Tacopocalypse and Krunkwich Ramen House will be closed this coming Sunday, May 14th, so that our staff may spend time with their Mothers, being Mothers, and generally saluting Mothers. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you this coming Sunday. Brunchpocalypse and Krunkwich Dim Sum will resume their regular Sunday offerings on 5/21! Have a spectacular day with your loved ones, we will do the same, and see you soon!
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
Today, on this “Tacosgiving Eve,” I give thanks for all of you who have made this little taco thing into what it is today. A few years back it all started as a “one off” taco night at the Cumming Tap with with Vegan Chorizo, Braised Pork, curtido, red and green salsa, pickled jalapeños, and hand pressed corn tortillas, and just enough people showed up to try it out that we decided to do it again. And again. We have gone from very humble beginnings to the Downtown Farmers Market, Des Moines, then to the Historic East Village as a brick and mortar restaurant. We moved from Des Moines St to our current location on East 5th, then made it on to Food Network’s “Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives” for some pretty regular rotation, in addition to some other high profile awards and publications. None of this would be possible if it wasn’t for all of you who have shown up and supported through the years, everyone who took a turn at slinging tacos, and especially all of you who have believed in and stuck by me throughout the ups and downs over the years. It’s been a tough journey, but Tacopocalypse is proof that you can go far with almost nothing, it just takes an idea, timing, dedication, skill, great friends, and a little luck.
Thank you, everyone. Have a safe holiday, and remind those around you that they are important.
Sam & the Masa Amigos
Taco Lovers!!!! You are hearing it here first, Tacopocalypse has an updated catering menu! We also have a new catering/events director, Nicole, and a new catering and events EMAIL ADDRESS ([email protected]). Big changes going on here in TasteBurg. (sorry, I don’t know why I keep trying to make TasteBurg work, it’s totally not fetch.)
If you are a cat and too busy commuting to cook, we have taco solutions for you.
So, if you have an event that needs catering, shoot us an email! If you have some folks in your office that would like to have some bag lunch burritos, shoot us an email! If you want to wow your team with a Taco Buffet and Nacho Bar, shoot us an email! If you need some of the best food you will ever have at your holiday work party, shoot us an email! I think you are getting the point.
Tacopocalypse Catering & Events - [email protected]
Devastatingly Good Catering
*UPDATE: we are at max plus on all meats, we have updated the list below to reflect the current needs. We will still accept any donations, though.
Tacopocalypse, along with the YPC and Krunkwich Ramen House, is once again providing Thanksgiving meals for the 300+ clients at CISS, Central Iowa Shelter and Services, and you can help make it another big year of giving for the holiday. How can you help? We are taking donations from today until November 24th, 2015 of food and cash/checks to help feed the shelter. This year we will be donating all goods and money left from the meal preparation directly to the CISS meals program, where they provide over 600 meals every day for those in need.
Our volunteer crew is just about full, you can direct any volunteer requests to [email protected]. We have a few spots open for various jobs throughout the week, not just Thanksgiving day, but as stated most of them are spoke for from past volunteers. If you are a past volunteer, please get in touch.
Donations can be dropped off at Tacopocalypse (407 East 5th St, Des Moines 50309) or Krunkwich Ramen House (621 Des Moines St, Des Moines 50309). Monetary donations can be dropped off at either location or sent to Tacopocalypse at the previously mentioned address. What do we need for donations? I’m glad you asked.
(be mindful of expiration dates and the event date)
-bread for stuffing
-Cream Cheese (3 or 5 lb blocks)
Preferably in restaurant sized cans/bags (less packaging waste)
-Fried Onion Pieces
-Dried Gravy Mix
-Flour, All Purpose
We will be accepting all donations, regardless of whether they are on the list or not. All excess/unused donations will be donated directly to CISS to continue their daily meal program. Take some time out to help those in need this year, you can really make a difference in someone else’s day. Thank you for all of your help!
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE BEEN WANTING TO PURCHASE THE SHIRT FEATURED ON OUR EPISODE OF FOOD NETWORK’S DINERS, DRIVE INS, AND DIVES, OUR ONLINE STORE IS NOW UP AND RUNNING! GET OUR MERCHANDISE SHIPPED DIRECTLY TO YOU, AND CHECK BACK OFTEN. WE WILL BE RUNNING SMALL BATCH SHIRT SPECIALS AND ADDING OTHER ITEMS SUCH AS CHORIZO SPICE PACKETS AND SLAP KOOZIES SOON!
First off, thank you for all of the amazing feedback from our appearance on Food Network’s Diners, Drive In’s, and Dives last night! It’s been an overwhelming day of trying to return emails, answer questions, and keep up with the business at the restaurant! Thank you, the Tacopocalypse team looks forward to seeing all of you at the restaurant, and at our soon to open Ramen spot, Krunkwich. And at our next scheduled spot, a pizza shop that will make you rethink your thoughts about thinking about pizza. Whatever that means.
We have worked with local printers extraordinaire, 8/7 Central to bring you an online shop from which you can seamlessly order and get shipped our t-shirts, koozies, stickers, cycling jerseys, and other random fun merch that will pop up from time to time. This site will be tentatively launching 1/22/2015, and will be the second best way to get our wares (first bestest-est with always be stopping in to the restaurant).
Tonight watch our chef Sam with Food Network Wild Man Guy Fieri together in the Tacopocalypse kitchen on Guy’s show Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives. Our episode features the best selling, vegan Seitan Andouille Burrito and our One Of A Kind House Specialty Bulgogi Masa Fries. The episode airs at 9pm CST on Food Network, and we promise it will be a hoot! Yeah, a hoot. We said that.
It’s time again to vote Tacopocalypse for all the things in the 2015 Cityview Best Of Des Moines. Last year we walked with Best New Restaurant, Best Burrito, and runner up Best $5 Lunch. This year there are some new categories, and you should consider voting for the taco spot that defies categories for some of those…uh, categories…
REMEMBER. YOU CAN VOTE ONCE A DAY. AND WE ARE COOL WITH WINNING BEST DENTIST. JUST SAYIN.
Friends and Taco Lovers,
The folks at Little Big Fest have a way you can get a free ticket to tonight’s show at the Historical Building. Spend $20 at any of the Pop-Up Show locations, then take your receipt to the Historical Building and you’ll get in free. Boom.
Be sure to stop by this Saturday, November 21st, from 3:30-3:45. We will have Courtney Krause performing a pop-up show.
Peace, Love and Tacos