Saturday, October 1, 2011

3 Men and A Taco: Its Not What You Think



This is Texas and tacos are on every corner, or so it seems. So, when I am looking for something unique to eat, I don't generally think of food trucks with "taco" in their name. Big mistake on my part. BIG, BIG mistake and one for which I owe 3 Men and a Taco my deepest apologies. 

This truck is unique, in so many ways:

First, it has to be the most colorful truck in DFW, in terms of number of colors on the truck. 

Second, the menu is incredible. Their definition of taco and mine are no where near the same. 3 Men's tacos are African influenced, along with the rest of their menu. As flavorful as these were, it is almost a shame to lump them under the generic "taco" label. 



I had the Jerk Chicken taco, which was made up of shredded chicken with jerk seasoning, potatoes, quince, pear, and parsnips, dazzled with yogurt sauce and served on a flour tortilla. At the recommendation of the woman taking orders, I added on the lime sauce. The seasonings on the meat were amazing. I don't think I have ever had so many flavors hitting my tongue at the same time before. 


Next up was the Doro Watt, an Ethiopian chicken taco made with slow cooked onions, homemade Niter Kebbeh and Berberé.(spice mixtures) Again, amazing flavor with the meat. The Doro Watt was spicy but not burn your mouth spicy but enough to let you know this wasn't any Texas chicken taco.  It also left me wishing I had ordered a second one. 

My only negative with these tacos is that the flour tortilla left much to be desired in terms of a wrap. I will even go so far as to say the tortilla took away from the taco, like it was an after thought of, "oh, we need something to tone down this amazing meat,we should the blandest thing we can find". The tortillas being cold didn't really help me be convinced that they should be part of the experience.

But cold tortillas aside, I cannot wait to try any of the many unique, African inspired items on 3 Men's menu. It wasn't until after I ordered that I saw they have fried plantains on the menu. I am especially anxious to try those. 

You can follow 3 Men on Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to visit them soon and remember, they aren't serving what you would probably define as a "taco" and I for one am glad.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Build a Truck - Good Karma Kitchens


 The truck in its original form...Snap-On Tools Truck

Today started an exciting process for Good Karma Kitchen. Their  truck started the conversion process with a  builder in San Antonio. Cameron Davies, the owner of Cruising Kitchens, has taken on the incredible task of building the  food truck in a 3 1/2 week time frame. Cameron is posting pictures of the transformation of a sixteen foot Snap On truck into a beautiful new commercial kitchen on wheels on his website, www.crusingkitchens.com.

The inside of the truck 

Every phase from tear down, to electrical, to plumbing, to equipment installation will be showcased so everyone can see what really goes into building a food truck. I'll be following the build out on this blog.

Now they can take orders


The inside at the end of day 1

Good Karma Kitchen is a gluten-free, vegetarian food truck that will be on the streets of the Metroplex in October. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Cameron Davies owns the most successful food truck park in San Antonio, Boardwalk on Bulverde and is well known for not only some incredibly cool food trucks but as an innovative custom car builder for high profile athletes via his sister shop 210 Customs.  You can also follow him on Twitter.

 
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