By Shawna Wagman
I wish I could explain the romance between chefs and tacos. Who knows why career cooks do not display equal fervour for, say, eggrolls or grilled cheese sandwiches. Perhaps the myriad creative possibilities for soft-shelled tacos, traditional Mexican finger food, just get their juices flowing. And maybe that’s why when Jon Reilly-Roe, a local courier company owner by day and rock ’n’ roll singer by night, got tired of waiting around for one of his chef buddies to open a taco stand, the self-proclaimed “food guy” did it himself.
TacoLot opened in March with a rotating menu inspired by the fresh-not-fried California tradition. Overnight, a cinder-block building on a functioning used-car lot in Hintonburg became Foodie Central.
Sept. 2:René Rodriguez, Navarra
Sept. 9: Joe Juarez, Canvas
Sept. 16: Ian Baillaron, The Black Tomato
Sept. 23: Kathy Smart, Live the Smart Way (TV show)
Sept. 30: Chris Lord, Union: Local 613
Oct. 7: Thanksgiving turkey tacos and cranberry salsa
Oct. 14: James Foley, 10Fourteen
Oct. 21: Patricia Larkin, Black Cat Bistro
Oct. 28: Kris Kshonze, The Hintonburg Public House
999 Wellington St. W., 613-286-3322, www.facebook.com/theTacoLot
This article was first featured in the September 2012 edition. See more photographs in the print edition.