Tasty meals rolling on wheels

In the United States, London and Aus­tralia, food trucks are ev­ery­where. Now the truck wheels are turn­ing in cen­tral Auck­land where the con­cept is gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity. Ben Rogers talks to two food truck own­ers about work­ing in a tiny four-wheeled kitchen.

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If you think a food truck only serves up bat­tered snarlers and greasy chips, think again.

There’s a rev­o­lu­tion of sorts go­ing on in Auck­land’s din­ing scene and trucks are in the mid­dle of it.

At the fore­front of the move­ment are Otis and Sarah Frizzell, who own The Lucky Taco.

‘‘We were on our hon­ey­moon in 2011 and part of it was in the States and we were blown away by the food trucks and creative eater­ies,’’ Sarah says.

They saw an op­por­tu­nity and the new­ly­weds set about chas­ing their dream.

‘‘It was a lit­tle idea that we had and it never went away.

‘‘So we went back to LA and Mex­ico and did our re­search prop­erly.’’

The cou­ple checked out food trucks in Los Angeles and went to Mex­ico to learn how to make au­then­tic tacos.

They sam­pled tacos filled with tripe, brain and even sheep’s scro­tum, but while they were at it they learned how to do the lit­tle things right.

‘‘We didn’t try and be overly am­bi­tious with the menu, we wanted to do a few things and do them re­ally well.’’

And if the lines out­side their truck are any­thing to go by they’re on the right track.

The Lucky Taco opened in May last year and while the first year has been tough, the Frizzells have made a name for them­selves.

‘‘We started in a small kitchen out the back of a friend’s bar, but it just be­came too small and we were other.

‘‘We de­cided to con­vert the garage into a com­mer­cial kitchen, we had to cook il­le­gally in our house for a lit­tle while.

‘‘Sarah’s pretty OCD and we had in­cred­i­bly tight self­im­posed lev­els of clean­li­ness. We weren’t out the back wash­ing the dishes with a gar­den hose.

‘‘That’s the ro­mance of the hard work.’’

The prep work be­gins for the truck on Wed­nes­days when the Frizzells and their trusty side­kicks Lil’ Otis and Ruby White get to work slow­cook­ing pork, mak­ing sal­sas, mar­i­nat­ing beef and rolling tor­tillas for the week­end.

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Line up: The Roam­ing Dive serves up the goods to hordes of cus­tomers.

Photo: PAUL TAY­LOR

Royal cou­ple: The king and queen of tacos in Auck­land, Otis and Sarah Frizzell.

Photo: IAIN MCGRE­GOR

Fast food: Foods that are easy to eat on the go, like tacos, are typ­i­cal food truck fare.

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