listing some of the trucks you can depend on to be open for non snowmageddon days.

Taco Nazo

Los Guachos

Taqueria Little Mexico

Taqueria Jalisco

El Tacorriendo

Juniors Tacos

Taqueria Davanne


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New in Newark: The Burrito Bus

The Burrito Bus
1551 West Church Street
(parking lot of the Beverage Source)

Open Monday to Friday 11 am to 3 pm

While this is a site about Taco Trucks in Columbus, we do dabble in outside of 270 eats on occasion. Well, OK once, we went to Springfield. Anyway, Newark is close and the report of a Taco Truck in central Ohio got our attention. Since it would probably get your attention too, here is a short report so you can make an informed decision.

The Burrito Bus is a gringo operation serving Mexican themed fare. Hot Mama Burritos ($5) with your choice of chicken, ground beef, carnitas (shredded pork) or Cajun tofu served with rice and beans, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shredded cheese, sour cream and jalapenos are the mainstay. Other offerings include: tacos de americanos, Nachos Gringos, Papa’s Taco Salad, a burrito bol (a la Chipotle) and Pita de Pollo – a chicken taco using pita bread.

This a newer operation and we salute the rise of mobile food in Newark especially if it is Latin themed. Buenos suerte.


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The Fall of Taco Trucks

(Picture above: This trailer was once orange and white with the nombre of Taqueria Mi Pueblita. A new color scheme and with a new owner who knows what the future might bring.)

The summer of 2010 saw a surge of taco trucks in Columbus with the number topping over forty at one point. The fall seems to see several trucks sliding down the slope of success. Some have disappeared, several have changed locations, changed hands or changed hours of operation. Many of our Taco Truck owner/operator/friends have told us business has slowed down a bit this year.

We are working to track down leads on trucks we have heard about but never found or at least never found open. We are also updating our maps and posts for trucks that have moved or closed. We can use your help. If you find a new truck (trailers or carts count) or a moved truck – let us know but please include (when possible) an address or cross street, hours of operation and/or a phone number. Gracias.

This was a grand season for the taco trade. Quicho from Taco Nazo catered for Rick Bayless at the North Market. Juniors Tacos and Taqueria Jalisco both opened second trucks for catering and alternate locations. Taco Trucks appeared in the Short North for Gallery hop (Juniors), The Columbus Sangria Festival (Juniors), Pecha Kucha (Juniors) and several private parties and special events (Taco Nazo and others).

La Vida Taco/Taco Truck Culture continues to grow. This slice of Latino life can be seen and experienced best at Rhodes Parks on the West side. The Latino community gathers here on Sundays for soccer and siestas. There are a mix of food vendors each Sunday including two or three taco trucks. You can get a taste of this experience from Hungry Woolf.

A Day in the Park with a Hungry Woolf

Mobile Food Mania continues to explode in the capital city and Taco Trucks are very much on the speeding train that this trend has become. Taco Truck friendly festivals are in the works (at the Ohio Historical Society October 14th and Food Cart Food Court at Wonderland on October 17th). We also saw the first gringo taco truck open in Columbus – Mojo TaGo via Street Eats

Another event this year was the birth of Columbus Food Adventures. Two of our team (hungrywoolf & taco drew) now offer public and private tours of taco trucks in Columbus. This season tours will run to the end of October and then will start up again in the spring. Their guided tours are great for those intimidated to visit taco trucks by themselves, or for those who want more information about the food and culture.

The Three Amigos of Taco Trucks Columbus are frequently described as frenetically busy. This is very true. We are engaged in writing many food related blogs (collectively – seven), plotting projects and executing events at any given time. However, this site is still our baby and we remain committed to keeping it updated and useful to our readers. Thanks for your continued support.

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The Taco Truck Census is Complete….

The Taco Truck Team completed our Census of Columbus Taco Trucks in April of 2010. We searched and scoured the streets of the city checking on Taco Trucks past and present. We updated addresses, found that a few trucks disappeared over the winter or changed ownership. We also discovered a few new trucks in the process. Posts have been updated where appropriate and we double checked all the information in the List of Taco Trucks. While this is an ongoing task, our information is now as up to date as is humanly possible. We indicate in the categories section if a truck is closed.

At present there are over thirty of these mobile food vendors in operation. We have tried each one at least once, if not twice or thrice (and more than a few we have been to ten times or more). We continue to do periodic checks on each truck on our list. Over the next few months, some of our more frequently visited trucks will have updated and expanded posts to reflect additions to their menus as well as what we have learned over time.

This truck was a open a few weekends in the late fall before fleeing to Texas, never to return.

Spring is prime time for Taco Trucks taking to the streets and we already know of a few new operators ready to hit the road as the season switches to summer. If you see a new taco truck in your travels, please let us know. Click here for the our e-mail hot line: Taco Trucks Columbus. Before you contact us, please check out the List of Taco Trucks to see if your discovery is already listed. When possible, please note a business address your find is located near or a cross street.

It will be a great summer for street food, seasonal dishes such as Mexican ice cream and elotes are starting to appear. There has been some discussion of a Taco Truck Festival at Crew Stadium and perhaps one on the west side. We will keep you posted on all things Taco Truck. Thanks for your interest, support and assistance.


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If you’re checking in on the Taco Truck Tour…

…rest assured, it’s ON.  See you at 4:00!


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