As the Rochester culinary scene grows, we’re happy to see local food trucks pop up. The taco truck in particular is a local favorite. It’s hard to resist the urge to stop at a taco truck. The food is delicious and authentic, the venue is local, and the price is right. And if you’re ever in the mood for a savory, spicy, late night bite, you’re in luck! Most of these taco trucks are open late.
Maybe you’ve already found your favorite lunchtime taco stop. Or, even better, you like to do a little taco truck hopping for a bit of variety. They have easy to read menus, nice staff, and most trucks will offer more than tacos. Here are a few Mexican food tidbits to help you make your decisions:
Barbacoa (slow cooked shredded beef)
Carnitas (diced, fried pork)
Chorizo (mexican sausage)
Chicharron (pork rinds)
If they offer beans, they’ll be happy to substitute them for a meat-free option.
Beyond the Burrito
Torta – A Mexican sandwich filled with your choice of meat and the works (lettuce, tomato, avocado, and salsa) on a buttery toasted bun.
Pupusa/Gordita- A thick corn tortilla filled with your choice of add-ins and toasted or fried.
Tamales – When it’s pumpkin-spice-everything season here, it’s tamales-are-everything season in Mexico. They’re pockets of corn masa filled with spiced meat or cheese and peppers, wrapped in a dried corn husk and steamed. Remove the corn husk before eating.
Some trucks will not offer rice and beans as tacos are their specialty.
Most salsas will have an onion, garlic, chile pepper, cilantro and tomato base. Salsa roja is red and made with tomatoes. Salsa verde is green and made with a small, tart tomato called a tomatillo. Spiciness will vary.
Aguas frescas translates to “fresh waters.” This refreshing blended drink is served cold. You will find melon (cantaloupe), sandia (watermelon), pina (pineapple), and horchata (sweet rice) among others.
We’ve rounded up our local taco trucks below. They’re all great and we hope you enjoy the awesome food and friendly faces as much as we do.
In addition to tacos, Corona’s offers unique options such as elote (loaded corn-on-the-cob) and tres leches cake (extra sweet and moist sheet cake). They close for a winter break in January and February.
Location: 7 12th St SE (Off of 12th St. SW & Broadway)
Phone: (507) 513-3464
Hours: SUN (11 a.m. to 11 p.m.), MON & TUE (5 p.m. to 11 p.m.), THU (11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.), FRI & SAT (11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 5 p.m. to 12 p.m.), closed WED
Lucy’s is a local favorite, offering a variety of taco truck staples. She’s open all year!
Location: 1225 Eastgate Dr. SE
Phone: (507) 398-5163
Hours: SUN (12 p.m. to 12 a.m.), TUE – THU (12 p.m. to 12 a.m.), FRI & SAT (12 p.m. to 1 p.m.), closed MON
Serenata’s torta is delicious and can serve two. The nacho plate is also large and comes with the freshest toppings.
Location: 517 12th St. SE
Phone: (507) 202-9069
Hours: SUN & MON (11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.), WED & THU (11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.), FRI & SAT (11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.), closed TUE
Tacos are their specialty and the locals always seem to come back for more.
Location: 1451 12 St. SE
Phone: (507) 358-9036
Hours: MON – SAT (6 p.m. to 12 a.m.), closed SUN
Taqueria El Sueno
El Sueno started as a taco truck and is now a restaurant. It’s a small, cozy place with an authentic vibe. Their taco truck will make a comeback in 2018.
Location: 1203 7th St. NW
Phone: (507) 322-0202
Hours: MON – THU (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.), FRI & SAT (11 a.m. to 10 p.m.), closed SUN
Taqueria Mi Pueblo
Their food and set up are great. There’s ample seating space which is well lit at night. If you don’t have the tamales, don’t leave without ordering some to go, you won’t regret it.
Location: 706 N. Broadway
Phone: (507) 213-4081
Hours: MON – WED (2 p.m. to 12 a.m.), THU (12 p.m. to 12 a.m.), FRI & SAT (2 p.m. to 2 a.m.)
They’re known for their authenticity and presence in the community. In addition to their Broadway location, you can find them downtown and at various events.
Location: 1005 N. Broadway
Phone: (507) 319-9050
Hours: MON – THU (11 a.m. to 10 p.m.), FRI (11 a.m. to 2 a.m.), SAT (3 p.m. to 2 a.m.), closed SUN
*Hours are subject to change due to weather and scheduling.
Some things to consider:
Have cash on hand
Some are to-go venues and will not have seating
Call for catering and event requests