El Camioncito Returns With More Latin Food
El Camioncito, the truck that popped up on the radar this spring when it added tacos and later tamales to it’s otherwise typical food cart menu, has returned to Midtown South. After weeks of disappointing many a taco hunter, the truck is back at its just out of bounds location on 31st Street and 7th Avenue. I stopped by yesterday to take a look at what’s new.
The menu’s Latin section has continued to expand, adding a number of tasty-looking options. See what’s on it and one of the new snacks after the jump.
In addition to the tacos and tamales, El Camioncito now offers rice and beans with grilled steak or chicken, flautas and empanadas. Most interesting to me, if a little odd, were the salchipapas (french fries topped with sausage.) I don’t know if they top that with a mountain of cheese, but if they do I’ll be coming back for more of that as long as my heart will hold out.
So, yeah, there’s plenty I want to try out from the new menu, but I decided to start small and try an empanada. Interestingly, the small wedge of a pocket seemed to be made of potato, not dough. I might be totally wrong, but it seemed very much like a crispy fried knish, hollowed out and stuffed with diced shredded, stewed beef and potatoes in a curry-like spice sauce.
It’s not like any other empanada I’ve had before, but I definitely liked it.
I followed that with an overstuffed chorizo taco with everything on it, including the controversial thin guacamole sauce. I’m pretty pleased to have El Camioncito back in the neighborhood and look forward to exploring more of their new options.
El Camioncito, NE Corner of 31st Street and 7th Ave.