Thursday, March 11, 2010

Patty Wagon: Finally a food truck burger worth eating

Burger Food Trucks take heed (this means you, Grill 'Em All and Baby's Badass Burgers): this is how you do burgers on wheels.

Launched six days ago, the adorably and cheerily wrapped Patty Wagon serves grass-fed mini-burgers, hand-cut organic french fries, homemade dill pickles and desserts.

If you're not the Food Inc.-watching, The Omnivore's Dilemma-reading type, feeding cows grass (rather than corn, grain or other animals) is better for them, you and the environment. In short, if every truck needs a "gimmick," Patty Wagon's is sustainability and great taste. Count me in!

Patty Wagon

Patty Wagon has managed to create an impressively diverse menu in terms of toppings, buns and french fry add-ons.

Menu @ Patty Wagon

Grass-fed beef has a bad wrap as being expensive. Patty Wagon, however, gets its meat from the owner's friend in Teton Valley, Idaho, which translates to a more reasonable price for him and less of a markup for you.

The prices, as a result, are both reasonable and comparable to other burger food truck fare--especially when you consider the quality of the beef.

Menu @ Patty Wagon

Menu @ Patty Wagon

Patty Wagon also displays the source of its produce, which is pulled from various local farms and grocery stores. Love!

Patty Wagon

I ordered the Keep Your Sunny Side Up ($3.00, L- slider served on ciabatta bread with gremolata) and I Get a Kick Out of You ($3.25, R- roasted jalapenos, pancetta and provolone cheese).

Keep Your Sunny Side Up's gremolata (garlic, lemon and parsley butter) was fresh and had a lovely tang, and the soft ciabatta worked well with the firm meat. My favorite bites of the slider were where the oil from the gremolata and the meat had soaked through to the ciabatta. Yum.

I Get a Kick Out of You had a wonderful, smoky flavor, and the spice of the jalapeno played nicely off the saltiness of the pancetta. I'm not a fan of spicy foods, but the flavors of this slider were so balanced that I didn't mind.

The meat on both was juicy, fresh, clean tasting and on-par with any other grass-fed meat I've eaten. After polishing off these burgers, I instantly regretted not having more cash on me.

Sliders @ Patty Wagon

And there's dessert!

Dessert @ Patty Wagon

I'm heading back ASAP to try the other mini-burgers and fries. Based on this visit, though, I've found my new favorite food truck! Now if they'll only work on serving regular-sized burgers...

Update 3/12: Just spoke to the Patty Wagon crew. It's their plan to stick to mini hamburgers to keep prices down and to let people sample different tastes. Sad for our tummies but good for our wallets!

Patty Wagon


Patty Wagon in Los Angeles

7 comments:

  1. I'm SUPER ticked this place chickened out and went with sliders. Thanks for reporting, but if they don't "full" grown burgers, I don't care if they're using grass-fed beef.

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  2. I know! The burger was gone in a few bites...and then I was sad.

    Hopefully, they'll get working on serving full-sized portions.

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  3. Wow! I didn't even know this truck existed. I am a big proponent of grass fed beef. This truck is totally up my alley.

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  4. I saw this truck yesterday and you should have seen how fast my head swiveled. But I was on my way to Starry Kitchen. Thanks for the report. Next time!

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  5. The Burgers are juicy and delicious! Very impressive!! Beats Umami burger any day, scandalous to even compare the two, not to mention the prices are within my budget!

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  6. Just had one and luuuurved it. I had written off hamburgers as a general rule, but I'll head to this one whenever it parks in front of my work.

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  7. There's a refinement and culture with these minis... full size burgers would ruin that. I like it. I love the burgers. Don't change a thing!

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