Review: The Cruzin Taco

Call ‘em taco trucks, lunch wagons, meals on wheels or what have you there is no denying that food trucks are an exciting new player on the American dining scene. Gone are the days of stale, pre-made sandwiches and rusty old catering vans filled with questionable vittles.

Today food trucks are hip, clean and diverse. Each day thousands of them roll through the streets of New York, Chicago and especially Los Angeles where the trend really took off with the wildly popular Kogi trucks. Kogi specializes in Korean BBQ tacos. How could that not miss, right?

Well, the food truck craze has finally made it to Mobile. There are roughly a half dozen mobile restaurants operating in the Port City and one of the best is the Cruzin Taco truck owned by the husband and wife team of Michael and Lacey Curtis. Michael hails from Southern California where modern food trucks got their start and brings with him the taste of true tacos. Not those crunchy shells stuffed with cheap hamburger and yellow cheese or their even less Mexican cousins the “soft taco” which is wrapped in a flour (do they even grow wheat in Mexico?) tortilla.

No, the Curtis’ are slinging the real deal. Choose from carnitas (shreddedd pork), grilled chicken or my favorite carne asada (steak) all tucked inside a grilled white corn tortilla with fresh cilantro, chopped onions and white cheese.

You gotta love the price, $2.50 each or three for $7. The carnita is slow roasted, slightly sweet with just the right amount of cinnamon. The grilled chicken is tender and flavorful, some of the best grilled chicken I’ve ever had. The carne asada is heaven in a tortilla. Also be on the lookout for the Baja Fish Tacos with fresh white fish topped with cheese, shredded cabbage and salsa verde. Be sure to grab some chips to dig through their salsa and guacamole. You’ll thank me for it.

The Cruzin Taco truck’s hours and location vary from day to day so the best way to keep up with them is via their Facebook Page. Also take a gander at their Home Page for more info. They’ll be at the first Mardi Gras parade of the season this Saturday, Jan. 21st on Dauphin Island. They plan to open around 10 AM.

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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