Top Nosh Truck

I admit it.  I am a terrible note-taker.  As a result, I like to research the ‘digital footprint’ on the trucks I visit to refresh my memory and to sometimes learn stuff about a truck I didn’t think to ask.  After all, it’s really about the food, right?  So when I was putting together an update on my list of active food trucks so I could figure out who I needed to track down, I didn’t find much about Top Nosh.  So I sent a message to Chef Matt Thomas and told him he needed a bigger digital footprint.  Apparently, he listened.  Now you can find Top Nosh Truck on Facebook, Twitter and even a website.

Top Nosh Truck

Top Nosh Truck

I caught up with them at Fort Worth Food Park on a gorgeous day.  The menu wasn’t much bigger than their digital footprint but the quality more than makes up for any shortage of options.

The menu changes as Chef Matt tries new things but this is what it looked like the day I was at Top Nosh Truck.

The menu changes as Chef Matt tries new things but this is what it looked like the day I was at Top Nosh Truck.

I realize it’s almost sacrilegious to live in Texas and not be a fan of BBQ.  I have lived in famous BBQ towns like Kansas City and visited ALL of the big BBQ meccas but it took moving to Texas for me to figure out, BBQ is not my favorite way to prepare meat.  That said, the Braised Brisket Sliders lived up to their advertising as AWESOME!  Tender, juicy, and spicy without being hot are the result of the brisket being perfectly prepared.  The bun was fresh and the portions balanced, even the bonus goat cheese that is part of this compelling reason to eat BBQ and to like it …. A lot!

"The" Two-fer - Braised Brisket Sliders with Goat Cheese.  The Red Cabbage Slaw was a nice complement but it is even better when you put it on the slider!

“The” Two-fer – Braised Brisket Sliders with Goat Cheese. The Red Cabbage Slaw was a nice complement but it is even better when you put it on the slider!

“The” Top Nosh Steak Sammy goes a completely different route that leads to the same smile when you bite into this overstuffed delight that features grilled hangar steak and onions, lemon-thyme mayo, grape tomatoes, Pepper Jack and Feta cheeses and for a little color and flavor splash, flash fried spinach.  My partner-in-crime on this culinary adventure told me it was ‘really, really good’ and she loved the flash fried spinach.  But then, I knew that from the two little bites I got to try and the fact I only got to try two-little bites!

"The" Top Nosh Steak Sammy is topped literally and lip smackingly with flash fried spinach.  Popeye never had it this good!

“The” Top Nosh Steak Sammy is topped liberally and lip smackingly with flash fried spinach. Popeye never had it this good!

The Shut-Yo-Mouth Tater Tots go to prove that it’s not what you start with but what you end up with that counts.  Ours were fried perfectly and covered in an assortment of cheeses.  If you want yours prepared with truffle oil, you can have ‘em your way, too.

The Steak Sammy deserves another look but take a peak at those cheese topped Tater Tots.  The only reason to Shut Yo Mouth with these is to chew and enjoy!

The Steak Sammy deserves another look but take a peak at those cheese topped Tater Tots. The only reason to Shut Yo Mouth with these is to chew and enjoy!

The Fruit Boat was as pretty as it was cool and refreshing.  The Lemon Marscapone really sets off the citrus in the pineapple but it’s just as great with the strawberries, blueberries, kiwi and banana.  What a fabulous way to end the meal.

Super happy taste buds are the pot of gold at the end of this fresh fruit rainbow.

Super happy taste buds are the pot of gold at the end of this fresh fruit rainbow.

Afterwards, there was a break in the crowd and we got to spend a few minutes with Chef Matt.  It’s clear that he’s passionate about food and creating items that are interesting, fresh and, as it says on the website, “lovingly doted on one order at a time.”  And as much as we liked everything we tried, Chef Matt says the Tacos Chinos will become your favorite item no matter how much of a ‘beef’ guy you are!

The Top Nosh Meal - sit back and enjoy as you nosh away.

The Top Nosh Meal – sit back and enjoy as you nosh away.

A couple of things jumped out at me as I ‘researched’ the background on Top Nosh Truck.  First, his website is simple but well done; just like his menu and food. And second, unlike a lot of other Facebook Pages I visit, I was amazed by the number of photos that had four, or five, or even six items in the photo.  Now I don’t feel so bad about how much I ordered.  It wasn’t my fault, Chef Matt made me do it!

If you want to find Top Nosh, check out the now ‘expansive’ digital footprint you can find on Facebook, Twitter and even their website.  But if you really want to learn more about Top Nosh Truck and Chef Matt, just go out and eat with Chef Matt and  Top Nosh Truck.

And then repeat … repeat … repeat.

 

 

Kelly Family Farms Food Truck Answers the Question: “Where’s the beef?”

The simple things in life are the best.

Anybody over 30 or so probably remembers the 80′s  Wendy’s commercial that made Where’s the beef? one of the most famous catch-phrases of the day and Clara Peller everyone’s favorite grandmother.  The newest place in Collin County to answer this question is the Kelly Family Farm Food Truck.  I literally just got back from their soft-opening and couldn’t wait to spread the word.

Kelly Family Farms Food Truck - look for it on the south side of  W Lucas Road in Parker, TX

Kelly Family Farms Food Truck – look for it on the south side of W Lucas Road in Parker, TX

Ask anyone who’s been in the food truck business about the formula for success and almost everyone will agree:

  • Keep the menu simple and focus on consistent delivery
  • Fresh, good quality ingredients combined to make great food
  • Acceptable wait times
  • A friendly staff that engages every customer like you are their best friend

The folks at Kelly Family Farms check every box already.   Before we could even place our order, we were met by Channin Kelly and promised the best burger we’ve ever eaten.  Those are bold words and we promised to let her know what we thought after we ate.  Let’s just put it this way.  I think I said 3 times in the 15 minute drive home, “that was a good burger!”

The menu is about as simple as it gets:  You can have anything you want as long as it is a burger but you can have your burger just about any way you want it.  Pick your size, choose your fixins and the combo includes a drink and chips.

Pick your challenge of 1-4 patties and dress it up the way you like it.

Pick your challenge of 1-4 patties and dress it up the way you like it.

Never one to back down from a challenge, we opted to tackle the Cattle Barron, a massive quad (that’s 4) patty burger bulging out of the toasted bun and dressed with cheese, mustard, mayo, onions and jalapenos.  This juicy, tender, perfectly cooked creation melted in your mouth like buttah on the stove.

King of the heap - the Cattle Baron with Cheese

King of the heap – the Cattle Barron with Cheese

It’s almost not fair to ask a bun to handle that much beef but the toasted bun (my favorite way to prepare a burger bun) mostly held together and totally held its own in flavor, freshness and yummi-ness. It’s being picky but if I had any complaint it’s that the bun got all wrinkled up in the wrap and wasn’t very pretty.  After the first bite, I didn’t much care.

We managed to stop long enough to capture the Cattle Baron halfway through.

We managed to stop long enough to capture the Cattle Barron halfway through.  This one is all about the beef!

In order to provide an equal opportunity test, we also went to the ‘lighter’ side of the menu for the Kelly Classic w/bacon, added cheese (of course!) and our preference on condiments.  This single patty burger is much more balanced.  Unless you’re just hankering for a bunch of beef, the balance on the Kelly Classic provided a more entertaining and complex sensation of flavors and textures.  For you non-foodies, that means it tasted REAL good.

The Kelly Classic with bacon and cheese

The Kelly Classic with bacon and cheese, onions, pickles and jalapenos, mustard and mayo.

If there is any bad news, the plans are for the trailer to stay in place most of the time.  But that’s good news for burger or food truck fans in eastern Collin County who generally have to drive an hour or more to find food trucks in the Dallas area.  Maybe, if we ask nicely, we can convince them to join up with some of our other awesome food trucks in North Texas for a special event.

The Kelly Family Farms Food Truck lot.

The Kelly Family Farms Food Truck lot.  Thank goodness there’s more parking to the left side!

This truck can make a claim no other food truck in the area can make.  They raise all of the beef used in the burgers and they proudly tell you 10 different ways grass fed beef is better for your than grain fed beef on the website.  You can follow the comments of their satisfied customers on Facebook and hear about the appearances at special events on Twitter.  They are open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

 

Seating is limited but in keeping with the 'family' spirit, tables come in adult (shown) and kids (not shown here) sizes.

Seating is limited but in keeping with the ‘family’ spirit, tables come in adult (shown) and kids (not shown here) sizes.

I think I”ll lay awake tonight planning my next visit so I can confirm they’ve got down the  ‘consistent delivery’ thing ….

Eat Red. Drink Red. Save Lives. June 1-10, 2014.

DFW Food Trucks are well represented in the Eat Red. Drink Red. Save Lives. Campaign sponsored by Red.org.  This non-profit foundation funds aids research and treatment for AIDS in Africa, where AIDS remains a major threat and treatment, that costs only 40 cents per day, is not commonly available.

This is the first year for a food industry specific campaign.  Restaurants, bars, diners and food trucks all across the country have signed up to participate.

Each truck has designed a Red Menu item and donates a portion of the purchase price.  You can help #86AIDS by visiting one of these participating truck:

@brunchtruckdfw  @eatjodawgs  @funkytownfoods  @getenticed
@guavatreetruck  @pompeiidfw and @sauzysfoodtruck

For more information, view the videos below and visit www.red.org.

Eat Red. Drink Red. Save Lives. with (RED)

What can 40 cents but?

I’ll be out this weekend.  I hope I see you at the trucks.

YimYam Thai Fusion Food Truck

YimYam Truck

I love to translate foreign words, especially foreign names, to see what they mean.  The website says YimYam translates “smile.”  Google a translation of YimYam from Thai to English and you find “[to be] sincere, honest, genuine.”  I can tell you that spot-on, first impressions are that this translation applies equally well to the owners, Kham Phommahaxay and Daniel Hwi, and to their food.  The menu is Thai inspired or, as the truck says, Thai Fusion.  They deliver on their desire to serve delicious Thai dishes that are unique but still familiar to the taste buds.

We caught up with Yim Yam Truck in Cleburne, TX with several other trucks serving up great food truck fare at The Support the Sound Food Truck Bash.  While the menu may vary seasonally, the menu today looked like this:

YimYam Thai Fusion Food Truck

In fairness, YIMYAM caught the short straw because their food would travel so we took home dinner.  Oh, we tasted it fresh and hot but trust me, this food travels home (even if it’s a few hours later) just fine!  First impressions are that the portions are generous while the ingredients are fresh, high quality and prepared by someone who knows what they’re doing.  And he does … The culinary genius behind YIMYAM is Kham, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago, sometimes inspired by Daniel who brings a little of his Malaysian heritage.

It might not be true for everyone, but we split a Curry Porky and a pair of Fire Balls.  Add a serving of Thai Slaw and we were completely satisfied.

YimYam Thai Fusion Food Truck

Fireballs with dipping sauce and Thai Salad

The Fireball, a panko coated and deep fried rice ball, is crispy on the outside and moist inside, big as a handball (almost 2″ in diameter) and it delivers a progression of textures and flavors that’s sure to please.  For a fire-eater like me, the name Fireball is overstated but there’s definitely some ‘heat’ in these tasty morsels.  And while you might be able to stuff one in your mouth whole, DON”T!  Take more bites and spread out the enjoyment!!

YimYam Thai Fusion Food Truck

YIMYAM Fireball – crispy outside and moist inside with fabulous flavors throughout

YIMYAM offers the Beefy Brisket and the Nutty Chick but today’s choice was the Curry Porky.  It may not sound like fine dining but the Green Curry pork and Thai Slaw drizzled with a spicy mayo sauce served over perfectly steamed white rice would sell for way more served up on fancy white china.  Personally, I prefer to pay for the food; not the plate!

YimYam Thai Fusion Food Truck

Curry Porky

I’m looking forward to eating with Kham and Daniel again so I can  sample more of the menu.  First impressions are important and my first impression was a good one.  After a single visit, I have some new translations for YIMYAM:

YIMYAN means FRIENDLY, and Kham and Daniel are as friendly as you’ll find.

YIMYAM means YUM, at least that’s how I feel after my first experience with Thai Fusion the YIMYAM way.

And it may be taking some liberties, but I’m pretty sure you could also translate YIMYAM as Eat, Smile, Repeat … I did with each bite.

YimYam Thai Fusion Food Truck

Look for the Orange and Green YimYam truck at a location nearby (or far, it’s worth the drive) !

If you want to try YIMYAM, you can find them on Facebook and Twitter.  For more information, check out their website.

Bite My Biscuit

It’s all about the biscuit!  Anybody can offer you sandwiches on somebody else’s bread but Candace and Grant  Lambdin serve up a host of delightful sandwiches served on scratch made biscuits.

Bite My Biscuit

The creative menu board is your first indication that this truck doesn’t follow the crowd but goes it’s own way to stand out in a good way.

When you walk up to the gleaming stainless steel trailer, your first glimpse of the creative spirit inside that came up with all the recipes are the menu boards hanging on the side of the trailer drawing you in to discover what tantalizing treats are to be found. Interesting, ingenious and practical – just take down the mini-blackboard when you run out of an item.

If you fall into the group that follows the mantra, “Life is short, eat dessert first”, then like me, your eyes are gonna naturally fall on the board that says Brandy Biscuit Bread Pudding first.

Bite My Biscuit
Brandy Biscuit Bread Pudding -  Did I say Brandy?  ‘Nuff said!

And that first bite is gonna make you want to order another one!  But don’t, there’s lots more good stuff waiting for you on another board.

The wife and I quickly make a sandwich choice and my penchant for all things beefy and spicy make my choice easy -The Spicy Biscuit Burger.

Bite My Biscuit

The spicy burger biscuit ($7) comes with candied jalapenos, bacon cream cheese and a generous beef patty.

The Spicy Burger Biscuit is a different take on the traditional burger.  The biscuit is a little sweet, the patty substantial but fear not – it’s only a little spicy.  I was curious about the candied jalapenos and happy to see that restraint is the order of the day.  The candied coating is light and nicely contrasts with the ‘heat’ of the freshly sliced jalapeno.  It’s obvious the ingredients are high quality and fresh.

The menu offers a number of othersandwich options, including the Fried Chicken Biscuit ATW (All The Way), and the FFL-FGT (a bacon and fried green tomato sandwhich with fresh arugala).   I’ll try one of those on a future visit but today is a beef day.  The wife being more appreciative of well matched ingredients less commonly found on a sandwich opted for the Chef Biscuit.

Bite My Biscuit

The Chef Biscuit ($8) is the most popular sandwich at Bite My Biscuit. It’s no wonder with juicy, tender Hangar Steak, Arugala, Red Onion and the special  Balsamic Creme Fraiche sauce.

A meal needs more than a burger – it needs potatoes!  And what better proof do you need that they’re incredible than the Sweet Potato Frites selling out just before we ordered !  The frites are shredded,  deep fried to a crispy state and drizzled with marshmallow brandy cream sauce.   I will be trying the frites on a future trip to Bite My Biscuit!

Bite My Biscuit

The Potato Fries ($4) are thinly sliced and lightly deep fried.

With the frites sold out, we had to ‘settle’ for the Potato Fries.  Sliced super thin, deep fried to a golden color they make you think of potato chips.  Ours came out a little less crispy than I expected but if you like your taters prepared this way, these are certain to please.

Here’s the whole meal.  Plenty for two for about $22 bucks not counting drinks.

Bite My Biscuit
The family (of two) meal made our way!

Bite My Biscuit is a Tarrant County based truck that’s only been operating since March 14, 2014, so don’t feel bad if you haven’t tried them yet.  You can find them at Weatherford “trade days” events other locations, mostly on the southwest side of the metroplex.  They’re busy booking events so if you want hire them or just order from the window, check them out at Facebook or check for current locations on Twitter.

Look for the gleaming stainless steel trailer and the lines to find Bite My Biscuit.

Look for the gleaming stainless steel trailer and the long lines to find Bite My Biscuit.

Northplace Church Rocks the Block Party

I was so excited tonight to find out that 6 food trucks would be at the Northplace Church’s Block Party, in Sachse!

On hand to fee the crowd were, The Butchers Son, What’s the Scoop, Yummy Pizza, TX Burrito Company, Ruthies and Wound Up.

Trucks at Block Party at NorthPlace ChurchAnd of course, the food.

We started the night off with Pizza from Yummy Pizza.

Yummy Pizza Foodand for the final course, Tacos from the TX Burrito Company.

Tx Burrito SouthFork tacoIt was a great night, great weather, and great food.

All Roads Lead to ROAM

I am PSYCHED!!! The first EVER Mobile Food Conference is scheduled in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, September 14th, and I AM GOING!!! The plane tickets and room are booked, registration confirmed – We’re going to Portland! (Of course I’m taking my trusty sidekick, best friend and partner Janice)

Good_Karma_Christine

No, that’s not Janice. That’s my friend Christine tooling down the road in the Good Karma Kitchen truck!

Why should you consider going (besides all the awesome people who are going to be there and the fact this is historic event)??

If you are a new food truck owner or think you might want to become a food truck owner, START-UP BOOT CAMP is an all day program that will give you the fundamentals you’ll need to launch a successful business.

If you are already a food truck owner there is a smorgasbord of classes, lead by industry leaders and pioneers from across the land, to address your interests. Learn about the latest innovations in mobile vending, up your marketing with best practices for social media, online options and more, get valuable tips on how to gain the support of your city for mobile food vendors (I’ll be at that one for sure!), get information on how to grow your business or for an overview, take the Cliff Notes in Mobile Food Biz 101.

But why, you ask, am I so totally psyched?? Because I’m already hooked up with representatives from food truck organizations in Southern California, Portland, District of Columbia, NYC, Minnesota, Maryland, Phoenix, and New Orleans! I’ve got time scheduled to pick their brains about what works for them, their successes in creating a level playing field, and how each approaches their market uniquely.

There’s still time for you to join us in Portland.  For information about the conference, special room rates and registration, go to http://roamconference.com/about/.

You can also LIKE ROAM on Facebook. Follow the buzz on Twitter.

All roads lead to ROAM

Will you be on the road?

Goodness Gracious Great Balls and Sliders

Nothing is better than a great burger.  My opinion is that it is HARD to find a really good burger. But you won’t be disappointed at Goodness Gracious Great Balls and Sliders. They rank in my top 5 burger trucks.Goodness Gracious Great Ball and Sliders truck webOur Meal today

Goodness Gracious Great Ball and Sliders Group

Le Chevre Doux- Fresh sourdough bread with goat cheese and a slice of ham for those who just aren’t in a burger mood.

Goodness Gracious Great Ball and Sliders Le Chevre Doux   Goodness Gracious Great Ball and Sliders American

The All American with Organic beef, bacon, tillamook cheddar, vidalia onions, greens and Garlic aoili. You can’t get much more American than this.

Goodness Gracious Great Ball and Sliders Black & Blue  Black & Bleu- They got all fancy on this one and crusted the organic beef with pepper, bleu cheese, garlic aiolis and spring greens. If you are a bleu cheese lover, make sure to pick this one.

 

Goodness Gracious Great Ball and Sliders El MestizoEl Mestizo- Organic beef, green chili raja, Queso Fresca, clantro and garlic aioli.

I dare you to order one of each, then you tell me which one  you like the best.

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