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Funky Truckeria: A Tale of Two Food Trucks

Funky Truckeria: A Tale of Two Food Trucks

When the food truck scene hit Northeast Ohio a few years ago, we – the Bouches -honed in rather quickly on a couple of local favorites: Orange Truk and Wholly Frijoles. Lisa wrote about Orange Truk here,  and I went so far as to hire Wholly Frijoles for a corporate party for 250 people {they nailed it…highly recommend them}.

Since then, we’ve enjoyed WF’s tacos here or OT’s  Truk Balls there. But life gets busy. Keeping tabs on food trucks isn’t the most convenient thing.

Enter the Funky Truckeria, a brick-and-mortar joint venture between the Orange Truk and Wholly Frijoles that opened in October 2015. Who knew food trucks could be friends? But we’re so glad they are, and their concept is already racking up foodie awards like a Thrillist Cleveland Best of 2015 Award.

Always on the hunt for the perfect taco, my family visited Funky Truckeria on a recent weekend. It’s in Norton, an easy 25 minute drive from Canton. {Parenting win: witnessing my young son decide to order, then devour, a habanero pork taco. Yay!}

Our experience was mostly delightful. We placed our order at an informal counter with a chalkboard menu overhead, then headed to one of about eight or so tables. While everything is indoors, the whole set-up mimics the food truck concept, down to the chrome accents around the bar and the pass-through window {see below}. That means fast-casual, no servers and no liquor license {boo!}.

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Along with our chips and salsa {$2}, which were excellent by the way {bonus points for the salsa served in the cutest edible flour tortilla bowl}, came a table full of funky tacos, nachos and Truk balls. Nothing was over $8, and the rather large tacos came in at $4-5 each, with your choice of flour or corn tortillas.

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We each had our hands-down favorites. The younger boys loved the Carnitas Nachos – a pile of tender roasted pork, queso, and chipotle BBQ sauce. Definitely a crowd-pleasing combo of big yet accessible flavors. My oldest, however, said the Carnitas BBQ was ‘over the top’ flavor-wise and favored the more subtle flavor of the Habanero Pork Tacos: Ohio pork tenderloin, chipotle crema, avocado and crispy fried onions. I loved the habanero pork, too, but we both agreed it could use more heat.

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Futureman and I rarely agree on a favorite, but this time we agreed on two…and already know what we’re ordering on our next visit. First, the Crispy Avocado Tacos: a simply perfect combo of fried avocado slices, citrusy slaw, crispy onion straws, chipotle crema, cilantro and lime. Fellow avocado addicts: it doesn’t get any better than this. Our other fave was the Goat Cheese Chorizo Truk Balls: deep-fried on the outside; creamy risotto, cheese, sausage and peppers on the inside. Wholly-moly. They’re the best little things I’ve eaten in a long time, and my only complaint is that there aren’t more to an order.

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Back to the location for a moment though. You should know that Funky Truckeria occupies the far corner of a dated strip plaza in Norton. While the restaurant itself is decorated quite well, it’s not much to drive up to. I’d imagine the dark and frigid January night we visited didn’t help either. And, as Lisa pointed out to me, Norton NEEDS places like this.

But really? It’s all about the food at Funky Truckeria…really, really great food. And I’m so glad I don’t have to find a food truck to enjoy it.

3200 Greenwich Rd
Norton, OH 44203
http://www.thefunkytruckeria.com/
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