Little Star serves up comfort food on the go

The pernil plate from Little Star of the Caribbean consists of pulled pork, rice, beans and tostones.

The Little Star of the Caribbean pays homage to the cuisine and traditions of the islands — arroz con pollo or pernil, anyone? — cooking up Puerto Rican and Cuban foods from its mobile kitchen.

The food truck takes to the streets to serve up its family recipes. Check the web site,, for the latest schedule.

But first thing first, it’s a great ride.

The custom truck design prominently features the Puerto Rican flag, which is cut into the shape of the country, on both sides. It’s a handsome layout, the flag dressed in red and white stripes, giving way to a blue triangle and a large, five-pointed star contained within.

The pride is obvious, as is the message: Caribbean comfort food, courtesy of a veteran family-owned business.

Little Star rolls out several combos including pernil ($8), a slow-roasted pork shoulder covered in a garlicky marinade and sliced up like barbecue.

The arroz con pollo ($8), or chicken and rice, features bite-size pieces of chicken and yellow rice, while the El Cubano ($8), naturally, is a Cuban sandwich with cooked ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, dill pickle slices and mustard smeared onto buttery panini bread.

Empanadas ($3) come in choices of beef, chicken and guava paste, which is like a candied guava puree made by combining guava fruit and sugar.

Try the tostones ($2) as well, a salty treat of twice deep-fried green plantains.

The Little Star of the Caribbean also makes its own mojo, mango vinaigrette and pique, a type of Puerto Rican sauce. Spill some over rice and beans, tostones or an item of your choosing.

The Little Star will be happy to oblige, and to share a bit of its Caribbean hospitality.