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Taco Tour Spring 2010

It’s been a year since the first taco tour, and we’ve been amazed at how much interest the project has had, with TV appearances, newspaper articles and radio shows featuring on the trucks. The project is also evolving and we are becoming increasingly involved with liaison and advocacy issues, but what it’s still fundamentally about, for us, is introducing new people to the taco trucks. There is nothing as gratifying as watching someone try a taco truck for the first time and hearing them say “Wow, this is really good”. There is also lots of fun to be had for taco truck veterans, as so many of the trucks have interesting specialities, and there are new trucks popping up all the time. We have visited three new trucks in the last week.

We estimate that around 200 people came on the tour, including at least 50 on two wheels, and while the threat of rain may have kept some people away, we were really lucky and the rain held off right until the end. We were really pleased to have such a diverse group on the tour and so many people from the west side. The group including representatives from the Hilltop Business Association, Westgate Neighbors Association, The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, families, hard core cyclists and food enthusiasts. Ages ranged from infants to retirees.  As the Gourmand says, Food has great power to bring people together.

We think the taco trucks are a great asset for the city and love the diversity and color that they add to Columbus’s dining scene. We’re glad that lots of people seem to agree with us. The taco trucks are an obvious draw in bringing people to the west side and we wish that the city of Columbus and particularly the west side showed more pride in their vibrant street food scene.

We raised $150 for the Center for Latin Hope, a small non-profit based on Sullivant Avenue which offers educational and health programs for the latino community. We have heard wonderful things about their work and were pleased to be able to support them. Thank you to everyone who donated.

If you missed this tour and would like to have your own tour of the west side trucks, here is a copy of the map and guide. There will also be a feature in Alive this thursday featuring six trucks from around the whole city. There’s a sneak preview here and we had a lot of fun with G.A. Benton and the rest of his crew. We are also planning a taco truck meet up for Cinco de Mayo at Taco Nazo. More details to come.

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If you enjoy eating at taco trucks you might also enjoy reading our new blog alt.eats.columbus, where we visit off-the-beaten-track restaurants and explore Somali, Jamaican, Salvadorean, Middle Eastern and Asian food, as well as some of the more authentic Mexican restaurants.

Special thanks to Ray from Columbus Rides for organizing the bike ride part of the event;  to Hal and Al’s bar on Parsons Avenue for hosting a Mexican beer themed after party and of course to the wonderful truck owners for their warm welcome. Thanks also to everyone who came on the tour, and for all the kind comments on twitter and facebook. You can friend or follow us on either for news of events and updates of new trucks, specials or changes in truck locations. We also love to get news of new truck spottings.

Here are some more photos from the event. It’s a flickr group, so if you have more photos please feel free to add them.

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The Big Bass Brothers – Taco Trucks in the Funhouse Mirror

Now this was something different… !

When the Big Bass Brothers called us for advice on taco trucks to visit (thanks Columbusfoodie!), we had no idea what to expect. To be honest, we hadn’t heard of them and really didn’t have any idea as to what they did. So, for those who are in the same boat as we were, a quick synopsis – the BBB have a weekly radio show on WTVN 610 that entertainingly covers their lunch adventures as they look for inexpensive quality eats. And bathrooms… mustn’t forget the bathrooms.

Their piece aired yesterday at 3:00pm (and again at 6:00pm), and we gave ’em a listen. Our thoughts?

Well, first off, we’re glad they did it. They gave this site scads of plugs and love, which sent considerable traffic our way. We hope that means that a lot of their listeners will be trying out the trucks.  (Edit – we’ve spoken with a few of the trucks and they definitely saw a good bit of new business over the last few days).

Second, they reminded us of what it’s like to visit a truck for the first time… the tinge of anxiety, discomfort with the language barrier, and uncertainty with unfamiliar foods. As the BBB show is as much entertainment as it is informative, it’s to their credit that the generally dealt with all of this in a fair-minded manner. A bit cringe-worthy, at times – he did not just say ‘go to Giant Eagle and get some taco seasoning,’ did he?! (yes, yes he did…) – but generally honest and fair.

Third, we wish we could’ve been there with them.  They rate their experiences on a scale of 1 to 5 bellies, and when all was said and done their taco truck rating probably averaged out to a 3.  With a little more guidance, we feel pretty confident we could’ve delivered a 5 belly experience.  Well, save for the bathrooms.

You can give it a listen here: link

The trucks mentioned on the show were Otro Rollo, Little MexicoLas Delicias and Los Potosinos (which is closed on Wednesdays). If you want your own 5 belly tour, all of these trucks and more will be included in the tour on April 24th.

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Otro Rollo Taqueria

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3866 Sullivant Avenue
614.278.2339

Open 7 days a week. 7am-11pm

Click here to to map it!

We have been fans of Otro Rollo bakery since we first discovered it on one of our taco  trucking missions. Their tres leche cake and caramel filled churros had us coming back for more. We were excited last month when we saw that they had purchased a taco truck and watched over subsequent visits as it was kitted out. This is not the maiden venture into taco trucking for the hard working owner of Otro Rollo bakery. He previously had a taco truck, but when the bakery business took off, he decided he needed to focus his attention on that. Otro Rollo bakery now delivers freshly baked breads and cakes every day to 35-40 retail customers and with the business doing well, it is time for more tacos.

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Temporary menu

Otro Rollo means different from the surroundings, and the owner explained why he thinks his tacos are superior. The motto of Otro Rollo is ‘In flavor, in quality, in service’. The tortillas used are made without preservatives, the agua frescas are made fresh and not from mixes and the meat for the hamburgesas is ground on site. The owner is originally from Monterrey in the North of Mexico and so far he is the first taqueria owner we have met from that area.

Otro Rollo has the usual menu items but also features the Mexican hamburger which comprises a thin beef patty with bacon, ham, cheese, avocado, onion, lettuce and tomato. It was a tasty burger, the main difference from an American hamburger being the thinner beef patty and the ham and avocado.

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Otro Rollo has a few meat choices that are not commonly found at other trucks:
Tinga – a slow cooked chicken dish with 3 peppers, seasonings and onions. The peppers are used mainly for color and the flavor is a little spicy, a little sweet and more than a hint of chipotle smokiness.
Birria – a beef stew made with 5 peppers but not hot. The owner told us that he uses his grandmother’s recipe. Think barbacoa with more flavor.
Puerco – a pork dish that we didn’t get to try. Will update when we do.

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The tacos were distinguished by having slices of avocado on top, something we have not seen at other trucks.We tried a variety of tacos including lengua, al pastor, barbacoa, birria and tinga. The lengua was above average, the birria flavorful and tender but the biggest hit was the tinga. This is the first truck I have seen it at and it is much better (in my opinion) than the usual chicken offerings. In fact the tinga was so good that we had to order more and tried it on a sope.

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Sope with tinga

There were the standard red and green salsas (both good) and we were also given a taste of a different (and hotter) hot sauce made with peanuts.

Otro Rollo starts serving breakfast at 7am. We did not see their full breakfast menu, but were told that they will be serving tamales, omelettes, huevos, ham, bacon and other breakfast food. They also have the benefit of being right next to the bakery! We will be heading back out there soon to check out the tamales.

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