Garnachas Rivera – Hardworking People Making Delicious Food

The abundance of food trucks in the Triangle area is plentiful and the demand is only growing.  These delicious meals-on-wheels options are great because they serve up quality food fast, which is perfect during the lunch rush or after hours post bar-hopping.  On our Food On The Move Directory we will feature a new food truck each time so you can get a feel for all cuisines available here in the Triangle in a mobile format!  We will include just enough information on each food truck to give you a “quick bite” that we hope will inspire you to track them down and try their food for yourself.  Here, we will introduce you to the hard-working people behind Garnachas Rivera Food Truck…

Who runs the truck?

Jose and Ana Rivera are the husband and wife team behind Garnachas Rivera Food Truck.  Jose is the culinary mastermind behind the truck, coming up with the menu items, developing recipes and creating his concoctions.  Ana focuses on maintaining the truck’s operations and helps cook, too.  Their current food truck has been open since August 18, 2015; that means they’ll be celebrating their one-year birthday this month.

Garnachas Rivera - Ana, Jose and one of their daughters

Garnachas Rivera – Ana, Jose and one of their daughters

Why did you choose Garnachas Rivera?

Ana and Jose’s Garnachas Rivera Food Truck has been a long time coming for this entrepreneurial duo.  Although their current food truck sits on the corner of a heavily trafficked Carrboro road and business is booming, it hasn’t been an easy journey getting there.  The Riveras first started out selling snack items (corn on the cob, chicharrones, fruit, etc.) from a smaller truck.  When the economic downturn hit in 2008, the Riveras were unable to maintain their business, losing their truck, home, jobs, everything.  Ana was pregnant at the time, too, so this could not have come at a worse time.  Undeterred and with the support from their family, the Rivera’s worked tirelessly over the next few years.  Jose worked two jobs to make ends meet for his family, rising up early at 7:00am to head to one job and coming home from either a second shift or the second job at 1:00am the following morning.  This exhaustive schedule continued until Jose had earned enough money for he and Ana to start their food truck, again.  Ana was understandably cautious and nervous, saying, “I didn’t want us to go down the path of losing everything again.”  Through their continued hard work and dedication, Jose and Ana bought another food truck, much larger this time, with the capability to do more than sell snack items.  Ana and Jose say they are very grateful to the locals for all the support they’ve received so far.  Ana says, “People tell us all the time how happy they are with the food from our truck.  They also say they like coming back to our truck because we’re nice and treat them well.”  Jose echoes Ana’s statements including, “People like that we serve up flavorful food fast and with good quality.”  Despite the many obstacles this couple has since overcome, Jose still has dreams of one day opening a restaurant.  “Two more years, we’ll get there,” he tells me.

What items are they cooking up?

Jose and Ana serve up tacos, gorditas, sopes, quesadillas, chimichangas, pambazos, tortas and burritos.  They even offer up two styles of tacos; traditional and tacos gringos.  The traditional tacos are garnished with cilantro, raw white onion, a lime wedge, grilled onions and a grilled jalapeño.  Tacos gringos are served the American way with lettuce, tomato, cheese and sour cream.  The filling options feature meats that are all marinated by Jose using his family’s recipes and recipes he’s developed over time.  The selections include asada, al pastor, carnitas, chorizo, chicharrones, pollo, campechano, buche, choriqueso, lengue, tripa and barbecoa.

Garnachas Rivera - Chorizo and Carne Asada Tacos

Garnachas Rivera – Chorizo and Carne Asada Tacos

When can I eat their amazing food?

Garnachas Rivera is open 7 days of the week.  Monday and Tuesday 10:00am-9:00pm, Wednesday and Thursday 10:00am-10:00pm, Friday 10:00am-11:00pm and Saturday and Sundays they’re open for dinner 5:00pm-11:00pm.

Where can I find their truck?

Garnachas Rivera sits parked in its Carrboro location at 102 Barnes Street.  They don’t have a website, but they can be found on Facebook.

What’s the price range of the menu?

Beverages $1.00-$3.00, Tacos $1.75-$2.00, Gorditas $3.50, Sopes $3.50, Quesadillas $7.00, Chimichanga $7.99, Pambazo $7.99, Tortas $7.99, Burritos $8.00.

Spoiler alert: Their corn tortillas are made from scratch, by hand, every morning.  These fluffy pillows serve as the home to their tacos that are then filled with a variety of meat options marinated using traditional family recipes.

Tessa Nguyen is a chef and registered dietitian working in the Triangle area. She is an alumna of Johnson & Wales University and Meredith College. When Tessa isn’t traveling and discovering new food spots, she teaches culinary nutrition cooking classes at Duke and works as a consultant in the health and wellness industry. You can follow her on Instagram or Twitter @ChefTessaRD.

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