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'You don't have to use silverware'

New taco truck brings flavors of Mexico to Mt. Pleasant

Javier Ascencio made an al pastor taco using pork that is being spit roasted inside his new taco truck in Mt. Pleasant. The owner hopes to bring some of his food and culture to the area with the food truck. (Ashley Duong/The Union)
Javier Ascencio made an al pastor taco using pork that is being spit roasted inside his new taco truck in Mt. Pleasant. The owner hopes to bring some of his food and culture to the area with the food truck. (Ashley Duong/The Union)
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MT. PLEASANT — Javier Ascencio and his family are bringing the flavors of their hometown, Arandas, Jalisco, Mexico, to Mt. Pleasant with a newly opened taco truck.

El Burrito Loco Taqueria, on West Washington Street, opened on Monday and provides a slew of authentic Mexican street food including tacos, burritos, tortas, quesadillas and beverages. The food truck also provides rice, beans, queso and fresh guacamole.

Ascencio said he was inspired to invest in a food truck after the pandemic hit, and he realized people were looking for faster and more convenient to-go food rather than a full restaurant or meal service.

“We just had this idea. Since COVID, a lot of people don’t really want to go into the buildings. They prefer pickup,” he said.

“It’s easy to-go. The burrito is easy to eat. Sometimes people are in a hurry, they can eat while they’re driving. You don’t have to use silverware,” he added.

The owner added he decided to open in Mt. Pleasant because he already had connections. His brother owns the building adjacent to the lot where the food truck is located.

Ascencio and his family are not newcomers to the restaurant business. Ascencio has owned and operated Arandas 3 in Wapello for more than five years. His siblings own Arandas Mexican Restaurant in Fairfield.

“We grew up around restaurants. I’m one of the youngest in the family. My eldest brother has always been in the food business, and that’s the way I grew up, and I like it,” Ascencio said of his newest venture.

The restaurant owner added the food truck is something he and his family had been wanting to do for a while and saw an opportunity even in the midst of the pandemic.

“It’s fun. This is something we’ve been wanting to do, and we like it so far. We’re enjoying [it],” he said.

Ascencio’s sister-in-law, Patricia Solis, who helps run the family’s restaurant in Fairfield, said the food truck may be “the best option right now” for a lot of people.

“They don’t want to take the risk to sit inside but they can still enjoy good food,” she said.

For now, the food truck will stay placed in Mt. Pleasant and will not be traveling. Ascencio added he wanted to start small but would look into expanding the truck’s menu over time.

“We may add a few things later to the menu, but we wanted to start small — quality over quantity,” he said.

Ascencio said he hopes to provide good, quality food to locals and share a little of his culture with Mt. Pleasant. The truck, though small, has a formidable set up including a rotating spit grill for its pork.

“We have really authentic tacos. We have al pastor tacos that we cook in that traditional way. They will really love it. The food is really good,” he said.

El Burrito Loco Taqueria is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The truck is parked at 901 W. Washington St.