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Congratulations to Maximus / Minimus as FoodTruckTalk.com’s Food Truck Of-The-Week!

The pig is back!  We waited until their winter hiatus was over, but we can wait no longer… probably the most unique looking food truck is back on the street in Seattle.  It’s the Maximus / Minimus pig food truck!

Maximus / Minimus is the passion of Kurt Beecher Dammeier who extended his love of making braised pork sandwiches for his staff into an incredibly recognizable food truck.

Kurt named his truck based on the two flavor profiles he serves: Maximus (savory and spicy!) and Minimus (tangy and sweet).  It didn’t hurt that his eldest son’s name is Max aka Maximus!  Designer Colin Reedy worked with Kurt (along with fiberglass and aluminum) to create this enormous roaming pig.

The pig’s specialties are their two version of grilled or pulled pork.  The Maximus is hot and spicy from a mixture of peppers, onions, and fruit juices.  The Minimus is sweet and tangy with tamarind, honey, and molasses.  The flavor of these sandwiches is unique and unlike traditional BBQ pulled pork (the cilantro on top adds a great twist).

As a side dish add Beecher’s Flagship cheese (from another of Kurt’s businesses) or slaw.  Also available are kettle chips and mac/cheese, both great;  freshly made and very tasty!

For non-pork eaters there is also a selection of veggie sandwiches and grilled chicken sandwiches, both served in either a Minimus or Maximus style.

You can’t miss the Maximus / Minimus food truck, and you won’t want to as I think you’ll really enjoy their take on pork.  They take it seriously, why else would their truck have the license plate “SOME PIG.”

Maximus / Minimus – Seattle, WA
http://www.maximus-minimus.com

 

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Happy National Clam Chowder Day!  Yup, it’s today, Friday, February 25th!

You hear a lot of stories these days of food trucks growing up on the streets and becoming traditional sit-down restaurants.  San Francisco’s Sam’s ChowderMobile has achieved success doing the exact opposite.  First they opened the magnificent Sam’s Chowder House Restaurant (225 seats) overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Half Moon Bay, then they launched Sam’s ChowderMobile food truck.

The menu items that have made Sam’s Chowder House famous are available from the Sam’s ChowderMobile food truck that keeps busy all over the San Francisco Bay area.

This time of year the New England Clam Chowder is hard to resist –  little neck clams, yukon gold potatoes, smoked bacon and cream.  Unlike other clam chowders Sam’s broth is light and savory, no flour used as a thickener.

Sam’s Famous Maine Lobster Roll was named one of the top five sandwiches in America by The Today Show.  It’s simplicity makes this a huge achieveement.  It’s just delicious Maine lobster lightly tossed in warmed butter on a delectable toasted bun!  Miles from Maine, but you’d never know it.

Sam’s ChowderMobile food truck also features fish tacos (authentic Baja style), fried calamari, fish and chips, and a weekly salad special like the Shrimp Louie Salad with fuji apples, iceberg lettuce, cucumber, egg, and their secret-recipe house made Louie dressing.

The ChowderMobile uses cholestrerol and trans-fat free vegetable oils in their fryers, they also serve their food in biodegradable and compostable packaging.  They care about the sea and their own envriornment.

The quality and freshness of Sam’s ChowderMobile rivals it’s big brother  Sam’s Chowder House.  Usually the view from the truck is not as dramatic as from the restaurant, but the food is just as great.

Sam’s ChowderMobile – San Francisco, CA
http://www.samschowdermobile.com

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Congratulations to Jogasaki Sushi Burrito as FoodTruckTalk.com’s Food Truck Of-The-Week!

There is little question that the Korean BBQ taco and burrito launched the food truck revolution.  It was quickly followed by other burrito variations that combined cuisines from virtually every nationality. Therefore, it should come to no suprise that the one of the latest burrito entrants combines Japanese sushi ingredients in a burrito!

We recently had the opportunity of sampling Jogasaki Sushi Burrito’s at the recent Downtown LA Art Walk.  We were skeptical, but at first bite we were in love!

We started with the Jogasaki Sushi Burrito #2 which included shredded imatation crab in a mayonnaise sauce, spicy tuna, avocado, cucumber and a dark dipping sauce on a bed of rice.  Burritos at Josasaki are available either wrapped in a traditional flour tortilla or in a soy papper with black sesame seed wrap.  We decided to go traditional and opt for the flour tortilla for our first attempt, and boy was it delicious.  Although the ingredients are those found in traditional sushi the presentation by Jogasaki was more of a “mash-up”, all the flavors combined in a delectable fashion.

Other Jogasaki Sushi Burritos  feature fried salmon skin, shrimp tempura, eel, crabmeat and virtually any other sushi ingredient you can think of.  An optional hot sauce is available, use at your own discretion!

Another popular item are the Spicy Tuna Nachos, doritos piled high with spicy tuna and avocado!  Also, try any of the other unique variety of items tht Jagasaki Sushi Burrito dishes up.  There is no shortage of unique combinations!

It’s great to see someone take the burrito concept to a higher level and in a new and unique fashion.  We recommend Jogasaki Sushi Burrito to anyone looking for a delicious, easy to eat, and unique food truck meal.

Jogasaki is also very active in benefit events for Japan relief.  Check out their web site and Twitter feed for updates.

In Jogasaki Burrito – Los Angeles, CA
http://www.jogasakburrito.com

 

 

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With food trucks serving huge varieties of ethnic foods and gourmet fare it’s not unusual to sometimes overlook local food trucks who have been serving out native food to their local communities for years before the food truck phenomenan hit.

In Cleveland such a food truck is Seti’s Polish Boys. For the last ten years Seti and his wife have been serving up a sandwich invented in Cleveland – The Polish Boy. A Polish Boy is a Kielbasa sausage placed on a bun and covered with french fries, barbecue or hot sauce and cole slaw.

Iron Chef and Clevelander Michael Symon citied the Polish Boy as the “Best Thing I Ever Ate” on the Food Network when he featured the Polish Boy from Seti’s.

Iron Chef Michael Symon getting a bag of Polish Boys to go!

The Seti Polish Boy starts with the sausage being slow grilled. Then once you place your order it is then quickly deep fried before being added to the bun with hand cut french fries, their homemade bbq sauce and cole slaw. Although not totally traditional Seti’s offers chili and cheese as options to your Polish Boy.

Seti’s also serves jumbo beef hot dogs (prepared in the Polish Boy style if desired), Polish Dogs (onions, relish and mustard), BBQ Slaw Dog, Chili Cheese Dog and hand cut fries available with chili, BBQ sauce and cheese, or bbq sauce as toppings.

I wouldn’t be at all suprised if other food truck operators come to Cleveland to try a Seti’s Polish Boy and try to replicate the concept in their city!  Philadelphia Cheesesteaks, Chicago Italian Beefs, and Cleveland Polish Boys – great sandwiches wherever you are!

Seti’s Polish Boys – Cleveland, OH
http://www.setispolishboys.com

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There are a few things concerning the Curbside Truck that grabbed our attention.  First off, everybody loves hamburgers – but not everyone makes a great hamburger, the Curbside Food Truck does.  Secondly, the Curbside Truck has found a way to take a traditional item like the hamburger and localize it.

Meet the KGB Burger.  A thick and gooey mixture featuring Louisiana pralines is poured over a juicy burger covered with thick-cut bacon and topped off with a fried egg!  A powerful wake up to your taste buds.

Each day the Curbside Truck serves the KGB Burger, the Curbside Classic Burger (patriotic American cheeseburger) and the Brian Burger.  I don’t know Brian, but if I did I bet we’d get along great since his namesake burger is topped with sharp cheddar cheese and Curbside’s award winning pork belly preserves!  Brian, you know how to live!

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Please do NOT try this at home, professional drivers only. One food truck specializing in Korean cuisine is driving down the road. Another food truck is coming at them head-on, this truck featuring Mexican food items. Suddenly they approach each other and morph into one great food truck: Chi’Lantro, and lo and behold, this new truck serves Korean-Mexican fusion cuisine.

The Chilantro name comes from the KimCHI, a Korean food staple, and ciLANTRO often used in Mexican and Hispanic cuisine. When these two cultures come together on this food truck you can expect some flavorful and unique tacos, burritos and burgers.

The tacos, burritos, quesadillas and hamburgers all come in a variety of ways. First, select your protein: beef, spicy pork, spicy chicken or tofu. The taco is served on corn tortillas with a Korean soy vinaigrette salad, onion cilantro, salsa roja and a lime wedge.

The burrito is similar to the taco but has cheddar jack and monterey cheese added. Both the burrito and the taco can be spiced a bit by adding kimchi.

Don’t leave the Chilantro food truck without an order of their Kimchi Fries. The fries taste is a synergy of flavors from carmelized kimchi, bulgogi, cheddar jack and monterey cheese along with cilantro, onions, korean peppers with a spicy orange sauce. That’s a mouthful!

Chi’Lantro’s pricing is extremely reasonable. A huge taco is just $2, burritos and quesadillas are $5. Your palate will be impressed with the Chi’Lantro flavors and pricing.

Chi’Lantro – Austin, TX
http://www.chilantrobbq.com

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