Taqueria 2 Hermanas Taco Truck in Des Moines, Iowa
Location: 3100 E. 14th St. in Des Moines in parking lot beside grocery store.
Taqueria 2 Hermanas served next to a Mexican grocery store just north of Grand View University for a few years before selling the truck to Taqueria Los Pinos.
Closed since: late 2015
Specialties: tacos with toppings like carne asada or al pastor pork.
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Mi Tierra Restaurant & Taqueria in Des Moines, Iowa
Mi Tierra may have been the first place in Des Moines to really specialize in the Mexican Anotjitos. Its at least the first place I found in Des Moines to have its own dedicated antojitos menu. Their entree menu was interesting as well.
Location: 1100 E 14th St
Closed Since: I last visited in January of 2014. The building later held a Jamaican restaurant among others before it was razed in early 2017
Specialties: They served sopes, gorditas, tacos de canasta, and picaditas with fillings that changed regularly.
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La Cuscatleca Restaurant & Pupuseria in Des Moines, Iowa
La Cuscatleca had operated a pupusa truck on 2nd Ave before opening up a restaurant on Hubbel. They might have another location in the works.
Location: 1832 East Hubbel Ave in Des Moines
Online at: https://www.facebook.com/lacuscatlecadmi
Open since: this location has been open since 2013, but the truck has been open longer.
Specialties: pupusas and salvadoran dishes like yuca frita or nuegados.
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Gorditas Rosi Taco Truck in Des Moines, Iowa
Gorditas Rosi has been serving gorditas beside a laundromat for a couple years now. They updated their graphics in the summer of 2015.
Location: 901 East University Ave
Active Since: At least 2013
Last Spotted: Spring 2017
Specialties: gorditas and tacos with filling like slow cooked pork in green salsa with cactus.
Online at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gorditas-Rosi/322803454526599
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Paleteria La Michoacana Ice Cream in Des Moines, Iowa
Location: 1600 E Grand in La Placita shopping center
Active since: they have been here for several years, maybe as long as the shopping center when it was built in the mexican modernist style after the old buildings were torn down.
Online at: faceebook page is here https://www.facebook.com/Paleteria-La-Michoacana-121421807915749/
When you see a paleteria with the name La Michoacana and the classic pink and white color scheme you are visiting a part of a gigantic network of informal franchises serving paletas from the Mexican state of Michoacana. This is one of the biggest food operations in the world, and these places are spreading and growing everywhere. Its a paleta world and we are just living in it.
Specialty: mexican popsicles known as paletas, they have a huge menu of mexican snacks like doritos locos or french fries with crazy topping like pickled onions and candy.
Tocas de Nopal, or cactus tacos:
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La Rosa Restaurant, Taqueria Y Tamaleria in Des Moines, Iowa
Location: 2312 Forest Ave in the Drake Neighborhood
Last open: I last ate their in January of 2014, but it has opened for short periods since about 2012.
Specialty: I liked the chilaquiles and the gorditas, but the best seller was tamales.
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Tacos La Barca Taco Truck in Des Moines, Iowa
Location: behind Casey’s General Store at corner of NE 14th St and Euclid, between Dollar General and the Laundromat.
Precious Location: Behind tire store at 3301 E 14th St, current location of Tacos El Asadero.
Last spotted: Summer 2015.
Specialty: Birria Tacos, tortillas dipped in birria juice and browned to orange color on grill.
Active Since: at least 2010 in Des Moines
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