La Taqueria Taco Truck

2/2/2007 Update:

A reader sent this in. What do you think about it? I personally couldn’t find the letters in the Reporter, so I’m not sure specifically what they said.

“It’s great that you did a review of the food on the “yellow taco truck”. But I’m more interested in the free parking space that the truck seems to have 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Most businesses aren’t lucky enough to get free rent.

There were several letters written in the Hoboken Reporter about the truck but nothing has come of it. I once saw a sign in the window when it moved to another illegal spot briefly for road paving, the sign said that it belonged to a member of the Police Dept.”

1/12/2007:
How a simple post about a mysterious Hoboken City van turned into this dangerous experiment is beyond me.

But yes. I went to the La Taqueria taco truck yesterday to see how it was. As you can see, I’m still alive, so that’s a start.

See below for the write-up.

Description: Taco truck. Serves tacos, fajitas, burritos, hot dogs and steak sandwiches on the cheap. Soda and water available. They’re not trained in CPR or blood transfusions.
“Address”: No official postal address. On the northbound side of Willow Ave., between 15th and 16th Streets in Hoboken, NJ. In case anyone wants this for their GPS receiver: Latitude: 40.75535 Longitude: -74.02921
Phone: None
Web: None
Email: None
How to get in touch with them: Buy a used Batman spotlight. Replace “bat” with “taco”.

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See the quick review below!!

short-bus.gifSo I found myself uptown scratching my head wondering why I was there. It then dawned on me that people were curious about the beat-up taco truck. It kind of reminded me of the “short bus” from the god-awful “prequel” to Dumb and Dumber.

I walk around the corner, and am not sure it’s even open. As I get closer I notice “traffic cones” in strategic areas (like they need crowd control there??) as well as a propane tank connected. So they had to be open!

When I get to the cloudy serving window there was a sign that read “ABIERTO OPEN”. I checked to see if anything was going on, and didn’t really see anyone in there, although the radio was playing. After milling around for a few seconds, they open the window and acted as if I was lost and needed directions.

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They struggled with English, but I asked “what is the most popular item” a few different ways. Eventually they muttered out “steak sandwich”. So a steak sandwich it was. I was asked if I wanted cheese & onions, of course I said yes. While I was waiting, I was thinking that this could be the only “kitchen” in Hoboken that may not have roaches! Raccoons, rats, mice, opossums, groundhogs and squirrels, maybe. But what roach would live there? After my pondering was done, I gave them $3 bucks and I was on my way.

I get home to open this thing up. It smelled ok, that’s for sure. I open the foil and wasn’t exactly hungry anymore, although it looked better than the Quiznos monstrosity that I reviewed a while back. Very bright yellow cheese. One thin slab of mystery meat. Playing russian roulette with my lunch is what my life has become.

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OK, it didn’t kill me, but I couldn’t continue after a few bites. Just didn’t taste right. The onions certainly gave it a familiar taste, but that’s about it. I’ll be back again to try the actual tacos because I believe it’s statistically impossible to mess up Mexican meat. I guess they told me steak sandwich because it was the most expensive item on the menu? When will I ever learn?

But you haven’t officially lived in Hoboken until you’ve tried this place!

Anyone else ever eat here?

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62 Comments on "La Taqueria Taco Truck"

rapperd
Member

This taco truck seemed to be such a staple for people in the area that I’m surprised they would have forced it to move like this…
Kind of sad… Now it will be hard to track it down when you’re craving a taco or greasy burrito…

danzig
Member

It’s during blue moments like these, I sit back up here on the hill under the viaduct and close my eyes and think of what a horrible place this world is becoming and I think of the little taco truck women, the kind wonderful taco truck women trying to make a go of it, adding some desperately needed personality to this ever-monotonous town, having some bulldog no-neck cop or worse some bitchy Parking Authority freak giving them the heave-ho.
It’s sad.

SarahC
Member

Bad news for fans of the Taco Truck: it’s about to be towed and issued a summons for “continuous parking”. Did the letter-writers finally succeed, or did the Captain get a bad burrito? Either way, adios Taco Truck…

Jay
Member

Big Day tomorrow everyone – they have inflated the Taco Van’s wheels, kicked out the rats and the roaches and will be driving up and down Washington st to celebrate cinco de mayo (any have any idea what that means in English?).

Tacos will be half price and if you marry one of their children you will get burritos for the rest of your life.

MidnightRacer
Member

Lots of fire trucks near the Taco Van this morning. Don’t know what the situation was. Just an FYI for 411.

Perhaps a new hot sauce?

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