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Street food seems to be having something of a moment right now and I’m all for it. So after seeing my colleague munch his way through a hearty portion of The Woolly Cactus‘ breakfast tacos on two separate occasions, I decided it was time to get down there and see what all the fuss was about.
The Woolly Cactus is currently living on Victoria Street, just past Bristol Bridge, and is a dinky little food van which serves a simple array of Tex-Mex inspired grub. It’s clear to see where the inspiration for the name came from, as the van itself is yarn bombed up to the eyeballs, even down to the ‘plant pots’ adorning the front of the van.
The menu is simple, and includes favourites such as quesadilas, tacos and chips and dips, all for under fiver. Service runs between 8am and 3pmish, but they’re being endearingly honest about the fact that they’re still trying to figure out exactly when they should be serving, so opening hours are likely to change slightly over the next few weeks.
We popped down on a Friday lunch time, and in addition to the standard menu, the daily special was burritos. I bloody love a burrito, and was keen to see how they compared with current reigning Bristol burrito champions (in my book, anyway) My Burrito. Filling options included chicken, beef or black beans – I went with chicken. This was topped off with spicy rice, black beans, sour cream, salsa and plenty of cheese.
The couple serving were an absolute delight, and although it took a little longer than expected for our burritos to be made up, it didn’t feel like it as they kept us entertained with their stories about avocados (it’s tough to get goodun’s round these parts at this time of year!) and what they should call themselves, as professional burrito makers (Burrito-istas?!)
Thankfully the food was just as good as the conversation. My burrito was expertly wrapped (meaning I had no problem eating it whilst enjoying a pint of cider in The Mother’s Ruin) and everything in it was super tasty and really well cooked. My only criticism, and it’s only a small one, is that I’d have liked the option to add some jalepenos or hot sauce – as a chilli fiend it was a tiny bit mild.
Other than that, I’ll definitely be visiting The Woolly Cactus again!