Visitors to Mexico discover quickly that there’s more to the cuisine than tacos. One category much-loved by Mexicans but perhaps a bit new to non-natives is antojitos, a type of street food that literally means “little cravings.”
People new to antojitos might call them snacks on steroids.
Sylvia Delgadillo has been concocting the treats for several years, first out of Juanita’s Marketa, then for the last year in Odell, and now she has opened a shop on the Heights, on 12th street just north of the Mesquitery.
It’s called Tropicali Fruit, an homage to the flavors and Delgadillo’s home town of Merced, Calif.
Flavors range all over the map, from their chicharron (based on fried pork rinds), to the Fresas con Crema (“We sell a lot”), which includes a house-made yogurt cream, papaya, mango, melon, banana, strawberries, apple, granola, coconut, raisins and pecans.
Hours will expand in the summer, but for now, Tropicali Fruit is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.