October is shaping up as a good month for taco beef. The same wizard who blasted Esquina for failure to keep it real (personally, I knew as soon as I saw the stacks of Taaschen books behind the bar), is back at it:
Now comes a stunning development on the eastern front: in about two weeks a taco truck will be parking on (get ready for it) North 7th Street and Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg. It will be manned by comedian (and front man of the Jewish) Jeffrey Jensen and Bad Wizard singer Curtis Brown, who conducted research at the trucks on Roosevelt Avenue. Brown tells us he's cooking “less skanky” versions of the classics: pulled pork, roasted chicken and beef, Baja-style fish, plus menudo soup (with tripe) and corn chowder for winter.
You may want to let that "less skanky" rattle around your brain for a while. Consulting the Periodic Table of Skank, developed by Linus Pauling and Appolonia in 1985, indicates that your skank exposure, expressed in parts of skank per million is likely to be at least one thousand times higher at the corner of North 7th St. and Bedford Ave. than it is at a traditional taqueria. And even if he means skank not in the sense of a PBR-addled Bard 05 alum falling out of her American Apparel tube top, but in the sense of a safe, fun taco, what the fuck is he talking about? You are less likely to get a parasite eating food prepared on a truck by the vocalist of a band called Bad Wizard and a comedian than you are in a regular taqueria?