Our weekly bite explores the city's food trucks, one at a time, highlighting our favorite mobile dishes and snacks.
The Truck: El Sur
The Cuisine: Peruvian and Argentine style empanadas
Specialty Items: Traditional and seasonally inspired empanadas
Worth the Wait in Line? At peak lunch time, a total 5 minutes from the end of the line to food in hand.
The empanada is the perfect street food: small enough that you can eat one as a snack or two to forge a meal, shaped in a way to comfortably hold with one hand while you nosh, and with enough filling variations to keep things interesting. Add to that regional styles, from Spain and Portugal, to Argentina, Chile, and even Brazil, and you have an endless number of choices.
At the adorable El Sur Truck (a 1970 Citroen H-Van purchased in France that was retrofitted with a kitchen), Marianne Despres bakes up a unique blend of Argentine and Peruvian family influences wrapped up in French technique.