KGUN 9 On Your SideNewsLocal News


Tucson food truck owners choose four wheels over four walls

Posted at 6:32 AM, Feb 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-20 08:33:02-05

TUCSON, Ariz. - Over the summer, we took you on a food tour throughout Tucson.

We went from restaurant to restaurant searching for the best of the best. But come to find out, some of the tastiest food in town isn't even served in a restaurant. We decided to take a trip to Los Locos Tacos. A food truck tucked behind the Arizona Cancer Center serving up great meals on four wheels.

John and Patricia are a soon-to-be-married power-couple in business and in life, who both have a love for each other. And of course, fantastic food.

"The Barbacoa and the carne asada are our most-popular items," says owner, John Barthel.

We'll talk more about some of the dishes in a minute, but first we wanted to know, why a food truck and not your typical free-standing restaurant?

"The up-costs, the start-up cost of starting a restaurant is much greater than it is starting a truck," says Barthel.

Not to mention, you're not tied down to the same four walls every day.

"It's a freedom for me. We can say when and where we want to go, and that's really nice," says Barthel.

And what about regulations for the actual food and cleanliness of the vehicle?

"We're just like any other restaurant," says Barthel. "We get inspected four times a year from Pima County Health Department, so we have to carry their license."

After finding their truck on Craig's List, the couple put down the money, sent it in for a fresh coat of paint, and here we are, a year and half later serving up great food for the masses.

We also took some time to ask some patrons about their favorite thing on the menu. Some recommendations from them: The enchiladas. They say the sauce is homemade, and it's best with the Barbacoa or chicken on a corn tortilla.

So there you have it. Whether you're looking to get your feet wet before getting into the restaurant game, or you're a foodie in search of a new adventure, the business of taking food on the road could something worth sinking your teeth into.