After Juan Alberto Ayala, a Puerto Rican native with over 15 years of prior restaurant experience, met and fell in love with Alexis Carbajal, a Phoenix native raised by immigrant parents from Chihuahua, it only made sense to channel their passion for Puerto Rico into a business. Cut to 2017, and they had founded Phoenix Coqui, a powerhouse Puerto Rican food truck.
Coqui’s done a great job of differentiating themselves from Phoenix’s standard fleet of Mexican food truck by dishing out a ton of Puerto Rican classics. Their tostones—double fried green plantains with garlic mayo sauce—are a standout, as is the lasagna-esque pastelón, but the main reason people are lining up is the Tripleta, their signature sandwich. If you like pork, chicken, ham, potato sticks, and garlic mayo, you’ll like them all even more when they’re stuffed into a big loaf of pan sobao, a sweet Puerto Rican bread. We know your mouth is already watering, so why wait? Book ‘em now.
Tripleta fries — Boricua-style fries topped with pork, chicken, ham, and garlic mayo sauce.