pepito de ibérico
chocolate and hazelnut ice cream flauta
Spain is on the streets of D.C. Seared beef tenderloin, caramelized onion, piquillo pepper confit and bleu cheese dressing, a luscious pepito de ternera, is served not at a Zagat rated restaurant with a waiter, but handed to you curbside…from a truck. José Andrés’ truck, Pepe.
Would you pay $20 for a sandwich? Many did for the pepito de ibérico, a seared ibérico pork with Serrano ham and green roasted peppers, smeared with caramelized onions and aioli, or fancy mayonnaise as I like to call it. However, the quality is there, and well worth it: “I want good cheese not crappy cheese, good ham not crappy something and that’s it,” said Andrés in a media preview for Pepe on March 5. To that point, the sandwich bread is baked fresh daily courtesy of Panorama Bakery in Alexandria, VA, and meats changed daily.
Food truck aficionados in the mood for something new can chase down Pepe between 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM daily on weekdays, or follow the truck on Twitter (@pepefoodtruck).
Photos courtesy of thrillist.com, washingtonpost.com and the examiner.com