Our weekly bite explores the city's food trucks, one at a time, highlighting our favorite mobile dishes and snacks.
The Truck: Cholita Linda
The Cuisine: Mexican mixed with Peruvian with a dash of Cuban
Specialty Items: Tacos and aguas frescas
Worth the Wait in Line? At peak time, a total 20 minutes from the end of the line to food in hand.
A long line at a mobile food vendor, as dreaded as it may be, has an irresistible appeal. There is a sense (sometimes misguided) that the lengthy line is an endorsement for the deliciousness of food being served, a populist seal of approval. I often make a concerted and contrarian effort to hit the shortest line, but sometimes curiosity gets the better of me and I file in like a baby duckling.
While things don't always work out–I often kill more time than hunger–sometimes the crowds know what they're there for. On a recent sunny day, the snaking line at Cholita Linda and the large number of taco plates leaving the pick-up window proved too much to resist.