Friday, February 15, 2013

PGH Taco Truck

You'll probably think this post is biased. I don't care.

About 10 months ago, when James told me that he had bought a truck from someone in Denver to turn into a taco truck, I'll admit, I thought he was crazy.  But, it was his dream, one that he had talked about since we had met - and I do believe in people following their dreams and DOING instead of WISHING, so I supported him 100%.

The truck, when it first arrived in my driveway from Denver.
 Having a big, red truck in my driveway for almost that entire time wasn't a big deal to me, but it was hard to see all of the planning and preparation that goes in to opening such an unusual business (for Pittsburgh, at least).  We did summer events at The Coffee Buddha, The Mattress Factory, and elsewhere. Things looked great, things went wrong, discouragement set in...then hope sprang eternal...then the dream finally became a reality on January 18th.

Thank god.

I have tried so many different tacos from the truck and from the events that we did in the summer from a cart that I couldn't possibly share how I feel about all of them.  BUT, I can say this:

They're phenomenal.

Not only that, but flavorful, creative, and...honestly, I dont know how he comes up with some of this stuff.  However, don't start the "authentic" argument with me.  James uses corn tortillas (gluten-free, by the way), which are more typical in traditional Mexican tacos, but what is placed on those tortillas may not be considered "authentic".

Potato Taco at an event at Coffee Buddha in the summer (pre-truck opening)
The pickled onions ALONE on this taco are amazing. Usually on pork, but chicken for me (can't eat pork).
Venison taco.  Doesn't look like much, but...I loved it.  And it's deer.  DEER.  
Who cares?  They're D-E-L-I-C-I-O-S-O.

From the many comments on Facebook, mentions on Twitter, and overall feedback from people as they ate their tacos right in front of the truck, I know that I'm NOT the only person who feels this way.  Check out the comments for yourself, and maybe you'll think that my opinion is not quite as biased as you might think it is.

I had a chance to help out on that first night, and I was so overwhelmed by how willing people were to wait A.) in 28-degree weather, B.) in a long line, and C.) to tell us how they felt about the food (and to even come back for seconds!).  Some people even just hung out after eating for fun.

My "Muppet Face" inside of the truck on opening night. It was COLD!
It was inspiring.

Dreams do come true.  They have come true.  They will come true.  BUT - only if you MAKE them come true.  Talking is not doing.

 Zucchini-Mushroom-Kale taco with Greek Gourmet jalapeno-cilantro hummus. One of my all-time favorites!
Ceviche from Bar Marco's "No Menu Monday" on Feb. 11. I HOPE THIS BECOMES A REGULAR THING! 
So, now I want to do something that I've dreamed of doing.  I've always wanted to participate in La Tomatina in Bunol, Spain.  You know, a bucket-list item.

Unfortunately, because it's held on the last Wednesday of August, and I'm a teacher who starts school within the last 2 weeks of August, that may never happen.  What's the best solution?

Have one here in Pittsburgh.

I mean, Heinz ketchup is headquartered here (I know, it was just sold to investors, but it WILL be headquartered here even after the sale is finalized), so what better place to have such a tomato-y mess occur?

If you agree with me, follow La Tomatina PGH on Twitter and Facebook.

AND go buy tacos from a truck.  More specifically, buy them from PGH Taco Truck.

PGH Taco Truck
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