Truck-hopping for the best steak tacos in Carrboro

Truck-hopping for the best steak tacos in Carrboro

Succulent chunks of steak, grilled to juicy heaven. Freshly grilled onions and a heaping of cheese, garnished with cilantro and splashes of scorching red sauce. Steak tacos from a local taco truck. I don’t know if they’re authentic, but they’re good. Food trucks have been biting into sales of traditional restaurants in recent years, and

Succulent chunks of steak, grilled to juicy heaven. Freshly grilled onions and a heaping of cheese, garnished with cilantro and splashes of scorching red sauce.

Steak tacos from a local taco truck. I don’t know if they’re authentic, but they’re good.

Food trucks have been biting into sales of traditional restaurants in recent years, and Chapel Hill has a meaty selection of them. Some of the most popular are taco trucks. These serve a variety of freshly grilled Mexican food with homemade hot sauces.

I decided to try as many taco trucks as possible to find out which had the best steak tacos. Here are my favorites and a few comments on each. I’m no expert, but I do love steak tacos.

Authentic tacos are soft and come with onions and cilantro. I also add cheese to mine because I’m only human.

City Bus

City Bus taco

One word: Loaded

This repurposed school bus enjoys a stellar reputation on Yelp. If you drive between Chapel Hill and Carrboro a lot, you’ve probably seen it parked in the evening beside Carolina Car Wash and Detail. At $2 each, these tacos are tasty and loaded with tons of huge onion slices and cheese. And you can’t help but love the friendly man who takes your order.

Robust flavor, high quality

Thick, big onions

Sauce is less spicy than others

Tables available

Latin Grill

Latin Grill taco

One word: Light

Another Yelp favorite, this truck sits across the street from Harris Teeter and is my personal favorite. For $2, you’ll get a taco stuffed with a huge amount of cilantro. The cheese is more subtle, but delicious, and the onions are diced very small and thin. The steak is also sliced thin.

Tons of cilantro

Fresh, light onions

Thin and light steak

Tables available

Tacos El Niño

El Nino taco

One word: Value

Within walking distance of City Bus beside Tin Cup Joe, this truck has delicious tacos with onions so small you’ll barely notice they’re there. At only $1.50 each, this truck offers the best value in my opinion. They use less cheese and onions than the others and put that money toward steak, which is fine with me.

Outstanding value

Small diced onions

Includes lime, cucumber and onion slices on the side

Tables available

Taqueria Tejano

Taqueria Tejano taco

One word: Cheesy

You can find this truck parked beside Wings Over Chapel Hill. The red sauce is super hot and the steak is covered in thick cheese. The onions are sliced in medium-sized chunks, not as big as City Bus. These tacos will set you back $1.75 each.

Tasty steak, lots of cheese

Medium onion slices

Salsa is very hot

No tables, to-go only

Honorable mention: Monterrey Mexican Truck

This food truck parks beside Chapel Hill Tire on Franklin Street in the evenings. It boasts a scaled-back version of Monterrey Mexican Restaurant’s menu. That means it serves dishes like arroz con pollo with chips and salsa. In my experience, the chicken is always grilled fresh and it tastes just like full-fledged Mexican restaurant cooking. And did I mention it’s unbelievably fast?

Have a food truck you’re passionate about? Sound off below.

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