Before I moved to Des Moines I used to eat tacos two or three times a week. I was lucky enough to live within walking distance of a tortilla factory in a Mexican neighborhood in Brooklyn. I had been learning to live without tacos since moving to Des Moines, it’s been tough but I was somehow managing. Then last week everything changed – Tacopocalypse opened. I was there on opening day to check it out, and I was not disappointed.
Tacopocalypse was started by Sam Auen back in 2010 when he began making tacos every Tuesday night at The Cumming Tap, a bar popular with cyclists as it’s right off the bike trail in Cumming, not far from Des Moines. The news of the devastatingly good tacos being served on Tuesday nights at The Cumming Tap spread quickly and soon he was asked to bring his delicious tacos to the Des Moines Downtown Farmers Market.
Now you can find a brick and mortar Tacopocalypse at 621 Des Moines Avenue in the East Village, and it’s is open every day. I tried the braised pork and wasabi brisket tacos and loved them both. Both tacos came topped with slaw that complimented the meat perfectly and the wasabi brisket taco was drizzled with a cream wasabi sauce. I added a little salsa to the tacos but they were so flavorful that I held back a little. I’m looking forward to going back soon to try the rest of the tacos on the menu, I have a feeling that I’ll be here regularly. Thank goodness for Tacopocalypse.
Annick Sjobakken is a Brooklyn transplant who likes long bike rides, loud music, and taking photos. Follow Annick on Twitter @annickmarie and Instagram @annickmarie. Also follow her personal blog Bushwick to Beaverdale.