By SHANA ROSE
Many students have noticed the DC Jumbie Latin Caribbean food truck making stops at Pima Community College campuses, if not for the flavorful smell of sandwiches grilling and sweet plantains roasting, then maybe for the signature big yellow truck.
Truck owner Daniel Figueroa has been in business since March 2013, but has always had a passion for food and cooking.
“I grew up in both Chicago, Illinois and Miami, Florida,” Figueroa said. “Food has always been a big part of my life, as my parents both loved to cook. It is what brings our family together.”
All sandwiches on Figueroa’s menu have their own unique and individual tastes, and are also paired with a side of fried sweet plantains.
The Cuban sandwich is stuffed with slow roasted pork and ham, melted Swiss cheese, topped with dill pickles and drizzled with mayo and mustard.
Customers ordering the Monster barbecue sandwich get the trio of slow-roasted pork, ham and grilled chicken. The sandwich is smothered with Figueroa’s smoky barbecue sauce.
The newest sandwich on the DC Jumbie menu, and my favorite, is the Tropipeño Jack sandwich. It gives you the choice of grilled pork or chicken, layered with sautéed peppers, onions and jalapeños, topped with pepper jack cheese.
All sandwiches cost $7, which is reasonable for an 8-inch grilled sub sandwich with a side of fried sweet plantains.
Figueroa’s wife and family are from St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, which inspired the Caribbean pop in his meals.
“I was exposed to and grew up with many different flavors, allowing DC Jumbie to come to life,” Figueroa said.