Tuesday, May 18, 2010

On a Roll

I am a foodie. When I'm not cooking, I love to try new things. New places, new restaurants, new food. I am not the most adventurous eater but I will try reinvented favorites. Which brings me to the lunch truck. Not particularly a place you'd go for lunch, right? I mean, lunch trucks are known to have sub-par food and are usually parked near construction sites.

Last year several chefs reinvented the idea of a lunch truck and the concept has invaded major metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles, New York and Portland. Everything from Korean BBQ tacos to grilled cheese to cupcakes can be found on food trucks nowadays. And now the mobile dining movement has arrived in Vegas. Slidin' Thru, the brainchild of Ric, serves delicious gourmet sliders made from the freshest ingredients. But seriously, food trucks and gourmet food?! It's quite a contradiction. A crazy contradiction that is an awesome combination!

I first discovered Slidin' Thru when they made a stop at our office. What a gem! Angus sliders with names such as "Barbie," "Pep Pep" and "Captain's Order" will tempt your taste buds. And for those not in the mood for a burger, they also serve a "Pulled Porkie" and "Eggplant Caprese (Veggie)." On a recent visit, they added regular and sweet potato french fries to their menu. Absolutely mouthwatering! I can't say enough good things about this truck.

However, you should keep in mind:
1. It is cash only so leave your debit/credit card at home. Go to the bank before heading to the truck's location.
2. Get there early because your food is made to order. Yes, there will undoubtedly be a wait (sometimes 10-15 people long) for your food because the person you hand your money to is also the one making your food (okay, Ric does have 1-2 other people helping him), but this isn't McDonald's people! Ric is serving up gourmet burgers. It takes time. It takes love. Trust me, when your order is ready, you will savor every bite. Mmm... mmm... good.

Check out their weekly schedule at http://slidinthru.com/ or follow them on Twitter @SliderTruck.

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