Morristown, NJ (my current hometown) has really been building up over the past few years. Every time I go out it seems like another restaurant, boutique, coffee shop etc. is cropping up. My “to-visit” list just keeps getting longer. One restaurant that is fairly new to the Morristown scene is The Taco Truck. Their sit-down eatery in town is an extension of their NJ trucks that frequent areas like Jersey City, Newark, and Hoboken. They also have a truck in Boston and additional store fronts in High Line, NY; Hoboken, NJ and soon to be in Cambridge, MA.
Their Mexican street food fare is focused around tacos of course! The company boasts their authentic, locally grown and organic ingredients. They also promote their eco-friendly atmosphere. I really liked their sustainable business approach and I’m always up for tacos, so this was at the top of my visit list when it first opened. I went in a few times and had great experiences with the few items I tried but never took the time to really appreciate their offerings.
When I decided to try out a gluten free diet my urge to get back to The Taco Truck was revitalized. I took the opportunity to looks for local businesses that support the gluten free customer base. I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that the Taco Truck was on the list of gluten free friendly restaurants I had compiled. When I think of tacos I tend to think of the box kits I have made so many times at my house that use flour tortillas. I had overlooked that in authentic Mexican eateries corn tortillas are more often used. After learning that more than half of the menu items were dishes that I could indulge in; I put a date on the calendar to re-introduce myself with The Taco Truck.
During my visit I decided I would try all 4 of the 6 taco variations that were gluten free. At The Taco Truck you can order tacos in sets of 2 or 3. My only qualm is that there is no mixing and matching of tacos in your order. One positive is that their menu clearly indicates which items are vegetarian or gluten free so it makes selecting the right tacos for your diet easy. I put in my order for my 4 sets of tacos but unfortunately, they were out of the Pollo Asado. So I would have to settle for 3 of the variations.
I dove into the Al Pastor taco first. It had adobo marinated sweet pork with onions, cilantro, pineapple and fresh salsa. This taco was bursting with flavor. I liked how the acidity and sweetness of the pineapple balanced out the spice from the pork. The corn tortillas (yes plural…they give you 2 with every taco) become a bit soggy from the saturation of the juices from the toppings and yet still taste great. The Al Pastor was my favorite of the tacos I sampled. Beware though, these tacos are definitely at least a two napkin finger food. They are messy but worth it!
The next taco I tried was the Canitas Michoacan. This taco also featured pork. It was less complex in flavor compared with the Al Pastor. The shredded pork was topped with onions, cilantro, and fresh green salsa. The cilantro and salsa mixture was very fresh tasting. I thought this pork didn’t stand up in flavor as well as the other taco but it was still tasty.
The last taco was the Barbacoa De Costilla. This taco had shredded beef with a red salsa, onions and cilantro. I enjoyed the braised beef’s juicy flavor. The meat itself was a bit tough but the zestful salsa and marinate juices brought it all together.
I also got a side of Totopos (Lime seasoned crispy tortilla chips and a side of guacamole). The guacamole was very creamy. I used it to dip my tacos in and munch on the tortilla chips. It had a hint of citrus and of course cilantro ( cilantro was used liberally at The Taco Truck!).
I washed all my tacos down with an Agua Fresca. They offered 2 flavors of this Mexican specialty. Agua Fresca’s are fruit infused waters that sometimes are sweetened and sometimes left unsweetened. I opted for the sweetened lime Agua Fresca. It was crisp, tangy, and reminiscent of tart lemonade…except with lime of course.
My re-introduction to The Taco Truck was an overall success. It was a pleasant reminder that I have an affordable, delicious and authentic Mexican eatery so close. It is another added bonus that they are gluten free friendly. I know I will be continuing to frequent The Taco Truck whenever I get a hankering for Mexican.
Oh, did I mention that The Taco Truck is BYOB? Next time I come there will be beer (gluten free of course) in hand! Cinco de Mayo is approaching and *hint hint* this would be the perfect place to celebrate!
If you want to eat more tacos and try The Taco Truck out for yourself you can check out their website for locations: www.thetacotruck.com
Follow them on Twitter: @thetacotruck
And “Like” them on Facebook: facebook.com/thetacotruck
…all for the love of the dish