El Sancho – Taco Cart by Blacksmith


El Sancho

A lot of people have emailed, twittered, formspringed, and facebooked me and asked if I could review the street vendors downtown. I wasn’t really looking forward to it as I’d rather sit at a table in a restaurant vs standing on a street corner like a hobo. Don’t get all pissy at me for calling hobos, hobos. They dont have internet access and wont read this.

Well on a rare, nice spring day a friend and I went on a tour of street vendors starting with El Sancho right next to the Blacksmith Restaurant.

Joel, formerly one of the top chefs at the Blacksmith, runs the Mexican street food cart El Sancho serving up tacos, enchiladas, and tamales. For starters I asked for an pork enchilada – $2. Joel grabbed a tortilla and threw some enchilada sauce into his pan and tossed the tortilla on top fusing the two together. A quick flip, more sauce and then he added some pork and let it heat through.

He lined a paper bowl with aluminum foil, added a bed of black beans and topped it with my enchilada. Then he topped that with romaine lettuce, radishes, onion, cilantro, and cotija. For $2, I dont know if it gets any better.

The taco ($1.50) is pretty much the same thing without the beans and enchilada sauce. El Sancho throws a little oil in the pan, add tortilla and fries it real quick. He takes out the tortilla and hangs it on a make shift clothes line to form the traditional taco shell shape.

Both are great and if you have the opportunity to take advantage of El Sancho’s tacos or enchiladas, then you should jump at the chance. Of course I’m going to honk as I go by and laugh at your hobo looking ass!

El Sancho
Next to the Blacksmith
211 Northwest Greenwood Avenue
Bend, OR 97701
http://www.wix.com/thesancho/elsancho – Horrid Site, Joel, get a new one.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Anonymous April 19, 2010 at 4:14 am

Amazing healthy food for an incredible price. You've got to check Joel's food out!!!


Columbine Quillen April 20, 2010 at 5:28 am

Eat there at least once a week and never disappointed. The best cheapest food in Bend – all from scratch. There is no way you can beat it.


Anonymous April 23, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Mmmm…Joel's tamales are the best. I like the combo that he and the Soup guy do. Everyone who hasn't tried lunch from these vendors needs to try it. Talented chefs turned Food Vendors, the world is changing and we've gotta go along with it. So happy to see BOR is finally catching on. I'll stop hounding you about food carts now.


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