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5/19/2013 6:00:00 AM
Kingman chef has roll model for restaurant
Brown finds an outlet for his skills in a big purple taco truck
Beau Mills, left, and Tyson Brown stand in front of their big purple taco truck. KIM STEELE/Miner
Beau Mills, left, and Tyson Brown stand in front of their big purple taco truck.

Kim Steele
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - When local chef Tyson Brown made and tasted his first fish tacos, he immediately realized people would eat them up if he sold them.

Enter S'Go! Tacos, a large purple kitchen on wheels that Brown and his partner, Beau Mills, purchased, outfitted and are parking at an area business. The truck offers gourmet tacos made of tilapia, pork belly, pulled chicken, shredded pork and vegetables.

"I wanted to give the people of Kingman a different perspective of Latin food," said Brown. "I wanted to show them that the nachos and chimichangas they get at fast food restaurants are not real Mexican food. They would be unrecognizable in Mexico. There is so much diversity to Mexican food and it has its own culture and technique. I love it."

Brown, 27, was formally trained as a French chef at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Scottsdale, and then worked as a chef at Windows on the Green at The Phoenician in Phoenix. But the Kingman native moved back home two years ago and, after a stint working in critical care at Kingman Regional Medical Center, realized that cooking food was still his passion. When he met Mills, 28, they quickly formed an alliance.

"I'm a big foodie," said Mills, who invested $30,000 to start the business and now takes orders while Brown cooks. "Kingman has a couple of food trucks, but nothing like this. I was looking for an investment opportunity, and when Tyson came to me, I thought it was a great idea."

Brown said it was a challenge to comply with health and licensing regulations for new food businesses They had to install a three-compartment sink, have tanks for fresh and waste water, offer a menu and keep their food safe. Brown and Mills began the process in September and in March opened the business, named after a shortened version of "Let's go!" Since then, it has boomed.

Every time the truck goes out, said Brown, he prepares for 200 customers and consistently sells out. In fact, Brown is hiring two new cooks so the business can serve customers at more times and locations. Currently, it is parked at 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays at The Cellar Door, 414 E. Beale St., but Brown is planning to offer lunch daily by the end of May.

He is booked up until August at other local events and venues, and is considering either adding more trucks or building a restaurant. Prices range from $3 each or two for $5 for shredded pork tacos, to $4 each or two for $7 for tilapia or pork belly tacos. The tacos come with a variety of items, including avocado, cabbage salad, smoky chipotle and salsa. Mills said the pork belly taco is their best seller.

"The demand has been so great that we're finding it hard to keep up," said Brown. "There was a need for this in Kingman and people have been very receptive and supportive. We took a risk going in, hoping that the food would speak for itself, and the response has been phenomenal. We just didn't expect the business to explode like it did. I'm so happy with it."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013
Article comment by: Chef Tyson

Thank you to all the new people that came out to see us as a result of this fine article! And even more thanks for your patience! We didn't expect such a tremendous turnout! We love serving this community and we hope you'll all stick around for the ride!

Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Article comment by: Teresa Wegscheid

Woo hoo! I can't wait to try them! We need more good food in Kingman! A restaurant would be great.

Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Article comment by: more trucks

Yea...forget the resturant building. That'll kill the vibe. More trucks.

I had a concession truck in the mid 90's...Fantastic fun job, BUT very hard work.

Seems they have a winner. I say we support them fully.

Posted: Monday, May 20, 2013
Article comment by: You're All WRONG

You're all wrong! The Pescados (fish tacos) are the best! Crispy fish, zingy sauce and slaw, and lime juice.

Keep up the good work, boys... see you Wednesday.

Posted: Monday, May 20, 2013
Article comment by: Mrs Strong

The Pork Belly Tacos are the BEST!

Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2013
Article comment by: Mike MCdonald

As someone who has sampled the menu, I'd say these fellas hit it outta the park. The freshness, quality, and passion for excellence is obvious after the first bite. Give these guys a won't be sorry. Great job, fellas!

Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2013
Article comment by: Lynne Holdsworth

I was so excited when I read this article. I'm going to break my neck to go down there on Wednesday night !

Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2013
Article comment by: Kingman Resident

Beau and Tyson,
A great idea on an old theme. Even since the Mother Road days during the depression (the other one) when folks would cook in their cars and trucks and share with those who had nothing to eat..
Please don't open, yet another, restaurant. Keep the truck! "If it aint broke,don't fix it"

Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2013
Article comment by: Hungry Kingmanite

Look forward to trying it!

Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2013
Article comment by: Sounds Good But !!!!!!!!!!!!!

I wish someone in this town sold decent rolled tacos. The local restaurant owners need to make a trip to MR G"s, chile pepper, or pablos in yuma. A real gold mine.

Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2013
Article comment by: Glenda Erwin

This sounds great! My husband and I spent several winters in Mexico and love authentic Mexican food. We are looking forward to heading to town just to try out your tacos.

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