What happens when you combine a gleaming new food truck manufactured in California with the recent taco truck craze in Columbus? It’s not the traditional Mexican taco offering dressed simply with diced onion and cilantro but a uniquely styled taco with fresh shredded cabbage and pico de gallo (diced tomatoes, onions, and cilantro). Mojo Tago is the brand spanking new brain child of Buckeye Brian Reed. A lifelong Columbus resident inspired by the food truck movement in Los Angeles, Brian is an avid cook and entrepreneur. Mojo Tago has a limited schedule for the time being, but can be found everywhere from Westerville to North Lewisburg to OSU home games. You can contact him via the website to book the truck for any catering gigs or special events.
I’ll clarify that I don’t have a great grasp on the nuances between various North American Southwestern cuisines and after some consultation with an expert, we’ve decided that the addition of cabbage while keeping the corn tortilla makes these Baja style tacos. The menu is simple and straightforward with a little for everyone (including the kiddies). Since Mojo Tago is specializing in Baja style tacos, I was definitely disappointed not to see a fish taco offering.
When Brian handed me my tray of tacos, the carnitas with the lovely pineapple salsa looked so enticing I took a bite without even thinking to whip out my camera first. Great pork flavor with a great juicy quality from the pineapple. Next up, the vegetarian taco with black beans was decent though a squiggle or two of the avocado salsa would have really kicked it up a notch. The beans are of a drier variety (and not soupy) so it wasn’t messy to eat at all.
I saved my two favorites for last. Though prepared very similarly, the chicken and the beef (carne asada) are definitely the stars of the menu. Lovingly marinated overnight and grilled so it has a nice smokey flavor, topped with shredded cabbage, pico de gallo, and a squiggly of the delicious avocado salsa (and cheese on the chicken), I could pound three (or more) of these for a meal. The avocado salsa is really good and I’d recommend ordering a side of it just for extra flavor or pairing it with the house made tortilla chips. One note: these tacos are flavorful but not particularly spicy so if you’re a heat seeker, ask for some hot sauce.