published Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Simple, tasty tacos at Taco Sherpa

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    Takeout tacos from Taco Sherpa include cabbage, radish, cucumber, cilantro, sesame seeds and tofu.

WHAT HE GOT

The place: Taco Sherpa.

The order: Three tofu tacos.

The cost: $10

One of the things I've learned as I try to eat more locally grown produce is that simple is good.

I like a fancy French dish as much as the next guy, but sometimes a meal of fresh garden vegetables and a protein is pretty tasty as well.

I recently wandered over to Warehouse Row on a Thursday and was glad to see that the food trucks were there. The menu for Taco Sherpa was about as simple as it gets. You chose between three proteins -- dak galbi (spicy chicken), galbi (pork marinated in a sweet and spicy soy-based sauce), or bulgogi tofu (marinated in Korean bulgogi sauce.) I chose the latter.

The toppings were cucumber, radish, cabbage, cilantro, sesame seeds and sherpa sauce, which was advertised as spicy, but I did not find it to be so.

You can have three tacos, or two tacos and one side, in this case it would have been rice. You also can order a rice bowl, which is the same ingredients served with rice instead of corn tortillas.

All of the ingredients work well together to create a fresh, deceptively simple meal that is a blend of soft and crunchy and sweet and spicy.

Taco Sherpa can be found on the North Shore on Wednesdays, Warehouse Row on Thursdays, Miller Place for lunch and Nightfall on Fridays, North Shore on Saturdays and the Chattanooga Market on Sundays. You can see the schedule and more at www.tacosherpa.com.

Contact Barry Courter at bcourter@timesfreepress.com or at 423-757-6354.

about Barry Courter...

Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...

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