The East Bay Bike Path spans roughly 15 miles from Providence to Newport. The trek is serene. The scenery is beautiful and varied. Along the way, multiple businesses and landmarks populate the path; India Point Park in Providence, Borealis Coffee Company in East Providence, multiple appearances from Del’s lemonade, and now, Taco Box.
Located at 75 Child Street, Taco Box offers a welcome surplus of vintage vibes, featuring a giant 1970s Coca-Cola cooler sitting in front of a humongous lime-green retro trailer. Surrounding the trailer are wooden tables and a plethora of plant life, completing an aesthetic so pleasing that even the most dedicated runner on the Bike Path couldn’t resist stopping for a quick bite.
Owner Matthew King has much to say about his humble taco bar. When asked about his relationship to Warren, Matthew quickly responds, “I am a resident, property owner and cheerleader. I moved here three years ago after visiting for a decade, and have always loved the vibe. I decided to explore whether or not I could [open a food truck] on my property. It was great! The town of Warren was very supportive and friendly, the happy accident of Hope & Main was the pico on top of the taco.”
Residents have noted the Taco Box’s alternative and almost pizza-like approach to tacos. Matthew explains, “Our dough is a combination of wheat and corn flour hand pressed to order with adobo sauce and cheese, finished in our wood fired oven...I was drawn to pizza, my girlfriend was drawn to tacos and that’s how you end up with the Taco Box.”
“We’ve been told there is a casual funky vibe, there are picnic tables, flea market chairs and an eclectic garden. We strive to be as sustainable as possible, we have paper straws, bamboo utensils, wild caught shrimp and minimize the amount of plastic we use. Oh yeah, and the tacos are as big as your head!”