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MAD Sandwiches, Tacos And Latin Cuisine Has The Best Cuban Sandwiches

By S. Mathur

Food trucks have the best food. In fact, we might add to this piece of popular wisdom that they also have the best stories. MAD Sandwiches, which serves tacos and Latin cuisine at various locations in Harrisburg, PA, is one of them.

"It happened when I retired from my 24 year career as a professional thoroughbred jockey" owner Rodrigo Madrigal Jr. said. "I always loved to cook and entertain for family and friends. My father is Mexican so I love all types of Latin Cuisine. With having no experience in the restaurant business I decided to start up a food truck instead of a brick and mortar restaurant."

Now in its sixth year, MAD Sandwiches is a family owned and operated business. Customers love the friendly professionalism, and of course, the food.

"Being a small business my wife and I do 95% of the work," Madrigal said. "So our sense of family is everything to our business. It's side by side working any where from a 60 to an 80 hour work week plus taking care of our three kids."

Customers say that the food truck has the best Cuban sandwiches and fish tacos they've ever tasted. The bread, pork seasoning and ham and cheese all go to make a great sandwich. The beef empanadas and shrimp tacos are also popular. For vegetarians, the veggie hoagie with provolone, roasted red peppers, sauteed spinach, lettuce, tomato and onions is a delicious choice.

"Our downtown HBG customers have made our Cuban Sandwiches our best selling sandwich," Madrigal said. "Our tacos as well as our empanadas are also hits. My favorite would have to be my signature dish MAD's Latino Bowl. This dish brings flavors from a few different Latin places with its Cuban black bean, Puerto Rican yellow rice (arroz con gandules), slow roasted pork and finish with a Argentinian Chimichurri Sauce."

Fortunately for MAD Sandwiches' loyal followers, the weekly schedule of truck locations is posted on the website, Twitter feed and the Facebook page. For many people, it's a weekly necessity. MAD Sandwiches also has a catering service that is popular for weddings, birthdays and other events.

The only thing better than a single food truck is a food truck festival, and co-owner Olivia Madrigal has been one of the leading figures in organizing food truck events throughout central Pennsylvania. The Truck Feast happens on the third Friday of every month through October in Mechanicsburg. Funds raised through vendors' fees, donation boxes and cash jars are donated to different area organizations like food banks and the local YWCA.

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