Today was a special day in that I got to eat at the Mission Street North burrito truck. Mission Street North is the newest addition to the few mobile dining options in Kingston and they are making a name for themselves. They serve up California-style Mexican food, namely burritos and tacos with a few sides. The menu is simple and straightforward, and it really seems like they have spent time perfecting the few items they do serve.
I tried the Cabo Tacos, one of their most popular dishes, and they were delicious. The tacos are made with grilled blackened tilapia and topped with pickled red onions, shredded cabbage slaw, chipotle aioli and fresh cilantro. The portions of fish are huge and cooked to order, which ensures a very fresh product but also necessitates a little bit of waiting. I probably waited about 8-10 minutes for mine, but if there’s a line it can take longer. In each taco order you get 2 tacos, and you can order them on either a corn or flour tortilla. I chose one of each so the other kind didn’t feel left out. Both types of tortilla are good, but corn is the way to go for an authentic taco experience.
If you opt for one of their football-sized burritos, you can choose between Free-Range, Hormone and Antibiotic free pork or chicken, or veggies. Each burrito is stuffed with rice, black beans, cheese and your choice of homemade salsas and guac. The other taco they serve is the Hass-ta La Vista with fried avocado and all the fixins’. I haven’t tried one myself, but I have heard some pretty glowing review from others.
The guys running the truck are Kingston born and raised, but somehow have a knack for making fresh Mexican food with a kick. They make their own hot sauces, one milder version made with arbol chiles, and a fiery hot habanero which will surprise even the most seasoned spicy food eater. Their sauces have actually gained something of a following, and people often ask them to make take-home jars.
They are located outside The Spot on Division street from Tuesday – Friday from around 11:30 am – 3:00 pm, give or take. You can also catch them at some local events like Derby Girl Bouts and festivals now and then. Follow them on Twitter or Facebook to be in the know. Oh, and they are open rain or shine – and provide umbrellas for waiting customers on rainy days. They think of everything!
The only problem is that there is no real seating in the vicinity, so be sure you have an air-conditioned building to eat in. Their hours are restricted, but they have mentioned that they may consider extending them when the students get back. After all, they have only been open a few months and are still getting their food-truck sealegs. As for me, I will most certainly be back, and will perhaps one day pry myself away from the Cabo Taco to try something else (no promises though).