Latin Jamaican Food Dude Food Truck Opens at Wynwood Yard
The most recent food truck to appear inside the Wynwood Yard is Food Dude, a Latin Jamaican grill concept.
The truck debuted in 2013, after Alex Torres, a Johnson & Wales alumnus, was fired as a business manager. A few months later, he and his wife Erica bought a black truck and hit the road. Filled with jerk chicken, rice and tostones, the two made their way through Miami, serving up culinary mashups rooted in culture and tradition.
“I’ve been pushing him to do this for a while,” Erica said. “It’s something that is part of our two legacies. We took a little bit of each and created something really different.”
“I would cook this kind of food for friends on the weekends,” Alex adds, “They always said, ‘Do it full time, ‘ but it’s hard to imagine leaving the comfort of your daily job. ”
Once the Torres took the plunge, success quickly came. They’ve attended food truck meetups in South Florida, ranging from Plantation to Haulover Beach and North Bay Village. In their free time, the couple observed food trucks in the Wynwood Yard, researching what it would take to get to their own place.
“We’ve had our eyes on him for a year and a half,” says Erica. “We would go all the time, study it and watch it all. We knew we would be a perfect fit.”
Food Dude executive chef Alex created the menu himself, uniting Jamaican and Latin flavors in dishes like arroz con jerk, where a bed of yellow saffron rice is topped with green peppers, onions and charred boneless jerk, grated pork with mojo or sauté the sautéed shrimp; or the loaded jerk tostones, an inspired interpretation of the loaded nacho islands where the fried tostones are topped with caramelized onions, green peppers, mixed cheese and meat.
Other popular dishes include a Caribbean sloppy joe called “Sloppy Jose,” where shredded mojo pork is served on a toast with green peppers, caramelized onions, and calypso barbecue frosting; and jerk chicken wings, coated in a homemade citrus-guava barbecue frosting.
The Food Dude truck is fitted with a grill, allowing Alex to cook meat over an open flame seconds after ordering. Most meals cost an average of $ 15.
With groups of three or four, opt for the Holy Trinity, which includes four calypso ribs, four jerk calypso wings, five jumbo jerk shrimp and a side for $ 20; or the last supper, with add a portion of mojo pork and a second side for $ 25.
“We try to make food that everyone can enjoy,” says Alex. “If you’re Jamaican you can taste these traditional flavors. But if you’re Swedish you won’t necessarily be overwhelmed either. It’s all about tweaking the recipes to make sure everyone wants to eat them.”
Food guy at the Wynwood shipyard. 56 NW 29th St., Miami; 754-208-8050; fooddudellc.com. 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 2 p.m. to late Friday, noon to late Saturday and 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.