Argentine Barbecue Comes to Emeryville

March 25, 2010
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Argentine Asador Primo’s Parilla Fires Up Grill in Emeryville

Categories: Pavement Cuisine


Nice grill: Javier Sandes and his mobile barbecue.

​Emeryville added another mobile food vendor to its growing fleet today with the rollout of Argentine grill Primo’s Parilla. Argentina-born Javier Sandes grills what his press release calls “free-range chicken and grass fed tri-tip” over almond wood and mesquite, on a transportable grill that ― duh ― stands apart from his panel truck. Sandes has been doing his slow-grilled Argentine asador thing for Oakland parties, apparently, serving it up with traditional chimichurri. He launched about an hour ago at 62nd Street and Doyle in the East Bay city ― follow Primo’s Parilla’s tweets for location updates.

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6 Responses to Argentine Barbecue Comes to Emeryville

  1. Anonymous on March 26, 2010 at 12:39 am

    While it looks cool, the tri-tip was $12, the empanadas $8. A bit too pricy for "street food". My coworkers and I checked it out, then went to the other side of the park and got great tacos. All three of us had lunch for $9.

    Price adjustment is in order. If a $12 lunch is on my agenda, I'll go to 900 Grayson, Cafe Rouge ($12 burger), or Tacubaya where I can sit down.

  2. Anonymous on March 28, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    You pay for what you get–grass fed meats contain less virolent straines of e-coli, better for the environment and for you. If you want to eat cheap foods, check out how much it is really costing. Ask how much the person serving you is getting paid, where the food comes from and get a sense of the real cost to all of us.

  3. Anonymous on March 28, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Once again, why is this kind of "story" in the Secret News? What are you guys doing?

  4. Anonymous on April 1, 2010 at 6:32 am

    I can not believe these "roach coaches" come to town and everyone gets excited. Has lunch become a flea market for street vendors? I like my food cooked in a real kitchen with a health department certification hanging on the wall. How fair is it these guys roll into town pay 70 bucks for a license and poach off some of Emeryvilles finest food establishments? I say run em off!

  5. Anonymous on April 4, 2010 at 5:58 am

    Get the feeling the March 31 guy owns an "Emeryville food establishment"? Gastronomical choices are not something residents should have I guess. What's the matter there guy, competition cutting into your bottom line?

  6. atchoo on May 17, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    sadly…they are no more

    but am glad to see food trucks aka “roach coaches” are aplenty in emeryville! :)

    cya on the streets!

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