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Taco Trucks in New England?

Passadumkeg Dec 26, 2008 03:19 PM

I'm starting to plan a taco tour of the east this summer and wonder are there any taco trucks in the urban New England areas. I know of one in Manchester, NH. Any in your area?

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    bewley RE: Passadumkeg Dec 27, 2008 03:38 AM

    Providence has a taco truck or at least it used to.

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      Passadumkeg RE: bewley Dec 27, 2008 03:56 AM


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        kattyeyes RE: Passadumkeg Dec 27, 2008 06:54 AM

        Bushnell Park in Hartford, CT had one as of last year when I worked downtown.

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          Passadumkeg RE: kattyeyes Dec 27, 2008 07:06 AM

          Thanks, starting to get my route. Manchester, Nh to Providence to Hartford to Hew Haven to to Stamford ...

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          celeriac RE: Passadumkeg Dec 27, 2008 08:48 PM

          Providence: Taqueria Taconazo is a semi-truck, in that it's a taco truck that is now parked permanently and built out with an enclosed space to sit. But it's definitely still a taco truck in its facilities and in spirit. Find it on Valley St, in the same parking lot as the indoor Valley St flea market. It's some of the best, most passionate mexican cooking I've had. The sopes are highly recommended.

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            Passadumkeg RE: celeriac Dec 28, 2008 01:36 AM

            Great, my trip down 95 is getting better all the time; maybe I should take Rt 1 for more chow adventure. Any idea what happened to Bolivian Restaurant on Chalkstone Ave? I stopped by Columbus Day weekeend and it was shut. I used to live in Bolivia and as on would imagine, the cuisine is a little hard to find.

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        few RE: Passadumkeg Dec 27, 2008 08:46 AM

        I beleive there are a few that park by the harbor in New Haven - - mostly on weekdays and lunch hours I think.......

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          harryharry RE: few Dec 27, 2008 11:17 AM

          I just stopped there today - more trucks than I have noticed in the past - there were lots of people eating- had two yummy beef tacos for $2 (total) - but there was no menu and I wasn't sure what to order, in other words, I'm sure that they have lots of good stuff that I didn't know about - but definitely add the New Haven Taco trucks to your list - I think the exit is Sargent Drive - very near Ikea.

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          hargau RE: Passadumkeg Dec 27, 2008 09:46 AM

          There used to be one near downtown nashua. Been a few years since i went. Was on a side street near a playground if i recall correctly, couple streets away from main st.

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            phelana RE: hargau Dec 27, 2008 10:26 AM

            I loved the ones found in the Gorge area..wish Cape Cod had one for when I visit...

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              Passadumkeg RE: phelana Dec 27, 2008 02:26 PM

              Where is the Gorge area pray tell?

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              kmhayes RE: hargau Dec 28, 2008 12:21 PM

              The truck in Nashua is called Tacos Nayarit which I believe is somehow related to the truck in Manchester, NH. You'll find it on Pine St. between Ledge St. and West Hollis St., but lately it has to move a little each day, sometimes forced to park between buildings. Unfortunately the city recently converted the skateboard park into a parking lot which wiped out its ideal parking spot.

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              ronk RE: Passadumkeg Dec 27, 2008 10:57 AM

              drive down broad street in prov most any night...you will come across 7-10 trucks along the road. 3-4 of them have taco's.

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                fredid RE: Passadumkeg Dec 27, 2008 02:15 PM

                P - Here's a great tip from CHer Dave Cook: http://www.eatingintranslation.com/20...

                By the way, his blog is just filled with goodies, including taco trucks in Queens and so on - Have fun exploring!

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                  GabachaYucateca RE: fredid Dec 28, 2008 09:29 AM

                  Don Nacho has a taco truck which is parked right at the intersection of Barton and Dexter in Pawtucket. The quality started out amazingly, but I don't grab tacos there as much as before.

                  Also, you can call them and have them ready to pick up!

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                    romaneiro RE: GabachaYucateca Jan 12, 2009 01:45 PM

                    Don Nacho is excellent and I think the best taco option in RI.

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                    BratleFoodie RE: fredid Dec 29, 2008 07:21 AM


                    Thank you so much for this link! I am in NYC lots, and this blog is so well organized and helpful. Looks like there are some subway food trips in my future...

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                    mollydingle RE: Passadumkeg Dec 28, 2008 02:10 PM

                    There's a couple along Rte. 28 in Lawrence, Ma from the Salem NH line down to methuen. Haven't tried them but I think they're called "Chimi" and "Antojito's". Try Tacos Lupita and Cafe Azteca while you're in town.
                    BTW, I just heard Helen's in Machias has gone downhill and the prices are WAAAY up. So much for an old friend...

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                      Waquoit RE: Passadumkeg Dec 28, 2008 04:47 PM

                      I just noticed a taco truck on Main St. East Hartford across the street from Pratt & Whitney. No further update available.

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                        mmalmad RE: Waquoit Dec 29, 2008 08:00 AM

                        There are 2 in New Haven, parked along 95 at Long Wharf. I have heard good reports but never seem to be hungry when I drive by so cannot speak from personal experience.

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                        msFortunate RE: Passadumkeg Jan 10, 2009 11:52 AM

                        One in Keene, NH. Papa's Tacos on Emerald Street. It shares a parking lot with a laundromat and is ironically situated across a side street from the local overpriced health-food store.

                        Nice owners (unless the tires of the truck have recently been slashed by bored hoodlums - it's happened once), good local clientele, and also the best cheap hamburger and natural casing hot dog in town in addition to their tacos. :-) Yup, they're real nice folk and seem to be there year-round.

                        1. kattyeyes RE: Passadumkeg Aug 15, 2009 03:54 AM

                          Good morning! This Thursday's Hartford Courant ran a story about food carts in both Hartford (Bushnell Park) and New Haven (courtyard across the street from Yale-New Haven Hospital). "There are 20 to 30 carts to choose from...Ethiopian, Mexican, Thai, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Indian, hot dogs...and Bengali burritos."

                          When does your tour start, Passa?

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                            Passadumkeg RE: kattyeyes Aug 15, 2009 04:13 AM

                            Look out your window, I'm already there. I just sent out another tuition check to each U Maine and UT, when the kids are done, we're freeeee!
                            The Chow US Taco Tour and the World Chow Tour!

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                            juicemann2 RE: Passadumkeg Aug 19, 2009 08:56 AM

                            On long wharf in New Haven IXtapa #1. There are quite a few down there but have been eating at that one for years and the lengua is really good

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                              jesoda RE: juicemann2 Aug 19, 2009 09:06 AM

                              The exit off I-95 in New Haven is exit 46 heading North or South

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                              jongozzo RE: Passadumkeg Feb 12, 2010 09:57 AM

                              Irie Taco @ on campus at UNH

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                                j_cro RE: Passadumkeg Mar 10, 2010 02:22 PM

                                Not a truck, but Loco Coco's in Kittery Maine (right over the bridge from Portsmouth NH) is the best mexican i have ever had, including two trips to Mexico. The fish tacos in particular are superb, even if they aren't on wheels!

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                                  Passadumkeg RE: j_cro Mar 10, 2010 02:47 PM

                                  Where in Kittery? My BIL lives there but doesn't like Mexican food. Maybe I need to take him there.

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                                  wicked_pissah RE: Passadumkeg Mar 19, 2010 01:39 PM

                                  RE: Providence

                                  Parade Street right along the Armory Park in Providence on the West Side. Most warm afternoons there is at least one taco or chimi truck to feed the guys playing soccer in the park. I have only tried one which is in a converted RV but it has never disappointed. Basic well seasoned chicken/pork/charizou with a little bit of queso and some fresh onion and cilantro. Super cheap and super good. Nice people too.

                                  The other option as has been mentioned is Broad Street in Providence. Drive down there and there will be plenty of taco or chimi trucks as they are referred to. They may not all sell tacos though. But I am sure they are good.

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                                    Scargod RE: wicked_pissah Mar 19, 2010 01:54 PM

                                    Pray tell, where on Broad Street? Broad Street is a long street!

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                                      FjmArch RE: Scargod Mar 19, 2010 06:32 PM

                                      Broad Street is South Providence, RI. Plenty of trucks spread throughout this area at night.

                                      Pawtucket, RI - Don Jose' Taco Truck on Dexter and Barton Streets.

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