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Sep 4, 2014 09:37 AM

El Diez Food Truck

Has anyone been? The sandwiches and empanadas look pretty amazing. They had popped up a few times on the food truck schedule for Liberty Square, but were a "no show" both times (I saw on Facebook they were having trouble with their truck).

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  1. I did the same as you, and agree a sandwich and an empanada sounds like a fantastic lunch...I hope they get out there before the food truck season ends

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    1. re: devilham

      According to their Facebook page, they're at Pearl and Franklin tomorrow. I think I'm going to give it yet another try.

    2. So I went, and it was very good, though the sandwich was small. I wasn't sure what cut of beef they used, but I assumed from the pictures that it would be like a leathery cube steak (which I actually don't mind, if slathered with enough delicious sauce). It was a thin rectangle, but was pink in the middle, and actually quite tender. It came with mayo, chimichurri and criolla sauces, plus some lettuce.

      I also got a ham and cheese empanada, which was very nicely fried, and seemed like it came right out of the oil. The interior was little chunks of ham in a rather large wad of melted cheese (not sure what kind, but had some decent flavor). They were out of corn and cheese ones, which was kind of a bummer. All in all, worth eating. Next I'm going to try the chorizo sandwich.

      1. Empanadas are seriously awesome.

        1. the empanadas are better than the sandwiches

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          1. re: galangatron

            Yes, they were too good, which is a problem for me. I'll probably go back for the corn one.

            1. re: nsenada

              I'm hoping someone will post a photo of an empanada and describe the beef filling (if they do one)! thx.

              1. re: opinionatedchef

                Pictures are on their website: (click on "Starters"


                Although the beef filling that I got looked a little different -- it was looser, with visible pieces of red (chile?) pepper.

                Both the chicken and beef empanadas had small pieces of onion and pepper mixed into the filling. I think the beef empanada has small pieces of hard-boiled egg too (or at least something resembling hard-cooked egg white). The chicken empanada has lots of whole (pitted) green olives. Both were juicier than the ones I make at home, which makes them a little messy to eat.

                Both empanadas were great. My only complaint was the wait -- I arrived after 1 and it took a full half-hour from getting on line (5 people ahead of me) to getting my food. Maybe the baked empanadas would be faster? By default they give you the fried ones, and they hand them to you right out of the fryer.

                1. re: Pia

                  You must have been there when I was there - my wait was exactly the same (godawful). I do think they make a point of freshly frying those empanadas - they are molten hot on the inside. The corn and cheese was really good.

                  1. re: nsenada

                    There used to be a pizza joint in JP, next door to The Jeanie Johnston pub that made empanadas to order from was a game of will to keep from tearing into the amazing little pies too soon, and risk a vicious beef fat burn on your lips and chin....a game I lost more often than I won ;)

                    1. re: devilham

                      A nice piece of writing, Devilham. Your words made me want those empanadas, and I never tasted them. But, we've all fought and lost that battle with some food from time to time and know that even when you lose, you win.


                      1. re: BostonZest

                        There is a bodega next to Mr. Vs auto in Hyde Square section of JP that sells tasty empanadas, but they are Dominican style, not Argentine.

                        1. re: hoolese

                          I'm not familiar w/ this spot or Dominican empanadas; would you plse decribe them? thx much.