Cheese Boy has a supermarket secret. Or at least he had one, until he spilled the beans (and rice) on the great Dominican eats at the Pioneer store in the Allerton section of the Bronx. The market’s deli department shows its chops with excellent mangú (mashed plantain), served daily with a variety of Latin and American meat and side dishes—pork, chicken, meatloaf, rice, beans, scrambled eggs—for just $3.50 for lunch and a bit more for dinner.

FoodExpression‘s secret guilty pleasure comes from a hot dog vendor who sets up on weekdays outside a Mexican food wholesaler in Hunts Point. Get the dog “con todo”: topped with onion, chili, queso fresco, hot sauce, and homemade jalapeño-cilantro relish. “I am laden with guilt after each meeting with those dogs,” FoodExpression confesses, “but they make me soooo happy.”

He’s also found happiness at Real Azteca in the Longwood area, where grandmotherly ladies can be spied patting out tortillas and sopes by hand. It’s no secret—past reports have praised its carnitas and chiles rellenos, among other things—but it’s certainly hound-worthy. As FoodExpression puts it, “Real Azteca is a special place.”

Pioneer Supermarket [Bronx]
790 Allerton Avenue (between Wallace and Barnes avenues), Bronx
718-708-7214

Hot dog vendor [Bronx]
Outside Abarrotes Mexicano wholesale food warehouse, 1170 Randall Avenue (at Worthen Street), Bronx
No phone available

Real Azteca [Bronx]
1013 E. 163rd Street (between Simpson Street and Southern Boulevard), Bronx
718-860-1566

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