It’s on a roof. It’s from a truck. But these are not your typical tacos or even food you might expect when pulling into a mall… or even a market. Quite simply, the tacos from Plymouth Meetings Whole Foods Market’s new rooftop Blue Route Taco Truck are amazing.
The menu boasts five varieties of freshly made tacos described as combining the best of Penn campus and West Coast flair: Carne Asada with Queso Fresca, Pork Carnitas with Tomatillo Sauce, Tecate Fish with Chipotle Mayo, Spiced Chicken with Pico, and a Grilled Veggie with Black Beans and Jicama. While there are no ingredient substitutions, parents and picky eaters take note: they will exclude items from the tacos upon request. This was excellent to note as Ms. Danielle prefers to exclude vegetables and especially cilantro. As for me, I say load me up on the veggies AND the cilantro!! Each taco is made to order and the staff of three Chris’ get the tacos out in under five minutes, making this an excellent work-time lunch spot!
The tacos are made from locally sourced pork, beef and veggies, and tortillas made right in Norristown. The best part… the tortillas contain three ingredients: mesa, water and lime–just as they should! Chris explained that they really wanted to support and promote this new local business.
If you’ve been to Whole Foods rooftop in the summer, you might remember their garden–the results of which ended up in the food served downstairs. This summer, the garden will pop with color as cilantro, peppers and (hopefully) tomatillos are grown for use in the truck. There is also hope, over time, to expand the menu, but for now, the tacos rock.
Not being a meat eater, I only tried the Veggie and the Fish taco; honestly, I cannot tell you which I liked the best. The Fish taco is quite simply the best I’ve ever had but the Veggie was so crisp and flavorful, I will likely get both again on my next trip… each taco is priced at $2.50 or 3 for $6!
And what was the favorite of my carnivorous photographer friend? I shall quote:
This beef is so tender I want to marry all the Chris’. I would trade my Chipotle beef for this!
So… I see Miss Mayhem decided to quote me. Well, I have inserted this lovely and tasty chicken and cheese photo to show my displeasure with her using my beef quote. I must say though, the beef was tender and seasoned well. In all honesty, I could not trade my Chipotle beef, but there is plenty of room in my eating life for both of them to coexist peacefully.
Also on the menu are select 365 Whole Food sodas, Honest Teas, water and… are you ready for this? BEER! Yes, there are six varieties of beer available for just under $3 a can. I personally tried two. Always a sucker for an IPA, this Oregon brand was quite excellent. Then, intrigued solely by the name, I went for the Lancaster Brewing Company’s Rumspringa. It is truly unique–pleasantly bitter with a hint of honey; perfect for an early summer evening sitting on a rooftop!
The Chris’ were very hospitable providing a tour of the “facilities” and answering our plethora of questions. Sitting down with us, we asked one of the other Chris’ his favorite taco, to which he didn’t even pause when he said the veggie. “Just because I eat so much meat, I was surprised at how good the veggie was.”
Somehow this is reading very veggie friendly and I cannot have that! Maybe I should go back and add more photos of the meat – the tasty, TASTY meat! My apologies to all of our meat eating readers. I wish I could find the words to express how much I enjoy eating the beef and shredded chicken tacos. In all fairness, I must acknowledge that I tried the shredded pork and did not like it. BUT, in its defense, I’m from North Carolina and I’m used to my shredded/pulled pork tasting a certain way.
And it was still Mayhem and Mischief, as I noted to Danielle that I thought, despite not eating meat (especially pork), I thought her pork taco smelled good. “Stop smelling my pork… I don’t care if the wind is blowing it at you,” was the thoughtful reply. There was also quite an uproar as I nabbed Danielle’s camera while she ate to photo the three Chris’ and ended up snapping pictures inside the truck. Then there was the random scowling that I was “Trying to keep me all healthy n’ crap.” Yes, indeed!
Via Twitter, Nikki has been thoroughly scolded. I expect that she will never again attempt to run off with my camera…ever. **sigh** Nikki knows that any event we attend is not truly an event until I say something profound. So, to my favorite Whole Foods in the Philadelphia area, again I say thanks for trying to keep me all healthy n’ crap.
The Taco Truck opens to the public on Friday, April 15 at noon (note: the first 50 to buy tacos get free tacos for a week)–there will be live Latin Jazz music as well. Children can paint a wooden maraca from 2-5 (no charge), and there will again be live Latin Jazz from 5-7. The regular truck hours are 11-7, weather permitting.