In anticipation of the Reporter's Street Eats food truck event on Sunday, I thought I'd follow up the most recent SFR Restaurant Guide coverage of local mobile vendors with another batch of tasty offerings. Since the City of Santa Fe's decision in the spring to loosen restrictions on food trucks and trailers and add a few spots for them near the Plaza, established vendors have been upping their culinary game, as new vendors begin popping up with more regularity. That spells good news for chefs, looking for something beyond the brick-and-mortar, and even better news for #SFRfoodies. As usual, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook are the best ways to find out where they're parked on any given day.
The Bonsai Asian Tacos
Opened last winter, the brightly painted trailer in front of Pawn City continues to feature chef Juan Carlos Ruvalcaba's inventive take on Asian-Latin fusion. Selections such as bulgogi tacos (three for $7.95) and Bonsai lemongrass curry ($7.95) have become local favorites, but Ruvalcaba changes other parts of the menu often. Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive Saints & Sinners Sandwich (price varies), which merges tempura oysters, bacon, Sriracha mayo, smoked onion and pickled ginger. And keep your eyes on the Bonsai Facebook page: The chef might be seeking a new semi-permanent location.
3668 Cerrillos Road in front of Pawn City, 316-9418
Dr. Field Goods Food Truck
In late August, Dr. Field Goods Kitchen chef/owner Josh Gerwin sent out the bat signal to staff-up his graffed-out rolling beastie. You can often find the truck at Santa Fe Brewing Co. and special events on the Plaza, where you can dig into fare like green chile mac 'n' cheese balls (one for $2 or 2 for $3), a kimchi-sausage báhn mì sandwich ($8) and a cold cucumber-soba noodle salad ($4). You can even find the Bad Ass BLT ($8), a favorite at Gerwin's sit-down joint on Cerrillos Road that includes a housemade bacon patty on a brioche roll with mayo and local lettuce.
2860 Cerrillos Road, 471-0043
Egg Woah Yeah
Inspired by his grandmother's traditional Filipino-style egg rolls, owner Zach Levy puts a bit of a twist on his crispy, fried creations. Keep it local with the green chile-pork and cabbage roll, or go nuts with the mac 'n' cheese, bacon and jalapeño variety. For dessert, try a chocolate truffle-brownie roll (most rolls are 1 for $3 or three for $8). Egg Woah Yeah operates mostly at night and can usually be found by the Plaza or in the Railyard, near the Boxcar sports bar.
Near 530 S Guadalupe St., 269-3510
The menu may be small, but the flavor is big on this roaming, fusion-y tribute to Turkish, Mediterranean and Latin cuisine. Beef tacos (two for $8) often share chalkboard real estate with shrimp kebabs (two for $8), chile-cheese fries ($8) and chile con carne ($6), with an eye toward locally sourced ingredients when available. Breakfast is rumored to be in the works, with items like an acai bowl with fresh organic fruit, manuka honey and bee pollen.
La Loncherita Salvadoreña
El Salvador native Vilma Peraza and husband Giovanni have expanded Santa Fe's pupusa universe with this no-frills (but usually bustling) blue truck situated off St. Michael's Drive near St. Michael's Village West Shopping Center. Frills, however, abound in their pupusas ($1.75 each), which range from chicharrón to the vegetarian-friendly queso con loroco. On Saturdays, swing by for tamales ($1.75 each, come early: they go fast), and on Tuesdays, enjoy panes con pollo ($6).
1710 Llano St., 316-2228
El Rinconcito del Sabor
Situated in front of and to the left of Jackalope, this tiny gem serves up some of the best Mexican food on the Strip that Satan Built (Cerrillos Road). Dig into a savory, oval-shaped tlacoyo ($8), a thick corn tortilla stuffed with your choice of nopales, chorizo, chicken or carne asada. Open for breakfast and lunch, this joint switches menus at 11 am. From 8 am to 11 am, chow down on some New Mexican fare, such as huevos rancheros with red or green ($6.25).
In front of Jackalope, 2820 Cerrillos Road, 913-1558