I never appreciated the many great restaurants… from well-known to hidden gems… that OKC had to offer until I found myself stuck living in a town where you could count the number of restaurants that you would be willing to eat at on your own two hands.
Yes! Such a place exists that has
no Taco Bueno…
no Tex-Mex of any sort…
These are all places that I normally do not frequent… but when you don’t have one within a 3 hour drive from your house– you miss the heck outta them.
Granted, I will forever curse the Braum’s drive thru, because– without fail– they will manage to make my order wrong. EVERY. TIME. But- I will continue to be a patron despite their continued mis-makings because that time without them was like the 80’s without stonewashed jeans. Unfathomable!
One of the great hidden gems (well, actually, according to the loooong line everyday- it is not so hidden anymore) is Big Truck Tacos.
BTT is “kicked-up” taco stand with a gourmet twist.
Several other mommies and I visited BTT for lunch and luckily we got there at the right time or it would have been standing room only.
Walking into the dining area there are few areas for seating- it is definitely cozy. Raised tables & bars encourage sitting with strangers, a concept I like– some may not.
They also operate a Taco Truck. Similar to the famed twitter driven Kogi in LA. BTT twitters where the truck will be parked, and you can pick up a taco or two while you are out and about.
Their menu is fun and there are so many items I plan on trying. So far- each visit we always order the Queso. Partly because my kids like queso and partly because, well, I like queso. This is no plain jane queso. It is creamy and slightly spicy. The chips are fresh, crisp, & thin. My mouth is watering & my jeans are tightening just thinking about it.
One visit we tried the white bean & roasted garlic dip… which was like an average hummus served chilled. It had a great texture and was tasty, topped with a small dollop of a poblano pepper & pumpkin seed pesto- but, because of tastier menu items, I will probably not order it again unless I am craving some garlicky hummus and happen to find myself there at that exact moment. Highly. Unlikely.
A taco that I have ordered several times is the Crispy Cado. (pictured above, right) Their building once was home to a Del Rancho– but in place of the chicken fried steak, there is breaded & deep fried avocado. Yes, avocado! Anything deep fried is delicious, but the fried avocado is also creamy. It comes topped with romaine, queso fresco, & a great acidic tomatillo salsa… but there is really no kick to this taco.
One of my favorites is the Rancher– slow braised brisket, potatoes, queso fresco, & pickled relish. I am a sucker for pickled vegetables. If you can pickle it- I will love it. This taco is spicy and satisfying.
One of the greatest things on BTT’s menu can’t be described at all. It is simply called “5th Amendment”.
The 5th Amendment is a creation by the chef- they won’t tell you what is in it- even when your eating it. They promise it will be delicious and you just have to take a chance. Later on they will announce on Facebook the creation and you either are delighted you tried it or thankful you passed on it. Previous 5th’s have included all kinds of things: rabbit, sunchokes, duck, beef heart… you name it.
I have ordered the 5th twice– with my 2nd time around being the most delicious taco I have EVER consumed.
This was DELICIOUS!
Scallops, onions, spicy sauce, & pickled relish. (remember??? sucker– that’s me– for pickled vegetables)
I so wished I had not eaten so much queso– I could have eaten many, many more of these.
Bottom line: Go! Have some queso! Eat a taco! You can thank me later.
Big Truck Tacos 530 NW 23rd OKC, OK 405.525.TACO
- Monday-Thursday 7:30 am -10:00 pm
- Friday-Saturday 7:30 am – 2:00 am
- Closed Sunday