Super Patriotic July 3rd Tacopocalypse Tuesday Insanity

Tomorrow night is July Fourth Eve, which will most likely go down in history as one of 2012’s most exciting and completely awesomest/rad to the extreme holiday for partaking in Tacos and Refreshments and a bike ride to the Cumming Tap.  Okay, here’s the situation:

It’s a Tuesday night, you don’t have to work on Wednesday.  Why?  Because it’s the celebration of the birth of our nation, and nothing says America like sitting around eating a bunch of food and sharing libations with your fellow inhabitants of this country while recovering from a crazy Tuesday night of bike riding, tacos, and whatever else you can gather into your corner during your stay at the Cumming Tap and the ride on the Great Western Trail (you know, they don’t call it great for nothing).

What will you be eating?  Let us reveal the super not secret menu….

  • Braised Pork
  • Vegan Chorizo
  • Korean Chicken
  • Bacon Chorizo
  • Potato Poblano
  • Beef Cheek

There may be some other surprises, not quite sure yet.  We are fairly ahead of the game today and may have some extra time to pack some fun stuff along tomorrow.  We ARE bringing enough taco supplies for over 1,000 tacos.  If we sell out of all of this stuff… I think the taco staff will need a raise.

We all look forward to seeing you tomorrow night, come celebrate our Nation’s Birthday, and if you stay late enough I will be riding back to town by bicycle…come ride with me…

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!




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

High Trestle Tacos In Madrid/Flat Tire Lounge!

We will not be serving on the bridge, but we WILL be riding to it at some point.

Say what?  You say the Tacopocalypse is arriving upon the citizens of Madrid, IA at the Flat Tire Lounge tonight?  Tis true.  We are paying a visit to our favorite non-home-base cycling trail and bar, the FTL on the HTT (High Trestle Trail).  (You are probably wondering, at least a few select of you are, what the OG #1 trail and bar of the Tacopocalypse would be.  Great Western Trail, Cumming Tap in Cumming Iowa.  We are there Tuesdays from 5-???)

Yes, we will be in Madrid tonight.  It is just a quick jaunt for all of you Ankeny/Slater/Woodward taco lovers, and any of you that haven’t had a chance over the last year to open your mouths and pop in one of our tacos, it would serve you well to finally initiate yourselves into the fold.  Tonight should be clear, brisk autumn riding weather (read: perfect) and we have some great food for you, along with the already great times to be had at the FTL.

This is our menu for tonight:

  • Braised Pork: our version of Carnitas

  • Wasabi Brisket:  This has become a new favorite.  Slow cooked brisket topped with pickled vegetables and a Wasabi Crema.  Is Good.

  • Chicken Bul Go Gi:  A Korean inspired marinated chicken topped with Kimchi.

  • Veggie Chorizo: A meatless chorizo that will not leave you wondering “where’s the beef?”  This is soy/mushroom based and spiced with our own chorizo seasoning blend.

All tacos are served on hand pressed corn tortillas, and the pork and chorizo are both topped with our now-famous slaw (the slaw is the law).  All items are also gluten free, except for tonight’s chicken dish which contains some soy sauce which includes gluten (sorry about that, and sorry for all of these parentheses).

We will officially start serving at 5pm, but we may start a little early.  Tacos go until you stop coming to eat them!  See you tonight!  Don’t forget to bring your party shoes.

Tacos are important,

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.