My first victim in the Indy Food Truck Review Series: El Venezolano
The Indy Statehouse Market had their first lineup of food trucks listed for the summer on May 9. I could only choose one so I figured I would try something completely new: El Venezolano.
Have you ever tried Venezuelan food? Hell, I didn’t even know there was Venezuelan food.
As I approached the truck, I could see that they had large pictures of each menu item taped to the side. I had no idea what they were and the Spanish names of the menu items didn’t help me much either. I figured since Venezuela is south of the border, they might have food that was similar to Mexican, but I was wrong, in a good way.
I chose the ‘Arepa Pabellon’. I wasn’t quite sure what it was, but in the picture it looked like a shredded beef taco of some sorts. To get the full experience, I also ordered a side of ‘Tequenos’ which are essentially cheese sticks but better.
The Arepa Pabellon was definitely different from a taco. This dish is comprised of shredded beef, sweet plantains, crumbled cheese, and some sort of sweet sauce all wrapped in a hard shell. The salt from the crumbled cotija cheese mixed with the sweet plantains and savory beef is a unique and delicious combo that is way different than Mexican food. The hard shell was sturdy so that it didn’t fall apart while eating but it was also sweet and it had a taste and texture similar to a sweet taco salad shell. The Tequenos were filled with a mozzarella-like cheese and they came with a sweet sauce for dipping.
Total Score: 4.8 out of 5
If you are in downtown Indy, be on the look out for the El Venezolano food truck and be sure to Check out their Facebook page to find out where they will be next!