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Mr Grill Tacos

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1060 Georgesville Road (near SSA Office) and Growing Solutions Garden Center.

near Georgesville Road and Clime Road

614 732 2773

Open 10 am to 9 pm. Closed Wednesdays

The owners have had a truck here for 3 – 5 years but June 18th they upgraded to a new and bigger truck.

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Winter specials

Specialties include carne asada tacos, popusas, and migadas. There is a good choice of pickles and sauces. They also have a good range of agua frescas (tamarind and pineapple the day we were there) and excellent horchata.

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Chorizo and egg, pastor and lengua tacos

This is a busy truck and interestingly they serve Popusas (aka -pupusas -a Salvadorean dish) on the weekends. The pupusas come in cheese or meat and cheese and have a really good corn flavor. This is the only truck we have found that serves them and they are worth trying. Very satisfying and good value. The coleslaw is also really good. Light and refreshing and again this is something rare.

Mr Grill was one of the first places we noticed that offered corn or wheat tortillas and the price for the wheat (harina) tortillas is double that of the maiz.

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Popusas

For nostalgia sake – the old truck

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Chapis Tacos

Current location (November 2010)
977 Harrisburg Pike – parking lot of Carniceria Brothers
Open 10:30 – 7:00 pm – daily (?)
Under new ownership – we have not tried this version….yet.
Information below is “historical”.


(This truck was a mainstay in the early days but was sold to new owners – see below for history)
Behind ENR  Transmissions & Auto Repair, 830 W. Broad Street
(Very convenient for Mt Carmel Hospital).
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We have been trying to find the mythical Souder Truck for months. The mystery is now solved – the truck that was in that location closed and after a hiatus, Chapis has been open in that same location for 3 weeks. It is run by two sisters and when I visited the daughter of one of the women was helping out.

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The menu is extensive and there was also a sign saying that they have Menudo on saturdays.  Also on the menu is Guisado (a beef stew) that sounds interesting. Unfortunately when I visited they seemed to have a limited selection of meats and so I ordered carne asada and al pastor tacos.

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The al pastor was a little greasy, but I have been spoiled by Los Guachos and I am not sure that any other al pastor can compare. The horchata was so sweet that it was almost undrinkable and when I visited things seemed a little shambolic even though they weren’t that busy. Apart from being out of various ingredients, they got my order wrong, got the change wrong and had to repeatedly the other customer who was there what he wanted on his burrito. Hopefully they can iron out some of these teething problems soon. Chapis is worth trying if it is convenient, but not worth going out of your way for.

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Taqueria Los Tolucos


755 Stelzer Rd.
10am-10pm Sunday-Thursday and 10am-12am on Friday and Saturday

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Fresh from its stint on the west side, Los Tolucos has been reopened by new owners at a location close to the airport. To be frank, they didn’t seem to be off to the most promising of starts. Service was slow and disinterested, and the food was mediocre on average.

There were a few bright spots, though: the cabeza tacos were above the bar, and the grilled onions and pepper made for a nice addition to the tacos.

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Junior’s Tacos

Junior’s is now back on 5th avenue near the corner of 5th and Highland (Dairy Family convenience store lot) and they appear to have settled down in that location.

Open Mon-Thur 10am-11pm, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10 am-11pm, Closed Wednesday

614.743.7603

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The truck is a new venture for Carlos the friendly and voluble owner.

For the time being, Carlos is providing Victorian Village with a menu of taco truck standards – tacos, burritos, tortas, and the like – as well as a few American options such as hot dogs and bratwurst.

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We’ve not yet had the opportunity to taste Junior’s Taco’s non-taco wares, so our experience is limited to a plate of tacos with four different meats.  We enjoyed the carne asada and the chorizo tacos.  Chicken – eh, not so much.  It’s hard to judge much of anything from a single sampling, but our first overall impression was: ‘somewhere mid-pack’.

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That may well change.  Carlos’s operation is all of a month old, and he was at pains to emphasize how he’s still working the bugs out.  He also spoke of ambitious plans, so we’ll be keeping track of him and keeping you up-to-date on his location and progress. Carlos is keen to cater to his customers and is more accommodating than most taco trucks of special orders. He has been experimenting with some vegetarian dishes and we hear that the vegetarian fajita burrito is worth trying.

We went back to Junior’s on July 7th enticed by the promise of tamales. Carlos did not disappoint and there were tamales all-round. They were a big hit with our group and we hope that they will soon be a regular menu item. At $1.25 each you can afford to eat a few, which is just what you will want to do.

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El Manantial Latino

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or 14-0 Express on Hudson between Indianola and Summit.

As of September 2012, 24 hrs per day 7 days a week (mostly)

614.515.3929

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Colombia represents!  El Manantial Latino is our second truck with food (and owners) from that part of the world in as many days, and we’ve found that they make a compelling case for occasionally straying from the city’s many mobile Mexican offerings.

Upon ordering, we were heartened to see the cook hand-forming our empanadas from scratch.  ‘Fresh’ is the word here, and we were told that they hoped to reflect that attribute in their name (Manantial means ‘waterfall’).

The empanadas were crispy and, for having just emerged from the fryer, remarkably light and not too oily.  We tried the beef and cheese options, and while both fillings were pleasing enough, neither had quite the satisfying complexity of flavors found in the empanadas from 8th Taste.  Perhaps the taste bud abuse I endured from the screaming hot green sauce that Manantial’s empanadas are served with contributed to that impression?

Go ahead, call me a wimp, I can take it.

(Edit – my Manantial dining partner chimes in, emailing: “The sauce wasn’t that hot, I ate all of it while you weren’t looking!” What evah. )

The arepas (above), also formed and cooked as we watched, were even more popular – I suspect that’s at least partly because they hit TTC’s collective soft spot for carmelized cheese.  Served with an especially appealing style of chorizo slices, our order disappeared quickly.

Satisfying though the above were, we can’t help but feel as though we missed out – El Manantial offers a wide range of rotating special items that, if we understood correctly, are only served on Saturday and Sunday.  Luckily, they send out email updates to provide customers with the latest info.  Personally, I’m keeping an eye out for the next appearance of their Colombian tamales.

If you’d like them to add you to their list you can email them at:

elmanantiallatino (at) hotmail (dot) com. They also have a facebook page.

A parting thought – one of the true pleasures of taco truckin’ is the opportunity to, unlike in most restaurants, routinely interact with the people who own the establishment and prepare your food.  Occasionally the language barrier may pose some difficulties to the spanish deficient, but respect for the customers and pride in the food are easily communicated even without words.

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention that El Manantial Latino’s kind operators exemplify these qualities in spades

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