Popular Buckeye Tacos Barbon Food Truck Opens Restaurant at Goodyear Hotel
With food court at a premium these days, food truck owners in the Valley have to get creative if they want to open a brick and mortar without the high cost of building from scratch. Barbon Tacos, a popular food truck commonly seen around Buckeye and other parts of the Phoenix metro, recently signed a deal with the Holiday Inn off Interstate 10 and the Dysart Highway to bring their Mexican street tacos to the hotel permanently.
Owners Isai and Karina Martinez opened Tacos Barbon inside the hotel about a month ago. The decision to open their restaurant inside a hotel is due to the proximity to their home port in Buckeye and the operation of a commercial kitchen, says Isai Martinez.
“It’s a different kind of concept,” he says. “We have people who are more curious than anything. When I explain it to someone, I compare it to a Starbucks inside a Fry’s. [grocery store]. ”
The married couple started a taco cart in 2019 as a weekend dining gig for extra income. At the time, Isai had a career as a department head for a local architectural firm, but found himself out of work when the pandemic struck in 2020. He and Karina decided to pass on their pass. -time taco-making to the next level to make ends meet. meet.
“I didn’t expect things to continue the way they did,” Martinez said. “The situation turned into an opportunity to work it out until I found another job in my field. After a month, we were doing well enough to think it could work full time.”
Since opening inside the Holiday Inn, Tacos Barbon has expanded its menu with red tacos and mini dillas. The Red Taco ($ 3.85) is a cheese-crusted taco with birria beef cooked with spices and peppers. It comes with a dip available with or without meat.
Martinez says one of the most ordered items is the Flap Skirt Steak Taco Carne Asada ($ 3.25). Other tacos include the grilled chicken ($ 2.95), made-to-order rib eye steak ($ 3.95), and al pastor ($ 2.95), which is marinated pork.
“Our sleeper is the al pastor, it’s more salty than sweet,” he says. “It’s more of a Sonoran thing, where my family is from.”
The tacos are served with guacamole, onions and cilantro on a homemade corn tortilla. The salsas, meat, guacamole and tortillas are all fresh daily. Refreshments like horchatas come in 32-ounce cups ($ 6.00) or grab a cucumber-lime refreshment ($ 6.00) or Mexican soda ($ 3.00).
“All around we use high quality produce and meats because we uphold our motto ‘Not your average taco’,” Martinez said.
Martinez says they are in the process of remodeling the dining room, improving the lighting and adding tiling to the floor. Other changes include new TVs and additional seating. Martinez says the upgrades should be completed by Jan.11.
“I want people to leave overall happy with the experience, the quality of the food, the ambiance,” he says.
1118 North Dysart Road, Goodyear
Sunday to Thursday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.