The first time we came across Cucina Zapata was at the Inaugural Philly Vendy Awards. It was my favorite truck and won the People's Choice Award.
Because the Vendy Awards were so crowded, the opportunity for personal interaction with each vendor was minimal. This limited the normal experience you might have with each truck and its owner. My interest in getting to know them more, combined with the quality of the food we tasted, made me want to visit Cucina Zapata at its regular location.
It was not only good business, but made the experience more memorable. This was the opposite of my encounter at Magic Carpet Foods, where I was the only person in line and the vendor did not go out of his way to strike up a conversation.
The tacos were delicious, too. You can order two for $5 – don’t you love street food prices – so I went with the thai short rib and chicken satay tacos.
|Short rib and chicken satay tacos|
The short rib was the better of the two, in my opinion. Both came with just the right amount of meat to complement the sauce, while the avocados and cabbage added a nice touch.
Taking the spice up a notch might have led Cucina Zapata to take top spot of my tour. The satay sauce was a bit too bland and the short rib sauce could benefit from more punch.
Luckily, I'm sure Robert and his wife Ruk would accommodate my recommendation and add more spice to my tacos next time I visit. I watched regulars walk up and not only get their requests met, but remembered from their last visit. Cucina Zapata is definitely worth the visit.
Come back Thursday for my favorite truck of the tour. Could the winner also be the leader of Sandwich Quest....