As I mentioned in my recent article on The Filling Station and The Truck Stop, new mobile restaurant The Truck Stop opened on August 27 with a menu including gourmet breakfast tacos and Latin American arepas.
I recently had a chance to eat two different tacos at The Truck Stop, and they were both extraordinarily delicious. The price for a two-taco platter is $6 and there are a few options. I chose the combo with one chorizo taco and one vegetarian taco. The chorizo one featured lots of tender meat plus scrambled eggs, avocado, jack cheese, queso fresco and sour cream; it was a rich and satisfying combination. The vegetarian one featured scrambled eggs, padron peppers, summer squash, jack cheese, queso fresco, and sour cream. It was very fresh and enjoyable.
There are currently three wonderful homemade salsas to accompany the tacos and arepas: smoked chili, chimichurri, and tomatillo. I haven’t tried the arepas yet, but several people I know have (and recommend them) and the description at the truck has me excited to taste them during my next visit. There is a printed sheet telling all of us arepa novices that an arepa is “…a grilled cornmeal cake that is crispy on the outside and creamy in the middle (a lot like polenta). It forms a pocket when it cooks which is stuffed with yummy things. They also happen to be gluten free. They are handmade fresh daily, in limited quantities.” Recent arepas available included one with butter and cheese ($1.50) and one with eggs, ham, and cheese ($5.50).
Owner and chef Fran Grayson is adding lunch to her menu. This starts Wednesday September 14 with some new tacos showcasing Asian flavors (Korean, Chinese, and Japanese). For now, lunch dishes will be available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays; on Saturday and Sunday only breakfast items will be served. NOTE: The Truck Stop will be closed on Tuesday September 13 to prepare for the “lunch launch” on Wednesday.
Grayson is an experienced chef and has been involved with Santa Cruz’s food community for many years. She has been connected to the UCSC Farm for nearly 20 years, and has worked as a gardener for UCSC’s Life Lab program for the last three years. With all of her connections and longtime Santa Cruz roots, she has access to great organic ingredients. Combined with her cooking talent, this results in fabulous food being served at The Truck Stop!
Location: 1500 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, (831) 621-7361
Hours: Tues-Thurs 7:30am-11am (breakfast), 11:45am-2pm (lunch), Sat-Sun 9am-1pm (lunch)
Web sites: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/The-Truck-Stop-SC/265275830155495 and http://thetruckstopsc.com/
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