3/20/2013 3:21:00 PM Nina's Venezuelan Takeout spicing up truck fare
The new food truck is located on the corner of Wahluke Street and First Avenue. Photos by Briana Alzola.
There's a new kind of food truck in town. The truck, painted a bright blue, is offering a unique type of food, Venezuelan cuisine. It was time for something a little different, owner Christine Villarreal said. The truck is called Nina's Venezuelan Takeout, after Villarreal's daughter and great-grandmother, both named Nina. She has seen how popular food trucks are in Othello, she said, and so she knew it would be a good investment. There isn't a lot of variety, though, so she wanted to offer something new and exciting. Armed with her sister Cindy Leyva as the chef, Villarreal opened her food truck March 5. It is located on the corner of Wahluke Street and First Avenue. It is located right next to ProBuild, across the street from the Bethel Spanish Assembly of God. The Venezuelan food features mainly fresh garlic and new flavors, with meat that is prepared fresh each day. There is also cafe con leche, a very traditional way to make the drink, Villiarreal said. If that's not your style, there is always soda you can purchase to go with your meal. The main featured dish is the arepa, a dish made of ground corn dough. The flat cornmeal patties are stuffed with meat and spices, along with other add-ins, depending on the taste of the person who will be consuming it. It can also be ordered with black beans and a spicy garlic spread. The truck is open for breakfast in the morning, as well as the arepa lunch. Breakfast includes ham and egg, chorizo and egg or shredded beef and egg. It is open Sunday to Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is not really a place to sit down and enjoy the food at the truck itself, it is mainly meant for take-out, Villarreal said. The food is packaged for easy transport home, but it must be eaten pretty quickly after it's prepared. The type and style of food do not allow it to be reheated and still have it be good, she said. It's a convenient way to get a full and tasty meal, she said. These arepas are wheat free, nut free and low in gluten, Villarreal said. The cakes offer a healthy option that is delicious, she said. For more information, you can check out Nina's Venezuelen Takeout on Facebook, where you'll find more information, updates and a full menu. Starting prices, before add-ins, are between $5 and $6. Adding things like avocado and tomato are 50 cents each.
Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013
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Since this article was written, Nina's has moved to a permanent location at 543 Main Street. She's established one of the prettiest little restaurants in Othello, with sit down seating under a giant mural of Angel Falls (the tallest waterfall in the world, located in Venezuela). Have eaten here several times, and her food is "to die for" good...! This young lady is doing a great job and is worth the shout-out.