Areyto Puerto Rican Food
Areyto makes our list for a sandwich called the jibarito, which replaces bread with strips of twice-fried plantain. Stuffed with your choice of steak, chicken, pork or veggies, the jibarito bursts with flavor from garlic mayo, cheese and Puerto Rican seasonings. If you track down Areyto for dinner or on the weekend, don't miss the mofongo relleno, mashed plantain with a choice of meats. Empanaditas, bolas de queso (fried gouda balls) and tostones also make for great Caribbean snacking.
Chef Alfred Rojas has traveled throughout Latin America to find the most craveable street eats, which he has combined onto one menu. Sample salchipapas, loaded fries with sliced hot dogs from Colombia; choripan, a zingy sausage sandwich from Argentina; tacos and tortas from Mexico; and arepas in many forms from Venezuela and Colombia. Save room for something sweet, like cajeta-drizzled churros or a crisp oblea, a wafer-thin waffle.
The Ginger Pig
This Boulder original takes traditional recipes gleaned by chef/owner Natascha Hess during her lengthy stays in China and turns them into portable bites, including crunchy egg rolls, char siu pork and Chinese fried chicken loaded with Sichuan peppercorns. Other Asian inspiration led Hess to create Bangkok balls (fried rice balls served with a red curry drizzle), a banh mi rice bowl, and a sweet Filipino egg roll stuffed with jackfruit, plantain and brown sugar. The Ginger Pig is a regular at the Rayback Collective and the Boulder County Farmers' Markets.
Denver has no shortage of Mexican food trucks, but Lily's draws long lines for its grilled tacos oozing molten cheese and stuffed with potatoes or a variety of meats. Fat breakfast burritos, carne asada fries and shredded pork sandwiches are equally tempting. Look for the truck near the corner of West Bayaud Avenue and South Tejon Street serving breakfast and lunch.
Polish pierogi prince Cezary Grosfeld and his crew can be found slinging savory dumplings at festivals and food-truck rallies around the city. Stick with traditional pierogies filled with potato and cheese or sauerkraut, or opt for something different from the daily chef's selection. Everything is so good that you might think your grandma bought herself a food truck.