Taco trucks are without a doubt, a popular dining option in Columbus. There are pockets of the city where you can literally drive down the street for two miles and find a dozen or so trucks and carts within that stretch, and lines of people waiting for food at each one. They are so popular in fact, that there are blogs, such as Taco Trucks Columbus, that are dedicated to tracking, mapping, and reviewing these local trucks exclusively.
For the past three years, I’ve driven past El Camioncito Del Sabor Taqueria at least a couple of times a week on my way home, and as far as I can remember, there is always a line, rain or shine. So I finally decided to stop and check them out. The truck itself is visually impressive. It’s pretty clean, and it’s menu and signage are clearly visible, which is always a good thing. There were several customers waiting on food when I arrived, and several who arrived after me, most of them speaking Spanish with each other and the staff inside the truck. When I got to the window, I was happy to find that I was able to communicate fairly easily with the two ladies inside, certainly no thanks to my limited Spanish skills, but because of their patience and courtesy.
As I mentioned, their menus are pretty self explanatory and easy to read. After reading some reviews online, I knew that El Camioncito Del Sabor Taqueria dresses their tacos and other entrees “American-style”, with lettuce, tomato and sour cream, unless you specifically order otherwise. When I stepped up to the window, I saw a paper sign taped to the glass stating that tacos could be ordered with onions and fresh cilantro only, and were $1.00 each when ordered that way, which was perfect because that’s what I wanted. I ordered three tacos: one pollo (chicken), one carnitas (pork) and one chorizo (Spicy sausage). Hey, for $1 each, I might as well try a variety, right??
As I opened the box, I was smacked in the face with an aroma of spices and grilled meats that made me all the more eager to tear into these tacos. Served with green chili hot sauce and a lime wedge, all three of my tacos looked delicious and their presentation was pretty impressive.
I started with the chorizo taco, and enjoyed it probably the most of the three. Their green chili hot sauce was very flavorful and added great heat to the tacos. The chorizo was tender and spiced really well, and the tortillas were warm and slightly crispy. The cilantro and onions accompanied them very well.
The pork carnitas and chicken tacos were equally tasty. The pork was just a little dry, and was probably my least favorite of the three. A little squeeze of lime and some hot sauce fixed that problem quickly enough, and I made short work of this lunch.
Many families in Columbus work really hard to bring us this style of authentic Mexican cuisine, and they make their living and support their family off of this type of business. I say, next time you’re in the mood for tacos or burritos, drive past the chains and hit up one of your local taco trucks or carts. You’re more than likely going to get a better meal at a better price.
El Camioncito Del Sabor Taqueria is located near 530 Norton Rd, Columbus, OH 43228 (Map). They are open Monday – Sunday, 9:00AM – 10:00PM.