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.