Four SF Food Trucks That Are Worth The Detour »Albuquerque Journal
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From the phone conversation I overheard, the tow truck drivers having lunch at the picnic table next to me were supposed to be on their way to Camel Rock. A stranded woman and her car were waiting for them at the Valero gas station. But for now, we were all the way down on Cerrillos Road in Tacos y Burritos La Fe, where the two men were clearly focused on the first things first: devouring the giant, aromatic burritos in front of them.
Santa Fe’s food trucks are becoming more and more irresistible these days, as an influx of COVID-era startups and old-fashioned oldies seem to be doing steady business in every corner of the city. Meals inside may be open again, but most of us are still just as ready to roll over and have a quick meal on wheels – plus the menu choices only get more interesting. .
Last week I checked out a mix of newbies and old favorites. Here are some stars.
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Tacos y Burritos La Fe (also known as Lonchera La Fe): It has been said that Sergio Donis, a veteran of institutions such as The Pink Adobe and Plaza Café Southside, must put crack in the delicious dishes that he prepares in his family kitchen. a truck. For three years, this unsung culinary hero has been tucked away in the back of Sierra’s Plaza, where La Fe’s large menu of Mexican and New Mexican classics draws a constant and fiercely loyal crowd.
Last week I picked up a tender spicy tilapia fillet ($ 10) topped with perfectly steamed broccoli, asparagus, carrots, tomatoes and onions. It was served with veggie rice, Donis’ burnt orange salsa, and a stack of hot truck-made corn tortillas, and I couldn’t think of a better deal in town.
For the tacos, La Fe’s Barbacoa Tacos ($ 8, with beans and rice) consist of incredibly tender, slow-cooked grated beef, reminiscent of chillies and cloves, served with lime wedges, veloutés, cheese refritos and vegetable rice. La Fe’s menu has a lot of highlights, but the garnachas ($ 8) got me hooked. It’s the only item on Donis’ native Guatemala menu, consisting of five large, crispy sope-like masa discs topped with tangy and sweet stewed beef, diced lettuce, fresh pico de gallo and a sprinkle with white queso oaxaqueño.
As they were leaving last week one of the tow guy guys told me not to sleep on the green chili cheeseburger so I guess I’ll be back in La Fe ASAP.
Good As Feast: In early 2020, brothers Zac and Mateo Perez quietly opened up their portable concept of ‘tribal-inspired native cuisine’ in the Meow Wolf parking lot – then COVID hit. These days they’re just as strong as ever, taking inspiration from recipes they learned growing up in Picuris Pueblo and spending time in Santa Fe restaurants to compose a menu of comfort food that everyone will love. (“Good As Feast” is a play on “good AF” that also references the annual pueblo feast, when the public is invited to share the culinary expertise that the Picuris have to offer.)
The menu is a mix of standards (burgers, fries, sandwiches), a few wilds (a plate of hummus with vegetables and pita, a BBQ chicken sammy topped with grilled pineapple) and rotating daily specials depending on what is cool. Santa Fe is fortunate to have a fair newcomer to the ongoing Green Chili Cheeseburger Wars: Good As Feast’s Big Badass Bison Burger ($ 15). It’s a juggernaut of a juicy, well-seasoned patty that is perfectly balanced on a large brioche bun with a layer of hot green chili, lettuce, tomato and onion. Served with crispy golden fries, it’s way better than some of those other burgers you hear people rave about. We also dug out the Frito Femous ($ 7), a platted Frito pie topped with family-recipe chili red beans, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and onion.
This summer, be sure to show up for the daily specials: Zac says he can’t wait to pull out a signature beet salad with grapefruit and avocado.
Il Encanto Pasta & Grill: You can get a lot in a food truck, but the Alfredo Green Chili Chicken Fettuccine has to be a first for Santa Fe. It’s one of the many specialties at Il Encanto Pasta & Grill, the park’s brand new food truck across from Kaune Neighborhood Market on the Old Santa Fe Trail.
Owner-operators Juan Alvarez, Hilario Gomez and Anna Marysol hail from two stars of the fast-casual Italian scene: Il Vicino Wood Oven Pizza and the soon to be reopened Pranzo Italian Grill. You can taste this line in Il Encanto’s range of eight pastas ranging from tagliatelle with pesto ($ 14.25) to linguini alla Bolognese), three panini ($ 12.50 each) and three salads ($ 6.50 – $ 10.50). There’s also a make-it-yourself pasta option ($ 10.99 and up) with a dizzying array of ingredient combinations.
In addition to the Alfredo, we loved the Al Funghi ($ 12.50) on a sweet and fine focaccia with portabellas and roasted red peppers, spinach, caramelized onions, goat cheese, mozzarella. fondant and a hint of balsamic vinegar.
Pupuseria y Lonchera La Providencia: “El Pulgarcito” is a loving term for El Salvador, meaning “little thumb” to signify its status as the smallest country in Central America. There is a mural honoring El Pulgarcito in front of Pupuseria y Lonchera La Providencia, a royal blue bastion of pupusas and other Salvadoran delicacies that has been parked on Rodeo Road for the past five years.
La Providencia has a few shaded picnic tables with great mountain views to pass the time while you wait around 10 minutes for your freshly made order. I can never get away without ordering the Fried Plantains ($ 6.75), which are served half covered in heavy cream with a slice of Oaxacan cheese and served with rich black refritos. The sweet, creamy and salty combo is textured and transporting. Aside from the pastelitos de pollo (chicken covered in crispy batter), the fried yucca topped with cabbage, sausage, and salsa, and the tacos al pastor, the pupusas ($ 2.50 each) are the main event here.
Last week I opted for a vegetarian combo of refried beans and cheese, spinach and cheese, and zucchini and cheese, topping each toasted masa disc with a bunch of curtido (pickled coleslaw). ) and watery red salsa served in Ziploc bags. Chef-owner Maria Castillo gives as much love to her excellent pupusas as to her flock of customers, greeting each one enthusiastically before sending them home with wishes and a bundle of homemade Styrofoam goodness. You really wouldn’t get that kind of personal touch from just any brick and mortar place.