Today Is The Big Day!

Well, Taco Lovers, the day has finally arrived.  We here at the Tacopocalypse HQ were just reminiscing about the old days when we were just doing this to have fun and didn’t think it would ever really amount to anything.  There was just a great desire to ride our bikes, serve some great tacos, and ride our bikes some more.  We thought things like “maybe someday we will have a taco truck or a food cart somewhere.”  We were (sort of) dreamers. The kind that Ronnie James Dio sang about, but without all that dragon stuff.  Not that we don’t like dragon stuff. um…

We are no longer the same sort of dreamers.  We bypassed what we had wished for in the beginning and went straight to having a “brick and mortar” spot to serve our Almost-Famous tacos.  We have an actual kitchen with a real line with actual stations and the ability to do whatever we want with the menu (except stop making tacos).  This is far beyond the original plan.  Way beyond.  Like real job kinda beyond.  And we are breaking records every week at the Downtown Farmers Market and Cumming Tap.  And from the sounds of things, we are doing a good enough job to keep you all coming back to see what else we can do. I love it. You won’t find many folks smiling at the end of 18 hours of kitchen work, but that’s the pot of gold you will find on my face at the end of  my rainbow of a work day.

Why am I smiling?  Because at the end of every long day I know that my efforts and the efforts of my team are making other people happy.  When it comes down to it we aren’t in it for the money or the recognition, we are in this to make people happy and to have a good time while doing so.

so far so good.

I guess this is the part where I tell you that I look forward to seeing you all at our mobile spots, but take a trip out to Clive to our new digs at the Bombay Bicycle Club and check out what I have been working on for your mouths. (it might be the only rock  bar in the midwest where you can get Ceviche) There are a lot of new things going on out here, and we are constantly evolving…which is why our first two menus were just written on the backs of old show posters.  Printing menus seems to final and not very fun at all.  I will be posting a new page here on Tacopocalypse.com specifically for the BBC menu, but will be blogging about what special things we have going on as they roll out of our kitchen.

Where is this place?  8410 Hickman Avenue in Clive.  Live music, great beer selection (they even sell my favorite beer, 40’s of Old English 800), and a top notch chef-driven menu of Latin and Asian foods.  And Tacos.  You seem to love what we have going on everywhere else, take it to the next level.  BUT WE DON’T WANT YOU TO PUT A RING ON IT JUST YET.

Taco Pastorius

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Tacopocalypse Tuesday! (and Thursday)

Yes, the realization that it is only Monday has already swept over the Tacopocalypse camp.  BUT WE ARE TRYING TO THINK AHEAD THIS WEEK AS (excuse the caps) WE HAVE SO MANY EVENTS FOR YOU, THE TACO LOVING PUBLIC, TO ENJOY.  It’s also prime cycling weather, so it is better to just get this out of the way right now so the weather can be properly enjoyed.

This is the spot to be on Tuesday!

 

 

First up is TOMORROW, and the someday-to-be-legendary Cumming Tap Tacopocalypse Tuesday.  We will be serving up tacos starting at 3 pm and the flavors will be….A SURPRISE!  But will include Korean Chicken and Braised pork of course.  And probably Vegan Chorizo.  So…one other flavor to be unveiled at 3 pm tomorrow.  Bob will be slinging the world’s greatest Moscow Mules, and waiting to hear your really exciting stories about your Fantasy Baseball Draft experiences this past weekend.  (go team)

 

 

Thursday Tacopocalypse in Madrid!

On Thursday Tacopocalypse will be in Madrid, Iowa at the Flat Tire Lounge located right on the High Trestle Trail serving tacos from 3-???.  It’s going to be great weather for a ride to the High Trestle Bridge, and a stop for some tacos and maybe a $7 pitcher or two of New Belgium Fat Tire on the FTL patio. I know that’s our plan!

Why not get out and enjoy riding your bike in this spring weather, have some tacos at two of the premier bike-friendly bars in the state, and get down with some of the best tacos you will ever have?  Right, didn’t think you could come up with an excuse.  See you this week!

Taco Pastorius

 

It’s The First (Tacopocalypse) Of The Month…

October 1 is World Vegetarian Day, the day that kicks off Vegetarian Awareness Month and in its observance we here at Tacopocalypse will have another vegan taco for you to Like.  Chef Sam’s famed Tofu Scramble will be served at the #DTFM in taco form (of course).  We will also have another new taco (oh, there’s one more new taco, see the menu) in the form of the very non-vegetarian Chicken Picadillo.  Let’s see what else is going on….

Menu For #DTFM, October 1

  • Breakfast Thing!  Eggs, Tortillas, Chihauhau Cheese, MORE CHEESE, Your choice of taco fillings, and topped with Tacopocalypse Slaw!  It is an experience you will never forget.  Ask for it by name, BREAKFAST THING.

  • Tofu Scramble- NEW – Marinated tofu, mushrooms, onions, garlic, and some other fresh veggies we will acq0uire at the market in the morning all sauteed together with our special Scramble Spice mix.  Served on our hand pressed corn tortillas and topped with slaw.  Totally Vegetarian, Totally Awesome.

  • Vegan Chorizo – Chorizo. But Vegan. How? Easy. Eat it and enjoy!

  • Chicken Picadillo – NEW -Chicken cooked in a sauce of herbs, garlic, and spices then pulled apart and put into YET ANOTHER SAUCE of roasted ancho peppers, more herbs, more spices.  Totally Legit.  Our second ever chicken taco, and surprisingly something traditional.

  • Braised Pork – Yes, this is the stuff that makes traditional Carnitas hide its head like an ostrich.  It’s that good.

  • Chorizo Verde – The “fresh garden flavor” of our Verde is becoming the next Tacopocalypse classic.

  • Italian Pork – NEW – we ran a test of this stuff on Taco Tuesday to great success.  This is literally an Italianized version of our classic Braised Pork served with Juniper Pickled Red Onions (instead of Slaw).  Try some today, this is definitely a limited time only item and will not be back for a while.

And of course you can expect the usual fresh veggies, slaw, hand made salsas and terrible humor from the staff that you get at every #DTFM Tacopocalypse experience.

We look forward to seeing you at 2nd & Court Ave Saturday morning.  Open at 7, close at noon.

TacoPastorius

TacoTapapocalypse Tuesday Menu!

Good day, Taco Likers/Lovers.  There were rainbows in the sky, birds (and ground squirrels) chirping, and a slightly cloud-shielded morning sun hanging in the sky as your trusty taco making person awoke from his race recovery (yes, I feel old.  taking two days to recover…sheesh) slumber.  It was all an inspiring experience, and in an instant during that wonderful waking a thought popped into existence.  “Why don’t I make a new taco for tonight, something that I haven’t tried (as a taco) before.”  Not a bad idea for sure.  Hmmm…. I have drawn from Indian, Asian, Latin cuisines but never from one of my most professionally practiced um…. provisions… ITALIAN.  Yes, an Italian inspired taco is on the menu for tonight.  Let’s discuss further.

TacoTapalypse Menu For 9/27/11

  • Italian Pork Taco.  This is the new guy, Niman Ranch shoulder slow cooked with fennel, rosemary, tomato, and a few other spices and served with a pickled red onion relish.  You will like.

  • Chorizo Verde.  It’s Green and Mean, ground Niman Ranch pork with a plethora of edible/legal green herbs and spices.  Serrano, Poblano, Cilantro, Spinach….great garden flavor.

  • Vegan Chorizo.  All the chorizo flavor without all the animal products.  Loved by Veg and Omni’s.

  • Pork Shoulder.  The Tacopocalypse “enhanced” version of the traditional Carnitas.  The original Tacopocalypse taco is still the favorite.

Of course we have all the other usual accompaniments such as slaw, a couple salsas, some fresh chopped veggies and the like.

Come join us for Tacos and Ice Cold $2.50 pints of New Belgium Fat Tire tonight at the Cumming Tap!  5pm to ?????

 

TacoSam

May 14 Farmers Market Menu

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Here is what you can expect at tomorrows Market:

-Vegan Chorizo
-Bacon Chorizo
-Braised Pork Shoulder
AND this week’s fourth special taco…
-Lengua De Puerco. This is braised Niman Ranch Pork Tongue, and it is a darn fine addition to our already stellar menu.

As always, tacos are served on hand pressed corn tortillas and topped with slaw. Also served with our Redfire or Tomatillo-Habanero salsas, and all tacos are gluten-free. Very Legit.

See you at the Tacopocalypse, 2nd and Court Avenue from 7am until noon.

First Farmers’ Market Re-cap Thingy!

Ok, now that it is merely 23 hours until the next Des Moines Downtown Farmers Market with extra Tacopocalypse, it is about time you heard what the citizens/staff of said Tacopocalypse had to say about the first D.M.D.T.F.M.
It was amazing.  There was little to no gameplan, but everything went off like a well executed…um…gameplan.  It turns out that the DSM citizenry (and a number of non-DSM visitors) was more than receptive to our brand of fully hand made/lovingly prepared hand-pressed corn tortilla embraced taco goodness, they responded well to our Niman Ranch meats from booth-mates Cleverley Farms and vegans were kindly (and humanely) thankful for a REAL LEGITIMATE DTFM DINING OPTION AKA TACOPOCALYPSE VEGAN CHORIZO. 

Many friends were made, many smiles were smiled, and the weather may have been the most beautiful in DTFM Great Opening Day Madness had ever seen.  Nothing but positivity!

It was an amazing time, and I am thankful to have met some new friends.  And to have heard a lovely older woman reading our banner and contemplating proper pronunciation of the brand moniker.

“Tacopalypse…taco…how do you say that? Tacolips?”

Yes, my friends…we will give you TACO LIPS.  See you tomorrow at the DTFM.

Downtown Farmers Market Tacopocalypse Begins Saturday!

The time has finally come.  We have all been waiting for weeks for the opportunity to bring the Tacopocalypse experience to the Fair City of Des Moines proper, and the daily countdown has dwindled to single digits.  This Saturday the Tacopocalypse begins at 6am at the intersection of 2nd and Court Avenue along side the masterful produce producer and Niman Ranch distributor Cleverly Farms.  We stress that you should get your taco loving behinds down to the market early, even though we have a fairly large amount of food, this IS our first foray into the mad, mad realm of serving potentially thousands of people.

What is the Menu?  I thought you would never ask.  For opening day the menu will be kept fairly simple.

  • Classic Braised Pork with Curtido.  Pork shoulder from Niman Ranch braised with peppers and herbs until it makes you go almost as tender as the pork in the knees.  Pork knees.
  • Vegan Chorizo with Curtido.  Organic, delicious, and made with veggies, TVP, and our proprietary Chorizo Spice Blend, our Vegan Chorizo is almost indistinguishable from its meaty cousin, regular old chorizo.  It has drawn many into its cruelty-free web.
  • BACON CHORIZO with Curtido.  Yes, this is Chorizo made with ground Niman Ranch Bacon.  It is out of control.

What is Curtido?  Another great question.  It is the traditional Salvadoran Slaw served with Papusas (which btw, there are some great papusas at the market and we won’t be offended it you are spotted eating some) made with cabbage, onion, carrot, oregano, vinegar, and some other stuff.  Why do we put it on everything?   Because the Slaw Is The Law.

Of course there will be the normal selection of Cilantro, Onions, and hot sauces.  Also included is the now-barely-famous Tacopocalypse Redfire Sauce and Tomatillo-Habanero Salsa.

All of this is served on hand-pressed corn tortillas which are personally hand pressed with the hands of our reigning champion tortilla presser, Chef Samuel Auen.  All tacos are also GLUTEN FREE AND TOTALLY LEGIT.  YOU WILL MOST LIKELY NOT GET BETTER TACOS ANYWHERE.  DEFINITELY NOT AT THE WONDERFUL SUNNY DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET ON SATURDAY MORNINGS!

See you there.