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Taco Rico trailer closes in East Austin

Matthew Odam
modam@statesman.com

Popular and somewhat hard-to-find taco truck Taco Rico has closed at 810 Vargas Rd., according to a post from the owner on Yelp.

Here’s what I had to say about the blue taco trailer in East Austin earlier this year:

This electric-blue, wood-sided trailer with a string of holiday lights sits in the parking lot of Mari’s Coin Laundry just a few blocks from Roy G. Guerrero Park in Southeast Austin.

The trailer opened about five years ago by two sisters is located across from a church and has created such a loyal following that even food celebrity Anthony Bourdain made a pilgrimage. He likely left impressed by the handmade corn tortillas, bubbled by heat and curled and crunchy at the edges. They wrap a selection of tender, juicy meats, including the light citrus tingle of pastor, a succulent and peppery barbacoa and a smoky, firm and deeply flavored suadero, which was described to me as brisket, though I see differing opinions online. The tacos come topped with cilantro and diced white onions, with a chunky, fiery red salsa and a gentler, smoother green chile salsa. And if you get lucky, you might be able to get dessert from a roving paleta man on bicycle.

My remedial Spanish let me down when trying to figure out what guilota were (more commonly spelled huilota), but when I discovered it was quail, I knew I had to return for the enchiladas con guilota ($8). And a good friend reprimanded me for missing out on the barbacoa torta ($5). Looks like I know what I’m getting on my next visit.