Food Trucks. They may not be as big here as they are in places like New York, but their numbers are definitely growing. While Burger Theory were once the main food truck to roam our streets, La Cantina Co are bringing a new face to the lunchtime service. Instead of burgers, they've been serving up Mexican food from their bright orange truck, Truck Norris.
Mexican food has always had a bit of a hard life in Adelaide, we've had a pretty pitiful offering of Mexican joints and even the once fun 'fresh mex' feels like it's been flailing recently. But a few newer Mexican restaurants are putting a good twist on things and it's been great to see.
So how does La Cantina Co stack up?
Their menu is small, with three options, but on a food truck this is always a good thing. A truck is far smaller than your usual kitchen, and a small menu means they can dedicate their time and space to making the food even better. Vegetarians will be happy to see a vegetarian (but not vegan) option up for grabs too.
At $5 each the soft tacos are pretty cheap, maybe not as cheap as the $1 tacos you can get in the US, but when you're picking up two tacos for $9 it's a good lunch option. You can also add a Mexican soda for an extra $4, in flavours like pineapple and guava.
The tacos aren't earth-shattering, mind-blowingly good, but they are tasty. If anything it feels like there's too much going on, and so none of the ingredients really get a chance to stand out and shine through. But the response has been good, and it seems people already have plenty of good words to say about La Cantina Co.
At the moment you don't have to battle with long lines just to get yourself a taco, but there's every possibility they'll grow if the truck starts to get a bit of a following. It's still early days at the moment, but they're doing a good job at getting their name out there.
Facebook and Twitter will help you track down the truck next time you feel like a Mexican feed. At the moment they're mostly in the CBD for lunch time trading, but nights and weekends are on the cards for the future.
Have you tried La Cantina Co yet? How did they fare?