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Taco Truck Throwdown 2: A mouth-watering recap


Are you still on a taco high? Last week’s Taco Truck Throwdown 2 was a huge success, so, first off, thanks to everyone who ate tacos, served tacos and spread the word.

Now that we’ve had a few days to digest all the data, The Beehive and our partners in this taco-munching extravaganza, The Fresno Grizzlies and, have all sorts of fun facts to share:

  • A total of 14,450 tacos were sold — that’s way up from 7,977 last year.

  • We had 13 trucks, from a variety of locales (Fresno, Sanger, Selma, Centerville, Fowler) and offered popular tacos like carne asada and al pastor, and the more avant garde, like Dusty Bun’s duck taco or Tako’s Spam taco.
  • The attendance at the Grizzlies game was 11,463, making it the fourth highest-attended game of the season and the fifth highest Thursday night game EVER for the Grizzlies. It’s also the 43rd highest attended Grizzlies game at Chukchansi Park.
  • That 11,463 figure was the highest attendance of the night in Minor League Baseball and even outdrew a pro game — the White Sox vs. Orioles in Baltimore.
  • A few other fun facts: 600 Taco Truck Throwdown T-shirts were sold, 125 #TacoTruckThrowdown pics were posted to Instagram and there were way too many Tweets to count.

Here’s some info on the winners, individual tacos sold and where you can find these vendors besides at Taco Truck Throwdown. Click the graphic below to enlarge.


1. El Premio Mayor
2. La Elegante
3. Dusty Buns
4. Ortega’s
5. Tako BBQ

1. El Premio Mayor
2. (tie)Dusty Buns
2. (tie) La Elegante
3. El Super Antojito
4. Tako BBQ
5. El Mexicano

1. Ortega’s (1,564)
2. Tacos Mazatlan (1,495)
3. El Mexicano (1,424)
4. La Elegante (1,412)
5. La Mexicana (1,320)
6. Tako BBQ (1,024)
7. Tacos El Palmar (962)
8. El Premio Mayor (943)
9. El Super Antojito (916)
10. Dusty Buns (903)
11. Tacos Sinaloa (877)
12. Taqueria El Rey (869)
13. El Milagro (841)


Thanks to our judging panel. Hope your tummies have forgiven you.

Many media outlets and bloggers in town were so kind as to cover the event. A big thanks to them. In most cases, you can see coverage below.

Thanks to James Collier from Taste Fresno/Fresno Tacos/Foie Gras & Flannel for the pics in the post. He’ll post more on the Fresno Tacos site soon.

Check out The Bee’s gallery of pics too.

If you have any to contribute, leave a link in the comments or e-mail me.


Responses to "Taco Truck Throwdown 2: A mouth-watering recap"

James says:

Wow! La Elegante got beat! Gonna have to check out El Premio Mayor for sure. Dont worry La Elegante, you are and will always be my fave.

Christy says:

I really did want to go this year, but the prospect of purchasing a ticket to the game… and then spending the entire time not watching the game, but rather standing in taco truck lines for hours on end… did not appeal to me whatsoever. Fortunately, my favorite taco place (La Elgante) has a restaurant I can go to anytime I want. No entrance fee and waiting necessary. I will however make a point to check out the top 5 People/Judge’s choice; so thanks for that! :)

Jeffrey Whitaker says:

I TOTALLY agree with Christy. I mean, you know an event is gonnabe popular based on the citys demographic makeup, but I went last yr and it was a fiasco waiting in long lines in this heat was not the biz.

Mike Oz says:

Well, the lines seemed to be much better than last year. If that matters at all.

jessica says:

We learned our lesson from last year & went early. Our group tried four trucks & were stuffed before the end of the 1st inning.

Criss Macias says:

This year was awesome and fun just like last year. El Premio Mayor took BOTH prizes this year! AWESOME!!! If you are picky about your mexican food and love real AUTHENTIC mexican food this is the place to go to!! They have GREAT food and customer service skills. I have been a customer for years and they totally deserve and earned the titles. Their name says it all. El Premio Mayor translates to “the grand prize”.