Food Trucks

429. El Taco Veloz – August 31, 2019 – Detroit, MI

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August2019ElTacoVeloz2 (2)El Taco Veloz is, hands-down, the BEST visit of Blog Year Six of 100 Places in the D thus far.

I’m OBSESSED with this Detroit-based purveyor of Mexican cuisine after visiting it during Labor Day weekend. I’ve exclaimed over a lot of fantastic tacos on this blog, but I seriously think El Taco Veloz’s Al Pastor tacos are the BEST tacos I’ve ever eaten. They are PHENOMENAL!!!!

It’s hard to know how to categorize El Taco Veloz: is it a restaurant, or is it a food-truck-based business? The answer I’ve arrived at is that it’s both.

When you pull up to El Taco Veloz’s given location on Toledo Street in Southwest Detroit, you see a gated parking area. Mind the wholesale produce warehouse to the right of the lot and the semi-trucks rolling in and out of it, and look towards the rear, where you’ll see two food trucks parked. Those are the El Taco Veloz kitchens/ordering stations.

Behind the El Taco Veloz trucks is a building, which contains a dining area with tables where you can enjoy food ordered from the trucks.

From one of these food trucks, I ordered six Al Pastor tacos to go, which cost under $11 – an awesome deal, especially considering the supreme deliciousness of the tacos, which I was about to discover.

I’d ordered the Al Pastor tacos to share with my dad and brother, who I was on my way to visit. But I couldn’t resist eating my two tacos right away, while they were still super fresh (sorry, Dad and Bro!). So I hunkered down at a table in El Taco Veloz’s dining room to do just that.

Opening the foil-covered to-go container, I revealed the six steaming-hot, fresh-off-the-grill Al Pastor tacos. Grilled corn tortillas were loaded with marinated shredded pork topped with cilantro and diced raw onion and accompanied by sliced raw radishes, sautéed onion, a grilled jalapeño, a lime wedge, red salsa, and a creamy, spicy green sauce (alllll that goodness for under $11!).

The experience of biting into one of those Al Pastor tacos . . . the written word cannot do it justice. All I can say is, WOW!!!! The flavor explosion these babies are bringing is just exceptional. These are not only very probably the best tacos I’ve ever eaten – they may be the best thing I’ve ever eaten, period!

Driving away from El Taco Veloz after consuming two of those magical Al Pastor tacos, I literally could not stop exclaiming to myself over how amazing they were. Every 30 or so seconds during the first several minutes of that drive, there’s me declaring “Those were SO good!” to no one but me, myself, and I. That’s how enchanting these El Taco Veloz wares are: they will make you talk out loud to yourself!

Worth noting: El Taco Veloz is a cash-only establishment (and SO worth that trip to the ATM!). AND it has a second location from which it peddles its glorious goodies: a counter inside Midtown-based convenience store Marcus Market.

6170 Toledo St.

Detroit, MI 48209

147. The Rolling Stoves – October 15, 2015 – Auburn Hills, MI (But Location Varies!)

The Rolling StovesThe company I work for is large enough and awesome enough to put on cool events regularly, such as having a posse of food trucks pull up to headquarters every few weeks during the warm-weather months. The last time of the season that this wonderful event occurred, a rainy, quite miserable day in mid-October, my heart was warmed up by an deliciously fat-and-greased-laced, juicy and melt-in-your mouth AMAZING burger called the Rodeo burger, served by a food truck called, quite appropriately, The Rolling Stoves. I’m telling you, this burger, with its rich barbecue sauce and its crispy yet delightfully oil-saturated onion ring, served with wonderfully savory, thin and crispy fries festooned with fresh minced garlic, was like heaven! (Admittedly, it wouldn’t be heaven for your body if you ate a meal like this every day – it would clog your arteries chock-full of baddie stuff and quite possibly send you prematurely to heaven! And we wouldn’t want that. So savor in moderation. Anywho. . ..) The Rolling Stoves regularly posts its schedule via its Facebook and Twitter accounts and can also be viewed on its Roaming Hunger (a site where you can find and follow food trucks) page. It is likely to be revving down for the season – especially with the first legit snowfall for the area occurring as I type! – but its schedule does show that it has still been out truckin’ periodically, mostly in Detroit or West-Side areas such as Farmington Hills, Livonia, and Novi.

Address Like a Rollin’ Stone – Ain’t Got One

(though seems to frequent Detroit, Downriver, and the southwestern part of Oakland County)

http://roaminghunger.com/the-rolling-stoves/