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Apr 14, 2014 03:02 PM

Benny's Mexican and Honduran

I see this truck at a construction site around the corner from my house on Burnet Rd (5400 block). Anybody know anything about it? Interested in the Honduran food. It;s only there for a moment.

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  1. well, looks like you'll have to take this one for the team Rudeboy. Let us know...

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    1. re: slowcoooked

      Good point, slowcooked. I will do that!

    2. Is it by the apartments where the Courtyard Shops used to be?

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      1. re: brattpowered

        Yes! You must be in the hood if you know that.......

      2. EDITED: OK, I took one for the team and it was a great experience. There are only a few true Honduran things on the menu. I had something called a Baleada. Homemade flour tortilla filled with seasoned pork, cheese (couldn't tell what type, but it had a nutty flavor similar to Oaxacan), avocado, green salsa, and what looks like spiced cojita). Beans were slathered onto the tortilla prior to the toppings.

        Anyhow, it was damn good. The tortilla really made it. As you can see from the pic (I ate half walking back, so you can see my bite marks), it is perfectly browned. They are on Clay near Burnet early before they head to some other construction site on 2244 between Mopac and 360.

        From Wiki
        Baleadas (Spanish pronunciation: [baˈljaðas]) are one of Honduras's most original and popular foods. A baleada is a wheat flour tortilla, often quite thick, folded in half and filled with mashed fried beans. They originate in La Ceiba.[1]

        People may also add other ingredients. The most common types of baleadas are the baleadas sencillas (simple baleada) which has crumbled cheese and crema. The other baleada is the baleada mixta (mixed baleada) which has the same as the baleada simple but with an addition of scrambled eggs. Many other people add sausage, plantain, hot sauce, avocado, chicken, pork and chismol which is diced tomato, onion and bell pepper. The big Honduran towns often have more than one restaurant that sells baleadas.

        Types of baleada[edit]
        There are different kinds of baleada according to the ingredients chosen by the customer or the region of Honduras.

        Simple baleada (refried red beans, cream/crema, cheese)
        Special baleadas (refried red beans, cream/crema, cheese, scrambled eggs)
        Super special baleadas (refried red beans, cream/crema, cheese, scrambled eggs, chicken, ground meat or sausage)
        In the region of Olancho and Ocotepeque the special baleada is served with all of the above and carne asada (grilled meat).

        There is some speculation about that "Gringas" (a flour tortilla with melted cheese) originated from baleadas.

        The Bay Island of Utila, off the coast of La Ceiba, adds pickled onions and creole (criollo) cheese to the beans.

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        1. re: rudeboy

          Yum, that tortilla looks good. What does early mean? Are they still at the Clay/Burnet site at lunchtime?

          1. re: kosheri

            Yes, that's the spot. I went around 10:30 AM because I saw it pass by my house as it was arriving. They blow a horn. Imagine that they pack up and leave at 11:45 or so to get to the other site, but I did not look to see. I live on Clay.

            If you go down Clay, my house is the one that has a fallen tree on the roof. Working with insurance now - just found out that I have a $1900 deductible! Maybe I'll be eating at food trucks more often.

            Oh, forgot to mention in case the pic is confusing. The thing is folded over when you get it. I munched on half, and then unfolded the rest to take the pic of the ingredients. The top (in the pic) was then folded down and eaten like a huge taco.

            1. re: rudeboy

              Thanks! That's a little early, but I'll try to remember to swing by on Friday.

              Re. the tree: hackberry? I had one in my yard fall over into my neighbor's yard, thankfully just missing their house.

              Oh, the picture was clear, btw.

              1. re: kosheri

                Good that the pic came thru. I'm not a great shutterbug. It was a "black walnut" according to the guy. I never saw fruit from it, unfortunately.

                1. re: rudeboy

                  I have a black walnut too, and the squirrels eat the nuts while still on the tree. The stinkers.

          2. re: rudeboy

            great report, that has to be on my weekend's itinerary! thanks RB.

            1. re: slowcoooked

              Let me know if you are going and I will meet you. We can take it to the Monkey Nest and eat on the patio, then follow up with a two-fer pot of tea. I thing that they are not working on Sunday, as you might know

              1. re: rudeboy

                cool - I'm going to go Saturday for lunch if we don't go out of town for MD weekend. You are certainly fortunate to live near all that ! I'm not far but up and across 183 in the quail creek hood.

                1. re: slowcoooked

                  Let's reconnoiter on Friday once you set your MD plans.

                  YUPDATE: just went down there. They will not be there saturday, slowcooked. But if you are in the hood, we could meet for a beer at Amy's and some fries, or go to Sap's and share, or have a dog.

                    1. re: rudeboy

                      Looks like I am heading south for the weekend to the coast so a raincheck's in order. FYI, I eat out gladly most any day for lunch. Very flexible typically.

                      1. re: slowcoooked

                        Mee too. I work from home, so I'm flexible. I am jealous of the trip to the coast!

            2. Benny's is a mobile catering business. They have a handful of trucks that stop at different construction zones. They are a hard to find moving target, but deliver great no-frills breakfast and lunch.