In a city teeming with food trucks, the opening of a new breakfast taco trailer rarely registers more than a blip on the radar screen. But when the breakfast tacos are from James Beard Award-winning pitmaster Aaron Franklin, locals tend to give it a little more notice.
After more than a year of anticipation, Franklin Barbecue’s Tacos & Coffee opened behind the famed restaurant at 900 E. 11th St. The concept has not yet settled into regular hours, however, as it is still working out the bugs of service.
The straightforward name gives a glimpse of the offerings. Tacos and coffee do indeed make up the bulk of the menu, which has been whittled down to just a few offerings.
Each $4 taco comes with the choice of three ingredients with adders available at an additional cost. Choices include staples like sausage patties, chorizo, eggs, bacon, cheese, and potatoes alongside chopped brisket a la plancha.
The coffee offerings include a pour-over, drip coffee, and several espresso drinks. Tacos & Coffee also serves hot tea, hot chocolate, locally made Rambler sparkling water, and Mexican Coke.
The opening of the truck caused a stir in July 2018 when popular barbecue podcast Tales From the Pits speculated that Franklin Barbecue was closing. This prompted Franklin to announce the taco truck and issue a very public denial via a Texas Monthly article. Podcast hosts Bryan Norton and Andrew Martinez issued a retraction and took down the episode.
The Texas Monthly piece also included a teaser about a project in the works on Sixth Street, although owners Aaron and Stacy Franklin have not released any further details.