by Tara Morgan
A new food truck on State Street advertises Indian tacos. But you won’t find saag paneer and biryani wrapped in a portable naan blanket. Mist’Delish serves up Native American tacos, enchiladas and frybreads.
So, what exactly is a Native American frybread?
“It’s a dough that’s really, really super soft, and once I place it in the fryer, it just puffs up really big,” explained owner Misty Lara through the window of her new truck on a recent chilly evening.
Lara opened Mist’Delish on March 1 by the Salvation Army on State Street. The small menu includes chicken enchiladas, Indian tacos, Indian frybreads, curly fries and sodas. It’s not exactly the maize or wild rabbit one might expect to find in Native American cuisine.
“A lot of these recipes are from my great-grandma,” said Lara. “I just felt, well, there’s no Native American restaurants here that sell any Native American food, so I knew it was going to be a good place to start.”
One of Lara’s specialties is her great-grandma’s enchiladas.
“It’s an 8- or 10-inch tortilla, and I stuff it with lettuce, chicken, tomato, onions, cheese, and then I fold it, and I just smother it with her enchilada sauce, and I put cheese and parmesan on top,” said Lara.
Lara previously worked in the medical field, and while she doesn’t have any professional culinary experience, she said cooking for her family has sharpened her skills.
“With my four kids, it kept me in training,” Lara said, laughing.
Mist’Delish is open Monday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.-ish.