Hola Personas Columbus!
¿Cómo están ustedes? Are you ready for tacos, gorditos, baleadas, tlayudas, and horchatas? Let me guess.. the only food you recognized in that sentence was taco, right? It's okay; there's no need to feel embarrassed because just the other day I would have said the same. I'll be honest and say, I'm a picky eater, I rarely try new foods, and I have the taste palate of a five year old. Does this sound like you? If it does, it's time to expand your taste buds! Come join me on my taco food truck tour with Columbus Food Adventures.
I sampled dishes from five different food trucks along with a cinnamon nutmeg drink, called horchata. It tasted exactly like the leftover milk you get from eating Cinnamon Toast Crunch. The tour lasted three hours and completed with a stop at La Plaza Tapatia which is local to the Latino community for groceries and authentic ingredients which is unique to their cuisines.
"The most unusual sounding trucks are typically the most good" - Andy Dehus
Andy was my food truck tour guide and he provided great knowledge on the food truck scene, culture, and ingredients of each dish we sampled. His style and approach is very laid-back and one can tell he just really loves good food and wants to share the experience. Previously, he's done food reviews for Crave and has been featured multiple times in 614 Magazine which I found to be really cool.
Food Truck #1
La Popular (Translation: Popular) - Morgan's Favorite*
This was the only taco we sampled on this tour and the ingredients included: seasoned beef, cilantro, onions, and two flour tortillas. It was also served with a side of lime and cucumber; including options of sauces ranging from mild, avocado, and hot.
If you have ever been to Bakersfield Short North the taste of the Mole or Pollo Rojo tacos is very comparable to the Taco de Popular which has similar ingredients including the braised tomatillo, cilantro, and crunchy onions.
Food Truck #2
Merendero Catracho (Honduran Cuisine)
We sampled baleadas which ingredients include: handmade flour tortillas, re-fried beans, quesa fresca, latina-styled mild cream, and pulled-braised pork.
This wasn't my favorite dish, but it's definitely worth a try and it was my first time eating re-fried beans and the meat was really good!
FUN FACT: Did you know that there are more than 40 taco food trucks in Columbus, OH?
You haven't tried authentic Latin cuisine unless you've toured with Columbus Food Adventures.
Food Truck #3
San Angel (Mexican Cuisine)
I ATE COW TONGUE! I was going to have that as my headline for this blog post, but I thought I'd insert it here, sorry for the abruptness. Talk about a palate 180. I tried cow tongue for the first time and surprisingly it wasn't that bad. It was chewy and... that's all I'll say.
Anyway, the cuisine from San Angel is greatly influenced by southern Mexico and most of their dishes include: corn mixed with lime, black beans (instead of pinto), and quesio (translation: stringy cheese).
I didn't just eat cow tongue, but at this truck we sampled, Tlayuda (referred to as the Mexican-style pizza). The ingredients for this dish include: chorizo pork sausage, tomatoes, a thin layer of black bean sauce, beef, and lettuce. We were also served an horchata which is a drink that is processed by soaking rice in water, blending it, straining the rice, and adding cinnamon and nutmeg. It was extremely refreshing and sweet.
Food Truck #4
Mr. Grill (The Veteran) - Morgan's Second Favorite*
Mr. Grill is more than nine years' old and was the first to establish the Columbus Taco Truck scene in 2001. They are well-known for their gorditos (see picture above) consisting of beans, white onions, crema, cheese, lettuce, and finely chopped steak all placed neatly into a flour tortilla.
Food Truck #5
Las Delicias was our last stop on our food truck tour. As soon as our bellies started to get full, we opened them back up to try our last dish - nieves (translation: snow). It's very similar to Italian ice. There were many flavors to choose from whether you love pecan, vanilla, lime, strawberry, or coconut.
We ended our truck tour with Las Delicias, but we took one last stop to La Plaza Tapatia which is a local grocery and plaza home to the Latino community. As soon as you enter, one will find ingredients unique to Latin cuisines and a warm smell from their breads and bakery aisle. I couldn't leave here without some Mexican candy which will last me for months.
So what do you think? Are you ready to dive into the food truck world? If you don't like Mexican, it's okay! Columbus Food Adventures has other tours which offers a wide variety to suit any palate. I think you're ready, so go ahead and schedule your first tour today. It's a unique experience, perfect for any Columbus local or foodie!
Last, I would like to thank Bethia Woolf (Co-Owner of Columbus Food Adventures) for inviting me to participate in such a flavorful experience! Andy, thank you for being my tour guide and opening up my palate to the authentic taste and experience of taco food trucks in Columbus. I truly enjoyed myself and I can't wait to schedule my next tour!
If you would like to know more about Columbus Food Adventures or if you'd like to schedule a tour, please go to www.columbusfoodadventures.com. This food tour is priced at $55.00 and will run till the end of October.
Keep it local,
My name is Morgan Pelt, founder and lifestyle blogger behind Columbus Living – a blog dedicated to sharing stories about local businesses, events and entrepreneurs. I grew up in Columbus and as a creative outlet; I like to share my adventures and experiences through writing, photography and social media. It's time to discover new places, try new food, and meet new people. Let's go!