By Ariel Brand
May 30, 2013
Usually found on Elm Street in Hartford, along Bushnell Park, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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On their move from the Lone Star state to the East Coast, Dave and Erin Emmons, co-owners of Lucky Taco, packed with them love for regional home-cookin' and brought it to the food truck scene in Bushnell Park. Though they are fairly new to the food truck business, having established in 2011, they know what they are doing, with over 20 years in the restaurant industry under their belt. And having grown up around Tex-Mex fare in Austin, tacos have long been a part of their diet.
Their tac-jectory into food truck industry goes something like this: Not too long after getting married, the couple decided to relocate to New York in 2010, with the hopes of launching their own restaurant. Ready to make their mark in the metropolis's rich culinary hubbub as restaurant owners, it was a kind of no-brainer for them to start up something they know and love. Thinking back on the multitude of food trucks peppered along the streets of Austin, Dave got the itch to join the food truck bandwagon and begin cooking up some tacos. Their foodmobile (a.k.a Flaco the taco truck) was originally an old Telegram & Gazette truck that they, over the course of a year, revamped and transformed into the white taco-making machine you see today sitting on Elm Street from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., tortilla-ed between other mobile kitchens. Wondering who coined the name Lucky Taco and why? "Me and my wife did. We were feeling lucky that day," Dave said.
Business has been overall good, thanks to their "super super wonderful customers," stressed Dave. With the summer rolling on in soon, things will pick up even more. It's not just luck that has been bringing them success and keeping their customers coming back for their spice-suffused tortilla delicacies. They're smart.
While the couple primarily draws their gastronomic inspirations from their Tex-Mex ties, Dave said they try to cater to "everyone's eating habits and eating restrictions." Vegetarians are by no means excluded from the Lucky Taco kitchen. The menu features three Tex-Mex veggie tacos, which includes the portabella fajita — marinated portabella mushrooms tossed with red bell peppers on the grill and then topped with shredded lettuce, pico de gallo and sour cream. If burritos are more your thing, they have one for the meat-lover and a vegetarian variety as well. And for the global foodies, they offer kung pao chicken and island jerk pork. Though Dave said they "sell equal amounts of everything," favorites among their regulars include the pork carnitas, a fresh taco take on the pulled pork sandwich, which contains poblano slaw drizzled over some slow-smoked pulled pork, as well as the cheesesteak taco, rib eye steak mixed in with grilled onions, peppers and mild white cheddar. They do their best to use fresh and high-quality local ingredients. Their taco shells are made from either soft flour or corn (which are also gluten free).
Future plans for this innovative taco team? Erin promises that, although they still have hopes of opening their own restaurant someday, "Flaco the taco truck will always be on the road serving the fine people of CT."
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