Crispy grilled tacos are the thing at this new Fort Worth food truck
A new food truck on the east side of town is making a name for itself in Fort Worth food circles for serving two distinctive products: grilled tacos and ramen.
Called CalisiencePermanently parked at 3318 East Belknap St., it’s the first food company owned by Jacqueline Anaya, a Los Angeles native and self-proclaimed foodie who has been cooking since she was 11.
“I’m the oldest of six children and my mother worked a lot, so I often cooked for the family,” says Anaya. “What started as housework turned into a passion.”
Their trademark are grilled tacos with birria, a traditional Mexican dish made from goat or beef that is cooked as a stew with various spices and mild pepper.
“The Birria recipe came from my grandmother, who is from Guadalajara, the city where this style of taco originated,” says Anaya. “In the past the only meat that was used for Birria was goat. Now people use beef, pork, veal, and lamb.”
For her tacos, Anaya uses beef, cooked in spices for six to seven hours and folded in local corn tortillas along with Monterrey Jack cheese. They are grilled for a few minutes, melt the cheese and give the tortillas a nice crispness.
“It’s birria tacos, but the cheese and how it’s grilled – that’s a California twist,” says Anaya.
Tacos are ordered in groups of three, with diced red onions, coriander, sliced radishes and a hot jalapeno-based sauce. Each order comes with a garnish of beef broth to dip.
The truck’s other trademark is ramen, which Anaya makes from traditional ramen noodles and the broth from the birria. “I add a few more ingredients, like my own hot sauce that gives it a touch of flavor,” she says.
Other menu items include burritos, quesadillas, street tacos, and rice and beans. To drink there are homemade strawberry horchata.
Calisience first opened before COVID-19 but took a short break. When Anaya recently reopened, she redesigned her room to accommodate social distancing guidelines.
“There’s plenty of space to park and you can either stay in your car and order or come to the window, whatever you want to do,” she says. “And then we’ll bring the food to your car.”
Anaya moved to Fort Worth as a teenager and graduated from Eastern Hills High. After staying in Austin, she returned to Fort Worth and started selling her food from home on social media.
“I was still trying to find myself and what I wanted to do when I moved to Austin,” she says. “But Austin didn’t work out. When I got home I decided to post some pictures of my meal on Instagram and people said, ‘Can you do this, this, and that?’ Everything started from there. “