FUUD: Shogunai Tacos


Matt Duffy waited a little too long.

He had been working on a unique taco truck — loosely based on the Korean taco trucks popular in L.A. and something Hawaii hadn’t seen — but within a year, several new ones opened up, stealing a bit of his thunder.

Not that he doesn’t have something to set him apart from the rest.

For starters, Shogunai Tacos, which opened earlier this month and sets up shop around downtown and at late-night venues, offers an international assortment of tacos, from Greek to Moroccan to Thai. Duffy has about 17 to 20 different tacos, which he rotates daily to keep the menu fresh.

Then there’s the truck itself.

Custom-made by a company in New Jersey, this food truck is as interesting (visually) as the menu.

It’s stylish and hip, with tattoo-style artwork all over it, strung together by an interpretation of Hokusai’s famous woodblock print, “The Great Wave at Kanagawa.”

Fitting for Duffy, since he spent about four years in Osaka, Japan, where he gets some of his culinary inspiration.

“I wanted to do something international,” said Duffy, 35, who’s actually a trained mortician and deejay. (Long story.) “Not just the normal tacos.”

And so far, he’s succeeded.

Here’s what our recent visit looked like:

Shogunai Tacos

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Don’t let the name fool you. (“Shoganai” means “can’t be helped.” “Shogunai” is a play on that word.) This newest food truck isn’t shrugging its shoulders. The owners know exactly what they’re doing.

Shogunai Tacos,, Usually Punchbowl and Queen streets in downtown. Hours: Around 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday, various other venues. Follow @Shogunai_Tacos on Twitter to get updated times and locations. Phone: 808-256-4020.




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