Think you can’t get a creative, top-notch culinary experience in a hurry? Think again. The food truck scene in Houston
is booming, and you’ve got a lot of choices when it comes to grabbing a bite on the go. For a hearty sandwich that goes way beyond a brown bag ham-and-cheese, look no further than Fork and Truck
Fork and Truck is the outlet of culinary creativity that founder Chef Martin was never able to find in his work as a line cook at a series of adequate — but dull — brick-and-mortar restaurants. To let his real colors shine through, Chef Martin opened up his own shop on wheels.
And Chef Martin loves it all. His sandwiches draw from global favorites and combine ingredients in new ways. There’s a lot to talk about when it comes to his menu, so it’s best to take a look at the choices on sandwich at a time.
Southern Fried Hospitality
Despite the rich tapestry of cultures in the city, a major part of Houston’s heritage lies in its classically Southern roots. Think glasses of cold sweet tea on shady verandas or Sunday picnic baskets packed with fried chicken. Chef Martin is more than happy to mine this rich food tradition for his Fried Green Tomato BLT. “Every great idea is born from someone else’s great idea. We got the idea for the Fried Green BLT from watching a movie,” he says.
If it’s been a while since you’ve watched the 1991 film “Fried Green Tomatoes,” you might have only a fuzzy recollection of the story of strong Southern women who ran a small diner during the Great Depression. But it’s hard to forget the delicious dish in the title. Fried green tomatoes are a Southern specialty, and seeing them on the screen inspired Chef Martin to riff off of a classic BLT for his truck. “T.S. Eliot once said: ‘good writers borrow, great writers steal.’ I think that applies to the culinary world as well,” he explains.
The Sandwich That Puts the South in Your Mouth
It’s hard to beat an ordinary BLT when a vine-ripened garden tomato is involved, but the Fried Green Tomato BLT is a whole new animal. Every perfectly fresh ingredient is elevated to add a level of sophistication to the sandwich. The green tomatoes are seasoned and fried to perfection, and they’re accompanied by crisp lettuce and balsamic bacon. It turns out it’s possible to improve on bacon, and Chef Martin has found a way by adding the acidic richness of balsamic vinegar.
The three ingredients are assembled on thick, soft Texas toast, a Houston kick to the Southern goodness of this sandwich. Add a swipe of mayonnaise for the finishing touch, and you’ve got an unbeatable twist on an American classic.