JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – La Cocina Del Coqui Restaurant & Food Truck is a gem in Jacksonville, serving up authentic Puerto Rican cuisine.

It started as a food truck in 2015, then owners Rachelle and Edwin decided to create a “home base” where people could easily find them.

Owner Edwin served in the Marine Corp for 6 years and the Navy for 11.

After retiring he said his way of giving back to the community now is through food, and a lot of it!

The spots most popular dish is the Cuban sandwich, that has a Puerto Rican flare. The owners say empanadas and mofongo are a close second.

WATCH: Chef Edwin performs!

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!