Trucks bring new meaning to fast food

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TRUCKS AROUND TOWN: The number of food trucks throughout the area is growing. Not all are focused on tacos or burritos. Instead, there are trucks that specialize in Korean food and burgers. PHOTO BY ORLANDO JOSE
TRUCKS AROUND TOWN: The number of food trucks throughout the area is growing. Not all are  focused on tacos or burritos. Instead, there are trucks that specialize in Korean food and burgers. PHOTO BY ORLANDO JOSE
TRUCKS AROUND TOWN: The number of food trucks throughout the area is growing. Not all are
focused on tacos or burritos. Instead, there are trucks that specialize in Korean food and burgers. PHOTO BY ORLANDO JOSE

Everywhere a hungry patron goes these days, there’s a food truck waiting.

And it’s not just taco trucks.

In San Joaquin County now, there are burger trucks, taco trucks, rice bowl trucks and even four-wheel cupcake cuisines.

Merced Hernandez is the owner of the Tacos El Dorado, which rolls up near Hammer and West lanes.

Hernandez’s truck sells burritos, tacos, nachos and flautas.

His truck boasts “the best tacos/burritos in town.”

Delta student Eric Gutierrez raved about the food.

“I’ve been to a lot of taco trucks around Stockton,” he said. “The taste of this taco truck is nice and fresh. He has everything I like here, I order flautas and a super burrito and the enchiladas with the mole sauce is incredible.”

Gutierrez said Hernandez knows what he is doing.

“He is a great cook, he puts his pride into his work,” said Gutierrez.

Gutierrez is a food-truck fan. His least favorite is food truck of Indian flavor – saying the portions were too small for the price.

“I’m a big guy and I like the quality for the cheaper price,” he said.

Sina Yem is the owner of Rice Pot Movement, another local truck.

The truck sells items including Tai Chi tacos, fried pork dumplings and Asian-inspired slider hamburgers.

“We always been into food, trying different things, especially interesting types of food,” said Yem.

Yem said the truck offers more to the city’s palate.

“We just figure Stockton didn’t have too much diversity of food selection, especially food trucks other than restaurants,” he said.

Yem purchased his food truck from Craigslist. The former Sara Lee bread truck cost about $4,000.

“It took like a full year to do all the fabricating, all the pieces, equipment in there,” he said.

Also, on Pacific Avenue: Grubb City Burgers & Sandwiches.

Alfonso Jaramillo, the owner, said his truck is all about burgers, juicy burgers, and original sandwiches.

Jaramillo said the food is 100-percent fresh.

Grubbs also offers free raffles, which might interest cash-strapped college students.

After you purchase a meal, your name is entered in a drawing to win every Friday, so if your name is called you get a free sandwich or burger.

Grubb City’s fare includes a gourmet specialty burger, the Pacific Islander Swagg Burger.

The burger includes chopped onions, coconut and candy on the delicious bread.

Jaramillo said it’s the truck’s masterpiece.