500 Tacos: Arlo’s

 
 
A taco a day for 2015 — and then some
 
Arlo’s
900 Red River St. (map), 512-402-2667, www.arlostruck.com
Hours: 11am-midnight Mon-Thu; 11am-2am Fri; 6pm-2am Sat; 6pm-midnight Sun
Also at: Radio Coffee & Beer, 4208 Manchaca Road (map)
 
By Mike Sutter | © Fed Man Walking | 05.08.15
 
The vegan burger-and-taco trailer Arlo’s and the LGBTQIA-friendly bar Cheer Up Charlies are symbiotic cornermates on the outskirts of Dirty Sixth, both of them healthy alternatives to the surrounding signal and noise. Watch the world tear itself down (and build condos in its place) with a soy, lentil and seitan bacon cheeseburger in one hand and a fresh juice cocktail in the other.
 
The taco: Vegan Chik’n
Wheatloaf is among my favorite of the loaf-based foods, in part because it gleefully absorbs whatever flavors you throw at it, but also because it’s dense and filling. And that name: seitan. Exotic, rakish, devil-may-care. With red onion, green peppers, crimson tomatoes and hot chipotle mayo, most chicken (and chickenish) tacos only dream of tasting this good. ($5)
 
 
 Street taco: Ground lentils and soy make a fine protein base, a neutral palette for sharp spices, tomatoes and peppers. Even better with chopped lettuce and fresh pico de gallo and chipotle mayo. ($5)
 Tortillas: Two storebought white corn tortillas, overlapping, with enough filling to accommodate both of them.
 Salsa: The vegan chipotle mayo zig-zagging across these tacos is tangy, hot and smoky enough for the job. Chips and salsa runs $3, or $2 with a taco, the same price as fries or tots. Since none of the sides is handmade, hot taters beat chips and salsa, especially these deep orange sweet potato fries.
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(Photos by Mike Sutter © Fed Man Walking)