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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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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 Brothers

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CLOSED
Corner of Broad & Warren
614 272 4875
Open 11-8 every day

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We had spotted this truck a while ago, but were never lucky enough to find it open. Luckily some beady eyed taco fans let us know that it was up and running.

Brothers has been open for almost a month and is located conveniently outside a Mexican butchers/grocery store. Also right by an ‘Adult Superstore’ which seems to be a fairly common location for taco trucks. Read into that what you will.

Business has apparently been ‘so-so’ thus far, but it is still early days for this taco truck.

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I had three tacos (chorizo, lengua and carne asada). The meat portions were generous but the lengua had enough tastebuds showing to make even this offal fan a little squeamish.

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The highlight of my visit was probably the icy cold horchata which was one of the best I have had. Brothers offers esquites, elotes, mango and fruit cocktail as well as the standard taco truck fare.

As an aside, it is interesting how much the salsa’s vary from truck to truck. Many trucks offer a choice of red and green salsas. The ‘red’ salsas actually vary in color dramatically from orange, through reds and browns. Some trucks also have an avocado based guacamole sauce that is worth trying.  The heat varies a lot so it is best to try a little first.

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Salsa at Brothers Taqueria

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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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El Nuevo Tacos Tao / The New Taco Tao


(last seen at 1505 Schrock Rd. on August 23rd – we assume this is closed for good)

614 306 8539 (has been disconnected, confirmed October 2009)

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This truck came to our attention when a good friend mentioned “I drive by one everyday on my way to work but I forgot to mention it”. Well, 5 months later this friend (?) did bring it up so The New Taco Tao / El Nuevo Tacos Tao was found. While the truck has bilingual nomenclature, the staff for the most part does not.

The owner is very friendly. The truck opens at 10 am everyday. We are a little unclear when it closes, probably sometime after 7 pm, so we will keep eating and update later. If you don’t want a blend of cheeses, sour cream, tomatoes and onions on your taco fare, let the owner know as best as you can when you order, because the default toppings will be americano.

The truck maintains loyal band of followers. After two years at a Karl Road location in the Northland area, the truck moved to Schrock Road in August 2009. It never seems to be without a few customers hanging out under the tarp tasting tacos. The tao of this truck to is stick with a minimalist approach: tacos, tortas, burritos, gorditas and quesadillas.

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There are a couple exciting menu exceptions. Menudo (Tripe, not the boy band) has not been sampled or viewed as of yet. The Hungry Woolf is our offal expert and she was out of the country during the initial recon missions. Offal is well represented on the taco menu so stay tuned for Hungry Woolf Approval .

Another interesting development, Fish Tacos – a rarity in our landlocked city. These have not been sampled either since the recon taco team member is allergic to fish. We are hoping these might be San Diego style fish tacos, an icon of Southern California.

A point of interest here is the Tao approach to salsa. It is fresh, made mortar and pestle style in a stone bowl shaped like an unknown four legged creature. We are not sure what the old Taco Tao was but 24+ trucks into our journey of discovery, we think the New Taco Tao is on track.

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