Hi all, I recently moved here and am a little puzzled by all the seemingly legitimate restaurants that are housed in old camping trailers. Example, Tour de Crepes on Alberta, where we enjoyed some pretty good chow. Anybody have any insight or recommendations on these new fangled roach coaches?
"Taco Trucks" are mostly a Western thing, I think. They are mobile, so they can follow migrant workers to where the next crop will be picked. Often, they take root and stay a few years. The food is usually cheap, authentic, and often good, though they are a mixed lot, to be sure. A reasonable approach is to try them out. They do have names, as a rule, and fall under the same regulations as other restaurants, so you can look up their health-department history, just as you would other restaurants.
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Jennifer, Puget Sound as a multitude of Taco Trucks, many worth seeking out. The one between Burien and White Center is a converted school bus. (So you can eat inside on rainy days.)
Taco Trucks make great "First Date" destinations. If you can find compatibility in a Taco Truck, you've found Chowhound-mate potential.
As mr. nelso points out, mobility is a large factor, but so is the cost and availability of commercial real estate.
For my money the explosion in taco trucks (we saw at least a dozen last weekend driving up 99 from Seattle to Everett) is the best thing to happen to the Northwest since the Space Needle. I wish one would open up in the parking lot here where I work. If they put every "family style" oceans-o-cheese Mexican sit-down place out of business, I won't miss them. Gimme a dollar taco any day; it's the perfect food. Mmmm, carnitas!
By the way, a taco truck, being mobile, and usually parked way out in the middle of a field of asphalt, is much, much less likely to be roach-infested than even the most stylish fixed restaurant. Greasy, maybe, but no roaches.
By the way, I'm still new to taco trucks, so don't take this recommendation as a comparison to lots of others... but I had a couple of really delicious chicken tacos at the taco truck near the Columbia City Farmers' Market last Wednesday. It's right on Rainier in the parking lot, just down from the market. Nice flavor and spices. Tortillas weren't homemade, but I don't know if taco trucks often have homemade tortillas or not.