Steve H wrote:Gabe,
I honestly don't understand the negative comments about your Kickstarter endeavor. It's not like folks are being forced to contribute. I'm hoping that you succeed in building the community connection that you seek!
But for the sake of your blood pressure, please give up the worry about disagreeable folks on the Internet. It's impossible to eliminate the negative, so accentuate the positive!
Additionally, I did not take some of the comments from other members as particularly venomous. Slightly harsh...yes, but not totally unfounded. However, I understand that TP is your baby, and like any good parent, a slight towards your "child" is not looked upon lightly or favorably. Gabe, I would advise that these types of responses (along with Shane's and others positive ones) come with the territory. It is simply a byproduct you opened yourself (and your business) up to upon initiating the KS campaign. With that said, I would hope that the additional info that you provided in your post will at the very least blunt some of the more pointed commentaries.
With that said, now onto the good stuff...My wife and I decided to try and help the old-fashinoned way by dining @ Taco Punk on Saturday for lunch. We had tried your product previously, but usually from stands / food-trucks set up at festivals. Let me say that we left thoroughly impressed.
The service from the guy taking our orders was perfect. He was patient, as we took awhile to decide what we wanted, and provided suggestions as to what was good and what went best with / on what we ordered.
We each had a punk platter (2 tacos, chips, and a side) along with a fish taco that we rec'd free of charge b/c we participated in a promotional text messaging thing. I had the Barbeercoa tacos and she the pineapple pork tacos. These were some of the tastiest tacos I've had, and I love me some el mariachi / los gordiats. The barbeercoa was succulent and moist. The peepers and onioons that were in the braised beef seemed to melt into it, adding a very nice flavor. The pork was tasty too...not sure if it was smoked, but it tasted that way. Each platter had more than ample amount of chips and the side of sofrito beans was huge. Guacamole was a bit smaller, but had a nice flavor, and a sweetness to it that I've rarely had in guac. Toppings of cilantro, cabbage, pickled onions and jalapenos were fresh and complimented the tacos well. The salsa bar included 4 offerings of mild rojo, hot rojo, verde and pineapple habenero. I mixed some rojo with the pinepple habenero for an awesome addition to my tri-colored chips. The beer selection was more than adequate...TP had a variety of styles from Mexican brews, "corporate swill"
and some craft brews like sierra nevad a etc. We opted for a BBC APA and West 6th IPA in a can. Total damage was about $30, sure it was pricey for a few tacos and a beer, but the quality of the product and the ethos of local, sustainable and recyclable / compostable more than made up for the cost.
Best of luck Gabe...I will certainly return to Taco Punk, and will probably suppoirt the KS campaign. BTW, I love the TP logo, with its colorful mexican skull...do you guys have / sell T-shirts???