Latin Burger and Taco Truck - Miami, FL

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2010/05/05 09:33:05 (permalink)

Latin Burger and Taco Truck - Miami, FL

While driving down South Dixie Highway in Miami one day, I saw a large pink and black food truck parked in front of a lawyers’ office that had a sign painted on it reading Latin Burger and Taco.  I wondered what it was, but I had no time to investigate and never saw it there again.  Sometime later, I read a glowing review of it in the Miami Herald, which also mentioned that the locations of the truck are posted every day on Facebook and Twitter.  I also found out that recipes originated with Ingrid Hoffman of [link=][/link] on the Food Network.  It is owned and operated by Jim Hein.

After reading the day’s locations for a while, I finally caught up with the truck one day, and had the signature Latin Burger.  It consists of two 3.3 oz. patties of a mix of beef chuck, sirloin and Argentine chorizo, special seasonings, Oaxacan (Mexican) cheese, sautéed onions and jalapenos and a choice of either red-pepper mayonnaise or Ingrid’s special avocadolicious sauce on a sesame-seed bun.  The Johnson and Wales University student who was working the grill that day said the beef was 81/19.

Latin Burger:

By default, they default are cooked to medium-well.  I don’t know whether they will accommodate other requests.  I think it would be hard to cook such a small patty to pink while still getting the crispy edges and brown coloration on the outside.

This was a seriously-good sandwich.  The beef taste mixed with the spicy pork sausage bits was unlike anything I have had before, and they went great with the cheese and sautéed veggies.  There is a lot going on in this sandwich, and it is all good.
The second time I went, I ordered some fries.  They were mildly disappointing.
Fries with Adobo Seasoning:

I figured out what happened.  They went right out of the fryer into the little cardboard basket while still steaming hot, and were immediately wrapped in foil.  They rapidly steamed into softness.
On a subsequent visit, I asked them not to wrap the fries.  The results were much better.  A bit of crispiness and lots of flavor from the latin adobo seasoning.  I may even ask for extra-crispy next time.

I also tried the hot dog.  It is a small kosher-style dog (I don’t know what brand), cooked on the flat-top grill, and with the same sautéed onions and jalapenos used for the burgers, and sprinkled with some shredded cheese which I believe to be cheddar. 

Cheddar-Onion Hot Dog:

The hot dog was good, but I think would be better if they could melt the cheese.  They also offer a couple of custom condiments which I plan to try.
On another visit I got a chance to talk to the fellow working at the grill, and he put together a hot dog topped with caramelized onions, jalapenos, Oaxaca cheese, and “guachup”.  The guachup is a sweet and savory sauce based on guavas.  I had some before for dipping French-fries in, but thought it a trifle too sweet for that.  It worked great on the hot dog, complementing the jalapenos and cheese.  Also, they grilled the roll this time!  Another thumbs up.

Oaxaca Cheese, Onions and Jalapenos with Guachup Hot Dog:

Next we get to the Tacos part of the food truck name.  There are three types:
1.       Pulled Pork - Pulled pork with chopped avocados, onions and cilantro
2.       Chicken Tomatillo – Shredded chicken cooked in tomatillo salsa topped with avocado, scallions and cilantro
3.       Chicken Mole – A house favorite topped with chopped peanuts with onions and avocado
The Three Amigos special offered a discount for all three, so naturally I got that!
These are made with soft, large tortillas.  They are rolled-up and wrapped in foil, so the end effect is a lot like a burrito.  I unrolled them for photographic purposes.

Pulled Pork Taco

Chicken Tomatillo Taco

Chicken Mole Taco

These were very,very good.  Due to a miscommunication with my wife, she ate about 2/3 of each one before I got to taste them.  I need to buy more next time!  The big surprise for me was how good the chicken mole tasted.  I have heard about mole sauce for years, and I thought it was cocoa-based.  I also have tended to think of chicken tacos as some sort of dietary substitute for pork or beef.  Not so here!  I have since read that there are many “mole” sauces, some quite dissimilar.  I don’t know which kind Latin Burger and Taco uses, but the chicken was very rich and savory.

There is also a pulled pork sandwich, ”with all the fixin’s”.

Pulled Pork Sandwich

This is not a southern-style, BBQ pulled pork.  It has a rich garlicky flavor, and is topped with the Oaxaca cheese used on the burger.  Another thumbs up!
Also on the menu is a version of the burger with some of the pulled pork piled on.  It is named after the Miami food blogger, Burger Beast. 

Here is what is on the current menu:

Latin Burger and Tacos Food Truck
(Various Locations)
post edited by MiamiDon - 2010/05/05 09:37:09

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