TWICE as NICE

Dia de los Tacos repeat winner in online competition

At top, Dia de los Tacos owner Mike Walker serves up a taco from the mobile taco truck, which won Food Truck Taco of the year on MobileCuisine.com for the second year in a row. Below, clockwise from top left: the food truck is shown in a parking lot near the Marquette Commons along Third Street. Ryan Piotrowski, graduate of Marquette Senior High School, holds a taco from Dia de los Tacos in this June 2014 photo. RJ Pierce, left, of Marquette food truck Dia de los Tacos, serves up an order to Connor Landick. Landick places an order while other patrons wait in line outside the truck. (Journal file photos)

MARQUETTE — For the second year straight, the Marquette-based food truck Dia de los Tacos was crowned Food Truck Taco Of The Year by Mobilecuisine.com.

The online, voter-driven competition was started three years ago, with Dia de los Tacos taking its first win in 2016 and collecting more than 1,800 votes in this year’s contest to take home first place again.

Dia de los Tacos owner Mike Walker said he’s proud to be doing what they do.

“It’s been so humbling to receive the support that we do,” he said. “From day one our customers have been so vocal, so loyal, and so enthusiastic. I hope that never changes, and I hope that I never get used to it.”

Dia de los Tacos garnered enough votes to beat out taco trucks from across the country. Other top five finishers include:

≤ 2nd: Lloyd Taco Truck, Buffalo, New York

≤ 3rd: Funky Monkey Munchies, Wichita, Kansas

≤ 4th: Las Chicas, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

≤ 5th: The Taco Truck, Hoboken, New Jersey

“It means a lot to me just to be able to make food for people,” Walker said. “But to have folks rally behind something (kind of) silly like an online competition is so much fun!”

Walker, a Marquette native, has worked at a number of restaurants, including several local ones.

After moving back to Marquette from Portland, he opened Dia de los Tacos in 2013, one of the first food trucks in the area.

“This community has an incredible way of supporting the things that they’re proud of,” he said. “I feel like we’ve started to become a part of that lineage. I grew up at Togo’s, Vangos and the Portside. I’m hopeful that one day somebody can say the same thing, and name us, too!”

Ryan Jarvi can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 270. His email address is rjarvi@miningjournal.net.