3866 Sullivant Avenue
Open 7 days a week. 7am-11pm
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.