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Restaurant notes: Jose Garces' Guapos Tacos ready to roll

Or is that Jose Car-ces?

Restaurant notes: Jose Garces' Guapos Tacos ready to roll

Guapos Tacos truck parked outside JG Domestic, Feb. 16, 2011. (Photo: Michael Persico)
Guapos Tacos truck parked outside JG Domestic, Feb. 16, 2011. (Photo: Michael Persico)

The whiff of spring in the air means that Guapos Tacos, the rolling comida operation that Jose Garces and designer Jun Aizaki have been working on all winter, is ready to roll.

You'll see it parked outside of Amada on Friday (2/18) for a staff-only private event, as Garces rewards his flagship eatery's employees for collecting the most of the 45,000 bottlecaps that adorn the truck.

The truck will be rented out for weddings, corporate events, and bar mitzvahs (two-hour minimum for 50-plus guests). This spring, it will tour the city (sort of like a Mexican Mister Softee) and will have regular stops announced on Twitter.

Menu (prices $3 to $7):

  • Guacamole
  • Tamales
  • Mission-Style Veggie Quesadilla
  • Tacos (two per order) including: adobo chicken (white onion, radish, cilantro, cotija, and lime); carnitas (smoky black beans and pineapple-habanero salsa); mahi-mahi (with pickled red cabbage); desayuno (scrambled eggs, chorizo, poblano rajas, and salsa Mexicana); and duck barbacoa (with radish kimchi and togarashi aioli).

The truck was the idea of Aizaki, owner of New York-based Crème Design Collective and designer of seven Garces eateries (as well as Zama on Rittenhouse Square and Opa in Wash West). He saw one for sale across from his office, and thought it would make a cool concept.
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