Posted by Elly Blue (Columnist) on June 20th, 2009 at 9:38 am
The taco ride is a victim of its own success. A lot of people really love to ride their bikes and eat tacos, it seems. Over 100 this time!
We had 4 stops, which I called the week before to warn.
1) Ole Ole, 21st and Burnside
I tried to organize people into affinity groups (chicken, carnitas, etc.) but the money-handling and ordering was a mess. I took a pre-order for the next stop by show of hands.
2) Cha!Cha!Cha! NE 26th & Broadway
Here our tacos were coming out as we arrived. I paid for the whole shebang and then collected cash. It came out all right but there was som confusion and people maybe ate some other people’s tacos or didn’t pay. Still I tried again for Chilango’s.
3) Chilango’s, NE 15th & Prescott
I called in our order (118 tacos!) and designated someone else to lead the crowd (Sorry I’ve forgotten your name — Thanks!). We got there and they were trying really hard but they were hand-making tortillas (some of the best in town BTW) and it was slow. Orders and finances worked out pretty well again, and I think people had relaxed expectations this time. Still my favorite fish taco in town. The carne asada was also superior.
4) Don Pancho, NE 20th & Alberta
As people were getting antsy I sent them off on their own the 10 or so blocks to Don Pancho to order individually. They were ready for us and had live music! Awesome! I had a weird pulque (coco-tamarindo) and a great cabeza (beef cheeks) taco.
Whew! I was so bushed and needed a drink after that. I went to Zilla and had some awesome fancy sake to wind down.
I like the idea of enforcing smaller rides, maybe neighborhood-based, and doing like 3 next time. 25 people max per ride maybe.
Any other suggestions are welcome!
Photos: I only got a couple snaps.
Ron took some also.
And Bob has some awesome stuff on the book of face.