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Taco Loco – New Truck on the Block!

March 2, 2011

Have you ever found yourself thinking “MAN! I could really go for some tasty, authentic Mexican street tacos!” But don’t think it’s worth getting your head chopped off in Juarez? Same here. Every day. Literally…every day.

These tacos are LOCO! In a good way.

Luckily, there is an incredible spot located at 24th and Highway 9 in Norman, OK. Amigos, I present to you…TACO LOCO!

Delicious little pieces of taco heaven, and you don’t even have to pack your pistola to feel safe. Although I’m sure most of you good ‘ole Oklahoma boys are totin’ some iron anyway.

This place has all the good ingredients for quality authentic taco tastiness. Dirt parking lot…check. Food from a truck…check. Outside dining only…check.

The menu at Taco Loco isn’t huge, but if there’s not something on there you like…I refuse to be your friend. Just kidding, but seriously.

Tacos, Tortas, Burritos, Gorditas, Quesadillas, Chimichangas, Ceviche, and Flautas. Meats include Beef, Pork, Chorizo, Chicken, Ham, Tongue (yes, beef tongue and it’s DEEElicious.) We both went with tacos. They come with onions and cilantro with your choice of meat, served on corn tortillas. (Not sure if you can get them on flour or not, we didn’t think to ask, but we will when we go back…probably tomorrow.) They also came with a cooked whole jalapeno and some good salsa.

If you don’t like these tacos, I will literally rip your tongue out of your face and stomp on it.

The verdict…incredible. The tacos aren’t very big, but they are only $1.25 each, so we suggest you go ahead and order about a smooth baker’s dozen per person like we did. Maybe not quite that much, but you get the point. They were ready quick, even though they were freshly made to order. The ingredients all tasted fresh, which is always good when your food is coming out of a big parked vehicle.

There is a covered seating area with probably 10-12 tables with chairs, which is actually a pretty cool place to sit and watch the traffic roll by.

They’ve also got Mexican soda pops to gulp down your goozle and wash those darn tacos down right.

Amigos! Get your rear-ends down to Taco Loco, rapido!

You can reach them at 405-600-8658.

Victoria’s Pasta Shop – Norman, OK

January 18, 2011

Somehow, I’ve lived in Norman approximately 24 years and never been to Victoria’s. Victoria’s Pasta Shop, that is. Victoria’s Secret…well that’s another story. Anyway, Victoria’s is located on OU’s Campus Corner at 327 White St. and has been serving up delicious italian food for almost 20 years!

I can’t believe I just recently ate here for the first time. It’s a laid back, friendly environment with great food and very reasonable prices. Basically everything I like in an eating establishment.

I got the black pepper linguini tossed with snow crab and spinach in a lemon garlic butter sauce. Yeah, I know. As soon as I read that description I was sold. I also ordered a lasagna roll, just for kicks. I knew I made the right call as soon as I lapped a lip over the linguini. It has the pepper actually cooked into the noodle itself, which gives it an awesome flavor. The crab was fresh and tasty and the lemon garlic butter was the perfect sauce for this pasta.

Lasagna Roll (left), Black Pepper Linguini (right)

Lasagna Roll (left), Black Pepper Linguini (right). Sorry about the terrible picture, only had my phone with me.

The lasagna roll was also top-notch. Shrimp, spinach and cheese rolled and baked in lasagna, then covered with marinara and alfredo. Easy to see why this is a “Victoria’s Classic.”

Not only was the food hot, fresh and super tasty; there was also a LOT of it. You don’t have to be the head cashier at the K-Mart to know that it’s pretty rare to find a spot with big portions of awesome food for a great price. Victoria’s is one of those joints.

Here’s a link to their menu.

Probably my only complaint would be that it was HOT in there! It was super cold outside and we even sat right by the window and I was still sweatin’ like Snooki at a nightclub!

Overall, I am putting Victoria’s right up towards the top of my list. I plan on being a frequent visitor, so I’ll try some other menu items and let you all know if they live up to my initial impressions.

P.S. I heard somewhere that this is Sam Bradford’s favorite place to eat in Norman. Usually “picks” are bad for a quarterback…but this is a good one sir. A mighty good one.

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Carican Flavors, Mon!

October 18, 2010

Dis be da taste of de islands mon! Located at 2701 N. Martin Luther King Ave. in Oklahoma City, Carican Flavors (Caribbean/American) is one place you need to go check out if you have some unique tastebuds. It’s a combination of authentic, homestyle, Caribbean cuisine such as Jerk Chicken with some American favorites like Catfish or Mac & Cheese.

Carican Flavors on MLK, don't miss it!

This place ranks pretty high in all aspects. I had an awesome experience here and would feel pretty confident recommending it to fellow mongers. The place is really clean, the people are SUPER nice, and the food is tasty, authentic, and definitely unique. All the food is cooked fresh; no canned stuff here. The options included jerk chicken legs, lamb and carrot stew, beef stew, curry chicken, curry goat, oxtails, mac & cheese, fresh fish of the day was snapper, beans & rice, broccoli, plantains, sweet potatoes, and much more.

 

 

Now that's some Carican Flavors!

I decided to double dip and try the jerk chicken and the lamb stew. For my sides I picked the casserole-style macaroni and cheese and rice and beans. To make a long story short, it was ALL GOOD! The jerk chicken was not quite as spicy as I like, but it was still awesome. The lamb was super flavorful, but could have been just a tad more tender. The beans and rice were really good and the mac & cheese was really greasy and really tasty.

They also have a bunch of great drinks like ginger beer (sorry, not booze!) sorrel (made from the petals of the sorrel plant) and the best stinkin’ drink I ever guzzled down, TING!!! There are two kinds, green and pink. I got the pink, and wow children it is delicious. I’m gonna start importing this stuff from Jamaica to my house. It’s a grapefruit soda, but it has a lot of juice in there and it’s really strong and sour and incredible. I’m not kidding, if you find out where to get this by the case, let me know please!

At Carican Flavors, you’ll get plenty of food, great service, a nice clean place to chow down, and most importantly….TING TING TING TING TING! Man I’m thirsty. Check out the pictures page for a peek at the greatness that is pink ting.

Visit Carican Flavors’ web site HERE where you can find their full menu, hours, phone number, special drinks, etc.

Visit their Wimgo page HERE

Leo’s BBQ

October 5, 2010

It was my coworker’s birthday last Wednesday, and we decided to take him out to lunch. We let him choose the spot of course, and he picked Leo’s BBQ at 3631 N. Kelley in OKC. Apparently this place is somewhat of an Oklahoma classic as far as barbecue goes, and somehow I had not yet sniffed it out. It’s been around over 35 years! I’d say that’s a good sign…

It's what's inside that counts...

We hop out and I’m thinking the place has potential, because like most solid BBQ joints, it’s really not too easy on the eyes. If you’re eating barbecue at a new, high-dollar, modern, spotless place…you probably aren’t having great barbecue. Anyway, we head inside, sit down at a rickety old table and make our selections. I quickly chose the ribs, potato salad, baked beans and sweet tea. Pretty routine for most BBQ joints.

Leo's ribs, baked beans & potato salad

When it came out, the delicious smoky scent stiff-wristed me in the snotbox and MAN was it good! The meat was falling off the bone, the beans had a unique (in a good way) flavor that I’m still trying to pinpoint, and the potato salad was country delicious. My buddy got the hotlinks, which I tried, and WOW! I’m usually just sort-of “eh” on hotlinks but for some reason these revved my engine. The sauce is really good too.

Pretty soon our waitress brought us all out a piece of Leo’s famous strawberry banana cake. What an outstanding way to polish of a classic BBQ dinner! I did my best David Copperfield and made that thing DISAPPEAR. I’m glad they only brought me one piece…I probably would have just sat there as long as they kept them coming. Check the pictures page for a pic.

The people were friendly, the food was old-fashioned and tasty, and the place has that “hole-in-the-wall” feel. Apparently they have another location downtown as well, but I can firmly recommend the original location. There is clearly good reason why Leo’s is an OKC BBQ classic.

Check out their Wimgo page HERE

Check out the Diners Drive-Ins and Dives video on Leo’s HERE – It’s pretty awesome and will give you the more in-depth story on Leo’s!

Benvenuti’s Italian – Downtown Norman Noses-In-The-Air

October 5, 2010

This will be a short review, just thought the Mongers fans should know what’s going on with the little Italian place in Downtown Norman.   This restaurant is on Main Street right across the street from Coach’s.  You have probably driven by and didn’t even notice it was there.

I have eaten there once before and the food WAS amazing.  I am not a big Italian food lover, I generally think tomato sauce and noodles are pretty generic to most restaurants, however this place does have exceptional food.  But exceptional food, for me, does not make up for terrible service.  Benvenuti’s is an upscale place, with a snooty atmosphere, which is not my typical type of hangout, but I’ll put up with it for great food occasionally.  My wife and I went down the other night, on a Saturday, and the place was pretty busy.  We asked to sit out on the patio, and the hostess gave us a disgusted look and said “sure…”  We go out there and there is another table seated, so I’m thinking, what’s the big deal, we’re not the only ones out here?  The hostess asks us if we want a wine list, which I say no, and she walks off without saying another word.  So we sit and discuss the menu…. and we sit… and we sit…  After about 10 minutes of not seeing a server, there was a wreck in front of the restaurant on Main, and 5 or 6 servers come out on the patio to see what’s going on.  Not one even acknowledges us.  They go back inside and we sit for another 5 minutes before I’ve had enough.  We walk out.  I will most likely not be back.  If I’m gonna give you between sixty and a hundred of my dollar bills for a meal, you need to make me feel welcome. 

Benvenuti’s.  Get your nose out of the air.  I see boogers in it.

FAIRmongers!!! The Foodmongers OK State Fair Special!

September 23, 2010

What is the biggest fall junk food event in Oklahoma City?  Who are the best food critics in Oklahoma City?

This week the FoodMongers are doing our tribute to the Great State Fair of Oklahoma with our FAIRmongers special.  We went and scoped out as many booths as we could, without puking, to let you know what is awesome and what is a waste of your money.  There are so many choices at the fair that it makes it nearly impossible for a fair novice to wade through the junk to find deliciousness.  Below is a guide to happy tastebuds.  You’re welcome.

I intentionally starved myself pre-fair night so I could cram in as much as possible, so when we arrived, I was craving something substantial to start off.  We came in the north side of the fair, and walked around the big circle around the tower.  I immediately smelled and spotted the roasted corn booth.  Bingo.  I got a corn and a bottle of water for $6.  Bargain!… not.  Tasty, yes.  It was sweet and smoky and dipped in butter.  You can’t go wrong here.

My wife promptly got a corndog, which for her, is a fair go-to.  I passed on that.  I think corndogs are what I would eat if I was trapped in a Sam’s and the meat section and all the frozen pizzas were already gone.  We continued down the

Prounounced "teddy-yaki cheek-in"

food row to the south and I spotted the tall chinese food trailer that has teryaki chicken on a stick.  As we came closer, I could see the large scewers of chicken laying on a grill right inside the window of the trailer.  It smelled incredible.  I got 1, but wanted 2.  Pace yourself….  The cook took it off the grill and basted it with a teriyaki glaze before putting it on my plate.  $5.  Not bad for fair prices.  There’s a solid half pound of meat here.  It was hot, fresh, tender, and very juicy!  I patted myself on the back and we moved down the row.

We stopped next just a few trailers down at one that advertised fried bacon-cheddar mashed potatoes.  I’m typically not a huge fan of battered and deep fried, but anything with bacon and cheese has my attention.  Again $5, but I don’t think we got as much food with this Abe Lincoln.  We got 4 golfball-ish sized pieces of potato and a side of ranch for dipping.  Go to the pictures page for a snapshot.  I thought the flavor was very good, cheesy, bacony, and the potatoes had a fairly heavy garlic flavor.  All that dipped in ranch is pretty solid in my book.  It was very greasy and heavy though, so don’t go crazy on this one, it could end your night of gluttony early.  My wife had 1 and was done.  She was not that impressed.

After this we met up with the other half of our FoodMongers party, and my compadre Hunter was gnawing on something that looked delicious.  I’ll let him tell you about his finds when he adds to this entry.  We moved west toward the arena where some friends had spotted the talk of the fair this year – the chocolate covered bacon booth.  We step up and order, one order of bacon, and a bottle of water.  $8!  ouch.  This better be a lot of bacon.  It comes out in a small chinese takeout box.  The LITTLE ones.  It also came out of a refrigerator.  Uh oh, this is not looking good.  I bit off a piece of one and chewed it.  Did I get any bacon in mine?  I can’t taste it.  I can feel the grit in my mouth of a crunchy strip of bacon, but no hint of bacon flavor.  Bummer.  I would say this was my biggest fair disappointment.  I gave it a thumbs down.  The chocolate had good flavor, but don’t get me drooling with the word bacon and then give me some decent chocolate with a little crunch.

We walked around for a little while longer, went through the car show, did some people watching, and my belly was about done.  So we decided to hit up the booth that is always THE highlight of fair gluttony for us.  The cinnamon roll both.  Now there are lots of cinnamon roll booths here, but don’t be fooled by imposters.

Yes, it’s worth the wait

To make sure that you don’t succumb to the falseness of the OTHER cinnamon roll stands, I made sure to take a picture of THE cinnamon roll stand.  It is a big green beacon of hope and always has a massive line in front.  Don’t be scared, get in line.  You may very well wait 30 minutes for a cinnamon roll.  You may get frustrated in line and want to get on your phone and send us hate mail during this time.  Just wait it out and once you lap a lip over what you purchase there you will understand.  It is like the Krispy Kreme of cinnamon rolls.  They have an assembly line in there cooking them up fresh.  You will get a hot, fresh, artery clogging treat every time here.  This is not a time to pinch pennies either.  I suggest double icing and a large milk.  Don’t worry about the cost.  It’s close to $10 for this type of order, but I guarantee almost every $10 meal you’ve had doesn’t hold a candle to what you’re about to experience.  If you’re the type of guy that doesn’t like to cry in public, I suggest you take your first bite alone.  I’m just sayin’…  You need to go to our pictures page to see the redneck masterpiece that is THE fair cinnamon roll.  I almost can’t put into words what it will do to your tastebuds.  Just get one.

I am going to end this segment now, and we are most likely returning before the fair’s end to be your fair test dummies, and you will hear from us again.  Hunter will follow this up soon with his experience also.
-Adam

Donut Burger! Ooooh yessir!

Hunter here. Sorry it took me forever to add to this, I’ve been busy! Let me start off by saying the OK State Fair did not disappoint. There were mullets and jorts galore, and of course, delicious treats like the Donut Burger! It’s basically a burger patty, bacon and cheese with a glazed donut sliced in half and used as the bun. It might sound weird at first but trust me, it’s pretty awesome. It’s just like having a regular burger with a sweet bun. Ain’t nothin’ wrong with a little suga on yo burga!

Now it didn’t look exactly like the sign, and I didn’t get a great picture of it…I was trying not to get icing all over my phone, but the pic is on the pictures page.
I had a couple of bites of some fried mac & cheese, which was pretty outstanding, and pretty much exactly like it sounds. Mac & cheese inside of little triangle breaded, fried nuggets. Can’t go wrong there.
I also had a little bit of the standard foot-long corn dog. Nothing special here. A corn dog is a corn dog is a corn dog…regardless of length. Basically the only advantage here is that you don’t have to feel like a fatty and say you ate two.
I had taste tests of various other fair treats, but I believe Adam covered most of them, and I am essentially in agreement with his judgment. I’ll end by saying this…When you go to the fair, be prepared to leave all health-conscious, organic-loving debbie downers behind. You need the full experience. This is the world of Deep-fried, chocolate-covered, butter-dipped, cheese-stuffed, extra everything awesomeness. Respect the redneck cuisine and enjoy yourself. OKFM said so.
Oh, and don’t stay too long, because by the time you feel a little rumble in the jungle…you’d be best to avoid the state fair port-o-potties at all costs. I’m just sayin’.

Mama E’s Wings & Waffles

September 18, 2010

My fellow mongers…Yesterday I had one of the most incredible food experiences of my life. I’d go as far as to say it might be the tastiest meal I’ve ever lapped a lip over.

The place responsible for my bliss – Mama E’s Wings and Waffles. The site of this soul food sensation – 3838 Springlake Dr. OKC, OK 73111.

Mama E's - Don't pass it by!!

You might drive right by this little yellow & black building and not take a second glance, but after this review, you best pull in and get you some – Foodmonger’s orders!

The second I walked in, I was greeted warmly and I immediately knew coming here was a good choice! Not to mention it smelled like HEAVEN! I looked ahead, when what to my wondering eyes did appear, but wings, waffles, collared greens, corn bread, mac & cheese, neckbones, mashed potatoes, sweet yams, fried catfish, blackeyed peas, beans, pumpkin pie, chocolate cake – do I need to go on? I mean if you aren’t wide-eyed and watery-mouthed at this point, I’m questioning whether you are human! I literally almost asked if I could get a sampler of everything in the joint.

I settled on the trademark Wings and Waffles with mac and cheese as my side. Also, your order includes kool-aid and a piece of cake! The kool-aid, by the way, has some secret ingredient that made it AMAZING! It was super sweet and really tart, which was different, but now I think it’s the only way I can drink it!

I took a seat in the dining area, which is fairly small, but still comfy. The white walls are now almost black, being signed by all of Mama E’s satisfied grubbers. (pic on Pictures page)

When my food came out, you should have seen the look on my face. Imagine a chunky kid with a backpack full of money walking into a walmart-sized candy store.

Wooo! Wings & Waffles!

Three giant, fried chicken wings sitting on top of a tire-sized waffle, covered in sweet sweet powdered sugar. I made it rain syrup on everything and went to work. The chicken was ridiculously tasty. The waffle was better than any I’ve had, including places dedicated to breakfast food. The mac & cheese was thick, creamy and delicious. Over the next 15 minutes I didn’t say much…I was in the food ZONE. You know, when you kind of get tunnel vision and you’re so focused on your food that you don’t realize what’s going on around you? Is that just me? Anyway I snapped out of it when my coworker said, “Why do they call it soul food anyway?” To which I responded, “Dude look at my face…” and he saw my ugly mug covered in powdered sugar, syrup and grease, beaming from ear to ear and laughed. I said “Tell me this isn’t making you feel good! Tell me this food isn’t good for your soul!”

By the end of my lunch, I was lost in food euphoria. Go ahead and add “Food High” to the foodmonger dictionary. Although I will warn you that the food here is so good, it’s easy to overeat. Be prepared to undo the ol’ top button of your jeans. Trust me you will NEED one of these (video) – Perfect Fit Button

Let me put it this way, if you don’t like the food here, then you’re gonna die! Why, you ask? Because if you don’t like the food here, you don’t like food, and you sort of need to eat to live.

Check out the Mama E’s “Diners Drive-In’s and Dives” segment on YouTube HERE! It’s awesome – watch it! “Make it REAL healthy!” he says! I love it! “Ain’t nothin’ wrong with no pig’s feet pardna!”

This place is officially my new favorite, and I will be taking everyone I know here. Actually, I say we round up all the mongers and do a Friday lunch here – who’s in?!

By the way, later that night, I went to the fair with Adam and some friends…FAIRMongers review will be coming soon. Come back to read about the Donut Burger and Chocolate Covered Bacon!

Van’s Pig Stand

September 15, 2010

For some reason, when I talk about BBQ, my redneck side starts to come out, so excuse any hick-talk in the following review…

If you live in Oklahoma, there’s a decent chance you’ve heard of Van’s Pig Stand. It’s been around FOREVER! Van himself opened the first one in Wewoka in 1928! He added a second in 1929 and a third in 1930. Apparently delicious smoked meat laughs in the face of the Great Depression.

The sun wasn't on my side...

Today, there are four Van’s Pig Stands – One in Norman, one in Moore, and two in Shawnee. I have frequented the one in Norman for quite a while, and I went a few nights ago, so I figured I would tell y’all about it.

At any BBQ joint I visit, I have a tough time not getting a chopped brisket sandwich, it’s just always been my favorite. Although I do love me some ribs…or some pulled pork…or hot links. Yikes, sorry I started to have a little moment there…

Anyway – Van’s has a pretty solid chopped brisket sandwich, but it’s not really for the faint-hearted. It’s not the leanest meat you’ll find, but that’s okay by me. If it’s got a little fat in there, you know it’s gonna have some pretty good flavor too!

Chopped Brisket Sandwich and Fries @ Van's

In my opinion, the sauce is a really important aspect of BBQ. It’s like the icing on a donut. It’s still good without it…but mine better the heck have some on there! I like Van’s sauce a lot, but I wouldn’t say that it blows me away. There is a regular, hot, and extra hot. They are all tasty, but I couldn’t tell much difference, especially between the hot and the extra hot. It’s like if I told you it was 90 degrees outside or that it was 91 degrees. They are both hot…but I’m not going to notice until it’s about 110. If you live here, you know what I mean!

As far as sides go, I’ve only ever gotten one thing, mostly because they are incredible! The FRIES! It’s like one giant string ball of fried potato dipped in a huge bucket of grease.

I also like the place itself. It has a very “Okla-homestyle” Route 66 feel. You just order at the counter – there aren’t waiters, although there is one lady who runs around and cleans up and will refill your drink if you need it.

Van's interior

Wood booths, cement floors and paper towel rolls on the tables make it a very laid back atmosphere. It’s the kind of place where you dig into your BBQ and don’t really care if you have sauce all over your face and grease all over your hands.

Check out their web site HERE and their menu HERE

Atoka, Oklahoma: Bledsoe’s Diner – A Quick Review

September 13, 2010

This last weekend, the FoodMongers went to Beaver’s Bend, Oklahoma for a little R&R.  It was incredible down there and we had a great time, but that’s not what you gluttons are here to listen to….

On the way back, we stopped in Atoka to find some grub.  Unfortunately my compadre Hunter was in a different car and missed out on what we discovered.  It was by luck that we stumbled upon what we found, as we tried a Mexican place that was closed, and almost had to choke down Mazzios until we saw they had no buffet on Sunday.  Whew, close one.

We drove to the north end of town to see if there were any more choices available, when we saw Bledsoe’s Diner.  It looked like the kind of hole in the wall/greasy spoon that one can sometimes find meals of greatness.  So we walk in and see the Sunday lunch buffet:  it looked like nursing home food.  The place was semi-dirty, and the clientele was mostly 60+ years old.  Our table of 5 sat down and discussed leaving.  We decided to stay and all looked at the menus unenthusiastically. 

The waitress that came to take our order was very friendly, took our drink orders, and informed us that the onion rings and french fries are all hand made.  Awesome, this place is starting to sound like it may be decent.  My buddy orders a double meat bacon cheese burger and onion rings, and not to be outdone I ordered the same thing. 

What came out from the kitchen was the most large and in charge burger I have ordered to date.  And yes, I’ve had the 1lb Meers Seismic Burger.  This burger I would say with all the trimmings weighed 1.5lbs.  It probably had 1/4lb of bacon on it!  The onion rings looked and tasted like they were battered with chicken fried steak batter.

Was it tasty?  Yes.  Was it greasy?  Yes.  Was it humongus?? YES.  The flavor was really good, the onion rings were fresh and crisp, and the batter was excellent.  This was one solid meal.  The burger and onion rings was $9.75 and it was a bargain for the amount of food you got.  The cook came out of the kitchen to see how we liked it, and you could tell how proud he was of his creation.  The wait staff was all amazed that me and my friend both finished the entire burgers.  I thought I was a big eater, and I was about to explode once I finished.  My buddy, Matt, finished his off, all his onion rings, and was asking what was for dessert!  Now that’s a true glutton.

If you are traveling southeast, are going near Atoka, and want a massive bacon cheeseburger, I highly recommend stopping at Bledsoe’s Diner, and don’t be turned away by your first impression.  The burgers that they’re flipping will not disappoint.

-Adam

You knew it had to be coming…… BIG TRUCK TACOS

September 8, 2010

The first time I heard about Big Truck Tacos, I had no idea there was actually a truck that served tacos and I thought, “man, that’s a pretty dumb name.”  When I went to eat there shortly after, and saw the BIG TRUCK that served TACOS, I realized I was the dummy, not the people who named the place.

BTT is located on NW 23rd just east of Classen, and is in what appears to be a former drive-in, Sonic-type restaurant.  You will know you’re at the right place because you will see that the parking lot is completely packed and there are usually a ton of people eating outside on the picnic tables (bonus points for outside seating in most seasons).  Overall from the outside, it doesn’t look like anything fancy, which is exactly the kind of place I want to eat at.

I will give a disclaimer, my phone died immediately after I took the first picture when we got there, so some of these photos are borrowed.  (Don’t worry, we eat here all the time, I’ll have more soon)

When you first get into the building, you will notice there is limited seating, and I mean limited, like, 10 tables or so, and being a really busy place, it’s usually hopping in there.  I have eaten inside once when it was cold outside, I prefer to eat out front and watch the traffic go by (which is always entertaining on N23rd).

When you come in, you order at the counter, and the seating is first come first serve, although even at busy times, I have never had to wait for a table.  There is always a wide variety of clientele here from college students, to hippies, to 23rd street locals, to yuppies, to dorky foodie gluttons like me.  You give a name when you order, so a clever made up name is always entertaining.  I have whitnessed a table full of high school kids that all had Star Wars names for their orders.  We heard:  Steve…..  Karen….  Darth Vader…..  John….  Luke Skywalker….   Don’t forget to grab a Mexican Jarritos soda from the fridge before your order is complete.

On to the menu.  At first glance you think, “oh this just looks like all the other Mexican joints in town,” with tacos, burritos, etc.  But once you start reading the wide variety of tacos to choose from you realize what you’ve stumbled upon – jackpot.  The tacos range from the usual, to the not so usual (for Oklahoma at least).  On this particular meal, I ordered 3 tacos.  1 Okie Baha, which is fish, with a cabbage mix on it and some type of creamy sauce, on a corn tortilla, 1 Borracho Chicken, which is beer can roasted chicken, shredded, with green onions and I believe cilantro on top, on a corn tortilla, and finally I got 1 Flaming Lips, which is beef tongue (YEP beef tongue), pico de gallo, avocado, and goat or fetta cheese (they look the same), anyway, it is heaven.  Easily my favorite taco there.  The cow tongue, once you get over the weirdness, is a tender meat that has a heavy, BBQ smoked flavor.  It really is very similar to brisket but I would say more tender and definately leaner.  All three of my choices were solid – fish tacos are a favorite of mine at most places, and it’s no exception here, the fish has great flavor, and the toppings go very well with it.  The Borracho chicken is overlooked for the more exotic tacos a lot of the time, but it is a good solid go-to for me.  I can’t get enough of the flavor of the chicken, it has a red color to it and is heavily seasoned to awesomeness.

Don’t forget to try all of the 37 flavors of salsa they have either.  I’m not sure if the number is exactly 37, but it’s in the ballpark, haha.  They range from the typical mild salsa, to fruity variations, to the hottest, which is called OMFG.  My calloused mouth and throat doesn’t think it’s THAT hot, but it’s got some heat and tastes incredible, and is my sauce of choice to put a pound of on every taco.

We got queso and quacamole for appetizers and they are both solid.  On a side note, the word quacamole is best said in the irish accent of Fat Ba@#%$!& from the Austin Powers movies.  The one appetizer that has been tempting me is the queso that has all the ingredients including chorizooooooooooooo! (In the voice of the GOOOOAL  guy from latin soccer)  The only problem is I haven’t made the tightwad portion of my brain fork over the nine bucks to get it yet.  Oh I will soon.

All in all, Big Truck Tacos is a favorite of mine, and obviously a favorite of a good portion of Oklahoma City since they are doing a TON of business.  The flavors are incredible, the ingredients are fresh, the salsa selection is huge, and the atmosphere is very cool.  The price is very reasonable (other than the loaded queso),  usually around the low $20s for a couple, not including any alcohol.  The poor college student on a budget can slam down a couple of tacos and water for about seven bucks though.  If you haven’t been there, it’s definately worth trying.  If you haven’t heard of it, where the heck have you been?  Living under a rock?  If you have been there, you know what awesomeness I speak of, and you also know you are craving it after reading this and are probably going to head that way in a few minutes.  It truly is a top Oklahoma City restaurant choice of the FoodMongers.

There will be more reviews of BTT to come because WE LOVE IT.

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