Boricua Soul – Puerto Rican Inspired Soul Food On Wheels

The abundance of food trucks in the Triangle area is plentiful and the demand is only growing.  These delicious meals-on-wheels options are great because they serve up quality food fast, which is perfect during the lunch rush or after hours post bar-hopping.  Our new Food On The Move Directory will feature a new food truck each time so you can get a feel for all cuisines available here in the Triangle in a mobile format!  We will include just enough information on each food truck to give you a “quick bite” that we hope will inspire you to track them down and try their food for yourself.  Here’s our take on Boricua Soul, a truck serving up delicious and inspired fusion eats.

Boricua Soul (Photo Courtesy of Boricua Soul)

Boricua Soul (Photo Courtesy of Boricua Soul)

Who runs the truck?

Toriano and Serena Fredericks have slowly introduced locals to their fusion of flavors through their food truck, Boricua Soul, since October 2015.  Despite only being 4 years old, their young son, D, can also be found enthusiastically helping out Mom and Dad at home as taste tester and as the adorable face of many Boricua Soul posts.  This is truly a family affair, as Serena says, “We hope this is something that continues to grow for our family.  We’re all invested in it and D loves to be with us every step of the way.  He calls it our truck and gets so excited when he can hear it coming down the street.  He pulls on his boots to come outside and see the truck when it pulls up to the house.  We hope growing up with the food truck D will stay invested to one day take it over if that’s what he wants.”

Boricua Soul - Collard Greens

Boricua Soul – Collard Greens

Why did you choose Boricua Soul?

Toriano and Serena are, as Serena describes, “the dreamer and cook (in reference to Toriano) and the organizer and planner (Serena).”  Toriano has an extensive background in food and travel blogging.  While covering several Triangle small business owners including Rose’s Meat Market & Sweet Shop, Old Havana Sandwich Shop and Seaboard Café, Toriano loved watching a restaurant grow from an idea to a real, live, running restaurant.  These experiences sparked something in Toriano.  He loved food and felt all of these moments were building up to the eventual start-up of Boricua Soul food truck.  Side by side, Toriano and Serena created a unique Triangle food truck with their melting pot backgrounds featuring food they loved to cook at home and traditional family recipes.

What dishes are they serving up?

These partners in life and business combined their Southern Soul with Caribbean Flair and Euro-African Roots to cook up dishes they grew up on and created at home.  Menu items include tostones, empanadas, homemade sides and few staple sandwiches, all done in Boricua Soul style.  Even their mac and cheese is vegetarian and their collards are vegan.

Boricua Soul - Mac and Cheese

Boricua Soul – Mac and Cheese

When can I eat their amazing food?

Boricua Soul works around Toriano’s schedule, as he is a full time Merchant Marine.  This means he’s home for 30 days and away on assignment for 30 days.  Their food truck schedule, which is all meticulously planned and organized by Serena, accommodates this.  She keeps things running while Toriano’s away so when he gets back they can hit the ground running.  With the love of the crazy, fast paced food truck life, the Fredericks hope to one day make this a full time gig.

What’s the price range of the menu?

Sides $1.50-$3.00, Sandwiches $6.00-$8.50, Empanadas $3.00-$3.75.

Where can I find their truck?

Boricua Soul posts their schedule regularly on the website.  They can also be found on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Spoiler alert:

You must order the Country Cuban.  The homemade southern hoecake cornbread alone is life-altering.

Boricua Soul - Country Cuban

Boricua Soul – Country Cuban

Boricua Soul - El Jibarito

Boricua Soul – El Jibarito

NoteFrom time to time we’re invited out to try a restaurant or to taste new menu items. This meal is usually comped, as this one was. We’re under no obligation to write a positive review or any review at all when we’re invited out to try a place.  Every review you see on our site will be an honest review of the place whether or not the restaurant provided us with the meal at their cost.


Tessa Nguyen is a chef and registered dietitian working in the Triangle area. She is an alumna of Johnson & Wales University and Meredith College. When Tessa isn’t traveling and discovering new food spots, she teaches culinary nutrition cooking classes at Duke and works as a consultant in the health and wellness industry. You can follow her on Instagram or Twitter @ChefTessaRD.

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