If your taste buds salivate over food off a taco truck it's likely you joined the thousands Thursday night at Chukchansi Park. It was the return of the Taco Truck Throwdown.
This time there were twice as many trucks. Baseball fans brought their appetites and they didn't leave hungry. There were 13 taco trucks in all. Each believing their menu represented the best tacos in Fresno County.
Tracy Mumper says no two taste buds are the same. "It's fresh. It's pretty spicy but they give you the big chunk of lime and so it's not over the top."
The lines were long but people were patient. Ashley Pullen is hooked on carne asada tacos. "Cause I had one at the first so I'm gonna compare them all. Maybe."
The Grizzlies say Taco Truck Throwdown is a crowd pleaser. Pre–sale tickets climbed to 7–thousand early Thursday.
"Hey have a great day. How about a taco?" Kopi was there along with thousands of your friends and neighbors.
Great Day's Liz Gonzalez was one of the judges. "You try the meat. The question is how do they season the meat and the other issue is what kind of salsa are they using. The trick is to ask what is their specialty that way you know what they're really putting the effort into."
Last year's winner was La Elegante of Fresno. Its food was popular again this year based on the long line. "We're hoping. I'm not sure. There's a lot of competition out there, but we're giving it our best," said Abel Arenas.
Miggy Santos was giving it his best. He was willing to take a chance on the organic Chipotle Roast Mary's chicken and bell pepper slaw. "Something's there. I don't know what it is. It's all kind of in there. Is this your first one tonight. No like 9th."
Last year 8–thousand tacos were sold during Taco Truck Throwdown. With 13 trucks this year it's almost a given they surpassed that number Thursday night.
El Premio Mayor won both the Judge's and People's Choice awards.
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