Battle fast food did not start as a battle at all. It started as a mission to have the reported best hot dog in Miami via Los Perros (Spanish meaning “the dogs“), specializing in Colombian-style frankfurters. They have several locations so I knew I had hit at least one before I departed my hometown. (Yes, they were around when I used to live here 6+ years ago, multiplying the degree of shock from my resident friends when they discovered I had never ingested one.) So this was a fully planned attack; the expectations were high. On the other hand, lunching on Korean barbecue was completely happenstance, the result of the planned restaurant being closed. My lunch date - and trusted food source - lives in the area we were meeting and glowingly recommended this spot by the name of Sakaya Kitchen as our second option, which was readily bumped up to the option of the moment. While I was not mentally prepared for what I expected to be a heavy lunch (with a stomach set on sushi), I nonetheless open mindedly welcomed Korean street food into my psyche. Thus two ethnic street food experiences just a day apart could only amount to one thing: a battle, naturally. A comparative on the casual specialties of different cultural cuisines. The results may surprise you, as they did me. Here’s what happened.
|Types of Dogs|
After a nice long day at the beach, my friend, who had experienced this classic Colombian “superperro” as they call it, and I had worked up an appetite and the location on South Beach seemed like a meant-to-be situation. This dog was decidedly going to be my lunch-dinner go between no matter what. After a focused fifteen-minute walk, we finally arrived at the unassuming storefront, positioned at the corner of the business strip. While they offer dogs of chicken, chorizo and pork loin, as well as arepas, burgers and varied sides, I knew I wanted the classic, the perfect gauge for fair assessment of any staple, especially as a first-timer. This perro was to be dressed up in their special mayo-ketchup and pineapple condiments, along with finely crushed potato chips and melted white cheese. After it arrived, I can tell you that the only reason I knew these things were on it were because I could see them.
|Buried by the bun|
|Honey Orange Ribs|
|"Bo Ssam" Roast Pork|
Against all expectations for Miami food offerings, Asia trumped South America by a landslide in the eats of the streets competition. Pass the sake, please.