To most on the outside looking in, Philadelphia is known for delicacies such as cheesesteaks and water ices. While the city of brotherly love does produce the best cheesesteaks in the world, its residents are much more versatile than they are given credit for being. For example, PaperMill Foods is bringing together Korean and Australian food to Philadelphia. Alongside Alex and PaperMill, Mi Pueblito is bringing Mexican food to Philadelphia. Specifically, this innovative food truck is putting a special Philadelphia style in their unique tacos. To discuss their tacos, salsa and much more, Culture Editor Ryan Shepard spoke to Mi Pueblito’s Rosalinda Delossantos whom you can catch at this year’s Made In America festival.
Ryan Shepard: How did Mi Pueblito get started in Philadelphia?
Rosalinda Delossantos: Mi Pueblito is a family business established in 2007. We believed that having a Mexican food truck would be an easy and fast way to share our fresh and authentic Mexican food around the city and for people to experience a little flavor from our hometown.
What do you think it is about Mi Pueblito that has allowed it to stand out in a busy city like Philadelphia?
Mi Pueblito tacos stands out in a busy city like Philadelphia because of the fresh food provided and fast service for the busy people. Also for our late night weekends at Frankford and Girard. Our authentic chicken mole tacos and tinga tacos are what people enjoy the most. We also provide a friendly service which is really important to us to get our customers to come back again.
Many often come to know Philadelphia for its water ices and cheesesteaks. What makes a taco in Philadelphia unique?
The flavors or various tacos make a taco in Philadelphia unique there are many choices of meat and non-meat. A taco can be prepared for all types of customers. Most of all the salsas make a taco unique in Philadelphia. Mi Pueblito tacos are also known for the homemade salsas that make our tacos taste even better. Red hot salsa, chipotle salsa, habanero salsa, green salsa, guacamole salsa and pico de callo.
If someone at Made In America were to come to Mi Pueblito and ask, “What should I start out with?” What would you suggest to them?
In Made In America we always suggest to start out with chicken mole tacos (grilled chicken with mole sauce which contains a fruit chili pepper, nuts, various spices as black pepper, cinnamon, cumin and chocolate) in corn tortillas topped with onions cilantro and cotija cheese. Our customer will really enjoy it and will go for more.
Outside of your food truck, what foods are you most excited to try at the festival? If possible, what musical acts are you excited to see?
Outside our food truck, I’m excited to try anything new and for musical acts, I’m really excited to see Rosalia.
At the end of the weekend, what do you hope to take away from the festival? What do you hope others take away from Mi Pueblito?
At the end of the festival, we hope to get even more customers and recognition throughout the city and we hope that others take from Mi Pueblito a great and tasty experience a little flavor from Mexico with our fresh authentic Mexican food and homemade salsas.