TOMORROW…WAIT…Tomorrow, Taco Lovers, will be our official kick off of BEING IN TWO PLACES AT ONE TIME. We will be serving at the Bombay Bicycle Club from 5 to 11, and we will also be (duh, of course) at the Cumming Tap from 3 until 10, or whenever you Taco Animals clean us out of goodies.  Which was pretty fast and furious the last two weeks (we are bringing more stuff this time, but I am almost certain that won’t make a difference).


  • Braised Pork
  • Vegan Chorizo
  • Wasabi Brisket
  • Korean Chicken
  • Beef Cheek
  • Chorizo Verde
  • Whatever runs out first will be replaced with Potato Poblano

We may have one or two other “replacer” tacos flavors for when things start running out.

The Bombay menu includes some bitchin nachos, Thai Shrimp Ceviche, and a load of taco flavors including our new Seared Ahi Tuna w/Wasabi and spicy slaw topped with toasted sesame seeds. There will be a soup which will most likely be our Sopa Verde (it’s a green soup. go figure).

SO, you have two opportunities to get your mouths around our tacos tomorrow night.  Either choice is wise…

“It’s Taco Tuesday somewhere…”

Taco Pastorius



Tuesdaypocalypse Menupocalypse-alypse!

My Dearest Taco Lovers,

I am currently writing this from our new digs, which is quite enjoyable indeed.  I think you are going to really enjoy this new spot when we get it opened up to the taco loving public.  I am really excited to be able to offer you Tacopocalypse 7 days a week. BUT THAT IS AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT STORY, WE NEED TO CONCENTRATE ON THE MENU FOR THE CUMMING TAP TOMORROW.

Now you are probably saying to yourself, “self, something something something taco taco taco NEW PLACE taco taco something something burp?”  I understand what you are going through.  My thought pattern is similar, but different.  This new place (aka “Project Bullhorn) thing will be resolved and announced soon. Don’t worry, be happy.

(if you are wondering what is up with this video, the fish’s name is Taco.)

Menu Menu Menu Menu Menu

  • Braised Pork

  • Vegan Chorizo

  • Korean Chicken

  • THE RETURN OF THE FISH TACO. Grilled seasoned Tilapia topped with our Adobo Crema (not “Chipotle Mayo” BEN. grrr.) and Spicy Slaw.  It went over so well last week that we are doing it again. Maybe I will even get one this time.

  • There may be another flavor or two depending on how hard I feel like working. I will say that we have about 20 lbs of beef cheeks in house, and potato poblano is always a possibility.  We will see.

We will also have our customary fresh cilantro, onion, and jalapeno peppers.  We will also have our Red and our Green salsas. (We have been labeling then as “hot” and “Medium” at the Farmers Market, but people are still asking which one is hot. It’s funny.)

Tomorrow, 3-10, Cumming Tap, Cumming Iowa. Be there or (insert random threat).

Taco Pastorius.


The Des Moines Downtown Farmers Market is one of the largest in the nation, and being included last year was quite a treat (among many other things) “it was the best of times, it was also the almost best of times.” The process of applying and waiting for approval for this year’s market is finally over and TACOPOCALYPSE will be back for another 26 weeks of Saturday Morning Funtimes starting May 5th!  Back with the Breakfast Things and all the tacos you have grown to expect along with some new additions like Poblano/Potato tacos and a few other more breakfast related ingredients.  It’s going to be a blast, and we are still on the same corner (although a few feet away from where we were last year).

It's time to get ready for this!




Tacopocalypse/Aj’s Sunday Funday Brunchpocalypse Menu!

Taco and Brunch lovers, prepare for this Sunday when your two favorite things are driven full force at each other in a crazy game of “Chicken” resulting in a wicked crashing together of terms which will end up forming into ONE TERM which will be standing on the side of the road thumbing for a ride into your bellies.  BRUNCHPOCALYPSE is upon us….er…you?

(Translation: we are serving brunch this coming Sunday at AJ’s On East Court at E 4th and Court Avenue.  Aj’s has been kind enough to host a brunch event so that you, the taco and Sunday funday lovers out there enjoy both.  This is our first brunch, and if you all like it this time, it will most likely become a regular event.  You dig?)

The beer cooler at AJ's, they serve 80+ flavors of beer, including the Chef's Choice, PBR Talls.

I have been meaning to get a menu posted for this weekend, but have been running into snag after snag.  Today is no different.  We had a little incident of Van-dalism which has caused a few problems today, but here is the basic “gist” of what will be served up on Sunday:

AJ’s will be serving up killer Bloody Mary and Mimosas (I have heard that they are going to be XXL) and have a $1.50 domestic bottle special that is going all day.  That means during brunch also.

Tacopocalypse tacos served on hand-made corn tortillas and topped with our signature slaw flavors include:

  • Braised Pork – our take on the classic carnitas.  We have been told it is “waaaaay better” than carnitas.
  • Vegan Chorizo – Tacopocalypse Vegan Chorizo is very traditional-tasting blend of soy, spices, and vegetables.  But “waaaay better”
  • Wasabi Brisket – I had some other ideas, but the WB is so popular that I was practically threatened into serving it at brunch.
  • Spiced Tofu Scramble – Get your tofu scramble from the guy who was the first to put tofu scramble on Des Moines menus.  Still the best.  
  • Bacon Chorizo – It’s a morning thing, so we were like “duh, bacon chorizo”  I know, good description.  Chorizo made from only bacon.
  • Korean Chicken – with spicy mayo and kimchi….um…yummm.
  • Potato and Pepper – cumin dusted roast potatoes with peppers and onions….maybe even get some egg up on there…

AND WE WILL BE SERVING THE BREAKFAST THING!  Two corn tortillas sandwiched around melted Chihuahua cheese topped with eggs, more cheese, your choice of taco toppings, and slaw!  I was once told by a person after trying their first BREAKFAST THING “why didn’t you make me eat one of these before?  Dammit!” and hit me on the arm.  I guess that means it is good. er.

Vegan chorizo Breakfast Thing

We have also promised a few new items, but we are going to be leaving that for a Saturday announcement.  The details have not been worked out quite yet due to…things.  (like fixing slashed tires)


Sunday, March 11.  11am to 3pm

AJ’s On East Court, 419 East Court Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa 50309

Taco Pastorius

Think About This During Your Weekend

Taco Likers!  We have been absent from the taco scene for a few weeks, dealing with this and that and the other thing.  To make up for this grave inconvenience visited upon your taco liking selves we have TWO events coming up next week, and we are planning on showing up for BOTH DAYS! YAY!

Tuesday, January 31

It’s the last of the month and time for Tacopocalypse Tuesday at the Cumming Tap in bustling Cumming, Iowa.  We will be starting up the taco service at 3:00 pm and going until 9 or 10 or whenever Bob and I get tired of having fun with you.  Tacos are still 2 for $5, and Fat Tire Pints are $2.50.  What are we serving?  I hear rumors that we will be serving Braised Pork, Vegan Chorizo, Chorizo Verde, and Wasabi Brisket.  That hasn’t been confirmed, but you can almost bank on it…

Thursday, February 2

Thursday night we will be at the Flat Tire Lounge in lovely Madrid, Iowa serving up our hand pressed tortilla-hugged taco fillings and scratch made salsas and slaw and the other stuff.  They will be serving up $7 pitchers of Fat Tire (!) along side our tacos.  What’s the Menu? We aren’t telling yet, there are a few surprises in store…maybe a new item we are testing our for the Downtown Farmers’ Market…stay tuned.

There are two things to consider putting on your calendar for next week while you are enjoying your weekend.  We would love to see you (and you know who you are)

Taco Pastorius

Tacopocalypse, Where Are Your Manners?

A situation has been brought to my attention that needs to be addressed forthright, and with a swift, stern hand.  It seems that a few of you Taco Likers out there have been offended by the “gruff” language used by my staff.  I apologise for their (and my) vocabular transgressions and offer this excuse-like batch of explanations.

Tacopocalyptic Swear Word Spouting Explanatory List Of Excuses

  1. The main portion of my staff does not come from a customer service background.  These human adults have been behind the walls of kitchens (or in the IT world, which is very parallel to the cooking world) just long enough to have lost all manner of…uh…manners with which one would use when addressing other human adults in a public business setting.
  2. The boss sets a relatively bad example.  Yes, Taco Likers, your not-so-humble taco chef has a bad habit of dropping a number of different obscenities including F-bombs, S-bombs, M-bombs, and the dreaded occasional Z-bomb.  I am working on this, slooowly, and someday the air will no longer be polluted with my Kitchen Trained Cook’s Mouth Vernacular.
  3. Sometimes the situation calls for it.  As a young Joel Goodsen said back in 1983 “Sometimes you just have to say What The F#@k”
  4. Lack of Sleep+Caffeine+Raised Stress Levels increase the probability of cursing in public.
  5. Sometimes you people just deserve to get sworn at.  That’s right, you read that correctly.  If you act like a dumbass, you will probably get called out on it, including some cursing when inappropriately appropriate.

All these reas-cuses aside, I assure  you, the taco adoring public that my staff will do a much better job at making the proper vocabulary choices when addressing human adults within the confines of our Downtown Farmers’ Market Boothular Location.  Thank you for your support.