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KO Taco Truck - my newest obession.
Even though KO Taco Truck (aka The Knockout Taco Truck) has a menu with only 10 tacos, I still had a hard time picking out two for my first visit. Doing some research, I found that chef Chris Goossen is the former Executive Chef at Bottega Louie in Downtown, created a 42 (!) taco menu for El Pearl Cantina on the Miracle Mile, and has cooked at several well-known LA restaurants. Wow, with that pedigree, I was definitely excited to try the food.
For his truck, Goossen has created a menu that covers a spectrum of tacos and fillings - pork, seafood, beef, chicken, and potato. Not only that, the truck is manned (or womanned) by cute girls in KO Taco tanks that say, "My taco can kick your taco's ass!" I'm sure there's some double entendre there somewhere. But going back to the tacos (ahem), I had time to study the menu and agonize over my choices while waiting in line.
I settled on the Taco de Papas (spiced Yukon gold potatoes, lettuce, red salsa, tomatoes, cheese and crema Mexicana) and the Blackened Shrimp (bacon and cheese grits with Cajun salsa). Well, actually my wife (aka Mrs. FoodTrucker) picked the shrimp taco. She loves cheesy grits and bacon and shrimp and the second she saw that taco on the menu, it was like a little angel had answered her prayer. In her Japanese accent, she shrieked, “OMG, all my favorite things in one taco?!” as she fell to her knees in thankfulness. Then she pushed me out of the way to order.
A cute KO Taco girl takes your order and another one calls your name when the order comes up. Tacos are cool because you get to eat all these ingredients in the same bite. And if designed right, each ingredient complements the others. My Taco de Papas was in a hard shell and was hot and crispy. The seasoned potato filling was balanced by the cool crema, lettuce, and tomatoes, with added flavor from the red salsa. It was one of the best potato tacos I’ve ever had.
I was able to get only one bite of the shrimp soft taco. My wife wolfed down the rest. I couldn’t separate out the flavor of the cheesy bacon grits from the shrimp but all of it together was really tasty. The shrimp was basted in a spicy Cajun salsa and were juicy tender. My wife even relaxed her rule that soft tacos should have 2 tortillas because the grits and shrimp did not cause the single tortilla to fall apart. Plus, she ate it so quickly, the taco didn’t stand a chance. According to Mrs. FoodTrucker, that taco was perfection.
I can’t wait to try the rest of the menu, in particular the Jalapeno Albacore (with apple, jicama, and habanero salsa) and the BBQ Port Burnt Ends (with baked beans and Southern-style coleslaw). I love tacos because of their versatility; they're one of my favorite foods. The KO tacos were so good, I keep checking to see if the KO Taco Truck is nearby when it's time to eat. Thanks, Chef Goossen, I have some new tacos to obsess over.
Mrs. FoodTrucker Satisfaction Rating (out of 100): 99