Hello, Taco Likers! As Tacopocalypse finishes up its fourth year in the East Village we are making some adjustments to better serve you, and keep things smooth running on our side. We appreciate all of the love and admiration you’ve thrown our way, all of the support you have shown, and we have some new and potentially exciting food coming your way in return. Here’s what’s going down:
- Please welcome the Burrito Of The Week. The BOD (Burrito Of The Day) is now the BOW (Burrito Of The Week). Over the last 5 years of coming up with a different burrito 6 days a week I have received a lot of feedback from you all. The overwhelming response is “We just come in and order the BOD, it’s always good and different.” Awesome, that’s what I was shooting for back in the day. The Other Overwhelming response was that a lot of people, and I mean A LOT, were a little sad to miss out on certain burritos after learning about them too late. The BOW solves this FOMO issue for many, as you can obviously get the burrito you saw on Wednesday night for Lunch on Thursday. No Mo FOMO.
- Tacopocalypse East Village will be closed on Mondays until summer. I never wanted to join the ranks of No Monday Restaurants, but it’s time for us to pull the plug on Monday until it’s nice and sunny out again. We will be using Monday as a prep and delivery day, and be back open bright and shiny at 11am on Tuesday. My apologies to the Monday crowd. Monday Lunch will be back, it’s just a small break.
- Tacopocalypse is getting a new Vegan Menu. I have been personally developing new Vegan recipes for our upcoming Sibling Restaurant, Vegetaire, and have also gone back to my former Vegan lifestyle. This gave me some insight into the need to shake the cobwebs out of the Tacopocalypse Vegan offerings. Soy free and gluten free Vegan/Vegetarian options are at the top of the list, with a focus on fresh veggies, Jackfruit, and introducing our new Vegan Cheese for Quesadillas/Nachos. Yeah, Real Vegan Nachos. I’m stoked. The new menu will drop in May.
- The Cumming Tap Tacopocalypse Tuesdays are back. We have returned to the place where it all began. This is the ORIGINAL Des Moines taco ride that has helped launch a restaurant, a few careers, and some Food Network appearances. Tacos are being served from 5pm to 9pm, or until we run out. Get on your bike, ride south on the Great Western Trail, and be a part of making this year the greatest year we have seen.
Again, thank you for all of the love both locally and nationwide. It’s been a thrilling ride to get here, and we are looking forward to providing you all some more thrills this year, and in the years that come. Thank you for your support.
Sam Auen, Creator
We have made a slight change to our hours for Mondays. We are now only open during lunch time – 11:00am to 3:00pm.
Pre-Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Dinner!!!
Tacopocalypse Pre-Valentine’s Day Dinner
On February 13th, 2014, Tacopocalypse will be hosting a special pre-Valentine’s Day dinner at their East Village location (621 Des Moines Street). A six course menu will be offered, with dishes again offering culture crossing technique, flavors, and presentation. A separate Vegan/vegetarian coursed meal will also be offered . No corkage fee will be charged for BYOB, and a complimentary champagne toast will be offered at the end of the meal. Seating is limited to 20 couples and is priced at $65 per guest. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and are available at the Tacopocalypse store front or through Tikly.com. Doors open at 6:15, dinner begins promptly at 7.
Tacopocalypse Volunteer Organizing!
After being overwhelmed by kindness, generosity, and holiday spirit…and questions on how people can get involved with our efforts to help our fellow human kind, we have taken the step to start our own organization page at VolunteerSpot.com. You don’t have to sign up for an account there, just go to our page and sign up via your email for any event we have listed that you would like to attend. It’s just that simple. Currently we have our 2014 Thanksgiving dinner listed as our first event, check back for more events to be listed. Thank you for all of your caring donations which put so many smiles on so many faces this Thanksgiving! We hope to see your giving spirit throughout the year!
aka Taco Pastorius
Tacopocalypse New Years Eve Dinner
On December 31st, 2013, Tacopocalypse will be hosting a special menu New Year’s Eve Prix Fixe dinner at their East Village location (621 Des Moines Street). A six course menu will be offered, with dishes spanning the breadth of cultures and cuisines which inspire their daily offerings, including hints of Spain, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and North America. Vegan/vegetarian course options will also be offered. No corkage fee will be charged for BYOB, and a complimentary champagne toast will be offered at the end of the meal to ring in the beginning of your New Year’s Eve festivities. This is a very limited availability, single seating reservation only dinner priced at $65 per guest. Seating begins at 5:30, dinner begins promptly at 6. Tickets available at the Tacopocalypse location or through Tikly.com.
Hola, Taco Fans. Tacopocalypse will not be serving mobile at Combat Hunger (12th and Locust) today due to the extreme cold. Our mobile setup does not support this sort of weather, and it is unfortunate that Mom Nature has seen fit to make this weekend our second cold snap. I urge you to still stop and donate food and money to help those that are less fortunate. Tacopocalypse raised $80 yesterday through meal sales, and our workers donated almost $40 in tips earned. I will personally match that $120 and donate 5% of our friday lunch sales directly to Combat Hunger. So visit the CH Encampment to donate, or have lunch with us at 621 Des Moines Street and a portion of every one of your lunch dollars will go to the Food Bank Of Iowa. Thank you to all who came out of their warm surroundings yesterday to support such a great cause, so many people are counting on this to make their holiday special.
I want to thank you all for the great support that you have shown since we have opened our downtown location! My expectations have been blown out of the water. It has been a blast coming up with different daily burritos and seeing just what you folks are really into. Our push pop program has been okay, but our ice cream program has been growing so much that we will soon be expanding and producing much more ice cream (yeah, you’re probably thinking “great idea, expand on frozen desserts right before winter” and yes, it seems silly. BUT our best ice cream sales have come on the coldest, dreariest days. Comfort food.). There are some more pretty cool changes on the horizon, which will be unveiled soon. I’m excited.
Local Mobile Food Favorite Tacopocalypse Brings “Devastatingly Good” Cuisine To The East Village
August 5, 2013
Des Moines, Iowa
Former Downtown Farmers Market favorite and champion of local mobile food, Tacopocalypse, will be bringing their famous atypical hand crafted tacos to Des Moines’s East Village late August. The highly anticipated new venture, the first official store front for Tacopocalypse, will occupy the building at 621 Des Moines Street, which formerly housed the restaurant Luna.
“I’m very excited to finally be downtown and to be a part of the East Village neighborhood. I have watched this area grow and flourish for the last ten years,” said Chef/Owner Sam Auen, “it is home to some of my favorite businesses and restaurants in the metro, and I can’t wait for Tacopocalypse to be a part of the family!”
The menu will include all of the classic hand pressed corn tortilla tacos such as Bacon Chorizo, Bulgogi, Vegan Chorizo, Korean Chicken, along with new flavors being developed for the new location. Vietnamese sandwiches, Banh Mi, will be added to the offerings as well as new appetizers. The vegan/vegetarian options will be expanded, and the favorites from the “Burrito Of The Day” will be on an always-available burrito menu. A selection of local beers and specialty soft drinks will be offered.
The new family friendly location will be serving lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, and their fan favorite Brunchpocalypse every Saturday and Sunday. They will also be offering bike delivery to the East Village and late night dining on Friday and Saturday.
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