Birthday party: Lloyd turns dos
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • August 24, 2012 @ 11:01am
All-you-can-eat Lloyd tacos? Now I have your attention.
Lloyd Taco Truck’s Peter Cimino and Chris Dorsaneo have announced details for the food truck’s second anniversary party. From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 31, Lloyd lovers will gather at Artisan Kitchens and Baths, 200 Amherst St., Buffalo, to celebrate another year of food truck greatness. Tickets run for $15 and will be available on the truck Aug. 27 and at the door.
Just like they did last year, Dorsaneo, Cimino and the rest of the growing staff will unveil new menu items. Remember, the food is all-you-can-eat, so don’t hesitate to go back for seconds, thirds and eighths.
—Watermelon and feta salad: the sweetness of the watermelon clashes with the bite of feta cheese, resulting in one powerful salad.
—Aztec-rubbed rib eye tacos: rib-eye steak flavored with a concoction of garlic, cayenne pepper, olive oil and even orange juice (in some cases). Those Aztecs were zesty and intense.
—Al pastor tacos: Spanish for “shepherd-style,” this Mexican dish actually has a Lebanese influence. Shaved off a rotisserie—unsure if Lloyd will adopt its own vertical spit—either lamb, beef or pork is then marinated with spices and chiles in shawarma-like fashion.
—Southern fried chicken tacos: Personally, I’m most excited for this one. Sure, it’s not the most authentically-Mexican of the newcomers, but crunchy fried chicken—if it’s anything like Lloyd’s fish taco—should be brilliant.
—Thai tofu tacos: It’ll be interesting to see Lloyd’s approach with this: coconut? Peanut? Sriracha? I have no idea what they’ll do.
—Dulce de leche: A decadent dessert uniting caramel and sweet cream, Mexico’s version of dulce de leche is referred to as cajeta as it’s made with goat’s milk. Last year’s Oaxacan brownies were a big hit because of the spicy cayenne pepper hidden inside a dense, moist brownie.
“All of the items as of right now will be run as specials, and how quickly they are offered depends on how well they are received,” Cimino said in a text message.
Last year, the lengua (tongue) tacos very rarely made it as a special, but the brownies and southwestern potato salad appeared more regularly. Chris, Pete, Teddy and co. are very responsive to feedback, so don’t hesitate to share your feelings with them next Friday.
A cash bar, raffles and prizes will enhance the party, as well as music provided by DJ Cutler. Lloyd merchandise—like t-shirts, bumper stickers, hats and more—will be sold as well.
Check out Don Nieman’s gallery from Lloyd’s first anniversary party so you know what to expect.