Food Trucks around Santa Fe

Gourmet Girl - July 12, 2011

"Food trucks are a hot trend at the moment, and Santa Fe has a number of inventive mobile restaurants offering a huge array of delectable street eats."

Food trucks are a hot trend at the moment, and Santa Fe has a number of inventive mobile restaurants offering a huge array of delectable street eats, from tacos and carnitas to po'boys, Polish sausage, gyros, baklava, shrimp etouffee and other delicious dishes.

Unlike most cities, where food trucks change locations daily, alerting customers to their current address via Facebook and Twitter, the mobile eateries in Santa Fe pretty much remain in one place, drawing hungry customers back again and again for delicious food cooked right in the truck.

Take Slurp, for example, where gourmet soups are served out of a vintage airstream parked at 444 Galisteo St., near the intersection of Manhattan Ave. Slurp offers three soups daily, such as gazpacho, chicken tortilla, Greek chicken, Caribbean Black Bean and Moroccan Sweet Potato along with other specials including paella, paninis and Frito pies.

On Old Las Vegas Highway, Callie's Cajun has been a popular spot for years, cooking up awesome jambalaya, chicken and sausage gumbo, shrimp or crawfish etouffee, crab and crawfish bisque and oyster or catfish po'boys that would impress even the most diehard Cajun food fan. The food is all prepared in a brightly colored RV that's been converted into a food truck. You can't miss her vehicle, usually parked near Harry's Roadhouse or the streetside vendors.

The Nile Cafe, located on Rodeo Road in front of the old saddle shop near Richards Avenue, serves up Egyptian food to die for, including grass-fed kufta burgers, gyros and falafel as well as lamb kebob sandwiches, spanikopita and baklava.

At El Tapatio, parked at 1640 Hopewell St. at the intersection of Sixth Street, you can gnosh on everything from tortas and tacos to campechanas— small cheese and meat bites tucked into a handmade corn or flour tortilla. On the weekends, treat yourself to menudo.

Roque’s Carnitas has been a staple on the Santa Fe Plaza for more than 25 years. Fans line up for his tasty carnitas, flour tortillas stuffed with marinated beef that's charcoal cooked with chile and onions. You can also feast on tamales and quesadillas. Roque's limeade is the perfect quencher to pair with these street treats.

California Pastrami and More, located at 648 W Alameda St., serves a meaty sandwich of pastrami on a hoagie roll or rye bread with pickles and spicy brown mustard. You can also order a pastrami hamburger, a combo of pastrami on a beef burger with Swiss cheese. The menu also includes hot dogs, chili dogs, patty melts and Reuben and steak sandwiches along with tacos and burritos.

Mr. Polish, set up in the parking lot of Big Jo True Value Hardware at 1311 Siler Road, is a burrito and taco stand where you can also find chorizo and carne asada as well as Polish sausage, which you can top with ketchup and pico de gallo to provide a Southwest flair. Tacos and Polish sausage…what a combo!

There's no doubt that these creative food trucks have turned Santa Fe into a moveable feast, offering fare from around the world. As you drive around the city, keep your eye out for these and other mobile eateries, which offer exceptional food at affordable prices.