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Tacos Ramirez: A Study in Blue Neon in Carrboro, NC

Tom from Raleigh | Oct 20, 201311:35 AM

I have a new favorite taco truck in Carrboro/Chapel Hill. They park at Cliff's Meat Market on weekend nights and they're called Tacos Ramirez. This truck will catch your eye with the blue neon light that tops their rig.

I've sampled several kinds on tacos and huaraches. The meat choices are pretty standard, lengua (beef tongue), buche (pig stomach), tripa (insestine), pollo (chicken), and a mix of beef and sausage called campachano. I've had everything but the chicken and I find some of the meat they serve in larger pieces like lengua while others are cut up smaller like buche. They tacos are topped with a mix of cilantro and minced onion that really packs a flavor punch. Each plate of tacos is served with some sliced, grilled onion, a cactus paddle, and a roasted Serrano pepper, which is an interesting departure from other local trucks. I haven't figured out their tortillas yet. They have the toothsome quality that makes me think they're not made to order, but they taste really great, unlike many tortillas from a truck. There's an orange hue to them, so it's likely they are run across the griddle and take on some rendered chorizo grease. Finally onto the salsas, there are two: dark red and green. Both a brimming with chile seeds. The red had a nice depth of flavor from dried roasted chiles, while the green tasted clearly of tomatillos. I liked both, Neither was blazingly hot, but warmed sufficiently.

For the unfamiliar, "huarache" refers to sandal-like footwear in Spanish (or so I'm told). Envision an oblong of thick masa dough with a covering of refried beans topped with your meat filling of choice and then covered with lettuce, crema, and queso anejo.

Tacos are a fairly regular occasion at our house and Tacos Ramirez has replaced the truck at Fitch's Lumber as our truck of choice. If you see a blue neon light in Carrboro, it's time for tacos.

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