Last spring the City of Vancouver expanding its street food offerings which sparked a boom in curbside dining. Food trucks have taken over the downtown core at lunchtime offering anything from dim sum and souvlaki to fried cheese and organic hot dogs. Tacofino is one of the latest editions and many are glad that the truck made its way here from Tofino on the West side of Vancouver Island.
Tacofino, recently featured on the Food Network series “Eat St”, can be found parked around the Vancouver Art Gallery (usually on Howe). The menu is brief but packs a punch as fresh-air diner can choose from fish tacos, the tuna ta-taco, the pork or black bean gringa, and the black bean burrito. For dessert, the legendary chocolate diablo cookie or a lime mint freshie.
I opted for two fish tacos ($4.50 a piece) although they were so chock full of flavour that I could have settled for one.
Wrapped in a quick-fired tortilla, the tacos had lightly battered pieces of ling cod topped with crunchy cabbage and chunky salsa (pico de gallo). The crunch from the cabbage gave the taco shape as the juicy salsa soaked through to the tender fish.
The overflowing tacos were a little messy but with some care (and some napkins) those on their lunch breaks can make it back to the office without dripping on their work clothes. It’s also important to note that the truck accepts debit and credit cards as well as cash.
I admit that I have under-patronized Vancouver’s food trucks and tasting the offerings from Tacofino just make me want to see what else is out there. You can find a big list on the Eat St app or the Vancouver Street Food Vendor app for your mobile phone.