By Marshall King | Dining A La King
Ricky’s Taqueria, one of the best Mexican restaurants in Elkhart County, has a new food truck.
In our office, it prompted comments like, “Can we borrow it for a while?”
We love Ricky’s here. I still think it has the best burrito in Elkhart County. I’m a fan of the place, though not as regular as Ryan Dorgan, the Truth’s digital photo director, who goes almost daily and has been told he looks like owner Jesus Rojas’ son.
The truck is ready for the Elkhart County 4-H Fair, which starts Friday, June 19.
Jesus Rojas, owner of the popular taqueria at 57995 C.R. 9, Elkhart, wanted to have a food truck, so he bought a small box truck and renovated it with Santiago Serrano and another friend.
On Friday, Mike Hoover of the Elkhart County Health Department did a structural inspection. “It looks fantastic,” he said. It’s not every day you hear a health inspector gush about what he sees, but he liked it.
The truck has air conditioning, two grills, four sinks with running water, and both cold and hot food storage areas. The workspace isn’t that much smaller than the restaurant’s. It’s beautiful. I haven’t seen the before photos, but I’m told that it was a wreck they turned into something beautiful.
Rojas plans to put the truck near Kiddieland at the fair and use eight people to sell tacos, burritos, sweet corn and duros, which are a crunchy base with some toppings, according to Serrano. The truck will also offer cold cans or bottles of drink and pzletas, which are like popsicles.
After a few more permits, Rojas will be able to use the truck at other festivals and set up around Elkhart or behind his restaurant.
He may not need it there for long though. He’s in the process of buying the property behind the restaurant and could build a larger location and parking lot. Sandro Toler, his first customer and a friend who was helping translate, said the purchase may happen in August.
Rojas named the truck, “El Cocodrilo.” Why “the crocodile?” Serrano said Rojas dreamed it up. And I think he’s planning to add more trucks. I heard Rojas said he’d do a few things differently on the next one.
This is a happy day for fans of good Mexican food in Elkhart County. Since 2005, Rojas has turned this into a thriving business by selling inexpensive food that has a ton of flavor.