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Taco Tuesday at PD3 Food Truck

May 19, 2016
By: Afton Aikens
Photography: Afton Aikens & Lyuba Kirkova

What better way to kick off summer than having lunch at a food truck? The sun was out, music was pumping, there were mountain views all around and…the tacos were only $5 each (regularly $13).

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We grabbed a picnic table with an umbrella in the grassy area in front of the food truck on Canmore’s Main Street. A few other tables were full with Canmore’s working crowd on lunch break (like us), as well as families.

This food truck – called PD3 – isn’t your average truck, it’s actually a modernized 1962 double decker bus from England that was shipped to Canada in 1980 and since acquired by restauranteur-chef team, father and son Norm and Blake Flann.

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The ground floor serves Asian-influenced street food, and the upstairs offers set-price five-course fine dining. PD3 was named one of the best new restaurants of 2015 by Calgary Herald food critic John Gilchrist, and won a few Canmore Business & Tourism awards last year.

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On this afternoon, our group opted for the Backpacker tacos with a flour tortilla, tempura prawns, Saigon slaw, mozzarella, peanut butter, passion mango and signature 75/25 sauce. This was probably the best taco I’ve ever had. The tortilla was crispy, the prawns were juicy and the peanut sauce flavour was sweet and delicious. The mint and cilantro in the Saigon slaw complemented the other ingredients really well.

Everyone at our table was equally pleased and we all talked about going back for seconds, although in the end decided not to as we also had two orders of Seoul fries at our table – thin fries seasoned with Nori soy and served with kimchi aioli for dipping (it was similar to chipotle mayo). The Nori got all over everyone’s hands, but the fries were great.

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We agreed this would be our standing lunch date every Tuesday this summer. Next time I’ll definitely order two tacos – they were too good not to have seconds. It’ll be hard to pass up the Backpacker, but I’d like to try the other varieties sometime, the Pho King taco with spiced Alberta sirloin and the Ichi-Bun ramen bun with a pork and prawn patty.

This summer, the Flanns will also be launching a Japanese-style hot dog truck (watch for that on the streets of Canmore), as well as a full service restaurant on Bow Valley Trail.

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