NY Food Truck Lunch: Beer-Marinated Tacos From Mexico Blvd
Perry, the voice behind New York Street Food, brings you his latest review on New York City food trucks.
One of the best new food trucks this year is Mexico Blvd. They have only been around for a couple of months, but have built a good following with their strong, vibrant flavors.
For our first visit we had an al pastor torta, which was good (and messy), but ordering tacos gives you the full range of their abilities.
On this visit, we got 3 types of tacos – al pastor, chicken tinga and bistec, which were $3 each.
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While at their debut, Mexico Blvd. served tacos wrapped in one tortilla each, they use two for each taco – good move.
I started with the al pastor taco, which was marinated in a 3-chili sauce. It was topped with a long slice of pineapple, scallions.
The truck informed us that they are testing out a new (very, very hot) sauce.
Did I want to try it? Of course!
Between the 3-chili sauce and the hot sauce, the al pastor had quite a “pop”. The pineapple added a little fruitiness and tang, but make no mistake, this was spicy. If you leave off the hot sauce, it will still have some heat, but less so. Personally, I loved it with the hot sauce.
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The chicken tinga had shredded chicken breast and another spicy salsa, in addition to the hot sauce. I also tasted fresh lime juice. Between the chicken, lime and salsa, I had to be careful not to let the juices drip on my shirt, but that was not going to keep me from fully enjoying this tasty taco.
The Bistec taco was made with chunks of top round beef that were marinated in beer.
We were told the beer marinade helps the chilis get into the beef. One thing’s for sure, the beef was nice and tender, and I didn’t run across any fat.
The beef also had a nice grilled flavor, more so than the other meats, and it was topped with a medium-spicy red salsa, onions and fresh cilantro.
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This was a great lunch, but I was stuffed. Two tacos should be enough for most people for lunch, but I had to try a few different tacos to be able to give you the full scoop.
If you’re a vegetarian, Mexico Blvd also serves a nice guacamole with chili-rubbed chips, and a vegetarian quesadilla with avocado and cheese.