Ghost kitchens have a way of drumming up business thanks to the hush-hush exclusivity of the restaurant. It is one of those locations you have to be in-the-know to discover. Of course, it’s also a solid way for an individual to test out their restaurant chops without fully investing in an actual brick and mortar building. Ghost kitchens sprouted in greater numbers during COVID, but the trend continues. And now, one of the most talked about ghost kitchens in metro Phoenix will be taking over a local restaurant and fully serving the general public for the next month.
A ghost kitchen, in case you’re wondering, is a business that works out of an existing kitchen. This allows the secondary “ghost” restaurant to pay a fee to the established restaurant and rent out some of the space. Typically there are no listed menus inside the building, and many patrons won’t even realize the ghost restaurant exists in the back. Instead, individuals order through a website or app and a delivery driver will transport the food. It minimizes the investment necessary for the ghost restaurant while putting money into the pocket of the established one.
Starting in October, Ghost Street Tacos, which also goes by the name of Ghost Street Asian Taqueria, will step out of the shadows and take over Ling & Louie’s for the entirety of the month. Essentially, this is an experiment to see if there is enough interest in the restaurant for it to become a full, traditional, restaurant.
Ghost Street Tacos has been turning heads around greater Phoenix, with it developing an almost cult-like following, especially for those individuals who order most of their takeout via Uber Eats or other mobile delivery apps. The restaurant is an Asian-Mexican fusion, allowing customers to order tacos with some Asian flair (such as the mu shu chicken tacos). Additionally the menu includes the Ghost STreet Tower (a sample of wok-charred street corn, taquito dumplings, and Asian guacamole), and the variety of street tacos, such as the char siu al pastor tacos (sambal, avocado, thai chili-tomatillo salsa, and pineapple salsa), wokin’ hot carne asada (cabbage, guacamole, thai chili-tomatillo salsa, and cotija), blackened ahi tacos, and Korean steak tacos.
If you are interested in sampling the fair from Ghost Street Tacos to discover what all the fuss has been over, stop by Ling & Louie’s beginning October 1. This is at the Phoenix location of 5040 Wild Horse Pass Boulevard. It is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 AM until 10 PM, and friday and Saturday from 11 AM until 11 PM.