Food Truck Friday: Traphouse Tacos 'traps' customers with "Out West" taste

The owner of this food truck could be described as an individualist because he doesn't play by the rules, but it seems to be working out for him. Plus who needs rules when you have tacos?

Posted: Aug 9, 2019 6:08 AM

GREATER LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- News 18 is combining Taco Tuesday and Food Truck Friday. While there are a few taco trucks in the Greater Lafayette area, each one is different from the rest.

Traphouse Tacos definitely stands out on its own. The owner of this food truck could be described as an individualist because he doesn't play by the rules, but it seems to be working out for him. Plus who needs rules when you have tacos?

"I don't really like to do what anyone else is doing."

Garrett Neuman, the Owner and Operator of Traphouse Tacos, does his own thing.

"I like to go my own route," Neuman said.

His 'thing' is tacos.

"I make really good tacos."

In the two years Traphouse Tacos has been serving, the food truck has definitely 'trapped' customers.

"Seventy percent of our clientele is revisits," he said. "Once people try our food they pretty well become regulars."

That's true of Lee Rogers, a customer who said he eats at Traphouse Tacos three to four times a week. 

"I've tried everything on the menu," Rogers said.

Neuman's theme for his food is "Out West." He said it's a variety of different flavors that the Greater Lafayette area needed to have.

"I wouldn't consider our food Tex Mex at all," he explained. "It's kind of tastes from all different places, it's not necessarily Mexican at all. It's more of an eclectic taste."

Neuman has been cooking for himself since he was a kid.

"I cooked a lot of my own food and snacks when I got home from school. I've always had a love for good food."

And his standards have only gone up since then.

"There's nothing on the truck that isn't cooked to order," Neuman said. "I don't want to eat something that's old and I assume nobody else does. So you may stand and wait 8-10 minutes but you get literally what you order and it's fresh."

Traphouse's customers said the food is worth the wait.

"I love the place and I love the people that run it so, they're cool," Rogers said.

"I definitely enjoy working on the truck. At least ten times a week people circle back to tell us 'that's the best taco I've ever had' or 'the best food I've ever tasted' and it's very enjoyable every single time," Neuman said. "It doesn't get old to be told that what you're doing is enjoyed by someone else." 

What's different about this truck is that it's never hard to track them down. Traphouse Tacos serves at the same place at the same time every single day. You can find them in the West Lafayette Menard's parking lot on U.S. 52 starting at 11:00 a.m. daily.

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