Chimi Churri Los Primos Food Truck Dishes Out Late-Night Dominican Burgers
The traditional sandwich consists of a sazón-seasoned beef pattie, cabbage instead of lettuce, and tomatoes in toasted French bread. The finishing touch is the pink chimichurri sauce, not to be confused with the green South American sauce of the same name. Each truck serves its own variation of the condiment, usually a mix of ketchup and mayonnaise with soy sauce, orange juice, or Worcestershire sauce.
Here in Miami, you're hard-pressed to find one of the magically delectable sandwiches. So when we hear about Chimi Churri Los Primos Food Truck, an authentic mobile purveyor of chimis, we find ourselves driving to North Miami in the middle of the night like grease fiends.
|Chimis headed to the sandwich press.|
We know we are at the right place when Cruz, leaning back on a dilapidated chair next to the truck, greets us with "Digame, prima!" (Tell me, cousin!) before reciting the entire menu in rapid-fire, Dominican-tinged Spanish. Everyone, it appears, is a cousin to Cruz.
|A prima slices cubes of Dominican frying cheese.|
We think, there's nothing really wrong with this sandwich. And yet, we can't help but feel like something is missing -- an unidentifiable explosion of spices, a kick of flavor -- some invisible magic that comes out of truck kitchens in Santo Domingo and Manhattan but isn't on full display here. Still, that's not to say we don't understand the appeal of the primo's sandwiches -- for someone who has never tasted any other chimi, this probably tastes revolutionary. And even for someone who has, this is the closest you get to the real deal in the 305.
In fact, as we wash down the last bite with the thick, violently sweet yellow juice, we've already accepted that we'll be coming back. That is, until we can bribe one of the Northern trucks to come set up shop down here.