By: Julieta Hernandez Photos by: Rachel Benavides
When Sarah Flores and Sabrina Lozano approached a crossroad in life, the two sisters decided to take on a new journey on a little blue food truck. Loli’s Streatery is heating up a new wave of Tex-Mex inspired cuisine on wheels, and locals get the first try.
The complete menu consists of South Texas items we all know and love, but each with a brand-new twist. Loli’s loaded corn bowl, a colorful revamp of the classic corn cup, is a signature dish—while also being a Corpus Christi first.
“It’s Mexican street corn, and you can get street corn in a lotof places—but you never see them fully loaded, with meat and proteins,” said Lozano. “We invested in that idea, and so we started there.”
Flores and Lozano’s food endeavors result in a menu that diverges deliciously from the local food scene. The South Texas Hot Chicken, also original to Loli’s, is a take on classic Tennessee hot chicken, brought to the coast.
“I knew it needed to be Tex-ified,” Flores said. “We went from white bread to nice, buttery Texas toast and we did tenders. And, well, I won’t give away the recipe, but the sauce… It’s got that Texas flavor. It’s South Texas hot chicken; you won’t find it anywhere else.”
Both sisters come from backgrounds outside the local food scene; Flores is a full-time college student, and Lozano is kept busy working in local hospitals. The food truck was born of their collaborative love for cooking and creating, and while the food industry is a new thing for the sisters, they tackled the new business venture together.
“We got the trailer within, like, a week of having the idea,” Flores laughed. “That’s kind of a very big theme with us, we’re very spontaneous. Any idea we’ve had, we run with it.”
The dedication of the two sisters is also backed by supportive family bonds. “They helped us when we had to figure out the generator,” Lozano said. “We wouldn’t have been able to do it without our dad, and without my husband.”
Family has inspired the sisters throughout their food truck journey, and family has also inspired the food truck name; Flores and Lozano named Loli’s Streatery after their grandmother Loli. They also find inspiration from their mom, who inspired Mom’s Enchilada Nachos, and knows how to mix up the perfect homemade lemonade for the truck.
Flores and Lozano have exciting future prospects for Loli’s Streatery. Eventually, the sisters plan to run it full-time; until then, you can try their original loaded corn bowl and their unique Texicana takes by stopping by the truck and enjoying their delicious bites.