When it comes to food trucks, I feel a lot like I imagine folks during the gold rush once felt, searching and sifting through street after street, hoping to turn up something of value. Sometimes it's word of mouth that leads to something tasty, but there are a lot of times when a truck or trailer catches my eye and I feel compelled to stop. I must have driven down Benton's Military Road dozens of times without ever noticing the small red trailer with a small sign reading "The Crazy Taco," but when it finally caught my eye the other day, I managed to strike gold.
The Crazy Taco, as it turns out, wasn't always called that -- owner Louis Romero actually started serving food on a hot dog cart in Haskell. A remnant of this past still remains on the menu: a 1/4 pound Nathan's hot dog wrapped in bacon and grilled. Romero expanded the menu to include tacos about a year ago, and it was the promise of these fresh made treats that drew me in. I wasn't disappointed.
For $1.35 each, The Crazy Taco offers chicken, pork, or steak tacos served exactly the way tacos were meant to be served: on lightly grilled corn tortillas with fresh cilantro, diced onions, and a wedge of lime. Folks who like a little cheese can add shredded queso blanco for just fifteen cents more. In the name of research (and gluttony), I sampled one of each filling, and I was impressed with all three. The weakest of the lot was the chicken, which while moist, could have used just a little more seasoning to it. The steak was more flavorful, and I was pleased to find that every bite was tender and lacking in the gristle that can sometimes mar a carne asada taco. The greatest filling by far was the pork, which was seared nicely on the outside and had a wonderful spice to it that was only made better by the healthy squeeze of homemade salsa I added. Each filling is also available in a quesadilla, and I can only imagine how good the pork would be in one of those.
The Crazy Taco is located at 601 Military Road in Benton, right across from Walgreens. There's a decent amount of parking available and some limited seating at a nearby picnic table. They're open from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and it's one of the cheapest, tastiest trucks I've ever had the pleasure to sample.
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