• vegan tacos at the border grill truck

    August 12th, 2009quarrygirlborder grill, LA restaurants


    it seems like everyone is jumping on the twittering taco truck/food cart craze here in los angeles, and the border grill is the most recent restaurant to join the trend. one glance at the truck’s menu filled with things like pork, beef, fish & cheese, and there doesn’t appear to be much for us vegans to eat. however, luckily for me brittany from the vegan blog sick of lettuce got wind of some vegan offerings at the border grill truck, and invited me along to check them out.

    we went to the melrose trading post, where the truck camps out every other sunday and brittany kindly paid our $2 per person admission into the flea market. as you can see, we were VERY curious about the border grill’s vegan options, enough to pay a premium just to get close to the truck. (thanks, britt).

    it turned out that the only real vegan item on the menu (other than rice, beans and guacamole), was a vegetarian item that had to be modified: the avocado taco. the girl working at the truck was pretty knowledgeable and accommodating and said she could prepare the taco vegan by cooking the avocado separately and omitting the dairy from the corn relish. awesome. what we ended up with were tacos filled with avocado, quinoa, black sesame seeds, chipotle salsa, corn relish and pickled onion.

    avocado tacos (VEGANIZED!): chipotle salsa, corn relish, pickled onion, quinoa and avocado.

    avocado tacos (VEGANIZED!): chipotle salsa, corn relish, pickled onion, quinoa and avocado.

    i’m really glad i went and checked this place out, because the tacos were uniquely delicious. i don’t think i’ve ever had a quinoa stuffed taco before, and certainly not topped off with pickled onion. you can tell a lot of thought went into making this taco different, and combining unusual flavors. it all worked really well together. i also got a side of rice, black beans and guacamole (yeah, we checked all of it was vegan) to round out the experience, and everything tasted great.


    so if you happen to be around town and see the border grill truck, stop by and get a vegan avocado taco. just be sure to specify you want the taco to be made vegan, because under normal circumstances, it’s just vegetarian. and another heads up, avoid the cumin fries at this place, they are cooked in the same fryer as the fish. ew.

    follow the border grill truck on twitter for more info.
    and you can check out brittany’s review of the tacos here.

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11 responses to “vegan tacos at the border grill truck” RSS icon

  • i would like to thank you & your husband for joining me on that ridiculously hot day!

  • it was wonderful to meet you again! always great company. boring tacos, though, right?

  • @mr meaner: are you being sarcastic?! those were really unique tacos. whether you liked them or not, they definitely weren’t “boring”.

  • i dug ’em, but i will eat almost anything that’s crusted in sesame seeds. ALMOST.

  • what am i? chopped liver? i paid my own way in to the flea market too… only a dollar cause the dude didn’t want to break my twenty.

    oh yeah.. the tacos were delicious.

  • i tried those out at santa monica farmer’s market on saturday. pretty tasty!!!

  • Awesome! They’re always at the Silverlake Flea Market!

  • YUMMY! I just had this taco on Abbot Kinney in Venice and it was delicious (and with rice and beans cost me about $4!) I would definitely go out of my way to have this again. Thank you Mary Sue 🙂

  • The Border Grill truck was @ the Downtown Artwalk last night…but so was the Frankenstand so had to go for vegan dawgz & chocolate chip cookie! Maybe next time. 😉

  • frankenstand > border grill

  • I was just at Border Grill in SM last night. They have a few items that can be veganized, including salads and the “border vegetables,” which is great. And, while clearly not vegan, they gave us a Monterrey Bay Seafood Watch sustainable seafood guide. So they care. It’s a bit pricey, but they have a really unique take on Mexican/SoCal food. Good guacamole, too. And excellent margaritas – lots of varieties, tons of tequila choices. I can’t wait to try the truck, because what’s not fun about a taco truck?

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