Taco Wars: El Diablo Slings Organic, The Taco Truck Does Green


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The devil went down to Williamsburg.Photo courtesy of El Diablo

Until about a month ago, Endless Summer reigned over the Williamsburg taco-truck scene, but that changed when Greg Matthews, a bartender at APT, installed his El Diablo truck in the backyard of Union Pool. On Thursdays through Sundays, from 7 p.m. to 3:30 a.m., local chef Mario Murillo with the help of an L.A. taco-truck veteran dishes out organic beef, vegetarian, and pork (cheek meat) tacos, and sometimes grilled fish tacos and grilled corncobs. Are they as good as the carnitas tacos that Red Hook soccer-field vendor Margarita serves up at the Yard during outdoor dance parties along the Gowanus Canal? We have yet to try them, though a reader vouches for them and theyll no doubt hit the spot when Union Pool fires up its backyard bonfire in the winter.

Meanwhile, a press release informs us that entrepreneur Jason Scott is bringing a restaurant and taco truck called what else? The Taco Truck to Hoboken and eventually to New York. The restaurants locations will be LEED-certified and a 22-foot, custom-built taco truck, designed for both food service and mobile marketing, will boast solar panels along with propane and wind generators. As with El Diablo, chef Jason Potter who previously worked under David Bouley, Todd English, and Zak Pelaccio is making a point to source ingredients locally. Leaving aside the green thing, were just amazed a taco truck has a publicist!

El Diablo Tacos [Official site]
The Yard [Official site]