Today is our first Food Truck Friday, courtesy of our recent lunch from Street Kitchen LA. I believe most every day they set up shop on Wilshire off of Fairfax across from LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art). We have driven past there hundreds of times for months on end but it was never the right time to stop for lunch. This past Tuesday we made a special effort to hit the Mid-Wilshire food trucks for lunch.
Wandering up and down the block we were tempted and taunted with so many sights, sounds and most importantly, smells. After browsing soul food, thai food, lobster, gourmet sausage & grilled cheese, hot dogs, currywurst & Mexican food, we decided to go for Street Kitchen. Why? Well once you find out what we ordered, you just might not wonder.
We wanted both our dishes to be ones both of us would enjoy. Splitting each dish would enable each of us to give our own personal take on lunch. With that said, we ordered:
Original Philly cheese steak hoagie: rib eye steak, aged provolone cheese, grilled onions and bell peppers, spicy mayo and french soft baguette. $10
She said: This was not your standard Steak ‘Um Cheese Steak with congealed cheese wiz. This was Philly Cheese Steak all grown up. Perfectly cooked rib eye steak, red and green peppers sauteed with onions and perfectly seasoned, topped with just the right amount of tasty provolone cheese. The real kick here was the spicy mayo. Each bite tasted just a little bit different depending on how much mayo you got in each bite. I realize now that I am not a huge fan of sauteed peppers so next time I would ask them to double up on the onions. All and all, an unbelievably satisfying sandwich.
He said: Well, I happen to love peppers, so that is a complaint I don’t share. If anything, next time I’ll ask for more spicy mayo. Love that kick!
Duck Confit Gourmet Grilled Cheese: Maple leaf duck confit, sharp cheddar cheese, avocado, street kitchen chipotle sauce, gourmet brioche toast. $11
She said: Right off the bat, there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with this sandwich. The description alone sounds like almost utter perfection. Normally I am not the hugest fan of sharp cheddar (yes I know, I know, I must be crazy) but I figured they knew what they were doing. And know they did. The chipotle sauce gave this the extra kick that put this sandwich over the edge. It would have to be a pretty rare day for us both to pass on ANYTHING with duck confit and I am extremely happy that this was not one of those days where we did. This did not disappoint. While I had originally chosen the cheese steak, this turned out to be my favorite.
He said: For a change, I chose the better dish. The duck was superb, and worked remarkably well with the cheese. I was somewhat concerned that this would not be the case, that the cheese would overpower the duck. But my curiosity overcame my concern, and I’m glad it did.
Large order of Garlic & Parmesan Tater Tots – $8
She said: Not much to really add here other than, HOLY CRAP, TATER TOTS. Covered in garlic and parmesan to boot. We ended up with the large order which was only $3.00 more. . .they said it was worth it. But to be honest, with the size and richness of our lunch we actually left some over. And I NEVER leave over any potatoes . . specifically french fries and tater tots.
He said: If there is one constant in the universe, it is that my wife ALWAYS orders her fries well done. However, as these were tater tots, she managed to forget without causing any damage to the space-time continuum. Fortunately, such a request would have been redundant, as the tots were perhaps the crispiest I’ve ever had. And garlic and parmesan… what could be wrong with that combo?
Some other items on the menu that we will HAVE to try some time soon include:
- Lobster sliders with smoked bacon, avacado, Cajun slaw, spicy mayo on a French brioche bun ($7)
- Double Bacon Kobe Sliders with two Kobe beef patties, smoked bacon, aged provolone cheese, Kosher dill pickle, Wu-Tang Sauce (??? totally curious about that), caramelized onions on a French brioche bun ($6)
- 10 kinds of Quesadillas including: filet mignon, jerk chicken, cajun shrimp, pork belly, lobster, surf & turf, potato veggie, pulled pork, smoked brisket, Italian sausage and cajun Alaskan cod. (from $10 to $18 for surf & turf)
- 6 kinds of grilled cheese including: lobster, filet mignon, smoked brisket, pork belly and pulled pork ($10)
- 4 kinds of Mac & Cheese including lobster bacon, pork belly bacon, filet mignon bacon and smoke brisket (forgot to jot down the price but we figured it was similar to the rest of the menu)
I guess that really means at least TWENTY-FIVE reasons to check out Street Kitchen Food Truck.
In conclusion, cannot wait til next week to try something new at the food trucks. Why wait til next week? Need a few days for my pants to fit again after that lunch.