If you've ever shopped at the Outlet Shoppes in Canutillo and gotten hungry, chances are you decided to grab a quick bite in the food court. You probably didn't know that down the street in an abandoned gas station, Ray Ortiz is serving up New York-style Puerto Rican food.
Pressed sandwiches brushed with garlic butter that come in three sizes are the heart of the menu. The Cuban, and most popular menu item, has slow cooked pulled pork, ham, swiss, mustard and pickles. The Sandwich de Bistec is made with top sirloin tips that have been marinated in oregano and vinegar for two days. Sandwiches come with your choice of side, but most order the house specialty, garlic hash browns.
Stop in on Fridays from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. for Puerto Rican specialties such as tostones (fried plantains), pernil (pork shoulder marinated in vinegar and spices), arroz con gandules (rice with pigeon peas) and more.
Those that aren't as adventurous can choose from breakfast items, burgers and classic sandwiches like the Philly Cheese Steak or Chicken sandwich.
El Pasoans should be aware that Puerto Rican food isn't spicy and tends to be on the salty side. Maracas gladly accommodates by offering jalapeños upon request. All meals are served with a small container of Boston baked bean candies to help tame the garlicky aftertaste or to be used as maracas.
900 Talbot Ave #i, Canutillo, TX 79835 (915) 877-7307 Hours: Saturday and Monday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday-Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Price range: $2-$10. Vegetarian friendly (veggie sandwich). For more info visit www.facebook.com/maracas.