Updated Schedule


We 1/28: 11:30-2:30 at Blumengarten Florist / 27th btwn Liberty and Penn / Strip District
We 1/28: 5-10PM at Brew Gentlemen / 512 Braddock Ave / Braddock /15104
Thu 1/29: 11:30-8PM at Coffee Buddha / 964 Perry Hwy / 15237
Fri 1/30: 4-8PM at East End Brewing / 147 Julius St / 15206 (seating+pint sales inside brewpub!)
Sat 1/31: 11:30-4PM January Buddha Roundup

Down the road: 

Sat 2/7: 5-10PM February Brew Gentlemen Roundup

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One Year Anniversary at Bar Marco

We've been "on the streets" for a whole year on January 17th. We got our start in the parking lot of Bar Marco. It was a cold night--24F at first, warming to 40F or so when we shut down at 3am. 

We stumbled a lot, but served a lot of people. We broke some things, some other things froze, but mostly we had a lot of fun! We donated some of the proceeds (and taught a cooking class) for the student chefs with Food Revolution Pittsburgh.

It's been an interesting and fun year, and we hope for an even better second year. Swing by for a snack, maybe a few craft cocktails in the cozy Bar Marco, or take home a sack of tacos. Hours: 6PM-1AM in the parking lot of Bar Marco, 2216 Penn Ave, in the Strip.

Thanks to everyone for supporting us and making us feel welcomed everywhere we've gone.

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Hi there.

Amanda and Dan in Braddock in May.
We are excited that we've been voted #1 in Pittsburgh Magazine's Readers' Poll "Mobile Food" Category for 2013. Congrats to Franktuary and BRGR also.

We thank you for your patronage and your support. Word of mouth has been outstanding, and it makes us happy and keeps us going every day.

If you haven't tried our food, we'd love to serve you. We post our location and times in the schedule tab of our website. You can also like us on Facebook, follow on Twitter and watch on Instagram where we post our menu daily.

Our home is behind the Coffee Buddha in the North Hills at 964 Perry Highway. We are generally there Wednesday through Saturday, but check the schedule for specific times. There's plenty of parking, and you are welcome to enjoy your tacos outside at a picnic table, or inside the cafe where they have great handcrafted hot and cold beverages (and pastries for dessert).

We also make stops on the road generally on Mondays or Tuesdays. 

See you at the window!

Thank you! -James

Good Will

My business plan: blueprints and permits.
Some people have asked me if they could see my business plan, or talk to me about how to make a food truck in Pittsburgh or somewhere else. It's not so secret that I never had a formalized business plan. A friend (and food blogger) described what I did as "Jumping off the cliff and building my hang glider on the way down," which is not far from the truth.

The equation is simple, and probably universal. Think first of what you want to do and what you want to achieve with it. I love sharing food with people, and I chose tacos because I love tacos. My end goal was to leave people feeling as happy with a meal as I have in my favorite restaurants in Pittsburgh.

Look at what's being done already and immerse yourself in that. In my case, I have always eaten too much, so I could justify that as market research. Don't dive blindly into something thinking that a great idea you have will sell itself. You need to bring something new or innovative to the market. In my case, the tacos have wheels under them.

Start with good ingredients (the best you can get, or afford) whether that means food, real estate, personalities, design, or in my case an empty truck I found in Denver. It doesn't have to be the best, but it should be the best you can afford. Leave yourself enough money to survive the rainy days. 

My friend Hoon, owner of Fukuda. Photo: JW Lester.
When you do something you love, it is not work. This cliche may fall on deaf ears if you work a 50 hour a week job in a boring environment living paycheck-to-paycheck (as I did for over a decade). Motivate yourself to do something you love. Even if it's a lateral move in that direction. You're always moving, even if it doesn't feel like it, so it may as well be in a direction that benefits you. 

Even if you have no resources, think of your time as a resource, because it is. Spend your time with people who are supportive and embrace your ideas. Find people who love what they do and be around them. Treat people well and give your time to them. Don't offer something in exchange for a favor down the road. Just give of yourself, without enumeration, and the help will be there when you need it. Along the way, you will acquire skills and confidence that you did not anticipate. It just happens. 

And if you then apply these ideas to a business, it might work. You can populate spreadsheets with speculative numbers to see if something looks good on paper. But sometimes you just need to jump off that cliff with a good idea.

As a friend said to me recently: it's not about math. It's about chemistry.

And good will.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Since we aren't technically allowed to vend food in Pittsburgh, we're going to donate them today.

We are parking in front of Urban Cottage, 4602 Penn Ave, 15224 (two blocks from Children's Hospital) today from 11:30AM - 2:00PM to serve tacos to those of you who donate $8 in cash through or window to the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force. We are not selling tacos. There is a two taco per customer limit, no matter how much you chose to donate. Urban Cottage will have free beverages inside, as well as a drawing for those who stop in.

The menu isn't posted, but we're thinking it will look like this:
Curried Potato with Sriracha Lime Cream
Jerked Chicken with Avocado Cream
Ground Beef, Cheddar, Truck Salsa
Juicy Pork with Sweet Thai Slaw

Overhead view from Braddock 
#15104 (Braddock)

Tonight we will continue our tradition of Taco Tuesdays at 218 Braddock Ave, in front of Ink Division Printing in Braddock. We will be there from around 4PM to 8PM.

We will be giving a dollar per sale to Braddock Redux.

See you at the window!

Sunday April 7 2013

Today we will be at the Pumphouse at the Trailhead in the Waterfront for their bi-weekly Sunday Heritage Market from 10AM-2PM.

We will be joined by Oh My Grill, who makes entirely too delicious grilled cheese sandwiches with homemade dipping sauces.

Our key research indicates that any taco eaten before 2PM may be considered a breakfast taco.

Exercise your tacos off, sit on a bench and reflect on what's happening, visit local artisans, or just poke around and go home. In any case, you've gotten out of the house and made today a little different.

Thank you for your support,
PGH Taco Truck

Rivers of Steel Sunday Heritage Market At The Pumphaus: