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Going to Rockaway Beach tomorrow...any suggestions for which food trucks to try? I see that one poster mentioned the Thai place...anyone been to the Venezuelan?

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Ode to the Elephants
Shore Front Pkwy Beach 96th St, Queens, NY 11693

Caracas Rockaway
Shore Front Pkwy Beach 105th St, Queens, NY 11694

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  1. I ate at Ode to the Elephants today, and it really was nothing special, plus the young guy there is an obnoxious jerk. I suggest eating at the fish taco place on 96 street and then having Italian ices at the place right next store(I recommend the white grape ices).

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    Ode to the Elephants
    Shore Front Pkwy Beach 96th St, Queens, NY 11693

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    1. re: pynchoff

      Had the papaya salad at Ode to the Elephants on Sunday. It was really fantastic, but waiting for it was a pain. The service seems disorganized and slow. There was a sign saying that they were opening at 12, but at 12 the guy was vague about when exactly they'd open ("a few minutes") and they were out of several menu items (or they had not yet been prepared). I also highly recommend Rockaway Taco (the store on 96th St). Their stand on the beach has a limited version of the menu. The actual store has excellent beef tacos. I also agree that the ice shop next door is excellent. They use real fruit to make the ices. The flavors vary each time I've been there. I was blown away by the plum and nectarine flavors -- it's like biting into the actual fruit. Amazing.

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      Rockaway Taco
      95-19 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Queens, NY 11693

      Ode to the Elephants
      Shore Front Pkwy Beach 96th St, Queens, NY 11693

      1. re: queenseats

        So we tried the fish taco place this past Saturday, on the excellent advice of the two previous posters. The fish tacos were fresh, the shredded cabbage, radishes and sauce playing nicely against the charred corn taste of the tortilla. The fish was hot and tasty in its battered coating. We did, however, feel a trifle sheepish standing in line with all the 20-something hipsters...I felt like I should have dressed up a bit more, or lost 30 pounds, or something...but perhaps that's a personal issue.

        We then walked up to the boardwalk and checked out Caracas on 106th. WOW, this was great, and had us planning our next visit.I tried the arepa de pernil, with tender shredded pork accented by a spicy mango salsa. The arepa's exterior was mottled with crispy charred brown spots, while the inside was a bit fluffy, serving to sop up the delicious juices. Hubby had the arepa de pabellon (sp?) which was shredded braised beef and black beans, with the same yummy salsa. He had a $4.50(!) Modelo, while I washed it all down with an Arnold Palmer, their style. That was half hibiscus iced tea and half lemonade made with sugar cane. Later, we waddled over to Connolly's for a few beers.

        Terrific stuff...we want to come back and work our way through Caracas' menu!

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        Caracas Rockaway
        Shore Front Pkwy Beach 105th St, Queens, NY 11694

        1. re: queenseats

          Glad to see Rockaway beach vendors back. Another era:

          http://nycshore.blogspot.com/2011/03/...

          Also if you follow the first link on that page and then search forwards and back a bit, you'll see more boardwalk concessions.

          In particular, there is a shot of the same 96th street location from 1940.

          http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_things...

        2. re: pynchoff

          By the way, the Italian ice place is called DiCosmos, at 95-19 Rockway Beach Blvd. They use real fruit!

          Please not ethat there are two Rockaway Taco locations. DiComsos is near the Rockaway Taco store at 96th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, not the smaller Rockaway Taco concession at the beach (i.e., Shore Front Parkway.) I can't figure out how to change the link in pynchoff's post, which might be confusing.

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          Rockaway Taco
          95-19 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Queens, NY 11693

          DiCosmo's
          95-19 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Queens, NY 11693

          1. re: parkslopemama

            I think DiCosmos also has a cart out on the boardwalk.

            1. re: squid kun

              does rockaway make a shrimp taco? have never been--and the arepas spot was featured on neighborhood eats today on 7 news---looks great.