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.
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.
‘‘Wednesday to Sunday are
Line up: The Roaming Dive serves up the goods to hordes of customers.
Royal couple: The king and queen of tacos in Auckland, Otis and Sarah Frizzell.
Fast food: Foods that are easy to eat on the go, like tacos, are typical food truck fare.