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Vermont Gets Its First Mexicatessen

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In the market for Mexican mayonesa, dried mini-shrimp or chile-and-lime-flavored pork rinds? Until last weekend, those purchases would have entailed a trip to a major city (or a delivery). Now, with the arrival of Bristol Mexican Market, your food miles won’t be quite as steep.

The people to thank are Charlotte and Adam “Wing Nut” Hineman, who run a fleet of three mobile eateries known collectively as Taco Truck All Stars. Wing Nut has cooked for 12 years in Vermont kitchens ranging from ultra-plush Twin Farms in Barnard to Burlington stoner landmark Kountry Kart Deli. But the California native missed great tacos. He began Taco Truck All Stars in the summer of 2012, and the fleet has since gained a stellar reputation for its all-gluten-free tacos, enchiladas and tostadas, filled with meats such as housemade chorizo.

The Bristol market will allow Wing Nut to serve Mexican fare year-round, though the kitchen isn’t yet complete. For now, the store is open Fridays and Saturdays for lunch and dinner, with food cooked out back in one of the trucks.

The business might seem like a better fit for a bigger city, perhaps Burlington, but Wing Nut chose Bristol because, he says, “We live here. This is our community.”

And that community has shown its support. At the market’s opening Dia de los Muertos party on November 1, the taco truck sold all its food in an hour, and the Addison County crowd snapped up luchador masks and piñatas to the sounds of a live DJ. The fiesta at 26 Main Street is only getting started.

The original print version of this article was headlined "Spicing Up Bristol"

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