Remember a few summers ago when everyone was stampeding through the streets at lunchtime, exclaiming, “FOOD TRUCKS! FOOD TRUCKS! FOOD TRUCKS!”? At the time, we attempted the Sisyphean task of maintaining a comprehensive catalogue that included reviews of every food truck. But the food truck scene was crazy and it was impossible to eat that many lunches. Some of our favorite trucks went brick and mortar (some kept their trucks and some retired them), existing restaurants opened trucks, and guess what: It’s still going strong, despite the novelty wearing thin.
But just as we still eat lunch, folks still dream of spending the summer serving us lunch from inside a stifling metal box with a deep fryer and a grill. And so the new trucks keep coming. Of this year’s freshman class, one of the strongest we’ve found is Sasquatch Sandwiches.
The truck is shiny and fully decked out with super-professional decals of a grinning North American yeti. It looks so good it practically screams “judge this book by its cover!” We tried the namesake “Sasquatch” sandwich ($10 with fries), served “backyard style” at the urging of the counter man, with coleslaw and aioli (as opposed to “sloppy,” with fried onions and cheese). A heap of beautifully braised short rib rested inside an impossibly soft milk bun. The meat was fall-apart tender, sweet, and rich with lusty dark spices. Scant coleslaw added just a hint of celery-spiced crunch. The fries were good, but who cares — the sandwich rendered them an afterthought anyway, which is really the way it should be with sandwiches and fries.
Like the beast for which they are named, the truck is kind of hard to find. They have a schedule posted on their website, but it shows mostly late afternoons at breweries. They sporadically tweet their midday location, but they didn’t respond when we pinged them one day, hooked and jonesing for a second taste. If we find them again (tweet your location, sandwich dudes!), they have a long roster of sandwiches that we’d love to try.