GOODS: Street Food Vendor “Cartel Taco” Has Joined The Growing Scout Community

We’ve invited one of the first of Vancouver’s new street food vendors, Cartel Taco, to join our GOODS section as a recommended company. They are now proud members of Scout, and as such we will be publishing their news on our front page and hosting a page for them on our list of local and independent goodness. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for their support of our little website, and for their awesome tacos!

Psst! If you think your business would be a good fit for Scout, we want to know.

Cartel Taco





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The People That Make It Happen

James Iranzad – Partner (center)
Joel Watanabe – Chef/Partner (right)
Jesse Grasso – Chef/Partner (left)

About Cartel Taco

Cartel Taco is the first project by the Cartel Street Food Company, the rolling obsession of its three founders and their collective forty years of restaurant life. Cartel Taco specializes in hand-making Mexican fusion tacos, using quality meats prepared in the traditional Korean style of Bulgogi. Using grass-fed, free range beef ribeye from Pemberton Meadows Farm and free range pork from Fraser Valley Farms, our meat is marinated and braised before being barbecued and served quickly to order on freshly baked corn tortillas with finely chopped onion, cilantro & kimchi accompaniment. All Cartel ingredients are made or sourced locally, including our kimchi and hand-made tortillas (safe for gluten-free diets), and our amazing salsas are prepared from scratch daily in the Cartel kitchen. For the summer season we’ll also have an excellent fresh papaya salad with kimchi vinaigrette & toasted pumpkin seeds.



“…these are solid fusion tacos that are priced right…” – Alexandra Gill

“With Cartel Taco, it’s like Korea and Mexico had gone and eloped and found happiness.” – Mia Stainsby

“I was thrilled by the unique flavours and aromas. Almost as good are the prices” – Andrew Morrison