LIMA — One of the newest restaurants in Lima isn’t a restaurant at all.
The Taco Movil, a mobile taco stand specializing in authentic Mexican tacos and street food, has already developed a following since its March debut. Visit the Pony Keg or North Sugar Street and you’re likely to catch the Taco Movil, along with a crowd of fans and curious passersby.
Dulce and Eric Arellano founded the taco stand to help their daughter pay for college. The couple started small, catering parties and events before launching the Taco Movil this year.
The food truck trend has only recently caught hold in Lima, popping up in parking lots and festivals around town. The city’s first food truck festival debuts this weekend, highlighting the work of locally owned food trucks like the Taco Movil and Fat Kid BBQ.
For the Arellanos, the Taco Movil is a part-time gig. But the hard work starts at home, occupying much of the family’s downtime.
Dulce and the family spend much of their evenings cutting vegetables, washing dishes and cooking pork, which won’t be ready until early the next morning. The couple’s children, Letzly and Alex, help too.
“We all have a job to do. It’s a family thing,” Letzly said.
The Taco Movil is known for its authentic Mexican food like chorizo, a popular Mexican-style sausage, and lengua tacos prepared with cow tongue.
“People like the authenticity,” Letzly said. “We’re a Mexican family selling Mexican tacos.”
The Arellanos see up to 200 customers on any given day, traveling from Sugar Street to the Pony Keg and elsewhere as more businesses show an interest in working with the family. The Arellanos are looking for an indoor venue to host the Taco Movil during winter months, when most food trucks are closed.
“I thought it’d be a smart idea with me reopening (the Pony Keg) to help drive some business in … it works as an advertising agent for me,” said Pony Keg owner Bradley Wright, who regularly hosts food trucks like the Taco Movil on his property.
Lima Convalescent Home is testing the trend, too, hoping the taco stand draws the public onto their campus and gives residents a chance to try something new.
“A lot of (our residents) probably haven’t seen one,” said Alex Gonzales, activity director for Lima Convalescent Home.
Reach Mackenzi Klemann at 567-242-0456.