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Taco Truck Trial Run For Jacob Myers Park
Danicsa Gutierrez of Modesto, center, and her brother Juan Alcazar talk over details of bringing a taco truck to Jacob Myers Park with Riverbank Recreation and Parks Department Director Sue Fitzpatrick. They began operations over the Fourth of July weekend. Ric McGinnis/The News

Here’s a quick food quiz: When is a truck not a truck?

When it comes to the taco truck that has set up shop at Jacob Myers Park. It’s not really a truck at all; it’s a trailer. A trailer that brings good eats along with it.

Labelled Taqueria los Volcanes, the family-run business began serving food at the popular summer spot, Jacob Myers Park, over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. From tacos to quesadillas, nachos to burritos, there is plenty to tempt the taste buds and satisfy the appetites of hungry park visitors.

Members of the Riverbank City Council approved the food truck to operate at Jacob Myers this summer and on in to early fall on a trial basis at a meeting in June. Taqueria Los Volcanes seemed to have a good opening weekend and now will be accessible to park goers Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through October, according to Riverbank Parks and Recreation staff.

The brand new trailer easily passed its health inspections in Stanislaus County, according to Danicsa Gutierrez, who, with her brother Juan Alcazar and father Israel Alcazar, will operate the establishment. However, the park is located across the river from Riverbank, in the jurisdiction of San Joaquin County’s Health Department. They also had to pass inspection from that county and did so, allowing them to set up shop and start serving up hot, freshly made fare to park visitors.

Parks and Recreation Department Director Sue Fitzpatrick sought approval from the Riverbank City Council at its meeting on June 7, seeking to offer the food truck at the park and the trial program was approved on a 5-0 vote.

The mobile eatery will be located at the edge of the grass, near the park entrance, according to a decision made following a meeting at the park on Tuesday, June 28.

A written agreement, between the vendor and the city, along with insurance, business permits and a city business license have all been obtained, Gutierrez said. The food truck offers a different option than bringing in a picnic or using the grills at the park to cook up your own lunch or dinner.