Is this heaven?
No, it's Summer Avenue.
It's Summer Avenue at Mendenhall, where, as of last Friday, you can grab a paleta and a scoop (or three) of ice cream after tucking away some of the finest tacos in the city at the Tacos Los Jarochos food truck. Yes, this is real life. Yes, we now have a taco-truck-ice-cream-shop partnership going on. The synergy is palpable.
- Tacos Los Jarochos (left) and the Los Jarochos ice cream shop (right)
Two years ago, Tacos Los Jarochos emerged in a humble parking lot near the corner of Summer and Perkins. They began as this little taco trailer, which now serves as a back-up trailer and will trek Los Jarochos tacos to Cordova starting sometime next month:
From there, Tacos Los Jarochos relocated to yet another humble parking lot — this time further down Summer, in front of a defunct cash advance store — and graduated to a bona fide food truck with a colorful wrap displaying its name. To their repertoire of authentic tacos and quesadillas, Tacos Los Jarochos has added burritos and Mexican hamburgers made with meat ground in house and topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, and pineapple. And, of course, their usual bevy of salsas, sauces, and accoutrements is available for all the mixing and flavor pairing your heart desires.
- Choriqueso at Tacos Los Jarochos
- Pastor and chorizo tacos at Tacos Los Jarochos
The ice cream shop, Los Jarochos Paleteria y Neveria, is run by Carlos Pavon, whose parents own the Tacos Los Jarochos truck. The obvious next step for the family business, the ice cream shop offers a menu similar to, but scaled down from the popular La Michoacana paleta shop down the street:
Two scoops of creamy caramel pecan hit the spot, and the $2.50 serving was generous. As for the paletas, more conventional flavors abound, but adventurous palates will be lured in by the mango-chile-cucumber flavor combination, a spicy-cool dichotomy you won't find in your average American ice cream shop.
Los Jarochos Paleteria y Neveria is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Tacos Los Jarochos and Los Jarochos Paleteria y Neveria, 4894 Summer Ave., 314-5735