Move aside horse-drawn buggies filled with Roman Candy, New Orleans has a new emerging market for food on wheels. From Pete’s Pedal Pops (a bike-driven popscicle stand) to MVBurger (a Sunday night burger pop-up restaurant that takes over the grills at Slim Goodies on Magazine), it seems that movable food is quite the craze. Just the other day my fiance called me and said “I just saw a cupcake truck drive through our neighborhood!” Things are getting awesome around here.
Which brings me to the subject of my “Meatless Mondays” post today: vegetarian tacos from TLNola’s taco truck. I had been stalking TLNola on Twitter for months but somehow our schedules for eating/sleeping/working didn’t “mesh well” (I may or may not have taken that from the movie Clueless…). And since the only way to know where the truck is going to be parked is via their updates on Twitter, I sometimes wouldn’t remember to check my tweets until after we’d already eaten. Such a bummer.
So this past Saturday we made a point to save our appetites and make our very first trip to the Taceaux Loceaux truck as it was parked outside of Dos Jefes Cigar Bar on Tchoupitoulas. Immediately we found it difficult to choose, since everything on the menu sounded really good, so we went a little crazy and ordered five different tacos, starting with the All Hat, No Cattle, the Messin’ with Texas and the AIEEE! It took hardly any time at all for them to cook and assemble our tacos, and the fired-up griddle got the meats and beans nice and hot.
The All Hat, No Cattle vegetarian option came with Spiced Black Beans, Rice, Shredded Cabbage, Radish, Cilantro, Crema, Salsa Picante on a Flour Tortilla (can be made vegan by eliminating the crema). We were both surprised with how incredibly flavorful this taco was. The beans had a nice bite to them, and were even a little crisp on the outside. The cabbage and radishes added freshness and crunch, the salsa added a little bit of heat, and the crema and cilantro created a cooling effect. A squeeze of fresh lime enhanced all the flavors. This has got to be the best vegetarian drunk food ever. The Messin’ with Texas was prepared the same way, except it substituted slow-roasted brisket for the rice and beans. An amaaaaazing slow-roasted brisket, at that.
We also tried the Seoul Man made with Bulgogi Chicken, Shredded Cabbage, Cilantro, Pickled Red Onions, Sriracha Aioli on a Flour Tortilla and I have to say that this one was my least favorite. I think it was the pickled red onions that I didn’t like, but the soy sauce/sesame/garlic seasoning on the chicken was fabulous. And that sriracha aioli was pretty killer as well.
The Carnital Knowledge consisted of Classic Slow Cooked Pork, Shredded Cabbage, Radish, Cilantro, Chipotle Aioli on Corn Tortillas. This was my third favorite behind the Messin’ with Texas and the All Hat, No Cattle. Tender, caramelized pieces of pork covered in spicy, smoky chipotle aioli practically came spilling out of the tortilla. Crunchy radishes and cabbage cooled things down.
But for those of you who don’t want to be cooled down, search no further than the AIEEE! made with Andouille, Sauteed Jalapenos/Serrano/Chipotles, Spicy Beans & Rice, Green Onions, Crema & Salsa Picante on Corn Tortillas. This is the mack-daddy of spicy tacos. Such great flavors from the Andouille sausage, and cooked peppers but damn, was it hot. My lips were nice and plump after finishing only half.
So after roughly five tacos each, I must admit we were quite full. We stuck around Dos Jefes just long enough to hear some great music and throw back a few beers to cool down our mouths, then it was off to bed we went. Sunday was spent taking a long walk, preparing dessert for Valentine’s Day dinner, and sipping daiquiris on the back deck. It was the first day in a long time where the weather was warm enough to sit outside, and it seemed like everyone, including our four-legged friend, was more than ready to soak up a little sun.