Usually when food trucks become successful, they open a restaurant and only bring out the truck for catering gigs. That hasn’t been the case for The Street Kitchen, when the restaurant opened early 2015 on Doniphan near Thorn Avenue. The truck can still be found throughout town and sometimes right in front of the restaurant. The new space is roomy, yet warm and inviting with a wall-sized wooden wine rack that instead houses glass bottles of Mexican coke and Jarritos (fruit-flavored Mexican sodas).
The Street Kitchen is known for their carne asada, which also makes appearances on their nachos, fries, six-inch baguette sandwich and green chilaquiles. Tostadas and fries (regular or sweet potato) get smothered with chile con queso, onions, cilantro, carne asada and an addicting avocado cilantro salsa.
All tacos are served street-style on four steamed corn tortillas with diced raw onions, cilantro and a trio of salsas. All three salsas pack the perfect amount of flavor and heat, consisting of a cooling avocado cilantro, tangy habanero and chipotle with a hint of sweetness. The Street Kitchen guarantees you’ll like the cochinita pibil (marinated pork and purple onions); they’ll even let you try a taco on the house. For some meat on meat action, get the North East tacos, which pile on shrimp, al pastor (marinated and grilled pork) and carne asada. Items containing shrimp are only available at the restaurant. El Diablo shrimp tacos have pineapple, pico de gallo, spinach, chile de arbol and mayo. Paleo dieters will be pleased to find a paleo feast of shrimp, brussels sprouts, broccoli and bacon seasoned with rosemary, garlic and lemon.
A small parking lot is located behind the building, but it may be easier to just park on Thorn. Both restaurant and truck are sure to squelch your street food cravings.
5222 Doniphan; 915-820-6528; Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; $4-11.99; Vegetarian options limited to quesadilla and fries; thestreetkitchenplace.com