Taqueria Lopez Truck

You might have thought (hoped?) that we were done with tacos for a while.  But no, somehow we are not sick of them.

There’s a new truck parked outside of the Sabor Latino club (4527 N. Roxboro Rd)–now it’s Taqueria Lopez truck #3. (Are there really 3 of them?)

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This truck offered quite a few meat options in their tacos, including some of the ones you don’t always see.  We got four: carnitas, al pastor, asada, and campechano (which is chorizo and suadero (brisket)). They got them all out to us disconcertingly quickly.  You might have noticed that our fave truck, Benito’s, always has a line–and it’s in part because he refuses to precook any of the meat.  We were also disappointed that our car did not fill up with the thick, wonderful taco aroma that it often gets in the short drive between truck and house.

Still, the tacos weren’t bad.

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The al pastor was an especially pleasant surprise because it actually included a discernable number of pineapple chunks, unlike many of the ones I’ve had around here.  The campechano was an interesting combo of meats that I hadn’t tried before, and I definitely liked them together (though the chorizo was bordering on too salty for me, something I almost never say).  The asada was just ok, and we agreed that the carnitas were somehow a bit odd, but couldn’t pinpoint exactly why.  We were only given one salsa, a green one, and it was nice and spicy.

I’m not sure whether the Lopez truck has permanently replaced Benito’s (Sabor Latino) truck, which used to park outside this club, but I think in the future I’ll seek him out instead.  I’m not sure if he has a new regular spot (though I know he’s been going to Third Fridays at Golden Belt and sometimes to Pinhook), but he’s sure worth trolling the streets for.

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Published in: on May 21, 2009 at 8:55 pm  Comments (4)  

4 Comments

  1. So, does anyone know how to find this truck or the other Taqueria Lopez trucks in the future? I keep hearing good things, but don’t know where they are at any particular point in time…

    Also, are they run by Alberto Lopez, who used to run the old restaurant on Hillsborough before they closed?

  2. PS to above- are any of them open for early dinner (e.g., 6pm) or just the 10pm later crowd?

  3. I gotta admit, the taco truck is the one benefit of living at Golden Belt. The third friday thing was all fine and good for the first 10 times, but with tacos, burgers, and cupcakes every couple of weeks right outside my apartment I like them a little more. I just wish some of the other things that were supposed to be happening here were off the ground, such as a music venue or a restaurant. Its probably the economies fault, but its pretty vacant here when its not a third friday.

    Coming from a town that didn’t have food trucks like they do here, they are a real plus. We did have a couple of nice ladies that used to sell tamales at the bars though.

  4. I’m sure Benito thanks you everyday for bringing Durham’s hungry Gringos to him…i have never seen people line up for food around here the way they did for Benito’s truck at pinhook those nights…MM


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