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Calexico Cart – Plate 74
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Calexico Cart – Plate 74

This is one of the first restaurants I heard was transforming the streets of NYC to a city of cartivores. The other is the Dessert Truck, which I heard just got started back up again after a short hiatus. The Calexico Cart is reknown for its Carne Asada bringing authentic Mexican to the streets of downtown. There was no way we were going to be able to avoid getting the beef, especially after a morning where my protein intake consisted of crumbled peanuts.

Look at me, worried about my protein intake when I haven’t had a good salad in weeks. Zora wasn’t worried either; she met me after taking care of a leak at her place. I forgot to mention, I spent the morning SOAKED at Starbucks after walking 3/4 of a mile in a torrential downpour (OK, more like 0.3 miles – map).

One of the reasons I was excited to have Zora along for the ride is because she has written for publications like Moon and Rough Guides. I told her that I wanted her job and she said whoa nelly. Apparently it’s not very lucrative. I don’t know what she means by lucrative, but if I could live in a country and get paid to eat and travel for free, that’s my kind of lucrative. She said it might not even be that lucrative.

We went back to Starbucks, bought a few teas so we didn’t feel bad about using the tables, and dug in:

Chicken and Pork Tacos

Chicken and Pork Tacos

We both thought the pork was better. Zora noted a distaste for the amount of meat in the tacos – I just shut my mouth and annihilated my portion of these guys. I was not a fan of the chicken, though – I would suggest skipping this at the cart.

Chips, Salsa, and Guac

Chips, Salsa, and Guac

I don’t think I ever met a guac I didn’t like. It might be unfair to judge these unless I went to the restaurant, because I have a bit of a fetish for hot chips and guacamole. I would love to try these guys warm.

Carne Asada Quesadilla

Carne Asada Quesadilla

Our favorite. The chipotle mayo definitely added a nice spicy/smoky touch. I slathered mine with guac and salsa as well and drank in the beefy, cheesy gorgeousness. For my money, this is what to get here. This is what everyone says is the best and everyone is right.

So in conclusion: get the carne asada, get the guac, and be liberal with the chipotle mayo. They’re open in two spots in the city, and if it’s a rainy day, you should check the twitter feed to see if they’re open (one was closed on this rainy day). They’re great about updates.

I forgot to take the video at Calexico but I did two promos for other websites here:

Guest Writer: Zora O’NeillHere’s her post

The IRL Arts Foundation and The Wandering Foodie thank Calexico for providing this meal.

Calexico Cart
Wooster + Prince OR Crosby + Broome
New York, NY 10001
(718) 488-8226

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