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A Taco Truck in Downeast Maine!?

Passadumkeg Jul 7, 2011 05:55 AM

Yes it's true; Velazquez Mexican Food in Milbridge, Me., a block behind Joshy's Place on Rt 1. It's full circle. The taco truck was in the same place 10 years ago and closed. Then the Mexican Restaurant opened in Harrington and then moved to Hancock (now closed).
Ms. Keg and I only had the carnitas tacos for a buck and a half a taco. They came w/ two corn tortillas (not home made), lots of juicy, spicy pork and topped w/ onions and cilantro, as it should be. The home made salsa was red, thick and spicy; very good. They also have burittos, gorditos, tostados, a few other Mex. items and burgers. BYOB and umbrella shaded tables to enjoy the comida.

Bien provecho,

El Dumkeggo

Joshy's Place
8 High St, Milbridge, ME 04658

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  1. opinionatedchef RE: Passadumkeg Jul 11, 2011 12:07 AM

    i don't know if it's mexican chefed, but if so, MAN, those people are a LOOONG way from home. I hope they're able to get someplace warmer in the winter. Great to know about this place if we're able to come up this summer/fall. The gringo-run Mexican place we visited in Rockland last year was pretty good if i remember correctly. what have you thought of it?

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      Passadumkeg RE: opinionatedchef Jul 11, 2011 02:54 AM

      It is a Mexican family that runs the taco truck.
      I don't care for it the Rockland Mex. resto.. We're going to the NA Blues Festival in Harbor Park this weekend, I'll have to give it another try. There have been a few pseudo-Mexican places in Rockland. Do you mean the one on Main or the one on Rt.1 on the Thomaston line? I've had a hard time finding any edible Mexican food in Maine. Twenty-two days and we're back in New Mexico, where it is also hard to find a good taco. Not part of the New Mexican food culture. Now Austin.....

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        opinionatedchef RE: Passadumkeg Jul 12, 2011 12:25 AM

        hi pass,the one on main st. Don't know if you're ever in boston, but very surprisingly, Mexican is the new Italian this year. I'm not saying great Mexican; i'm just saying Mexican. Many current/recent boston threads.....

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          Passadumkeg RE: opinionatedchef Jul 12, 2011 12:41 AM

          There are 2 on Main. The Park Street Grill, used to be located directly across the street, on the corner of Main & Rt. 1. The Surefire Mex. Grill is down toward the ferry terminal. Park Street has been there since befroe I lived in the area in '86. Very meh. We ate at the Surefire one Blues Festival, a few years ago when it first openend; unmemorable. w/ an almost bad memory. I will give it another try this weekend.
          Some summer I want to do a Boston Mexican crawl. There's an old hound in Wakefield that will put me up. Twenty one days and back to NM for the academic year.

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            opinionatedchef RE: Passadumkeg Jul 12, 2011 11:04 AM

            i mean the restnt on same side of street as farnsworth, west, a few blocks north on main.

            if you eat there during the blues fest, plse post about it. and when you do it, the mex crawl, contact me; it is my THING! Been following it, and cooking from diana kennedy and rick bayless, for some 30+ yrs.

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              Passadumkeg RE: opinionatedchef Jul 12, 2011 12:09 PM

              Will do. If ever in NM in the "not summer", contact me.

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              MidCoastMaineiac RE: Passadumkeg Jul 12, 2011 01:37 PM

              There are at least 4 Tex-Mex places in the Camden/Rockport/Rockland area:

              Sunfire Grill (Main St Rockland)
              Park Street Grille (Corner of 1 and Main Rockland)
              Shell's Southwestern Grill (a stand in Buoy Park Rockland)
              Bluesky Cantina (Rt 1 Rockport).

              None of which hold a candle to Tacos Lupita in Somerville MA. Though I heard that the owner sold that location (they have at least one other location in Lawrence)...and the new owners call it Aguacate Verde...don't know if the food is the same...do know they have the same ladies working the line.

              Park Street Grille
              279 Main St, Rockland, ME 04841

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                Passadumkeg RE: MidCoastMaineiac Jul 12, 2011 01:44 PM

                I've lived on North Haven and the MDI area since '86. I've eaten at 3 of the places listed, not Rockport. Good Mexican and Maine seem to be mutually exclusive. That's why I'm so pleased w/ the taco truck. Ms. Keg and I ate for six bucks, total. Salsa was homemade. BYOB.

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                  opinionatedchef RE: MidCoastMaineiac Jul 12, 2011 02:51 PM

                  Being a mexican food fanatic the last 40 yrs., i am not on the "Lupitas was/is great"

                  bus. Fyi, there is a recent CH thread on the owner/other changes there. My bus says La Verdad for tacos in the cafe, and other mexican/latin entrees in the restnt. Also had some exc carne asada things at the new Mex place, El Centro, in the So.End. Also 3 or 4 brand new 'Mex.' places beyond it, all getting varied reviews, few raves. Hope to get to this truck this yr, keg.th you for the tip.

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                    MidCoastMaineiac RE: opinionatedchef Aug 5, 2011 05:49 AM

                    Everybody has an opinion don't they...though I do wonder if this is the board for this topic....

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          lifeasbinge RE: Passadumkeg Jul 12, 2011 01:38 PM

          Had a taco supreme with carnitas for a snack this morning - just delightful. Thanks for the recommendation - I'll be back often!

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            Passadumkeg RE: lifeasbinge Jul 12, 2011 01:49 PM

            Good, I thought the carnitas were good, lots of meat. I need to go get another fix next week.

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              DaBear RE: Passadumkeg Aug 5, 2011 07:52 AM

              Add to the list --- Marko Loco's Crazy Good Food Mex-style. Parked in Camden Village last night. I noticed an article in the Village Soup where this would be operating in Camden. No idea abut the food.

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                MidCoastMaineiac RE: DaBear Aug 5, 2011 07:53 AM

                He's operating all over...saw him the other night at the Jaret&Cohn parking lot in Rockland. Haven't tried it yet....but plan to.

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                  opinionatedchef RE: MidCoastMaineiac Aug 7, 2011 10:46 PM

                  plse do let us know your experience there!

          2. MidCoastMaineiac RE: Passadumkeg Aug 24, 2011 04:10 PM

            Lest any of you decide to play hooky from work and drive 5 hours round trip to get a taco during blueberry picking season, view my pic and be warned.

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              opinionatedchef RE: MidCoastMaineiac Aug 24, 2011 06:42 PM

              you are a v good CH to post this; thank you. now where the heck is deblois?

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                Passadumkeg RE: opinionatedchef Aug 24, 2011 06:45 PM

                Just east of The Blueberry Capitol of the World, Cherryfield, Me.!

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                  opinionatedchef RE: Passadumkeg Aug 24, 2011 06:48 PM

                  yep, i did a google map. now THAT is some kind of remote. so do mexicans/central americans come up to pick blueberries in maine? i didn't know that. p.s. have you gone to NM yet?

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                    Passadumkeg RE: opinionatedchef Aug 24, 2011 06:52 PM

                    Yes a flood of Mexicans come in to pick blueberries. Very hard working folk.
                    Yes, I have 60 lbs of new crop NM chiles in the freezer now. Won my first soccer match!

                    Coach Dumkeg

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                      opinionatedchef RE: Passadumkeg Aug 24, 2011 06:56 PM

                      what in the name of diana kennedy are you going to do with SIXTY pounds of them? i mean, when i make a big pan of a chilaquiles type dish, i use 2 lb maybe......
                      do you roast and peel them first? or what treatment?

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                        Passadumkeg RE: opinionatedchef Aug 24, 2011 07:02 PM

                        There are big propane roasters by the roadside, peel, bag and freeze. I hope to get another 30 lbs. Thirty pounds cost about $15. We eat a lot of green chile enchiladas, rellanos and mutton & green chile stew.

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                          opinionatedchef RE: Passadumkeg Aug 24, 2011 07:04 PM

                          well my GOODness! what a great system.

            2. MidCoastMaineiac RE: Passadumkeg Aug 24, 2011 04:14 PM

              And so, you might ask, what does any self respecting chowhounder do after that disappointment? Well, I took Dumkeggo's advice and got a lobster roll at Tracy's in Sullivan. Good roll...heavy on the lobster, light on the mayo. 8.95 for 1, or 2 for 15...good value. Before and after pics attached.

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                gardgen RE: Passadumkeg Oct 9, 2011 11:29 AM

                Thanks so much for this tip. We dropped in this week (it is in an old handpainted bus). Would never have found this place one block off the main drag and would never have thought to try Mexican in Maine. They have now opened a single porch room of what might be their house. It was cool (no heat) but dry since we had 4 days of rain. The Burritos were great along with the carnitas I had. The chicken Tamale for $1.50 was spicy in a good well textured dough. We wanted to go back but didn't make it. Wish they had fish taco's. Had printed out this web page as a resource while on our trip and left it with them. They were delighted people liked their food.

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