This week’s Taco Tuesday takes AY Media Group to Tacos Godoy, a taco truck launched last year in Little Rock by Alejandro Gutierrez.
“I always wanted to do a restaurant, but realized that was too expensive,” Gutierrez says. “I was about to sign a lease for my restaurant when the food truck came along.”
Gutierrez says that authenticity plays a big part for Tacos Godoy, telling us that his dishes are “100 percent authentic from Mexico City”.
But for Arkansans who are usually familiar with Tex-Mex, Gutierrez’s determination to be completely authentic sometimes poses a problem. “Everybody wanted lettuce and tomatoes and cheese dip and sauce, but that’s not authentic.” Gutierrez says that this provided a learning curb not only for him to figure out what Little Rock residents considered authentic Mexican, but also provided authentic Mexican exposure to Little Rock food truck frequenters. Gutierrez is grateful that his customers were open-minded, and willing to “think outside the box.”
In regard to his tacos, Gutierrez says that “every tortilla that we make is pressed fresh on the truck”. What you can put on that taco, though, depends on what Gutierrez has on his truck at the time, and the authenticity of your request. “Every day I carry different dishes, and my menu changes once a month. I always carry steak and chicken,” Gutierrez says. “I try to keep my menu simple and as small as possible, to make sure that it stays fresh.”
Gutierrez says that chicken and steak are his two biggest sellers. “We make a type of sauce with a bunch of different peppers, and it gives the chicken a different flavor, because it absorbs all of the flavors. We also do chunks of pork with green sauce, or a Mexican dry pepper,” Gutierrez says.
As far as his other dishes go, Gutierrez tries to keep a diverse menu. “I do chorizo every day, and I always carry a vegetarian option. We don’t have many vegan products. I try to carry at least something that will be comfortable for any diet or eating habits.” In terms of vegan and vegetarian options, Gutierrez makes Mexican squash with corn, tomato, onion and pinch of cilantro, along with poblano peppers, with sour cream, cheese and onion.
Gutierrez is planning on launching a second truck soon, to meet customer demand.