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Jun 12, 2009 11:31 AM

Michigan Taco trucks

I have a weakness. I love a good curb side food and my favorite is a Taco truck. I have on more than one date expressed gratitude for El Oasis on Michigan Ave in Lansing for having great Beef Cheek Burrito's, I love the Taco Al Pastor at the Truck across the street from the Telway on Michigan Ave in Detroit. Anyways I saw a story over at Modeldmedia which got me wondering where else can I find some Taco Trucks...

Please...if you hit up a Taco truck regularly...contribute. Where are they and what is special about each one?

Yelp has some nice Photo's and I am gonna make it my summer quest to find and report back on all that I find....

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    1. I can't speak for any of the trucks, but people on Yelp recently did a "Taco Crawl" and have another planned. Sounds like a good place to ask. Or read.

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      1. re: Maxamilus

        OK I have the map in hand....

        I am gonna start out the hunt today for lunch. That is if I ever go to bed. :


        It was my birthday weekend and I only got to Detroit for a bit Saturday night after most taco trucks disappear for the day.

      2. Someone (can't remember who) recommended a taco truck in Standish, which we stopped at last year on the way up was good. EXCELLENT guacamole! Not cheap though.

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        1. re: coney with everything


          I read elsewhere on this board, that the owners of the Standish Taco Truck are now in a storefront...

          1. re: RedTop

            thanks, redtop. We're going up next weekend to St Ignace and I would have been looking for the truck!

            1. re: coney with everything

              Found the new store front for ya...

              Tony's Tacos
              (989) 846-9707
              317 S. Main Street
              Standish, MI 48658

              1. re: JanPrimus

                Saw it when we drove up a few weeks ago but didn't stop :(

                We had lunch at H&H in Au Gres...lake perch sandwiches are a steal at $6.99 including fries!

        2. Well I hit up the first two trucks on this venture. The first one I stopped at was Taqueria El Taquito and got they super burrito with Cabeza (Beef Head) and also attempted to get the Tostadas De Ceviche but they had none for today.

          The wait was short and the portion was generous. Now we got the nice part over with...

          They had quite too much of Spanish rice in the burrito, The beef head was pretty darn flavorless and I found a bit more than usual amounts of nasty bits of connective tissue. The Salsa was also pretty standard fair with not much energy added.

          The second truck (El Toro) was on Michigan Ave across the street from the Telway. It is there most days of the week and may be the easiest to find. I am just sitting down to eat two Taco's (Barbacoa and Cabeza) right now and this truck I will be going back to for more. At a buck and a quarter per taco it will be hard to beat this truck. On the side of the Taco's they give you some pickled carrots, radishes and onion. The meats are well flavored and I am happy with the spice levels. I can't think of a bad thing to say about this location.

          So two down with one winner that I will be returning to probably tomorrow. I wonder how fast I will burn out on Taco's. I did spot a few more locals to hit up also. I took my kids down and they played at Clark Park for a bit while I tried to clean up a bit of the trash just laying around. The trash cans are pretty stuffed now. :) They must think they have a pretty weird old man for a dad.

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          1. re: JanPrimus

            There are many taco trucks in southwest Detroit. There's even a map linked at yelp--

            I keep seeing an El Toro truck in someone's yard on Chamberlain St. I'm more focused on W Vernor and usually don't make it over to Michigan Ave. I wonder if this is the same truck you're seeing there, or a newer edition.

            You've seen it very recently?

            1. re: ak994

              There's a new one on Springwells, I'd say halfway between Vernor and I-75, on the west side of the street. I couldn't stop when I went by, but I'll give it a try when I can.

              1. re: Jim M

                I stopped by the Springwells Truck today and got my usual order of a Cabeza Burrito. I have been picking Cabeza for a few reasons.

                One..if it is properly done it is just a great cut of meat and I would hate to miss a place that prepares it properly. If you let all the fat render out for hours you are left with what to me taste like one of the best pot roast you could ever have.

                Second...I would think it would be one of the easiest ingredients to measure a trucks effort by. If you are just getting the meat and cooking it up quick it will show in one bite. You will be gnawing on grizzle and fat.

                Sadly this is exactly what I bought today. I had about five bites before I was tossing the food out with out returning it's security deposit.

                Now someone that is running around trying Carne Asade might be coming up with different results but based on my experience at this truck I would not go back to even try the chips and salsa.

                On a brighter note I slid over to Supino's Pizza in Eastern Market and now have a new place to droll over.

                1. re: JanPrimus

                  Most true on all counts (including Supino's). I used to eat that stuff all the time, but stopped during the mad cow scare.. That seems to have simmered down a bit.

                  Several new Mexican sit-down places along there, too . . . I'm going to Detroit tonight and may have to hit SW for dinner.

          2. I did hit up two more trucks.

            The First one was one of the Acapulco trucks. I had the Ceviche for about $2.50 and that was a big mistake. It should have been about $4.50 or more. I was very pleasantly surprised and would get this any time I stopped at this truck even if I was driving by after a hot dog eating contest. Get some Lime's to drizzle over and enjoy!

            The second truck is not actually a first time visit. I have been hitting a truck up on Michigan Ave in Lansing placed a wee bit between downtown and campus. I have been getting the Barbacoa Burrito almost every time and I have yet to be upset. I will go far enough to say that this is the best burrito I have ever had. I visit and eat in SW Detroit all the time, I used to live in South California and I often visit family in Texas. I have been putting burrito's back for over 35+ years and this is what I have been looking for.


            They have a home base in a party store that is near Cedar and I96 called Tony's. They are closed on Sundays ( I sadly found this out this weekend).
            6100 S. Cedar St.

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            1. re: JanPrimus

              I think there's only one Acapulco truck-- recognizable by the great, colorful mural across the entire driver's side of the truck. Here's a review, and a photo of that ceviche tostada. I agree they're a bargain at ~$2.50! Also try his shrimp tostadas and fresh fruit drinks.


              1. re: ak994

                Interesting subject here! I am a Michigan native, transplanted to South Texas (San Antonio), and one of the addictions I've cultivated in my six years here is waking up with breakfast tacos. We are travelling to Michigan next week for a family wedding and I was wondering if any of these taco trucks are open for breakfast. Nothing like some scrabled egg and chorizo with a bit of verde sauce on the side to get one going in the morning! BTW--we are taking a side trip to Washington DC before we drive to Michigan. Anyone know of cheap, good (but not neccessarily gourmet) meals in the Arlington VA area?

                1. re: Texigander

                  The only one I know that does breakfast is the one in Lansing. What city is the wedding going to be located in?