Michigan’s Best Local Eats: Elvira’s Food Truck offers special recipe Mexican food
RICHFIELD TOWNSHIP, MI – Kim Vasquez wants to make sure she keeps her grandmother’s tasty recipes alive.
It’s the reason she started a food truck last year, Elvira’s, named after her grandma, and is offering special made Mexican food based off her grandmother’s recipes.
Located at the corner of Richfield and State roads, Vasquez makes the rice and beans from scratch — including the hot sauce and tamales.
Vasquez cooks up homemade flour tortillas with the brisket, carnitas, and more.
“We don’t go to the store and buy things and throw it in the fryer,” Vasquez said. “We try to put a little extra love into it.”
Vasquez said her grandmother always loved to cook.
“It was just something you did and that’s feed your family and your husband,” she said. “Mexican men like their food. My grandma did everything well.”
Vasquez has picked corn tortillas off of the conveyor belt since she was nine years old at her grandmother’s Tortilla factory– which her grandfather Jose also owned, and said she has been in the restaurant business most of her life. The factory shut down soon after her grandparents passed away in the mid 1990s.
Her daughter, Nikki Vasquez-Bland, owns The Vasquez Food Truck, which MLive-The Flint Journal previously featured.
She initially wanted to open a restaurant, but after seeing the success of her daughter’s truck, she went the same route.
Vasquez is planning to participate at the Sausage Food Truck Rally at the Davison Farmers Market on Oct. 1.
Her customers usually ask for the birrias, a roast beef cooked in a lot of spices, including peppers from Mexico. It lays on a grilled cheese and a grilled tortilla with sprinkled cilantro and onions.
Her daughter, Angelina, bought the birrias to the menu.
The chorizos, or Mexican sausage, are another must-have item, an 80-year-old recipe from Vasquez’s grandmother.
There is not an online menu available, as Vasquez says she prefers her customers to show up and see the food themselves.
Her favorite part of the job is meeting new people.
“Richfield Township has been really nice to me,” Vasquez said. “They made me so much better.”
Elvira’s is usually open either Wednesday-Friday or Thursday-Saturdays from 4-9:30 p.m. View their Facebook page here.
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