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Oct 5, 2006 09:11 PM

Construction Site Taco Trucks

I teach at a college that is located several miles from town. Outside of the food facilities at the college (don't ask), there are no eateries close by. For last month or so, as I have driven to the college, I have noticed a taco truck parked at the construction site for the new high school being built nearby.

Finally, a week ago, I gave in to temptation, pulled into the parking lot there, walked up to the taco truck, and ordered a breakfast burrito with bacon. OMG, it was a foot long at least and packed with eggs and chunks and chunks of smoky bacon. There must've been a quarter pound of bacon inside that flour tortilla. It was three dollars. Today, I stopped back again and had two wonderful tacos de cabeza, the stewed shreds of beef cheeks topped with shredded cabbage on flavorful corn tortillas. Of course there were salsas, both red and green, to ladle on the tacos. Just wonderful. And only $2.50 total for both.

Though I do like eating at taco trucks, this is the first time that I have gone to a taco truck at a construction site. If I were not working in a chow desert, I might never have thought about it, but now that I have crossed the line, I will look at construction sites with a more careful eye. Has anyone else had a similar experience?


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  1. I imagine construction sites must be a good places for a taco truck to park. I had a favorite one near a construction site here, the construction stalled, and the truck disappeared. Those trucks aren't common here, and I was sad to see it go. I'm on the lookout though. Lucky you!

    1. Boy do I have the visual on that one Ed ;-)

      1. Who knows, maybe the cater...

        1. My husband has a theory that the quality of mexican food is inversely proportional to the quality of the structure you buy it from.

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          1. re: saraeanderson

            That is without a doubt true in the U.S. Its very simple... you don't go to a Restaurant for Tacos in Mexico... it is simply impossible for them to compete with a Taco truck. No matter what prime cut of meat you use or fancy topping... a taco assembled in front of your face and served hot enough to burn you just cannot be beat by a more elaborate operation where the food takes 5 - 10 minutes to go from Plating to Table.

            In contrast in Mexico... you wouldn't get a Chile en Nogada from a street vendor... in that dish the advantage is to fancier restaurant etc.,

          2. Sadly, one of the local communities here in suburban Atlanta recently passed a ban on "mobile catering trucks" (read "taco trucks"). Cloaked as a health concern, this was really just a thinly vieled attempt at harassing the reportedly illegal workers that are well represented in the local construction trade.

            So now I can't get my house built and I'm hungry!

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            1. re: SalMonela

              Because of the onerous health code restrictions, just about the only hot meal you can get from downtown DC vendors is hotdogs. Similar situation with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival; they used to have lots of different foods from different regions but because of healthcode crackdowns, they ended up peddling heavily processed, factory catered-type foods (i.e., haggis "burgers" and lo mein).

              I don't want to get cholera but I'd like to have a little variety and authenticity.

              1. re: monkeyrotica

                yep...they were really adventerous last year w/buffalo burgers a the yemen area?

                1. re: monkeyrotica

                  It works differently in DC.

                  Women with wheelie carts with coolers filled with homecooked food and drink are always around construction sites at lunchtime in DC... When I lived there, I got food from them all the time--beans, stews, homemade tortillas, soups, atol, pupusas, tamales, fruit... When I was visiting DC this summer for just a week or so, I got food from several different ladies, just walking around my old neighborhood (Columbia Heights--lots and lots of construction going on there).