At one of Seattle’s smallest food carts, chef Carlo Chalisea recreates the flavors of Peru using old family recipes and a lean menu of just a few knock-out sandwiches. In addition to the classic chicharron (lime, cilantro, and fatty pork, boiled tender then lightly fried with spices), Don Lucho created a fantastic fried yuca sub for vegetarians. It's filling and delicious.
The Bread: Don Lucho’s favors locally baked ciabatta that's soft enough to soak up the sandwiches’ rich juices and sauces. The moist, pillowy buns are lightly pressed on a hot grill before the sandwiches are assembled, then sliced neatly into halves. It’s like a warm hug for sandwich filling.
The Filling: Humble yuca, a starchy, tuberous root, gets an upgrade on Don Lucho’s Veggie Sandwich. It’s grated, formed into patties, then shallow fried into a crispy hashbrown. Joining it between the buns are fresh tomato, romaine lettuce, grilled red onion, and cilantro, all dressed with a spicy Rocoto sauce of Peruvian peppers, onions, and garlic pureed with evaporated milk.