Last weekend’s Taste of Dallas is more than a food expo. It’s a testing ground for nascent culinary ventures, like Taco Party, the city’s newest food truck. Taco Party is so new, the rig doesn’t yet have a branded wrap. Instead, posters covered parts of the truck, formerly of Dos Paisano’s Salvadoran-Mexican operation, during what was Taco Party’s public service debut.
Part of the annual event’s Taste Curbside, a new component featuring Dallas’ hottest edible trend, Taco Party is owned and operated by cousins Rafael Rico and Eduardo Ramirez. It’s Dallas’ first Mexico City-style gourmet taco truck.
While Rico and Ramirez, Mexico City natives, were busy dishing out Taco Party’s fare, Lourdes Palomares, Rico’s wife, took some time to answer my questions regarding the lonchero (taco truck).
“We wanted to eat good tacos, Mexico City style, especially tacos al pastor or trompo,” she said, mentioning the traditional preparation of slow roasting marinated pork on a vertical spit.
DF’s borders don’t limit Chef Ramirez’s menu, though. A Baja-style fish taco topped with a jicama relish and a brisket dressed with ancho barbecue sauce (pictured below) were available as part of Taco Party’s limited weekend offerings.
As for the rig’s appearance, Palomares said a design is coming. However, because of time constraints they weren’t able to wrap it before Taste of Dallas. “We didn’t want to miss the opportunity to participate in this event,” she explained. “I think they are going to do it next week. Hopefully, they’ll start [serving] in 7 to 10 days.”
Whenever Taco Party takes to the streets, I’ll likely be the first at the fiesta. I want some tinga and alambre.