About eight years ago, Orlando was invaded by the arrival of food trucks offering everything from Vegan hot dogs to Swedish fare to tacos. The city embraced these trucks as they traveled to local events, festivals and fairs with long lines and high praises. A few of these trucks were so popular that they opened brick and mortar locations so fans no longer had to chase trucks around for their favorite food.
In mid 2015, The Taco Company food truck followed suit, opening a permanent location on Taylor Street in Ocoee. Where is Taylor Street? Exactly. It’s not in a very populated area of Ocoee, not near other major shops or restaurants, and if you blink you may pass right by it. Nestled in a very industrial area surrounded by railroad tracks, the Ocoee Taco Company is housed in a modest red brick building with no neon signs and no flashy fanfare.
Walking in we were immediately greeted by Miss Julia- one of the owners of both the restaurant and the taco truck. We explained that it was our first visit and also that we did not meat, she explained which of the items would be delicious with only veggies. Avocado can be substituted for meat in just about anything except for a few items like the Flautas. So we took her advice and ordered a smorgasbord of veggie entrees.
We started with the Chips and Salsa. Tomatoes, onions, cilantro and avocado chunks served with a basket of chips. Hard to tell if the chips were homemade or not as they were not warm but they were good. We were also shown the four bottles of sauce at every table, from the super spicy (the pink stuff) to the more mild (the brown stuff). I personally loved the brown sauce, slightly salty, slightly spicy and slightly sweet.
The first thing Miss Julia had suggested on the menu was their signature QuesaTacos – a cross between a quesadilla and a taco, a recipe handed down from Mexico by Miss Julia’s own Mother. The basic veggie are a mix of shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, onions, cilantro and cheese. Ordering anything veggie style will gain you avocado slices. The QuesaTaco was good- and my mistake as I expecting queso, as in cheese sauce, but indeed it was shredded cheese. Again, my fault, as nowhere was it implied that I was getting cheese sauce, but boy that would have been yummy.
The Tostada was similar to the QuesaTaco except it was served on a hard shell instead of a flat soft shell. Same toppings. Same concept.
Next up was probably our favorite item- the Burrita. Basically a grilled rolled quesadilla stuffed with the veggie mix- lettuce, tomatoes, onions and cheese.
The burrita was the only item that could pass for a full entree as it was quite large and served with an avocado salad. The burrita was also the most delicious of everything. Crisp and light but filling.
Last up was the Gordita, it kind of reminded me of a Sloppy Joe. The gordita bun was made fresh to order and was thick in comparison to a traditional tortilla. That same veggie mix, avocado and cheese made up the center of the “sandwich”. Mr. Beet really loved it.
As we sat enjoying our meal, we watched the place fill up with hungry patrons both eating in and taking food to go. I can tell this is a pretty popular spot, even if it is out of the way for most people. But it is hard to beat inexpensive and tasty Mexican food. My only wish is that beans and rice were offered as a meat alternative but in the defense of the restaurant, we did not ask for it. Next time.