I am a nate’s taco truck enthusiast. i will drive from the west end to vcu to pick up three of ANY of his tacos. i find myself unhappy with nate in that he serves till one or two pm, and I always want to track him down to locate the goodness that is calabacitas (sauteed zucchini and squash) at 6:30 p.m.
when i initially heard about bokatruck, i shunned the truck. why would i head to another taco truck? nate’s is my jam. Being naturally curious about all things food, I decided to give in and headed out to try these twitter-advertising miss-spelling mouf-filling takos. locating the white short bus at a broad street location, my first experience was average. One long line and two rather wilted tacos later, i mentally patted myself on the back for my allegiance to nate. i also know that one visit is not a good judge of “what’s good”. the next week i sent every co-worker i have to get takos. my second and third experience (and fourth and fifth) were completely different than the first.
i learned some things.
1.) it’s the takos. they are the shining star (obviously). the noodle bowl, the ribeye sliders, the bangers and mash..eh, you can take ‘em or leave ‘em. that is not saying they are bad. if you are not a tako person, then get on a noodle bowl.
2.) call these guys AND they will come to you. yes, this truck moves. follow them on twitter @bokatruck and tweet them from your office. if you sit at a desk and have a parking lot, THEY WILL come.
3.) tell them HOW you want it. i believe the statement could be rephrased as “have it your way.” if you like it spicy, do it up. if you don’t, let the little cutie know.
4.) ask for extra napkins.
now that those basic suggestions are out of the way, let’s talk about taste.
my two favorites OUT of many: first, the korean tako. i beefed this baby up as it is served bulgogi syle (essentially, korean bbq). it is craveable. served with a bit of kim chi, it hits the spicy and tangy almost perfectly. my preference is a slightly vinegary kim chi to cut the sweetness of the meat, but that frankly is me being nitpicky.
Secondly, the mexican tako. With shredded tender pork and guajillo, this creation just sings. This tako is something you would expect to find closer to the border. my only complaint: the limp, non-descript tortilla. with the takos having such incredible flavor, the tortilla should shine as well. bokatruck seems to be concentrating mostly on the inside flavor and for right now, i am o.k. with that.
you can find these travelers at bokatruck.com or in a parking lot near you.