The food truck revolution is relatively new to Greenville. Although it might seem like it, we haven't always been swimming in tacos. Sure, it seems like the Monterey's and Corona's of the area have been serving traditional tacos for forever. So why not combine the two and take modern tacos to the people? That's the goal of Automatic Taco.
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Nick Thomas, owner of Automatic Taco, normally a very conservative person, took the chance that the Upstate was ready for his concept. He explains, "There are a lot of great taco places in Atlanta and I wanted to have something like that here. I saw the truck for sale and I bought it." In April 2015 Automatic Taco began dishing out top notch, creative tacos.
Not all the cooking and prep work for the food is done on the truck. "We have to have a shared commissary kitchen," says Nick. Regulations only allow for so many people to be prepping in one kitchen at the same time. With the growing number of food trucks in Greenville, renting kitchens with the proper certifications has become somewhat of a cottage industry here.
Using a whetstone is the traditional way of sharpening knives. "Having a sharp knife is extremely important," Nick states emphatically, "and getting good whetstones is the most important thing in getting the knives sharp." There are different stones with different levels of grit to get the knife down to the sharpest edge possible.
Chris, originally from South Africa, started working on the truck through an internet ad. He and Nick have worked on the truck together from its beginning. In these two years they developed a telepathic connection during service on the truck, doing a delicate dance in that small space while giving each other the room to create.
When asked "why tacos?" Nick says, "Tacos can be adapted to any cuisine. If you do Cuban sandwiches for instance, you're kind of stuck with a Cuban sandwich and certain ingredients." Nick rotates his menu but certain items appear frequently. During the busy season, he tries to keep the menu simple in order not to over-complicate each service.
Nick and Chris seem determined to keep bringing their signature fresh and flavorful tacos to all parts of the Upstate. If you see the Automatic Taco truck driving around town, check their Instagram or Facebook page to see their schedule and follow them to their destination. Wherever the truck is located, once you take your first bite of Automatic Taco, you can be sure that you'll be back for more!
Food Truck schedule from our partners @iOnGreenville
Writer: Russell Sanford