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How Do You Chase Tacos and Micheladas? With a Hot Dog.



The 10th annual Taco Truck Throwdown at Chukchansi Park. The Fresno Grizzlies said more than 8,000 attended (GV Wire/David Taub)
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I thought showing up late to the 10th edition of the Taco Truck Throwdown would mean easy access to lines.

David Taub

Even at 10 p.m. Saturday night, the party was still going strong. The Fresno Grizzlies (or was it the Fresno Tacos?) organized the event, along with Fresno Street Eats. The team said more than 8,000 people attended.

Lines at the 18 trucks were busy. I chose the trucks with the shortest lines, and the tacos were still awesome.

I missed out on Taco Pinto, which drew the most customers. The truck, operated by the wife-husband team of Martiza Silva and Luciano Morfin, won the judge’s choice for the second year in a row.

The wife-husband team of Martiza Silva and Luciano Morfin operate the Taco Pinto truck. (GV Wire/Jahz Tello)

The Winners

Other winners included Tacos La Vaporera (people’s choice), and Miche Firme taking the judge’s and people’s choice award for the micheladas.

For me, Tacos El Mandilon and Coculas Taqueria provided my fill of asada and pollo.

Trucks were set up on the baseball field at Chukchansi Park. Even with all the beer and micheladas flowing, it was a chill crowd. People just wanted to eat, drink and listen to music.

The sounds blasted from the stage set up on center field. Ginuwine was the lead act, starting his performance around 11 p.m. At one point, he was joined by Fresno’s favorite violinist, Patrick Contreras.

As I departed, rows of hot dog vendors lined the sidewalk outside the stadium. These were the big juicy sausages, wrapped in aromatic grilled onions. Even with thousands of tacos sold inside, there were takers for the post-taco hot dog snack.

David Taub has spent most of his career in journalism behind the scenes working as a TV assignment editor and radio producer. For more than a decade, he has worked in the Fresno market with such stops at KSEE-24, KMJ and Power Talk 96.7. Taub also worked the production and support side of some of TV sports biggest events including the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals and NASCAR to name a few. Taub graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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