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Consider the humble food truck: a to-go restaurant with built-in social distancing. Because of that business model, many of Santa Fe’s mobile eateries kept right on rolling during this spring’s COVID-19 lockdown. And while restaurants made a hard pivot to take-out, a few standout trucks – some of which were brand new when the pandemic hit – have been steadily turning out buzzworthy moveable feasts.
Ras Rody’s Jamaican Vegan: You may have spied the Jamaican flag flying above Agua Fria just south of Camino Alire. Follow it into the surprisingly spacious dirt lot that’s host to Ras Rody’s Jamaican Vegan, a glossy black-painted truck that dishes up plant-based goodness adjacent to the chef’s new residence. Southwest Jamaica native Ras Rody and his family recently landed in Santa Fe via Dunedin, Florida, where Rody’s truck had carved out a niche serving food at Tampa-area farmers’ markets.
Now, he’s adding some welcome Caribbean flavor to Santa Fe’s dining landscape. Ras Rody’s combo platters ($12 for a hefty mélange of vegetables, grains and proteins) vary depending on the day and the ingredients. No matter what’s on offer, you’re guaranteed to experience the power of expertly layered seasoning. One combo featured stewed black beans redolent with coconut milk alongside curried chickpeas, yellow peppers, tofu and tempeh. These were served over brown rice with a side of sautéed ribbons of cabbage, diced carrots and sweet plantains. Two spongy banana pancakes rested neatly over the densely packed box, and the plate was delicious down to the last grain of rice.