Taco bike coming to downtown Raleigh in July

El Taco Cartel hopes to be on the road in downtown Raleigh by early July.
El Taco Cartel hopes to be on the road in downtown Raleigh by early July. Courtesy of Justin Miller

Raleigh workers and late-night revelers may soon have another food cart option beyond hot dogs: tacos.

El Taco Cartel hopes to be peddling tacos by early July, said Justin Miller, one of three owners behind the venture.

Miller said he got tired of the same late-night offerings in downtown Raleigh.

“I can eat a hot dog or maybe find a sit-down place still serving food,” he said.

Miller, owner of WedPics, a Raleigh-based company that makes a wedding industry social media app, has partnered with Lily and David Balance, owners of the William & Co., a new bar on Raleigh’s North Person Street, to start El Taco Cartel. (Miller says he is so passionate about tacos that he has two taco tattoos.)

The bike is modeled after similar bikes in Mexico City where Lily Balance grew up, Miller said. The bike will serve an el pastor-style tacos that combines the sweetness of pineapple and the heat of chiles; the limited menu will include serve pork, chicken and vegetarian tacos.

Miller said the bike is currently being fabricated, is expected to be delivered June 26 and hopefully will be on the road within weeks after arrival. Miller said they eventually hope to expand the concept to other Triangle cities.

About the taco bike, he added: “I think it’s an awesome alternative to what’s being offered.”

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