Review: T-Town Tacos is tasty new program from Youth Services


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It can be as fulfilling and enjoyable to run across a good cause as it is to run across good food. With T-Town Tacos, you get both.

T-Town Tacos features taco carts — food carriers attached to bicycles — that offer breakfast tacos at specific locations every weekday morning.

The food is prepared by and the carts operated by participants in Youth Services of Tulsa, an organization that has been helping youth in crisis since 1969.

“They hired me in January to form the program, and we got it off the ground in April,” Wes Rose said. “It has taken a lot of people doing a lot of work to get it going.”

Rose said it all started with an innovation grant from Tulsa Area United Way and now includes a partnership with the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma through its culinary trade program.

T-Town Tacos offers four breakfast tacos — bacon, sausage, chorizo and veggie — for $3 each. They are warm and wrapped in foil. The tacos come with a choice of two salsas — salsa verde and salsa rojo.

The cart was out of chorizo and veggie tacos the day I visited, so I had the bacon and sausage. Each had a sizable portion of scrambled eggs and melted cheese to go with bites of bacon and sausage. For no particular reason other than personal taste, I think I liked the sausage more.

I will return for the two most popular — chorizo and veggie, the latter filled with spinach, squash, onion, bell pepper and tomato.

Flavors of onion and a little cilantro came through in the salsa verde, which I paired with the bacon taco. The salsa rojo, which I put on the sausage, had a pleasant flavor with a touch of spiciness.

I learned the soft tortillas come from Senor Tequila.

Containers of orange juice and water are $1 each.

One taco was enough to tide me over to lunch. Two tacos were quite filling.

Chef Jeff Marlow of the food bank developed the recipes for the tacos, and the young participants prepare the salsas and tacos from scratch daily. Deangela Wallace, kitchen coordinator at the food bank, oversees the crew.

“We put them through the culinary program at the food bank,” Wallace said. “It will help them get jobs when they leave T-Town Tacos.”

She said she also is grateful for some of the food truck operators around downtown “who have been very forthcoming with advice for us.”

“Everyone wants to see this succeed,” she said.

Rose said the program will have five to six participants at any one time. Depending on the availability of help and sales expectations, he will send out one or two carts each day.

“We are going through a transition right now while more of our young people get their food handler permits,” he said.

Rose said the program already has surpassed expectations from a business standpoint, especially the catering and delivery side of the operation.

“The catering has really helped get the program off to a good start,” Rose said. “For instance, T.D. Williamson recently had a weeklong kickoff to its United Way campaign, and we sold more than 1,000 tacos for the week.”

A catering or delivery order requires a minimum order of 20 tacos. At least three days’ notice should be allowed for orders of more than 100 tacos.

For more information or to place an order, go to t-towntacos.com or call 918-260-0800.