We are living in a mobile world. Today, most people are used to communicating, working, shopping and living on the move. It is no surprise then that our eating habits have become increasingly mobile as well. The food truck is a popular answer to this demand for mobile meals.
Bellingham is no stranger to food trucks, especially of the Latin American variety. The city plays host to six different so-called “Taco Trucks.” We here at the AS Review went to every single one of them. Whether they are independent operations or serve as outlets for larger Latin American dining establishments, these six taco trucks deliver authentic Latin food without the time-constraints of a sit down restaurant.
To determine which truck reigns supreme we decided to narrow in on one classic staple of Latin American cuisine: the burrito. Our rankings take taste, size and the variety of meats into account, as well as the convenience of location, pricing and operating hours.
1) A Que Tacos
There is usually a trade-off between quality and quantity. A Que Tacos, located at 125 Samish Way, takes that trade-off and throws it in the trash. Not only is the Supreme Burrito the biggest on our list, it is always the cheapest and one of the tastiest. At only $5, this gut buster of a burrito is a college student’s best friend in terms of affordability. It satisfies the wallet upon purchase and immediately satisfies the taste buds after the first bite. A Que Taco’s meats are well marinated and juicy. The chunks of fresh avocado are a standout feature of this burrito. While the ingredients may not be evenly mixed throughout, they are all fresh and plentiful. A Que Taco’s close proximity to campus and the fact that it is the only truck open seven days a week are just two other reasons why the Supreme Burrito is number one on our list.
2) El Tapatio
In terms of taste, El Tapatio’s burrito is king. The biggest contributor to this burrito’s amazing taste is the meat. Big and abundant portions of tender, juicy steak, chicken, tripas, barbacoa, pork or buche (pork stomach) await any lucky eater fortunate enough to get their hands on this piece of tortilla-wrapped heaven. The moist, red Mexican rice, melted cheese and crunchy, fresh cabbage combine for a bite that is rich in color, texture and flavor. For a relatively small burrito, El Tapatio’s $5.50 price point is warrantable considering the taste. However, the major drawback to El Tapatio is its location. Anyone seeking this burrito must drive to the Airport Road exit off the freeway on the opposite side of Bellingham to satisfy their hunger.
3) Chihuahua Taco Truck
Located at 1206 Iowa Street, Chihuahua’s unique seasoning blends, fresh vegetables and vibrant colors stands out from the rest of the burritos on our list. While all six burritos come with rice, the rice at Chihuahua’s is by far the best. For those who love the sensation of spiciness, Chihuahua offers a Macho Burrito that shares the same $6 price as the regular burrito, but with an extra kick. They also offer Al Pastor, or pork cooked in pineapple, that is simply mouth-watering. Despite the rich flavors, Chihuahua’s annoyingly light portions of meat, avocado sauce and sour cream moves it to number three on our list.
4) Super Mario's Slvadorian Food
Super Mario’s, located at 1422 N Forest St, is an easy walk from campus. Due to the size of Super Mario’s Wonder Burrito, the walk back up the hill is far less easy. This thing is a monster, but at $6.50 that is to be expected. What makes the Wonder Burrito excellent is the inclusion of brown rice and the tortilla. Super Mario’s grills their tortillas, enhancing the flavor of an ingredient that the other taco trucks seem to regard as mere packaging. However, the Wonder Burrito is four on our list because there is barely any meat in it. A huge burrito plus insufficient meat, sour cream and avocado equals mild disappointment.
5) Tacos El Mexicano
The $6 super burrito at Tacos El Mexicano, located at 700 Ohio St, is a modest display of meat, rice, beans, onion, cilantro, tomato, avocado, sour cream and cheese. What is not modest about the burrito is the tortilla. The way the burrito is wrapped leaves a double-folded section of tortilla that is so thick it’s almost like biting into a sandwich. Mix that in with huge pockets of sour cream, un-melted cheese and grey refried beans and you have a recipe for a burrito that is number five on our list. Despite these setbacks, the burrito is one of the larger ones on the list and is very filling. The filling of the burrito itself is rather unimpressive compared to the other contenders.
6) Deigo's Mexican Grill
Western students may know Diego’s Mexican Grill for their South Samish Way restaurant location. They may be less familiar with the restaurant’s taco truck that operates on Sundays at 2238 James St, but they’re probably better off for it. Diego’s Mexican Grill burrito comes in at the end of our list because it is the smallest, blandest and one of the least affordable burritos of all six taco trucks. Diego’s charges $6 for a chicken or pork burrito, and $7 for beef. While the meat is well seasoned, the copious amounts of rice and lettuce overwhelm this burrito. For the most part, it is dry and boring. The small size means it should not take long to finish this burrito, which is actually a good thing.