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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Red Hook'd: Carrello Guatemalan

You know that old Snoop song, good reader? "Laaaaaaaid back...." It kept running thru my head at Carrello Guatemalan, the most mellow of the Red Hook Soccer Field food tents. Which is saying alot, as this whole area is supremely low-key, a zen-like intersection of Dee and Licious where the only remotely stressful experience is figuring out what to order and where to sit.
Maria Carrello and family, and friends

Maria, the Carrello Tent matriach, brings special herbs and spices from her native Guatemala to make tasty treats like the flauta a/k/a taquito a/k/a fried chicken taco. We hung around and watched her prep these puppies. It was an exercise in the unconcious, Central American Kung Fu, movements repeated thousands of times with the same two hands: grab (tortilla), stuff (with chicken), roll (the taco), poke (with toothpick), drop (in oil), pull (and eat). We kicked it by the curb until she removed a golden batch fresh from the oil, then dug in.
Guatemalan fried chicken taco
getting busy: customer on the move, with taquito in hand

Maria eyed us as we sampled the goods, and nodded approvingly at our enthusiastic reaction. Smothered with a tomato-cilantro sauce, and topped with grated queso anejo, this won a unanimous round of approval.chili relleno taco

Did I mention these folks are chill? So chill, that despite multiple visits I'm still not entirely sure what exactly they offer. But on our last visit, we noticed something tasty: a stack of chili rellenos, stuffed, batter-fried, and crowned with sliced onions and cilantro. The Carrellos serve this on two tortillas, with some of that same red sauce. The hearty stuffing is a mix of corn, onion and carrot (amongst other things). You can try it vegetarian-style, or sample the meat-friendly version. And if you're still peckish, grab one of their big red spicy pork tamales for desert.

There is something very infectious about this spot. It's not for the impatient, or the rushy-rushed, or the super-uptight feeling fussy-fussed. But if you have some time to take it easy, follow the lead of the regulars. There is always a group–Guatemalans and some Salvadorans, mostly–sitting at a broad table under the tent, listening to music drifting softly from a stereo in the back of the Carrello van, and enjoying flautas and tamales while letting the day roll by. And that, my friend, is some mild style. Kick back and salute!




Carrello Guatemalan
Bay Street side
(sixth tent from the corner)

Most of these treats fall in the $2.00 range

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2 Comments:

Blogger happy happy som said...

that 'customer' looks like he's about to bite his fingers off. slow down buddy.

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think the said customer's anonymity is being preserved due to the public sportage of a jurassic 5 shirt. that's some embarrassing shit to have online.

9:33 PM  

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