Eighth-Annual Vendy Awards
by Julie Besonen, 09/18/2012
Carne asada taco. Photo: Alexander Thompson
Piaztlan Authentic Mexican Food
Bay and Clinton Streets, Red Hook, Brooklyn
On Saturdays and Sundays, from April through October, the Red Hook ball fields are lined with a panoply of Latin American food trucks—among them a past Vendy Cup winner, Solber Pupusas, as well as Piaztlan, this year's winner, selling faithful renditions of Puebla-style tacos, tostadas, flautas and cemitas. The crowd gathered before it comprises a fiesta, multigenerational Mexican women occupying folding chairs and a phalanx of men smoking and chatting. Chef/co-owner Eleazar Perez's tacos are fantastic, amply stuffed with chicken, carne asada or pulled goat meat, a deal at $3.50 each. Choose your level of heat from the serve-yourself salsa table. The double blanket of tortillas keeps dripping on your shirt to a minimum. Find a neighboring picnic table or park bench and watch the fiercely competitive soccer matches. For more information, see the Piaztlan Authentic Mexican Food video at foodcurated.com.