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The Vegan Del Rey Taco from The Vegan Nom

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The Vegan Del Rey Taco from The Vegan Nom

A vegan take on the classic fish taco, the Vegan Del Rey has quickly become our taco of choice, and a fan favorite at the increasingly popular Vegan Nom trailer on North Loop. The crispy breaded strips of vegan mock fish, together with the shredded purple cabbage, give the taco a satisfying crunch that pairs nicely with the slices of fresh avocado and cilantro-lime crema sauce. The Vegan Del Rey began life as the “SXSW ofFISHal taco” for SXSW 2013, and it proved popular enough to earn a permanent spot on the extensive menu of “Rockin Vegan Tacos”.

To complement our order of fish tacos, we often add the Rockin Vegan Migas, a taco stuffed with tofu scramble, grilled tortilla strips, vegan cheese and fresh sprouts, or the Vegan Jalisco, which features marinated vegan chicken and grilled veggies. There is, of course, an abundance of other outstanding vegan tacos on the menu; taco cleansers and other taco afficionados will feel right at home with the myriad options available. The Vegan Nom also has rotating monthly special tacos, which are always delicious — when the next monthly special rolls around, it’s hard to decide whether to be sad that the last taco special is gone, or excited that a new one is available.

The Vegan Nom Trailer located on North Loop

Magical vegan tacos ready to take home.

The Vegan Jalisco Taco from The Vegan Nom

All tacos are made to order, so it may take some time to get your order ready: call ahead to get a head start on the wait. The tacos are always affordable ($3-$5) and delicious, and can be topped with your choice of signature sauces. Most of the tacos have a bit of a kick to them, but modifications can be made for those with a lower tolerance for spicy food — just ask. The Vegan Nom is cash-only, so if you don’t have any on hand, there’s an ATM in the convenience store across the parking lot. This store is particularly convenient, as it also offers a wide selection of cold beverages to sip on as you enjoy your delicious tacos from this amazing little blue taco trailer.

Disclaimer: This Top 20 series, presented in no particular order, is formed from the personal opinions of Marie and Daniel, and does not necessarily reflect the views of all Red Hot Vegans bloggers. If you’re not a fan of oily, sugary, calorie-dense food, then this series is probably not for you. For everyone else, enjoy!

[This post was edited on 8/30/2014 to reflect the Vegan Nom’s move back to their original location.]


  1. mollyjade

    I didn’t like this the first time I tried it, but I gave it a second chance last night based on your recommendation and loved it. My first one was tough and chewy. That one must have been an aberration or they got better at making them. Either way, I’m so happy to have a new taco favorite.

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