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Review: Xoco creates some of Eugene’s most authentic and worthwhile Mexican food

Xoco is a food cart you can’t miss. The cart is bright orange with blue, yellow and green accents. With Uly’s only open late at night on the weekends, Xoco is a great fix for when you’re craving Mexican food when the sun’s out.

The prices are reasonable and the food is delicious. The staff is friendly and they greet patrons with smiles and positive attitudes.

The food truck specializes in tortas and homemade horchata, which is what I decided to get. To put it simply, the torta was amazing. The bread was fluffy with the right amount of crisp. It was filled with flavorful carne asada, bacon, tomatoes, lettuce and sour cream. For the unexperienced, a torta is comparable to a BLT with a twist. The produce was fresh and bacon perfectly cooked. It’s definitely a meat lover’s dish— be prepared to be wowed. The service is quick. The workers were timely, but also efficient and clearly take pride in serving their food.

Horchata, a beverage typically made from rice, milk, sugar and cinnamon, is one of my favorite drinks. The difference between homemade and store-bought horchata is very noticeable to those who drink it avidly, like myself. Xoco’s horchata passed the taste test with flying colors, and was noticeably homemade. It was ice-cold and just as rich, creamy and delicious as could be. Horchata is infused with cinnamon and vanilla and is surprisingly refreshing. What ever you get at Xoco be sure to add horchata to your order, it pairs perfectly with a torta, and is addictive.

Xoco is now one of my favorite food stops close to campus, it is the most authentic Mexican food I’ve had since being in Eugene. Not much can compare to it. Try it for yourself, and you won’t regret it. The fact that it’s a food cart is super accessible and convenient for students

My only critique is the time that Xoco is open. As it’s not open on the weekends, this limits the customers that it would receive. As many students parade around 13th Ave. on the weekends, an expansion of hours would have the potential to become a fan favorite among the Ducks. I know I will be frequenting Xoco, no matter the hours, and enjoying every bite of it.

Xoco Mexican Street Food is located at 446 E 13th Ave. It is open Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and close enough to campus to make a quick stop in between classes – from my experience, it’s more than worth it.

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Katie Wideman

Katie Wideman