Photos by Hillary Ehlen
We here at Fargo Monthly like to think of ourselves as “foodies.” In the general sense of the word, we kind of are, considering we love Fargo food. However, we are missing an element that makes us true foodies. We lack the culinary sensibility to decipher if a coleslaw is made with fennel or cabbage. Nor can we obsess over the complexities of caramelized onions, our palates just cannot handle the workload.
Luckily, our good friend Eric Watson, Executive Chef and owner of Rustica Eatery and Mosaic Foods has those qualities. He can discern the ever-changing, always evolving world of food. So, we took him out into the Fargo dining scene, but a very specific scene. For seven days, we ate at seven different food trucks of varying culinary styles. From pizza to tacos to deli sandwiches, we had Eric try it all. Without further ado, hop in Eric’s food truck and travel with him on his food truck diet.
Day #3: Taco Bros
You know you make good food when you have 80 tickets up in the window at 2:30 a.m. This is a blessing (or curse) had by Octavio Gomez and Taco Bros. From the relentless hype surrounding their opening every year to the massive lines the truck draws in every day, Octavio knows they are doing something right. Very rarely will food leave Eric Watson speechless, but Octavio’s food did the trick.
“I have to credit other people for the attention that surrounds us, especially on social media,” Gomez said. “I’ll just say something in the truck and it’ll get tweeted or whatever. It seems to add to this lore I have, I guess.” While Gomez is well aware of this online persona, he shakes everything off with a spirited laugh before launching into a story about serving Katy Perry and her entourage. However, if you want to know the full details of the “Katy Perry story” you might have to go straight to Octavio because it will not be on social media anytime soon.
Never the less, Octavio Gomez makes food that he knows is amazing and popular. This was only affirmed by Eric’s lack of words, Hillary’s nods of approval and my knees buckling after eating his guacamole (“guac shock” as I say). There are very few culinary minds that can say their food is so good that people need to sit down after they take a bite. Octavio Gomez can say that and he has become a Fargo legend because of it.
“In terms of flavor, this rivals any Mexican food I have had. All of the flavors compliment one another and you can taste every single ingredient. As a chef, I also love tasting freshness and this is as fresh as it gets. Octavio is as good as it gets in terms of a chef and a personality. He is like the perfect food truck chef. We should make a documentary on him or something.”
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