Food Porn: Cuchifrito Hut

UPDATE: Unfortunately the Cuchifrito Hut has since closed since our post. 
Quick Info:
  • Restaurant Type: Food Stand
  • Cuisine: Puerto Rican
  • Prices: Under $10 for almost every item

I have an obsession of finding little places that no one has ever heard about and eating there.  Whenever I drive down a street I’m constantly looking for something new that I haven’t seen before.  Every time I have driven down Grant St, this little yellow foot stand, the Cuchifrito Hut, always catches my eye.  From the name alone I’ve always just assumed they served some type of Latin cuisine but I never knew exactly what they offered, until this weekend (spoiler: it’s Puerto Rican).  I was driving down Grant with my friends and I noticed some people standing in front and decided now was the time; read on to see what happened…

I found out the menu was pretty heavy on offering various Mofongo dishes that include meats like Fried Chicken, Fried Pork and Shrimp.  You may remember my previous Mofongo experience at Papi’s on Hertel; it’s a dish that revolves around fried plantains that are crushed and molded until it visually resembles corn bread.  My friends and I had just eaten a breakfast/lunch and I decided to just get a Pastelillo (fried beef/seafood pattie) as a small snack.  For only $2 you can get a nice size pattie that are made right there in front of you.  We watched the woman in the kitchen actually roll out dough, stuff them with our various fillings and crimp the outer edges with her hands.  My friend ordered the Beef with Cheese (pictured below) and I ordered their Lobster filling (pictured far below).  After we each had a couple bites I realized I had made a mistake, his pastelillo was filled with fresh delicious ground beef and cheese that perfectly melted into every bite.  My lobster wasn’t that great, the actual amount of lobster was pretty low (not surprising for $3) and really was just a lobster flavored sofrito that was mostly peppers.

We ordered some dessert when we noticed they had Churros on the menu for only $1.50 each.  They had several different fillings;  you can choose from Regular (no filling), Bavarian Cream (pictured below) or Strawberry.  We tried the Strawberry and thought the flavor was too sweet and tasted like a bad strawberry jam.  But the Bavarian Cream was fantastic and I plan on going back to the hut in the near future just to get another one.

Was I blown away by the Cuchifrito Hut? Not really, everything was pretty good and I was impressed by how much was made right in front of me.  I’m more excited that I finally got a chance to see what the hell they served.  If you are in the area and you don’t have a lot of cash on you, this is a great lunch find for some really cheap and generally tasty eats.  Two of their Beef and Cheese Pastelillo’s could make for a great meal, not to mention it would only cost you 4 bucks.  They’re located on the stretch of Grant that is really expanding, located almost directly next door to Dolci’s new location and across the street from Sweet_ness 7 and Krudmart.

The Hut is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 7pm and make sure you’re carrying cash.

Cuchifrito Hut on Urbanspoon

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