The Freshest Tacos In Town Are Made In This Truck
Detroit’s first fully licensed food truck has been feeding hungry Detroiters since 2011. Dan and Lindsey Gearig and Anthony Curis pioneered the city’s now-thriving food truck movement with the birth of El Guapo Fresh Mexican Grill.
Burritos and tacos are the stars of the show on this menu. You really can’t go wrong with any one of their freshly prepared meals but one of our favorites is the Lucky Day burrito, which combines chicken, chorizo, rice and beans, slaw, cheese, guacamole, jalapenos, salsa, and guapo sauce. The Mexicue is likewise delectable, stuffed with braised brisket, beans and rice, grilled veggies, slaw, cheese, pineapple salsa, and Rogue Estate Smolder sauce.
The Ned Nederlander burrito is not only fun to say but a delight to taste. Sweet potato fries are wrapped in a tortilla with beans and rice, slaw, and guapo sauce. At first, some of the flavor combinations seemed unusual to our unsophisticated palate (Beef and pineapple? French fries in a burrito?) but, man, are they delicious. Flavor fireworks in every bite.
It’s hard to pass up the pork belly confit tacos topped with guapo sauce and slaw, but we’re also big fans of El Guapo’s Korean beef tacos with Asian slaw, and spicy shrimp tacos topped with onions, guacamole, slaw, and cilantro.
We suggest an order of chips and guac or sweet potato fries with sriracha honey on the side. Wash it all down with a refreshing beverage. The jalapeno limeade is developing a cult following all its own. El Guapo’s menu is super vegetarian friendly: you can substitute tofu for any meat on the menu.
Let’s talk about the guapo sauce for a minute, because it turns up on the menu frequently and first timers often aren’t sure what to make of it. The sauce has a creamy texture, faint orangey-pink hue, and a flavor that smacks of chile peppers (which, sadly, we have been unable to replicate at home). It provides a wonderful flavor kick to everything it touches.
Burritos cost about $8 each, while tacos will run you between $3.25-4 a piece. The prices are higher than what you might encounter at a regular run of the mill taco joint, but ElGuapo’s super fresh, crave-worthy creations are well worth the price.
El Guapo pops up at Eastern Market, on Wayne State’s campus, in Cadillac Square, Campus Martius, and tons of other locations throughout Metro Detroit. Follow them on Twitter for daily updates on their location.