Meanchi’s Peruvian Inspired Sandwiches is Tampa’s new 5-star food truck

exterior of a food truck, an aerial shot of a Cuban sandwich and plantains

Meanchi’s Peruvian Inspired Sandwiches is now open for dine-in and delivery at 1529 W North A, Tampa, FL

You can now get a taste of Peru in the city of Tampa. Meanchi’s is a brand new food trailer serving up sensational sandwiches in the city of Tampa. This hidden gem will change your lunch life permanently.

It began with a delicious dream

It all started with a dream and a high school nickname, according to the owners.

Nicknamed after his grandmother, Meanchi, a first-generation American, born and raised in South Tampa, would travel to Peru every summer to visit his family during his childhood. It was there he fell in love with Peruvian food. 

“The diversity of Peruvian food is unlike any other country due to the combination of its agriculture and melting pot of cultures, including Asian, African, Spanish, and Native American,” writes Meanchi’s owner Joshua Varon.

Bringing Peru’s culinary diversity to Tampa

Meanchi’s aims to bring you a portion of Peru’s culinary diversity through its famous sandwiches with a modern American twist.

Here are a few must try items on your visit:

Chicharron: Roasted Fried Pork, Sliced Fried Sweet Potato, & Salsa Criolla (Spanish Onion Mix)

Meanchi’s Way: Braised Beef, Red Onion, Tomato, Cilantro, Yellow Peruvian Pepper (Aji), & French Fried Chips

La Carmencita: Shredded Chicken, Yellow Peruvian Pepper (Aji) Sauce, Parsley, & Crispy Onions

Quinoa Salad: Spinach, Quinoa, Red Onion, Cilantro, Tomato, Green Apple, Cranberries, Sliced Almonds, Feta Cheese, and Avocado. Add: Chicken ($4) Beef

Veggie Saltados: Mushrooms, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, White Rice, Red Onion, Tomato, Cilantro, Yellow Peruvian Pepper (Aji), & French Fried Chips

Arroz Con Pollo: Chicken, Cilantro Rice, Peas, Carrots, Red Bell Pepper, Corn, & topped with Salsa Criolla (Spanish Onion Mix)

You can order online in advance for pickup on Meanchi’s website.

Meanchis crafts a Peruvian-Cuban Sandwich

If you’re looking for something a little healthier, the owners have you covered:

“Aside from our famous quinoa salad, our Carmencita on a bed of warm, perfectly seasoned quinoa is a highly guilt-free option. Just ask to replace rice with our Tri-Color Quinoa and boom, it’s healthy.”

Of course, no spot in Tampa is complete without its own Cuban sandwich. Meanchis combines the classic Tampa sandwich with Peruvian flair.

“We love Cuban sandwiches here in Tampa, so it was obvious to put Peru into the mix for this sandwich called the Peruban,” writes the Meanchis team. “Lightly fried sweet potato, sliced country ham, 12 hours braised pork, provolone cheese, topped with Aji Amarillo Aioli on the best Cuban bread in Tampa, La Segunda.”

Written by Andrew Harlan

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