El Toro Mexican Cuisine Jose Olin and Londyn Cook |
Jose Olin has been in the United States for about five years, most of the time in Salem. Working in several restaurants since his teenage years, he and his girlfriend Londyn Cook recently opened El Toro Mexican Food.
The truck was purchased in November 2020. The duo gave the food truck a test drive at the 2021 4-H / FFA Expo in July, and it was a success.
“We have sold several times at the Expo. I expected it to be a lot of people, but it was popular, very fast, ”Cook said, looking back on the last few weeks since the truck opened.
Currently, the truck is open at 210 North Main Street (near the intersection of Fourth Street and Highway 19), most Wednesdays and Fridays.
The truck receives several customers, many of whom visit once or twice a week. Usually there are lunch and dinner times, giving them time to restock and prepare more food for the next rush.
Menu items include quesadillas, tacos, tortas, Mexican street corn, taco salad, and smothered fries. Steak and pork carnitas, chicken and more are made to order by Jose in the truck. Londyn helps with preparation and takes customer orders.
Plans for specials and additional menu items are underway, including time for special events in the area.
Cook and Olin plan to stay open every month of the year, adding seasonal items like traditional Mexican soups and more.
Olin always wanted a restaurant, and El Toro makes that dream possible, Cook said. Growing up in Vera Cruz, Mexico, he started learning cooking techniques from his teenage brother.
The couple share children, Jameson, 1; and Lucas, 4 years old. Additionally, they are both employed at the I Can Too Learning Center, alongside Cook’s mother Nancy Major.
The popularity of food trucks has grown nationwide in recent years.
“I think they’re more popular everywhere because some people don’t want to be hassled or go to restaurants to sit down and order. It’s a quick alternative, ”Cook said.
Food trucks are inspected annually by the County Health Department, as are other restaurants.
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