El Conquistador

7 Sep

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Campus Pit Stop at Lane and Kenny.
Monday-Saturday 11am-3pm (may start opening earlier for breakfast when OSU starts).

El Conquistador is a Dominican owned truck, run by a lovely woman called Belkis, who is sometimes helped out by her kids at weekends. Her menu includes some Mexican dishes (tacos, burritos) and you’ll also find Dominican and some Puerto Rican dishes, especially at weekends when she often has specials.

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Here most popular dishes are the ‘plantain’, fish tacos, and the chimichanga. The plantain dish is similar to the Venezuelan dish patacon that you’ll find at El Arepazo. It’s a whole ripe plantain flattened and fried and topped with lettuce, pico de gallo, avocado, cilantro salsa, meat or fish of your choice and (optionally) cheese. It can also be served as a vegetarian dish. It’s a great dish with a mixture of sweet, spicy and savory flavors.

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The addictive cilantro sauce (again, think El Arepazo) is available in mild and hot and is also served with empanadas. The empanadas are available in different flavors and are cooked to order.

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One of our favorite specials at El Conquistador has been the pollo guisado (chicken stew) with moro (rice and beans) and tostones (savory plantain chips). You’ll also find carne guisado, which is a beef stew, and sometimes the Puerto Rican dish arroz con gandules (rice with pigeon peas). The cilantro sauce also goes well with the tostones.

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One thing to note. Although ceviche is listed on the menu, we’ve never found it to be available. If there’s enough demand Belkis might consider bringing it back.

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