Pincho Man: A Miami Food Truck

Pincho Man

Who is Pincho Man and why should you care? A few folks had told me about this elusive Pincho Man. How he’s had to move around and change his location. He cooks out of a truck which means he’s always travel ready. How do you find out where he is? Well, you call his cell phone and he will either disclose his new location and/or give you directions to where he’s at. Ricky aka Pincho Man sells his food Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 pm to 4:30 am.

By the time my wife Marcela and I arrived, there was over 12 people in line (by the time we left over 20). We stood in line only to find out that we had to go to the back of the truck to order first. Here we meet Pincho Man who takes our order but not before he tells us he’s been doing this for 10 years. I will paraphrase most of what he said.

He loves selling to people. He loves meeting new people. Everyone who buys from him are his friends. Now we can be his friend too (I felt as if I was on a Barney episode).

Pincho Man then does the hand pound with both Marcela and I and asks for our names. Just as we’re getting out the camera to snap a few pictures he tells us “No Pictures!” . He tells me that he likes to keep a low profile.

There’s something wrong with this picture. There are 2 Facebook pages and 1 MySpace page (where I got his number from when I called him for directions). Not to mention he is wearing a Pincho Man t-shirt that says “My Way OR The Highway ” on the back and there’s also a Pincho Man bumper sticker.

I ask him, “Then why are you on MySpace?” His reply “I might be on the moon and I don’t even know it”. I decided at that point it was best give up that line of questioning or I might now get to try the food. His spends the next 5 minutes explaining to us that his Burgers are called “Off The Chain Burgers”.

Off The Chain Burger

Off The Chain Burger

Open Faced Off The Chain

Open Faced Off The Chain

His Hot Dogs are known as “Sammy Dogs”. You can get Pinchos (Steak or Chicken) on a Stick or Deluxe which puts them on Bread with Potato Sticks (something that seems to be on each sandwich).

Sammy Dogs

Sammy Dogs

Steak Pincho Deluxe

Steak Pincho Deluxe

Once I place my order for my Off The Chain Burger, Sammy Dog,and Chicken Pincho Deluxe we make our way back to the end of the line we were originally at. We wait till it’s our turn and we repeat our order again “to his friend” aka the lady at the window.  I notice one thing, there is a stack of already cooked Burgers off to one side. We pay for our food and go.

Also, there’s one other thing I don’t understand. Why make everyone go to the back of the truck to place an order, make them stand in a second line to pick it up and pay for it if you’re going to be stacking cooked Burgers (and not have the orders ready).

So we proceed to our car to eat since there is nowhere else to eat unless you plan to sit on the ground. The Chicken Pincho Deluxe was the best thing we had and you could taste that some actual seasoning on it. The Sammy Dog was a very bland tasting Hot Dog with Ketchup, Mustard and Potato Sticks. The Off The Chain Burger I thought was something I might find at someone’s BBQ. It had some seasoning on it (maybe Mojo), Ketchup, Mustard, BBQ Sauce and Cheese. Nothing special, trust me.

Marcela did love it probably because it was super dry. Super dry as if someone had stacked it on other burgers…wait a second……

The Chicken Pincho Deluxe is the way to go if you decide to check out Pincho Man. I will say it’s worth the adventure to say you checked it out. I won’t give you any of his contact info though, remember he’s trying to keep a low profile.

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I started writing the Burger Beast food blog to tell folks about those little forgotten gems in South Florida. Over the course of the last 5 years or so I've added News, Opinions, & Tips on a variety of Food related subjects. My first love will always be Burgers but Comfort Food is where it's at. At the end of the day I’m a regular dude who writes about a bunch of things I think you should know about.
  • Anonymous

    Hello Burger Man,

    Tonight I have stumbled upon your web page and read your review of the pincho man in miami. All I have to say is that your review is inaccurate as the pincho man makes the greatest burgers known to man (or chonga). It is a well known fact. Your review goes against this and thereby ruled as blasphemy and never to be mentioned again. Unless you make another visit to said pincho man and at that point decide that your prior review was unfair and false and make the necessary edits to correct your wrongdoing.

    Cheers!
    Miami native

  • Anonymous

    I agree with the above comment. Whoever wrote this must not hae any taste buds, these are the best burgers known to the human race.

  • Mr. Spikes

    Guess What? My Name is Josh, A.K.A. Mr. Spikes….I don't wish to remain anonymous! Now, Anybody……I mean ANYBODY that I have ever taken, met there, or invited to eat PINCHO MAN's GREAT FOOD….Have all had the same reaction…WOW, This Taste AWESOME ! There must be a Reason WHY He's been around for a lil over 10 Yrs????? He must be doing something right to have had 12 people when you got there in Line and another 20 when You left…In Miami, He Rules The Nights !

  • Amanda

    I agree with Burger Beast. Pincho Man is nothing special and, deep down inside, everyone knows it. Most Miami natives love mediocrity and that's why Pincho Man is so popular; it also helps that he's open after a long night of drinking, becoming a change of pace from Denny's and Ihop. It's no wonder his burgers taste "amazing" when the opinions are coming from people who are/were plastered when the burgers was consumed. People need to hop off the bandwagon and realize that there's far better burgers around.

  • Anonymous

    the statement above me is incorrect. and so is this blog. every time that i have gone to pincho man, i have been completely sober and his food is STILL one of the greatest things, day or night( though you can only get it at night). and its not only the food, its the ambiance. the fact that he is this elusive character with badass food.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with the blogger and Amanda. His food tastes good when you first try it for 2 reasons: everyone's hype over it and the fact that the burgers are decent considering you're buying food off of a truck. But they're not the best tasting food items in Miami. The ambiance helps since its pretty chill and its known to go chill with friends, but the service is getting worse.

    Amanda, I agree that 1)there are far better burgers in other places. And 2)that Miamian's love mediocrity and are jumping on bandwagons most of the time.

    as for every one else who claim that Burger Beast is "wrong" for this blog: it's an OPINION. who's to say he's right or wrong. take the OFC Burger out yo mouth long enough to look up the word in the dictionary.

  • Montigity

    Burger Beast, you and Marcela are unfit to be blogging about Pincho Man. Highlighting his "low profile" and the fact that you have to pay at a separate line than where you order, shows that you were obviously bitter over BULLSHIT and gave his food a bad review because of that.

    If you're upset that he didn't let you take a picture of him, go write about it in your diary. Don't try and slam on Ricky's Food. The man works hard to provide us Miami residents with delicious late night alternatives to TB or Denny's.

    And it's not because we're "tooo drunk to realize that his food sucks" AMANDA. It's just that you're taste buds have been damaged from years of talking shit.

    Pincho man has a sauce. A Special secret sauce (that you failed to mention) that makes his burgers OFF THE CHAIN and his pincho's so PINCHY and hot dog's soooo SAMMY!

    I respect educated, NON-biased, FARE reviews. This is neither. Burger Beast, you are the FOX NEWS of Burger reviews. Kill yourself.

  • Anonymous

    BURGER BEAST IS RIGHT!!! I HAVE BEEN THERE. I DON'T SEE WHY THEY SAY THE BURGERS ARE OFF THE CHAIN, TO ME THEY DID NOT TASTE GOOD. THE PINCHOS WELL THEY ARE OK – NO BIG THING. IT'S LIKE THEY SAY PEOPLE COMING FROM CLUBS LATE AT NIGHT HAVE DEVELOP A RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM, BUT TO GO AS FAR AS SAYING HIS BURGERS AND PINCHOS ARE THE BEST – I HAVE HAD BETTER ONES. THERE IS ANOTHER TRUCK CALLED GRILL MASTER CAFE, THEY HAVE GREAT BURGERS, PINCHOS, AND THE BIGGEST CROQUETA PREPARADA. THE TRUCK IS CLEANED AND SERVICE IS GREAT AT THE WINDOW, NOT THE BACK OF THE TRUCK. AND OH YES THEY LOVE WHEN YOU TAKE PICTURES OF THEIR TRUCK!

  • Anonymous

    Montigity YOU are soo right. Burger beast the reason why he makes u go to two lines is the first one you tell him what u want so then he makes that and then gives you one already cooked so there is always food on the grill.

  • Adriel

    I've tried Pincho man on SEVERAL occasions (because late at night, my drunk friends swear by it and i give in, BUT NO MORE!), and I’m not the only one to say that there is NOTHING special about Pincho Man. The only reason he's still around is because not many places are open as late as he, and it’s also probably because it’s nice to change pace from the typical fast-food chains or Denny’s/IHOP. But honestly, there’s better options out there for the price you pay…

  • Adriel

    I also forgot to mention, his so-called "special secret sauce" is worthless. It's pretty much BBQ sauce. If it is in fact, not BBQ sauce, then it is just a poorly crafted sauce recipe. So don't give me that crap about the sauce is what makes it better. OFF THE CHAIN my ass…

  • Anonymous

    we are going to try it tonight and who ever wrote this was prpalby not latin and does not under stand our tradition. go ricky . wow i feel like we are going on a secret adventure i guess that is half the fun. LA RAZA LIVES ON

  • Anonymous

    All I can say is SAMMY DOG AND TURKEY MEATBALL DELUXE!! By far the best late night food!

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  • Priscilla Chaves

    Great for representing….he is amazing!!!! One of the first and the best!

  • Mickey Mike

    It’s clear that this post was done by one of pincho man’s competitors or possibly some moron from up North that is not from Miami. The off the chain burger is OFF THE CHAIN!!!! If you dont like pincho man, than you are not a Miami native and you are one of the biggest IDIOTS on the face of the earth!!