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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Latino Taco Trucks vs. Upscale Street Food ― the Two Americas

Posted By on Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 6:46 PM

Our favorite morsel from the blogs.

California Taco Trucks' Cyrus Farivar has been AWOL from his blog, but we're glad to say he's back ― and how. Farivar's posted a 15-minute film by University of Texas (and ex-Berkeley) grad student Robert Lemon, titled ¿Tacos or Tacos?

It's a sweet bit of filmmaking, not to mention a canny piece of cultural anthropology, contrasting old-school loncheras with new-style truck vendors in Austin, Tex. You know: trucks on the one hand with a mostly Mexican immigrant clientele, serving up suadero tacos and a slice of cultural identity, next to The Mighty Cone, which makes "fun" street food (cornflake-crusted fried chicken "tacos," stuffed in snow-cone skins) for South Austin's mostly Anglo clientele (organic peanut-flavored dog bones for their pets, too) ― talk about the two Americas. Please say you'll watch the whole film. Please?

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