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Taco Trucks in the Philly area?

Passadumkeg Dec 26, 2008 03:23 PM

I'm starting to plan a summer taco tour of the east. I am familiar w/ the Philly/ Northeast corridor area. Are there any taco trucks around? If so short review and directions, please. Thanking you in advance.

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  1. PattiCakes RE: Passadumkeg Dec 27, 2008 06:24 AM

    What's up with a taco tour of the east? Isn't that like doing a lobster tour of the midwest? Aren't you supposed to be staying home all summer, waiting for fellow Chowhounds to show up so you can do the Fried Clam tour?

    There are probably some taco carts in the Temple University and the University City area, and maybe near 30th Street Station, but I couldn't tell you specificaly. I'd love to know as well.

    If you can make a taco exception, there is an exceptional falafel truck at 20th & Market Streets. The guy who runs it is not unlike the Soup Nazi on Seinfeld.

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      Passadumkeg RE: PattiCakes Dec 27, 2008 07:03 AM

      It is a quest for the Holy Taco!
      Thanks, come on up for clams! Gotta go check on stuff back home. I lived in the southwest for a long time and can't afford time or money to fly out west. Gotta visit my kids in asia when school's out. I was supposed to be a grandfather xmas eve, but He hasn't decided to show up yet!
      Stock up on scrapple and Taylor pork roll too.

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        PattiCakes RE: Passadumkeg Dec 27, 2008 01:14 PM

        The little bugger likes it where it's warm & safe! He'll pop out when he's good & ready. Congrats in advance, grandpop!

        Unfortunately, you will not find the holy taco in Philly, but you will certainly be able to stock up on Taylor pork roll & scrapple. Are you a crispy on the out side, but thick & mushy on the inside scrapple guy, or a thin & crispy? Ketsup or syrup?

        We visited my son in Reading PA over Christmas & renewed our love of Lebanon bologna. Gotta love those nitrates!

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          Passadumkeg RE: PattiCakes Dec 27, 2008 01:31 PM

          gotta find the Hispanic enclaves and then I'll find the Holy Taco. Mom lived near New Brunswick gotta see it there is a Rutgers Frat Truck taco truck. There is a taco truck just south of Toms river.
          Scrapple both ways w/ syrup. Lebenon bologna; a lost love. gotta hit Yocco's in Allentown too. and Pitz in Hazelton.
          I just came in from working on my '67 VW camper, the transport in my quest for The Holy Taco.
          Listen to my Latin music show on line 1/3, next Saturday morning from 11 until !. I'll play Yerba Buena's "Burrito"! www.weru.org, community radio!

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            PattiCakes RE: Passadumkeg Dec 27, 2008 01:42 PM

            check my profile & send an email.

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              Passadumkeg RE: PattiCakes Dec 29, 2008 11:02 AM

              I've added an email address to my profile, if I don't get to it straight away.

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        Ali RE: PattiCakes Dec 29, 2008 06:45 AM

        UCity has a few MexCali/TexMex trucks that are decent for the local population but nothing worth making a trek for. Around Penn, there used to be a fantastic Mexican food truck called Don Memo. They've moved to a restaurant location as of a few months ago:

        If the requirement is just for a good taco, not neccessarily from a truck, try Washington Ave. around 9th.

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          Passadumkeg RE: Ali Dec 29, 2008 11:01 AM

          Upper Darby? Main line? A pretty posh area for low down Mexican isn't it ? For give me, but I had a room mate from Upper Darby and another from Lower Merion (sp?), it was a long time ago, but I remember being impressed w/ the area. But thanks for the tip, the site does look good, but no prices?

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            Ali RE: Passadumkeg Dec 29, 2008 01:07 PM

            Posh? I don't know that I'd necessarily put that area down as posh. However, I've also never been to the restaurant so maybe it is. Either way, the truck prices were extremely reasonable and none of the raves about the restaurant thus far says anything about a major price hike.

            But for posh, maybe try Distrito. It's a rather upscale Mexican restaurant with a twist -- I think it describes itself as new Mexican?

            If you search the PA board, you'll find quite a few reviews of these two places.

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              Passadumkeg RE: Ali Dec 29, 2008 02:51 PM

              Distrito looks like Mexican fusion. to me , personally from my southwest experiences, Mexican food = cheap! The peoples food. A taqueria is the southwest equivalent of a Philly cheesteak shop.
              Posh? I come from a small coal mining town, McAdoo, just outside of Hazelton. Compared to that, south is Philly upscale!

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                PattiCakes RE: Passadumkeg Dec 30, 2008 09:12 AM

                Distrito = funkdified & expensive (although good). If it's basics you're looking for, that's not it. The old "Italian Market" now has a significant hispanic presence, with numerous nice taquerias. That's where I would head.

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                  Passadumkeg RE: PattiCakes Dec 30, 2008 10:14 AM

                  old"Italian Market" and is that on 9th st and something like passaduk(keg)? It's been a while.

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                    Buckethead RE: Passadumkeg Dec 30, 2008 10:54 AM

                    The Italian Market is the stretch of 9th St. between Fitzwater and Wharton (roughly) and its immediate surroundings. The Mexican places are mostly at the southern end, from Washington Ave. down to Federal.

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        Bigley9 RE: Passadumkeg Dec 29, 2008 06:56 AM

        Trucks I don't know about, but try Taqueria del Pueblo on 9th between Washington and Federal. They also have a stand at the Sunday Market at Headhouse Square (closed til April/May) Some folks like La Lupe on the corner of 9th and Federal and the taqueria on Washington just west of 9th is good as well. All very authentic

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          Buckethead RE: Passadumkeg Dec 30, 2008 10:01 AM

          I ignored this thread originally because you asked specifically about taco trucks, not tacquerias, but if tacquerias are OK, then several you should visit are Los Taquitos de Puebla (get the tacos al pastor), Tacqueria Veracruzana (get the carnitas tacos), and El Jarocho (get the chorizo tacos). Avoid La Lupe and the two Cantina locations.

          Los Taquitos de Puebla Restaurant
          1149 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

          Taqueria Veracruzana
          908 Washington Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147

          Restaurant Taqueria El Jarocho
          1138 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

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            discndav RE: Buckethead Dec 30, 2008 11:02 AM

            There is a taco truck on 37th street within one block of the Septa 37th trolley stop on the U Penn campus.

            There is an authentic Mexican taco house across the river in Pennsauken, NJ
            5245 Marlton Pike # D (Route 70E to the right of Duncan Donuts) Pennsauken, NJ 08109 (856) 665-6006. It is a BYOB which is nice. ‎

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              lbmsw RE: Buckethead Dec 30, 2008 12:19 PM

              Last time I drove down Washington toward Delaware Ave, I noticed a taco truck by a park. It would be around 5th and Washington. Can't speak to the food, but it's not terribly far from the other Washington St tacquerias, if you wanted to give both a shot.

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                silverbullet69 RE: lbmsw Dec 30, 2008 02:05 PM

                Ive been dreaming about that taco truck for months, haven't tried it yet. And I second that el Jorocho (13th & Ellsworth) is fantastic, maybe one of the best for authentic mexican..
                feel like I see a new tacqueria every day around southeast philly, even down below the ital market tucked away on corners & such, probably worth some exploration

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                  Dib RE: lbmsw Jan 1, 2009 06:19 PM

                  That's Taco Loco. I've always just eaten whenever I go by there :(

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                    Bigley9 RE: lbmsw May 4, 2009 11:59 AM

                    Tried Taco Loco for the first time last weekend - Tacos al pastor, pretty good - not as good as Los Taquitos de Puebla - but I'd go back!

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                      seankel RE: lbmsw Aug 1, 2009 07:47 PM

                      I recently stopped at this truck, and was unimpressed. It wasn't horrible, but right up the street at 9th & Washinton at the little resterant, the food is better, and the tacos are cheaper. They're $2+ at the truck, but you get a taco platter at the resterant. 3 for $6. And as I said, the tacos are better. The truck on the edge of North Philly at Rising Sun Ave., and Tabor Rd. is better, too.

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                        barryg RE: seankel Aug 2, 2009 08:27 AM

                        Try the tortas next time.

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                      PattiCakes RE: Buckethead Dec 31, 2008 05:31 AM

                      Ditto. My daughter's Mexican FIL is a fan of all of those places Senor Cabesa de Bucket mentions.

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                      GDSwamp RE: Passadumkeg Jan 1, 2009 04:10 PM

                      Patticakes is wrong - you WILL find the holy taco in Philly if you go to the Tacos Don Memo cart on 38th street (corner of Sansom) in West Philly on the Penn campus.

                      I'm a former LAer who used to pine hopelessly for real, fresh tasting Mexican like I ate growing up. I pine no more. Try the carnitas or carne asada tacos - so very good, and $2 a pop. I almost feel like I'm stealing when I eat there.

                      The chef has also opened a real live restaurant in Upper Darby with an expanded menu (ceviches, chiles rellenos, flautas, mole alongside their regular tacos and burritos) that I'm dying to try. Here's the website and address for the restaurant. If you go, please give us a report!

                      57 Garrett Road
                      Upper Darby, PA 19082
                      (866) 904-2737

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                        PattiCakes RE: GDSwamp Jan 2, 2009 04:48 AM

                        It is a joy to stand corrected where good Mexifood is concerned! I will put both places on my list. Muchas gracias!

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                          GDSwamp RE: PattiCakes Jan 2, 2009 07:40 AM

                          Hope you like it, PattiCakes. It has made my east coast life easier....

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                          seankel RE: GDSwamp May 25, 2009 06:05 AM

                          I live in Upper Darby, and was glad to find this out. I've been there twice now, and the tacos are outstanding. They don't skimp on the meat, but the price has gone up to $2.50 per taco since you last posted. As for the other things, I don't know how they are, as I'm not extremely familiar with Mexican cuisine. I've only tried the tacos so far.

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                          seankel RE: Passadumkeg Mar 15, 2009 12:21 PM

                          There's a pretty good taco truck in the North Philly area if you find yourself over that way. It's on Rising Sun Ave., just north of Tabor Ave. It's outside of a little Mexican Grocery store. I've had their tacos. They're good.

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                            mazza3 RE: Passadumkeg May 4, 2009 02:46 PM

                            there are two taco trucks that i know of that are yummmmmy....one that just opened up recently called honest thom's taco truck serves yummy (austin-esque, but notttt quite) breakfast tacos. they are very good though, and it is located on drexel's campus on 33rd street near arch st, between market and arch (on the weekends it takes up residence near clark park). the other is a mexican taco truck that is always at 4th and washington (i think even on the weekends?). it serves all sorts of tacos and our local restaurant critic gives them high marks too....

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                              Bigley9 RE: mazza3 May 4, 2009 05:58 PM

                              4th and Wash is Taco Loco

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                                Bride of the Juggler RE: mazza3 May 5, 2009 10:31 AM

                                I just hit Honest Thom's today for the first time. I got two sweet potato tacos ($2 each). Menu options were breakfast, chicken, or sweet potato tacos, and french-press coffee. The tacos were nice and fresh, good roasted flavor on the sweet potatoes, nice guac and salsa with some heat. Thank you.

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