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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.

 

 

Fred’s TruckWagon: Have FredBurger, Will Travel (But Not Far)

Fred’s Texas Cafe Takes Its Famous FredBurger on Road

Fred’s Texas Cafe has been a favorite place for beer, burgers and entertainment in Fort Worth since 1978.  In restaurant years, that’s like FOREVER.  And in February 2012, they joined the burgeoning food truck movement in Fort Worth and launched their own mobile kitchen, Fred’s TruckWagon.  The announcement was quickly followed by whispered hopes they’d really take the show on the road and bring the truck to Dallas and other parts of the Metroplex.  So far, those hopes have been pretty much dashed and frankly, I don’t understand.  Why put a corporate truck out there and then limit it’s operation to the same place you already have two successful brick & mortar restaurants?  As a marketing plan, I just don’t get it.  Oh well, it’s about the food anyway and I caught up with Fred’s Truck Wagon at the Fort Worth Food Park.

Fred’s Truck Wagon Dressed Up Texas Style

Legendary Badass Burgers:  That’s a pretty bold statement.  I had to see for myself what the buzz is all about.

The side of the truck advertises their specialty, Badass Burgers

 

The Cafe Menu has a lot more options including Coldass Beer but the truck is all about the FredBurger.  From this truck you can get anything you want as long as it’s a burger, in 1/4 pound and 1/2 pound sizes.  You pick the toppings and the cheese, both for an additional cost.  There are French Fries available, too, at (you guessed it) an additional cost.

 

I opted for the FredBurger, a half pound of Texas raised Ground Beef and added Smokey Bacon, Grilled Fresh Jalapenos and Bleu Cheese served on a plain hamburger bun.  The french fries come with kosher salt but mine had little more to offer.  They were soggy and had little flavor.  I didn’t finish them.

 

The FredBurger came with generous portions of the selected toppings.  The quality was good but I’d hope so for an additional $1.25 per item plus another $1 for the cheese.  I was really glad I ordered the 1/2 pound burger.  Otherwise, I think the burger would have disappeared in everything else.  Again, the quality of the beef seemed pretty good but that’s the problem.  If I’m gonna spend $13.50 for a burger and fries, I expect it to be GREAT!  This one wasn’t.  Compared to most food truck fare in DFW, the prices were high.

 

The food was good, and it might have seemed better in the cafe setting, surrounded by the characters who work there and the characters who come there, the music and the beer.  Yeah, a few beers would have probably make this taste a lot better.

At the risk of getting banned from Fort Worth, and I love going there, maybe Dallas isn’t missing out on anything.  Or maybe it was a bad day.  Or maybe you have to be a FW native to truly appreciate Fred’s.

You can find out where Fred’s Truck Wagon is by following them on Twitter or Facebook but why?  You’ll probably find them at Fort Worth Food Park or you could get the whole experience by stopping in at one of the brick & mortar locations at 915 Currie Street or 2730 Western Center.  The hours are longer, the AC and beer are colder (and less expensive) and the entertainment included.

 

 

 

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The Drifting Bistro: Straight Line to Great Food

The Drifting Bistro is operated by Russ Davis, former sous chef at Brownstone Restaurant.  Davis is a perfect  example of an young chef who sees the food truck as a logical entry into owning his own restaurant operation.  Unlike many trucks that embrace a niche food,  Davis instead offers up to half a dozen menu variations representing different regions of the country.  Since the menu changes, you might want to check out the Facebook page before going to make sure the menu matches your cravings.

 

The Drifting Bistro Truck set up in the shade at Fort Worth Food Truck Park

 

The Drifting Bistro Truck set up in the shade at Fort Worth Food Truck Park

 

When I caught up with The Drifting Bistro at the Fort Worth Food Truck Park, I went knowing nothing other than that the truck was scheduled to be there.  Based on the menu, I must have caught the Louisiana/New Orleans menu cuz there was the familiar, comforting selection of bayou favorites on the menu.  Fortunately, the menu was limited so making the selections was not as hard as it could have been.  I settled on the Shrimp Ceviche and the Chorizo Mac ‘n Cheese.

 

The Chorizo Mac & Cheese is definitely too good to waste on kids.  The penne pasta was perfectly prepared, the cheese rich and creamy and the roasted sweet red peppers balanced the only slightly spiced savoriness in the Chorizo.  As awesome as this was hot, and it was hot enough you needed a napkin under the bowl to carry it, I can’t wait to see what the leftovers taste like after marinating together overnight.  I’m thinking this may be just as good the next day, hot or cold, as it is fresh.  And that’s my test to define a truly awesome dish.

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Twitter:  twitter.com/#!/driftingbistro

For an update on Drifting Bistro and more fabulous food choices, read about my latest visit.

Drift on down and add your comments about Drifting Bistro and tell me what you think.

 

Chicken Carbonara Pizza

Gepetto’s Pizza Truck

“It’s all about the crust.”

That’s what I overheard Eliud Castro, owner of Geppetto’s Pizza Truck, tell another customer.  I think that sells his pizza a little short.  Yes, the crust is very good but the fresh, plentiful toppings held up their part of the pleasure.

 

 

Cool 'brick' graphics adorn the Gepetto's truck

I’m generally a more traditional pizza eater but in deference to my wife and this being my first time to eat at Gepetto’s, I ordered the Chicken Carbonara.  At $9 for an 8″ pizza, I was prepared to feel like it was overpriced.  But when it came out and I bit into it, I changed my mind quickly.  The pie was loaded with large pieces of chicken, nearly covered with thin sliced prosciutto and sprinkled with crumbled bacon on a bed of creamy, white cheese.  Normally, I’m a strong advocate that chicken is not a ‘proper’ pizza topping but in this case, it was perfect.  Let’s just end it this way – the Chicken Carbonara was so good I’m willing to give the Chicken Popeye with Artichoke ($8) a try.

Prosciutto, bacon and cherry tomatoes lay over big chunks of chicken and creamy cheese.

 

If you prefer something more traditional, Gepetto’s offers a Build Your Own ($7) where you get to choose from a good selection of more traditional toppings.  The guys next to us, who echoed our positive feedback on the Chicken Carbonara, also got an all meat pizza.  They confirmed it was just as good.

Chicken Carbonara Pizza

I caught up with Gepetto’s at Addison Thursday Night Bites but you’ll find this Fort Worth based truck more often at Fort Worth Food Truck Park or Cowtown Chow Down Food Park.  Of course, that assumes they’ve not been monopolized by a private catering gig.

Website:  www.gepettospizzatruck.com

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gepettos-Pizza-Truck/308616199196759

Twitter:  @gepettospizza