Vancouver Foodster 3rd Taco Challenge

Welcome to the Vancouver Foodster Taco Challenge. Restaurants from all over the city were invited to enter their taco creations into this challenge, most have created a special taco creation just for this challenge. Each restaurant will be featuring their tacos on their menu from May 12 – June 5, 2016.

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How Does this all Work? For the public challenge, you are invited to go out and order any or all of the tacos in this challenge, then you decide who you think has the best taco creation for the People’s Choice award winners. 

Share your experiences: Tweet (and don’t forget to tweet or instagram your photos) throughout the challenge, our twitter and instagram address is @vanfoodster and the hashtag is #TacoChallengeYVR please include this hashtag in all your tweets during the challenge.

Voting criteria –  some things to help you judge your favourite taco creations – keep these things in mind: originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste.

Watch – – > the Vancouver Taco Challenge Global TV Saturday Morning News with hosts Lynn Colliar and Jay Janower from the 1st taco challenge in 2014.

Get some friends together and make a day or night of it, visit 2 places or more to share and taste the different taco creations or go solo or with a friend– just remember to VOTE for your favourites

Here are the 10 Taco dishes in this challenge, listed in no particular order other than when they were received by us.

The Pressure Box

Pacific North West Tacos

Pacific North West Tacos

Pacific North West Tacos

Price: $12

Description: aka salmon and bannock tacos with salt curred/cold smoked Ocean wise Keta Salmon, whipped citrus cream cheese, pea shoots, pickled onions.

Created by: Chef Scott Lesko

Offered:  Tuesday to Thursday lunch; Friday/Saturday nights.

The Pressure Box Food Truck

Location: For the exact location daily click here

Tuesday to Friday lunch at Georgia and Burrard and Saturday nights at 33 acres brewery. 5th and Quebec Wednesday lunch , 33 acres Wednesday lunch.

Web: http://thepressurebox.ca/

Twitter: @ThePressurebox

Instagram: thepressurebox

 

Darby’s Public House

Albacore Tuna Taco

Albacore Tuna Taco

Albacore Tuna Taco

Price: $9.95

Description:  with cucumber cilantro slaw, spicy ginger mayo

Created by: Chef A.J. Jackson

Offered: 11am-midnight everyday

Darby’s Public House

2001 Macdonald St, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 731-0617

Web: http://www.darbyspub.ca/

Twitter: @darbys_in_kits

Instagram: Darbys_in_Kits

 

Molli Café

Beef tongue with almond sauce

Beef tongue with almond sauce

Beef Tongue with almond sauce

Price: $3 (for 1 taco)

Description: It is a simple taco but complex in flavors, since we used traditional Mexican techniques to elaborate the sauce. The tender and lean beef tongue blends really nice with the nutty and lightly spice of the sauce. We found that it was a good way to mix tradition with an odd part ingredient.

Created by: Chefs Berenice Balbuena & Rafael Flores

Offered: Monday to Saturday from noon to 7pm

Molli Café

1225 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-336-6554

Web: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Molli-Cafe/1433190433617382

Twitter: @MolliCafe

Instagram: molli_cafe

 

El Camino’s

Chorizo Taco

Chorizo Taco

Chorizo Taco

Price: $7

Description: Two Rivers ground chorizo with a blend of traditional Mexican spices on a 4-inch corn tortilla with smoked provolone.

Created by: Chef Jason Carr

Offered: Dinner

El Camino’s

3250 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 875-6246

Web: http://www.elcaminos.ca/

Twitter @El_Caminos

Instagram: elcaminos

 

Las Tortas

The Abu Yosuf Fish Taco

The Abu Yosuf Fish Taco

The Abu Yosuf Fish Taco

Price: $13

Description: As the Sharwarma: is the Taco al pastor’s culinary ancestor, I decided to make a fusion mix of traditional Lebanese and Mexican flavours. Red Snapper marinated in a mix of zattar, sumac spices & pomegranate molasses,  panfried  & served  on top of fresh spinach, red & green cabbage, chipotle infused tajine, and crowned with fattoush pico de gallo & fresh avocado.

Created by: Chef Moises Toyber

Offered: All the time (11 30am- 7 30pm Monday- Saturday)

Las Tortas

3353 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-569-1402

Web:  http://www.lastortas.ca/

Twitter: @LASTORTAS

Instagram: n/a

 

El Santo

Taco de Borrego en Mole Ahumado

Taco de Borrego en Mole Ahumado

Taco de Borrego en Mole Ahumado

Price: $6 (for one taco)

Description: Mole rubbed, smoked lamb neck with Jalapeno and mint salsa and Chile spiced candied pecans

Created by: Chef Shane King

Offered: Lunch and Dinner

El Santo

680 Columbia Street, New Westminster

Tel:(604) 727-8176

Web: http://elsanto.ca/

Twitter @el_santonewwest

Instagram: elsantonewwest

 

Gringo

Austin Taco

Austin Taco

Austin Taco

Price: $2.75 for one or 3 for $8

Description: made with Dixie’s smoked brisket, creamy slaw and crispy fried onions.

Created by: Christina Cottell

Offered: All the time

Gringo Gastown

27 Blood Alley Square, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 721-0607

Web: http://www.gringogastown.com/

Twitter @GringoYVR

Instagram: gringoyvr

 

Los Cuervos Taqueria

Tamarind Glazed Pork Belly

Tamarind Glazed Pork Belly

Tamarind Glazed Pork Belly

Price: $4.25

Description: Tamarind glazed pork belly with lightly pickled cabbage and chicharrón.

Created by: Chef Gilles_L´Heureux

Offered: All the time.

Los Cuervos Taqueria

603 Kingsway, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 558-1518

Web: http://www.loscuervos.ca/

Twitter @LosCuervosTacos

Instagram: loscuervostaqueria

 

Feastro Taco Truck

Bourbon Smoked Chicken

Bourbon Smoked Chicken

Bourbon Smoked Chicken

Price: $6.50

Description: served over Jicama tomatillo slaw, spiced red onion jam, mango black bean salsa, house pickled jalapeno, and a sweet Southern drizzle.

Created by: Paul Fenton

Offered: All the time

Feastro Taco Truck

Location: Howe & Robson

Tel: 604-868-9339

Web: http://www.feastro.ca/

Twitter @coastfeastro

Instagram: feastrofoodtruck

 

Little Mexico Cantina

Taco Canauhtli

Taco Canauhtl

Taco Canauhtl

Price: $10

Description: Duck Confit (Carnitas) mashed comate, toasted seasoned pecans, on a handmade guajillo chile tortilla “a la Potosina” from the region of San Luis Potosi presented with a Pitaya brunoise dusted with jamaica (Habisus) flower petals, served with a black bean mousse and avocado mousse topped with a piloncillo chipotle sauce and a sprig of organic thyme.

Created by: Chef Roberto Lopez Lara

Offered: Available for Dinner only.

Little Mexico Cantina

3131 Chatham St #150, Richmond

Tel: (604) 272-5123

Web: http://www.littlemexicocantina.com/

Twitter: @LMCSteveston

Instagram: lmcsteveston

 

Make sure you pick up one of the Taco Challenge postcards available at each of the participating restaurants. Remember to Vote for your favourites daily, all the voting details are here.

Our Media judges for this challenge are:

 

Jennifer Thomson

Traffic reporter on CKNW and AM730

Twitter: @jtradiogal

 

Louisa Chan

Writer and Editor of L for Life as well as Ming Pao

Twitter: @L_FOR_LIFE

 

Aaron Alexander

Writer and Creator of BC BuzZ….Plus a film fanatic, music lover & lover of the arts!

Twitter: @aaronmalexander