Why Do Food Trucks Make the Best Sandwiches?

Imagine you’re at your city’s food truck court or gathering and you have dozens of options to choose from. If you’re looking for Korean, sweets, BBQ, tacos, Italian, Portuguese or a myriad of other cuisines, chances are you’ll find it in that location. You hone in on your target, let’s say Fork and Truck’s diverse offerings, and decide that a sandwich is the best way to satisfy your hunger.

You give your order to the window, where they pass along your request to the staff inside the truck, a few feet behind them. You step to the delivery window and wait patiently, mouth watering, for your name to be called. The same person who made your sandwich hands it to you, a personal touch in our often impersonal society. Quickly you grab some napkins and head to a nearby table to tuck into your meal. You greedily take your first delicious bite and wonder, “Damn, why do food trucks make the best sandwiches?” Want to know why food truck sammies are king? Here’s why:

Different Flavors, Familiar Concept

Food trucks have the ability to experiment with different flavor profiles and ingredients on a more regular basis that brick-and-mortar restaurants. A restaurant may not be able to sell its core customer base on a new ingredient, such as kimchi, if it varies wildly from the main menu. However, food trucks can present a wide variety of cuisines and flavors, especially when done through the vehicle of a sandwich. For people who are unsure about trying new foods, pairing the new ingredient in a familiar way, such as a sandwich, is often a home run. For example, Fork and Truck’s sandwich menu includes a duck slider sandwich, which is a protein that may surprise some customers. However, when it’s paired with a familiar concept such as a slider roll, someone who’s never tried duck might be willing to take a chance on something new.

Food trucks can also play with old recipes and present then in new and eye-opening ways. Fork and Truck’s fried green tomato BLT is a variation on the classic American diner sandwich. Balsamic bacon and a fried green tomato makes customers rethink a traditional BLT’s flavors while still providing the same tang, crunch and creaminess that makes the sandwich an icon.

Sandwiches With a Personal Touch

Food truck owners are passionate about the products they produce. The smaller menus reflect the smaller space that the trucks have to utilize for line prep, so every item has been carefully and lovingly chosen by the owner. Also, when you order and receive your sandwich from a food truck, you are seeing the process of creating your meal from start to finish. All of this translates into a very personal experience when ordering from a food truck. When your sandwich is handed down to you, you can be sure that hours of thoughtful dialogue and experimentation went into creating just the right ratio of ingredients to make every bite as satisfying as the last.

Being Outside Means You’re Not in the Office!

The environment where you eat your meal also contributes to the overall feeling you get from the food. Sure, a salad at your desk is fine in a pinch. But, if you can dive into Fork and Truck’s eggplant Parmesan sandwich with homemade marinara under a shady tree, this relaxed environment takes your already outstanding sammie to the next level.

There’s a reason why food truck sandwiches are the bomb: Their diverse menus, personal service and relaxed atmosphere combine to make the perfect bite on your perfect sandwich.

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Fork and Truck Featured Sandwich: Fried Green Tomato BLT

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.
As for the creative menu, Chef Martin points out the Houston is an incredibly diverse city with a wide range of flavor traditions in its many cultures. As of 2015, over a quarter of the population of Harris County were immigrants, and they bring with them recipes and ingredients to spice up Houston’s food scene.
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.
For more gourmet sandwiches on the go, contact Fork and Truck about their current locations or to have them cater your next event.