In the early 1980’s, the Continent near the intersection of SR 161 and Busch Blvd., was the place to be in Columbus. The location housed the French Market, which added an international feel to the city with a food court of various foods, independent shops that had a faux French Village Motif and lots and lots of people coursing through the area. The area was dead by the mid 1990’s. In the last few years, the place has had a minor rebirth as a destination for the young Latino population of Columbus. On Friday, Saturday and especially Sunday nights, the night clubs are full. If you did not look at the license plates in the parking lot you could think you were in Houston, Santa Fe, Southern California or even parts of Mexico City. Mixed among the throngs of the young ladies with short skirts, bangle ear rings and three-inch heels and macho boys in Cowboy hats and urban wear you will find two Taco Trucks serving the crowds and keeping it real in the neighborhood.
El Tizoncito has been at the location for over a year. Don Pedro’s (well known to the writers of TTC) has migrated to this spot in early 2013 and found it to be very profitable. Tizoncito parks in front of Euphoria Night Club Friday to Sunday from 7:30 pm to 3:30 am.
Don Pedro’s pops out the panbazo’s Friday to Sunday until 4 am in front of Spain Night Club. The club complex is more centrally located and more upscale than many other Taco Truck locations in town. There is also a bit of a sense of “turf” here, so if you are going to visit to appreciate the food and the culture, you may feel that you really stand out from the crowd. Do make sure you know some Spanish if you plan on doing more than ordering food to go.
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.