I’ve eaten at hundreds of establishments around town. I’ve spent hours reading menus, digesting branding and analyzing curb appeal. It has given me the ability to do some quick-glance analysis about places. I think Malcolm Gladwell must have a chapter about it in one of his books.
Often I’m right. Quite often I’m wrong. And, I’m just as happy being wrong as I am being right.
All of which is to say, I was wrong about Capital Taco.
I don’t even know what it was about the trailer that I was suspect of. Probably several things at work: The fire-engine-red trailer looked a little too pristine, too boring. Its name and logo seemed too cute, too generic, almost like a taco trailer plucked from a movie set. And it was sandwiched between Austin’s Pizza and Corner Bar, neither places I choose to visit with much frequency. It all just seemed a bit forced, a bit odd, a bit … off.
Yep, I was wrong.
When I see a food trailer menu as big as the one at Capital Taco, I get a little nervous. Can they really pull off ginger chicken, brisket and migas tacos? Here they can. The order started with the standard first question: Do you make any of your tortillas? The nice gentlemen answered “no,” but with a grin that seemed to say, “I understand they are usually better that way, but wait until you taste what I’ve got cookin’.”
He was right to grin. I have little use for white meat chicken, but this bird was wrapped in a flour tortilla bursting with bold flavor, from the fierce little bits of piquant ginger to a tart salve of sour cream, floral cilantro and chunks of ripe mango that could be at home in a first-rate fruteria.
Having good neighbors can mean an extra set of eyes on your place when you’re gone, or a cup of borrowed sugar when you’re in need. For Capital Taco and Brown’s BBQ, it means one of the best brisket tacos in town. Capital’s taco packs lean and fatty cuts of the excellent meat from the neighboring bright red trailer, and they aren’t afraid to leave its own mark, shoving the $4 taco full of hunks of avocado, shredded mozzarella and pickled jalapenos. It’s a delicious mess. And almost enough to make a meal in and of itself.
MyStatesman.com readers, follow this link to read about more tacos and see the complete menu and hours of Capital Taco.