6/17/2013 12:35:00 PM

Braz B.Q. Truck Brings Brazilian Churrasco to the Streets

Philly’s first Brazilian food truck is now rolling through the streets, outfitted with a custom rotisserie grill - a churrasco - imported from Brazil. We haven’t had an opportunity to try Braz. B.Q. yet, but the response from those who have has been good. We caught up with owner Adriano Redante for a quick Q&A on what to expect (and the description of that amazing-looking sandwich above).

Zagat: Are you from Brazil?
Adriano Redante: Yes, originally from Brazil. I came to the US in 2000; I currently live in Morrisville, PA.

Zagat: What’s your background in food? How did you get the idea for this truck?
AR: I cooked on the line in Peddler’s Village for over nine years, and then recently I went to work as a gaucho in a Brazilian steakhouse. Then last year, a friend commented on the lack of a Brazilian truck in Philly, so I decided to do something about that.

Zagat: What kinds of food are you serving from the truck? What’s the price point?
AR: Mostly sandwiches made with with meats sliced right off the skewer on the rotisserie grill. We had to adapt it to get it to fit in the truck, but it works great now. Prices range from $2.50 for a taco to $8 for the Hamburg√£o, my signature dish.

Zagat: What exactly is the Hamburg√£o?
AR: It translates to “big hamburger,” and it’s two to three thick slices of meat on a kaiser roll instead of a patty. That gets topped with ham, a fried egg, bacon, lettuce, tomato, corn, potato sticks and a housemade green mayo with parsley and green onion. I also use my house chimichurri sauce in nearly every sandwich.

Zagat: Whoa. Where can we find this, do you have a schedule yet?
AR: So far I’m usually at 33rd and Arch by Drexel from 10 AM-3:30 PM on weekdays.

Zagat: Anything else we should know?
AR: I also serve guarana soda - it’s very popular in Brazil and is incredibly refreshing. It gives you an energy kick. It’s great for summer.

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