How thrilled were we to learn that the award winning Food Truck, Delicias, opened a bricks and mortar restaurant at 4th and South? Muy Feliz! In the esteemed venue that once housed the late, lamented Django, Lynette Gueits has launched a BYO that is worth a visit…and another…and another…
We started with the empanadas, opting for a beef and a chicken. The crisp exterior was perfectly executed, housing savory, flavorful fillings, and drizzled with an intriguing mango sauce flecked with cilantro.
We also chose a salad, which was perfectly dressed with a jalapeno ranch dressing, topped with crumbled queso fresco, and liberally laden with an assortment of fresh, crisp produce.
And we couldn’t resist these yucca fries, which were like a french fry’s crisper, more exotic cousin. The green, cilantro chile dipping sauce was transcendent; I was tempted to pour it over ice with a splash of tequila.
But that wasn’t necessary; the jalapeno cilantro margaritas mixed with our own tequila were more than sufficient refreshment.
In addition to livening up the party, the unique drink options in this BYO setting make Delicias an economical option. The menu offers five different juice-based mixers and recommendations on pairings with various liquors. For example, rum is suggested to spike the Pineapple Mango Mojito. Patrons are, of course welcome to bring beer or wine as well.
By the time our main courses arrived, we were getting full; portions are generous and we had been tempted by the apps. My Masitas de Cerdo–marinated pork, grilled and served with grilled red onions was tender, flavorful, and quite large; I brought over half of it home to the delight of my children, who enjoyed it for lunch the next day.
My husband had La Robinita: grilled chorizo with sweet plantains, which he also enjoyed, but again, we took the bulk of it home.
Each of the main dishes is served with Lynette’s justifiably famous arepas. These hand made corn cakes are like a Mexican pita; they can be filled and eaten like a sandwich, or just enjoyed as an accompanying nibble to the rest of the meal. Much of the menu is gluten free, including the arepas, and there are chicken, seafood, and vegetarian options available as well.
We did not sample dessert, but it consists of a selection of gourmet cupcakes from Sweet Box–you guessed it–a reknown food truck.
Delicias is currently open Tuesday-Sunday for dinner starting at 5pm. We’ll certainly be paying them another visit soon.