Oso Loco opens in Old Girdwood
By Marc Donadieu
Glacier City Gazette
The food truck Oso Loco has changed hands and reopened behind the Tesoro Mall in early June. Business partners Tyler Schmitt and Shawn Revels recently began selling Mexican food from their Gold Street location. They decided to focus on a Mexican menu because it is something that was not available in Girdwood.
The new venture sells affordable, flavorful food that has solid portions. Everything is prepared to order. So far, the local response has been good, and tourist business is starting to pick up.
Both owners still have part-time jobs, but they are looking to get their business established before expanding and switching locations. Schmitt and Revels both cited seeing Girdwood residents and interacting with them every day was a highlight. They like the idea of working for themselves and the pride of owning a business, especially when they see returning customers.
The menu has house tacos consisting of either carne asada, chicken, pork, or shrimp, which are cooked on a griddle and served with a grilled corn or flour tortilla or a crunchy one. Tacos are topped with lettuce, tomatoes, onion and a lime wedge. A variety of hot sauces reside by the serving window to flavor the taco to your degree of spiciness.
The house burrito is the most expensive item on the menu at $8, and it has some weight behind it. A grilled flour tortilla is stuffed with seared beef strips, chicken or pork with rice, beans, cheese, salsa and sour cream. It’s the right choice if you are really hungry.
If you don’t want to eat much, here are also smaller items available for $2 – the quesadilla and the bean and cheese burrito. If you’re feeling really hungry, there is the Crow Creek 10-pack tacos, which was requested by residents living up that road who want to eat right away and save some for later.
Oso Loco will be parked at The Mercantile during Forest Fair.
Oso Loco’s hours are:
Thurs. – 12 p.m.-10 p.m.
Fri.-Sat. – 12 p.m.-12 a.m.
Sun.-Mon. 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
Phone in orders 10 minutes ahead at (907) 382-0209.
At the end of Gold Street behind Tesoro Mall