Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Hot Pink Taco

Hot Pink Taco is a roving food truck in Portland, Oregon, that operates at nighttime. Hot Pink Taco is also under new management, according to the cart operators (the change was likely very recent).

Gotta love those pink chairs!

Menu (as of September 2011)
The prices on their truck are a bit higher than what was posted on their website, so expect to pay a bit more if you based your decision off their online menu.

I wanted to take one of my friends to this taco truck for three reasons: (1) their unique pink tortilla (made pink using a cherry extract); (2) they are a roving cart, so who knows where they will be next; and (3) I like tacos.

We each got an ancho chili chicken taco ($3 per taco): ancho chili chicken topped with jack cheese, pineapple mango salsa, lettuce, chipotle lime sauce, and cilantro inside their signature pink soft taco shell. My friend also ordered their pink lemonade.

Ancho Chili Chicken taco
Pink lemonade
I liked the taco. The chicken shredded apart very easily and packed great citrusy flavor from the salsa and the chipotle lime sauce.The refreshing salsa and cilantro really produced killer flavors to elevate the taco experience. I found out that HPT gets their pink tacos from a family in Eugene, pretty cool stuff there.

My friend said the pink lemonade was not that great. She expected fresh-squeezed lemonade, but it wasn't the case here.

HPT is looking to eventually find a good permanent food pod to park at and serve during lunch hours. One of their more recent lunch attempts (a few days prior to our visit) was a complete bomb, but I hope that they will try again. They should think about parking close to an established food pod, probably around SE or NE Portland (let's face it, there's really no place for a food cart to park on the street in downtown Portland). They aren't always out selling tacos, and if they do, it'll probably be nighttime, at least for now.

My first pink taco was a darn good one, but I also can't ignore the disappointment my friend had regarding the lemonade. 6.25/10

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