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Pepe Food Truck [José Andrés]
Launched less than a year ago, Pepe Food Truck might still be the best example on the planet of how far food trucks have come. It’s chef José Andrés for crying out loud. This is the kind of move toward food trucks by a major chef that starts to build up in you that bravado to ask, "Hey, Thomas Keller, that’s right, you bum, Grant Achatz, where’s your food truck! Are you just being lazy?" There have been about eight sandwiches available on the menu at Andrés’ D.C. sandwich truck since it hit the scene in March. Most recently, the menu featured a Spanish pork burger, fried chicken sandwich, roasted eggplant with red peppers and mojo rojo, a Spanish grilled cheese, a ham and cheese, and a seared beef tenderloin with caramelized onion, piquillo pepper confit, and blue cheese. There’s also a sandwich that’s not likely to make the chef any fans in Madrid, "Fútbol Club Barcelona," thinly sliced chicken with bacon, lettuce, tomato, and shallot mayo. How anyone who has had Ibérico pork would be able to turn down the "Pepito de Ibérico" featuring it with Serrano ham, green peppers, caramelized onions, and aioli, we’ll never guess. But hey, if this chef put it on the menu, trust you won’t be disappointed. — Arthur Bovino, 11/13/2012