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When you first arrive at El Taco Veloz, you might think it’s just a food truck. Actually, you might think you’re in the wrong place altogether.
El Taco Veloz – which roughly translates to “the speedy taco” – is tucked into the back of a produce warehouse on Toledo Street in Southwest Detroit. Turning into the farm market parking lot, on a block where residential homes meet industrial warehouses, you’ll definitely second-guess the reliability of your GPS. But once you catch the alluring scent of grilled meats and jalapenos roasting on the grill, you’ll know you’re in the right place.
You order your tacos from the truck parked in the lot, but eat in the surprisingly large dining room behind it. Go ahead and sit down inside right after you order, a friendly staff member will bring your food to you. We love getting the cool factor of ordering food from a truck, but the comfort and convenience of indoor seating (and indoor bathrooms). It’s the best of both worlds.
The dining room is simple but comfortable. There are no bells and whistles; the food shines on its own.
Tacos are the stars of the show here, but the menu is surprisingly diverse. Despite the tiny food truck kitchen, Veloz manages to serve up almost everything you’d find on the menu at a full sized taqueria. Burritos, tortas, and menudo all make an appearance, and your taco can be filled with any number of scrumptious proteins – from al pastor and pollo to tripe and cabeza. They also make a really, really tasty ceviche.
Our favorite tacos at Veloz are the carne asada and barbacoa. Lean, moist, and beautifully tender, both meats are exquisitely scarfable. Tacos come with grilled onions and grilled jalapenos on the side (forgo the jalapenos if you like your tacos mild, they bring the heat).
You’ll definitely want to make note of the squeeze bottles of salsa on your table. There’s a mild green salsa and spicier red and orange salsas – all made in house. The dark orange version is made with fire roasted jalapenos that give it a delicious smoky flavor and a nice kick of heat.
There’s a beverage cooler inside the dining room, and this is also where you can pick up a glass of horchata. This, in our opinion, is a must: sweet and creamy yet light at the same time.
Be sure to bring cash, but you won’t need to spend more than a few dollars for a filling lunch.