Five Finds on Friday: Carlos Cruz

by Charlottesville29


Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Carlos Cruz, sous chef of Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie. With Dr. Ho’s owner Michael McCarthy, Cruz is poised to launch Dr. Ho’s Food Truck, featuring a rotating menu of favorite dishes of Cruz and McCarthy, such as a yellowfin tuna banh mi, with sesame-crusted tuna, Sriracha mayo and pickled vegetables. There will also be General Ho’s Chicken, plus simpler fare like a grass-fed burger, hand-cut fries, and hand-churned ice cream. The truck debuts next week at Ragged Branch distillery, on June 8 from 5-7 pm. Then, Saturday, June 10, from 12-5 pm, find them at the annual open house of Loving Cup Vineyard & Winery. Cruz’s picks:

1) Tacos al Pastor from Sabor Latino (food truck on 29N). “I worked with Elias & Fragoso at Dr. Ho’s for a couple of years. Nobody’s more serious about tacos than these guys. Their tacos al pastor are the real deal and the Jarritos are always ice cold.”

2) Nance Ice Cream from La Flor Michoacana. “Not many people have heard of nance and this is not your typical ice cream. Go and you will be glad you did. This family makes a very unique and special product.”

3) Pupusas Revueltas at Super Amanecer. “The pupusas revueltas are the best I have found anywhere. These are filled with pork and cheese and topped with pickled cabbage a simple salsa. I see no reason to make pupusas when you can find them this good. I am also crazy about the caldo de res! It’s the biggest bowl of beef soup you could imagine.”

4) Chicken Salad (or is it turkey?) on an Everything with lettuce, tomato, and onion at Bodo’s Bagels. “Delicious, fresh and FAST!”

5) Shrimp with Vegetables from Asian Express. “I love the food from Asian Express. The jumbo shrimp with fresh vegetables, stir fried in a brown sauce, is my go-to dish. Pair that with super-fast delivery and my whole family is a happy as can be!”