Luxurious tacos totally have their place. Business lunch. A night out for a margarita with your best friend. Dinner dates are before that tender point in the relationship where you both stop trying to act cooler than you already are.
But other times, paying close to $20 for some excitement between a few tortillas—as brilliantly executed as this pizza—seems crazy. In Huntsville, it also seems premature. Our city is growing and all, but this isn’t Atlanta or Nashville yet. At this price point, you don’t often pay for pork belly, aioli and finely curated mini greens. You pay for the location and the ambiance, which are important on some occasions.
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For example, you wouldn’t want to take your mom to Mother’s Day dinner at a gas station, where you can get three excellent tacos for less than $10, at Chevron at the corner of University Drive and Old Monrovia Road. This is where the nacho Mexican food trailer comes in.
Launched about six months ago, Nacho serves up delicious, original and delicious tacos. On a recent Monday, I called to order pickup. When I got there around noon, there was a row of six or so workers at lunch break, in front of the orange nacho trailer. There are two picnic tables set up to the left of the trailer. Those have already been taken. This is probably not a bad thing because they are near University Drive and exhaust.
Taco Pastor Al ($2.50) was the gold of my order. Tender, slow-roasted and seasoned pork shoulder, with sliced pineapple that offsets the primal pleasures of pigs with subtle sunshine. Much better use of pineapple than pizza. Like the other nacho tacos I’ve tried, cilantro and onion cubes are topped over a soft, twice-wrapped corn tortilla. If you have a feathery twist and want to cut back on the carbs, you can peel the outer tortilla without everything falling into pieces—as long as you keep the tacos on hand until you’re done. Tacos are served with lemon wedges on the side.
Lemon came in handy with the chicken taco ($2.50), which was mostly traded in for natural flavors. Salsa Verde, served on the side, goes well with chicken. For those with a fever to heat up, there’s red chili sauce, too. You can skip pickled carrots though. Not enough zing or flavor.
The chorizo ($2.50) was a Megadeth to the Reverend’s Metallica for my Nacho. A second away and still quite rad. Minced pork sausage with some late heat that hits the edge of your tongue and warms the chi.
Three tacos make a satisfying meal for moderate appetites. Each contains the ideal maximum capacity of protein. No over or under padding. just right. The El Cazador elevated food bus on Governors Drive offers four tacos for about $10 and those tacos are such a deal. But I would say the nacho is a little bigger. In this taco triangle arithmetic, four equals three.
For a wide selection of nacho tacos, also try the birria version ($3). The adjacent beef broth is toasted in a pot with melted white cheese inside a double-folded tortilla (unlike other tacos, which were served semi-open-faced) and fried in the fat of the soup. Sauce wise from the aforementioned red sauce that goes well with the beeriya.
The Nacho menu includes other Mexican fare, such as tortas ($11.99), tamales ($9 for three) and empanadas ($10 for three). and less common fare, such as the burritos ($11). There’s also Carne Asada ($12.99) that looks promising from photos on social media: steak, avocado, grilled onions and jalapenos, rice, and beans. Nacho’s business hours are 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Call and order at 0835-843-256. But if they are busy they may not answer, so be patient and call back. More information online at facebook.com/NachosMexicanFoodTruck. For the best directions, put 5830 University Drive into the Maps app.
Does El Cazador need to shake up the Nikes? no. If you’re in West Huntsville or downtown, the bus is still moving. But because Nacho is just across the street from the MidCity development, their tacos will make a fun and affordable heavy before the Orion Amphitheater concert, smash the Callaways at Topgolf or peruse the merchandise at MidCity Market on Sundays. Convenience you don’t have to pay extra for.
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