Puerto Rico: Home of the Food Truck Phenomenon?
|El Rincon del Mar: Food Truck in Hatillo, PR.|
El Churry, in the city of Rio Piedra, is one of the most popular food trucks in Puerto Rico. It stations itself in the evenings on a grimy city street by the metro campus of the Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico and stays open until 3 or 4 a.m. with lines that stretch almost a full city block.
Although El Churry serves burgers and chicken sandwiches, it's most popular item is the Tripleta. A tripleta is a Puerto Rican sandwich, comparable in fame and popularity to a Media Noche or a Reuben. Unlike those two sandwiches though, there are dozens of variations depending on what part of the island you're on. The sandwich's name just refers to the fact that it contains three kinds of meat.
|El Churry's line sometimes stretches for longer than a city block.|
|Tripleta sandwich from El Churry: A triple threat of steak, pork, and chicken breast.|
Of course, I had to stop. El Rincon del Mar (The Corner of the Sea) was a more advanced food truck than El Churry. El Rincon had churrasco, mofongo, seafood stew, and a dozen or so other full-on dinner entrées. The truck was to the side of the road and it had its own little tented seating area with plastic tables and chairs. From the looks of things, you would have thought that El Rincon created dishes to die for - there were no seats available and at least six people standing around waiting for take-out orders, plus people kept coming and going.
|Shrimp "salad" in Hatillo, PR.|
"But, it's just iceberg and lime," I whined. "Yes," she said, knowing full well that she was about to deliver a shattering blow. "And that is a salad in Puerto Rico."
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