Sloppy Jalopy

by Sarah on November 30, 2010 · 7 comments

Q: What’s a food blogger to do when she has a day off in the middle of the week* thanks to her school district’s long Thanksgiving break?

*That would be last Wednesday. Not yesterday. I could only wish to have the Monday after Thanksgiving off as well. :)

A: Go out to lunch, of course!But where to go?….In a city this full of food, it can be tough to say. Considering I’ve only returned to one or two restaurants for a second go ’round since I moved here, I turned to the place where all lunch decisions are made: my Lunch Deal voucher matrix. [For those of you who aren’t aware, The Lunch Deal is like Groupon, but only for food…well, except for recently when they’ve been offering spa treatments which I don’t really understand…unless they are intended for the “ladies who lunch”…otherwise, the tie-in baffles me.]

What was expiring soon? A-ha! The Jalopy…a food trailer who I had been immediately drawn to at The Gypsy Picnic, due to its wild paintings and sandwich delivery chute,* but had stayed away from because I had that aforementioned The Lunch Deal voucher. [Paid $5 to get $15. Love it.]

*Also its name, which always makes me think of Ali Hakim, the peddler in Oklahoma!

Clearly it was time to cash that baby* in.

*And by “baby,” I mean coupon [slash] voucher. I am not involved illegal baby selling or anything.

Oh, the benches and picnic tables are just as fabulously painted as the trailer is.

Me: “Look at the butts!”
[Yes, I really said that.]
Don’t mind if I do!

All the artwork was done by local artists, who, according to Nic, the owner, just “let them go to town.” I’m still trying to decide if I like the monkeys…
…or the octopus better.Well, no…what I like the best is the actual FOOD. [You forgot it was a food blog for a second there, didn’t you?] I knew I was in for a joyous lunch as soon as, upon seeing my troubled confliction about what to order, Nic said, “How about I let you sample all of the sauces”
Oh, Nic, you had me at the word “sauce.”

[All of which were DELICIOUS, by the way. I still think he needs to bottle and sell them…]

Perhaps it wasn’t the sauce sampling that swayed me…but the fact that I could get a Fresca with my lunch?

[Love it. You NEVER see Fresca sold.]

Or maybe I was sold on The Jalopy simply upon seeing free veggie chips offered if I flashed my golocal card?

Did I mention they come in a variety of seasonings? Including….creamy dill! Hello pickle flavored chips…yes, I do love you. [Just like dill pickle cashews…have y’all ever tried those? Go buy some at Target. Now.]

I actually had Nic split the chips so I could try more than one flavor (you know how I am…) and the salt & vinegar were yummy, too. I didn’t eat all that many chips though, because I was much more concerned with my sandwich(es).*

*Yes, I chose a lunch companion who said, as we stared at the menu, “I know I’m going to have to share my sandwich with you, so we better make this decision together.”

Although I was super intrigued by the veg options……including a grown-up PB & J, and pickled apples, but there were no more apples to be found, so I wasn’t going to waste time on that without the most unique ingredient. :) I was also swayed by the Caprese…because the sauce I had from my sampling was incredible.Thank you, Mark, for letting me take a picture of your sandwich and you hand, even though we had just met in line. I told you I’d give you a shout out. Hope your sandwich was all you said it would be…

But The Jalopy is called “a rotisserie and press” for a reason, so I figured I should indulge in some sandwiches featuring the famous chicken. And besides, my little Smarties, you KNOW I wasn’t going to be able to pass up a sandwich called BACON.Yes. Bacon. And after commenting, “Silly, but I have to get it…even though I’m supposed to be a “healthy” blogger,” Nic put tomatoes on it. That apparently made it a Healthy Bacon. I don’t know about that…but I know it was good.Quite messy though. I guess that’s what you get when you douse it in bacon fat mixed with egg yolks to create bacon aioli.And I’m not saying that like it’s a bad thing.What was the second sandwich, you ask? After sampling the sauces, I knew I had to get the one with the “richer, Asian-inspired” chili sauce: the Son Hong.Wow. This blew the bacon-ater out of the water. It was INCREDIBLE. There was scallion salad, pickled peppers, and herb slaw along with the chicken and that sauce…oh my goll, the sauce. [Again, I think it should be bottled and sold.] It’s a good thing I like to make a mess of my food though…Because that is one sloppy* sandwich.

*Meaning I just had to lick my fingers more often than usual so as not to waste a morsel.

Sadly, my sandwiches were brought out to us in the little paper tray thingamabobs, so I didn’t have the joy of watching them slide down the sandwich chute…But you know, no worries…clearly I was quite happy with my lunch regardless of its delivery to my table. (And subsequently to my mouth.)

Oh, the attempts at a discreet mouth-wipe.
I say, that’s the sign of a sandwich well done.
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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Rebeccammendations November 30, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Where is this? I want to go!


Maria @ Oh Healthy Day November 30, 2010 at 1:12 pm

I think I could live off that sandwich, veggie chips, and fresca the rest of my life.


atastelife November 30, 2010 at 3:03 pm

I also give the dill cashews 2 thumbs up.


Brittany @ A Healthy Slice of Life November 30, 2010 at 4:34 pm

What a cute little place!! And a yummy looking sandwich…
I got some yummy stuff in the mail today… look for it on tomorrow's post! 😉 THANKS!!!


Missy November 30, 2010 at 11:06 pm

Okay… Dill pickle cashews? Hail to the yeah.

Since you were willing to do the grown up PBJ, my question to you is…do you "do" pickles and peanut butter? Gotta be the ripe, bright green half sours. Have you ever? Inquiring minds want to know.

The monkeys….I am thinking "hear no evil….then the middle one…then "think no evil"

What do you think the middle one was all about…"eat no evil" ?
It looks like the monkey was wiping his mouth..

Anyways. I was so happy ya'll got the day off.
Teacher is the most important job in the world.
#2 is parent.
Teachers are first though because I know you have to do double duty…cause some of these kids have parents who….

Have a happy countdown till xmas break!


Sarah December 1, 2010 at 4:07 am

Funny you should post this! Just today I was driving down 15th and spotted this baby. This one is actually walking distance away from my place, so I'll have to stop by soon with the beau! So many food trailers, not enough time.


Dietrich December 1, 2010 at 10:26 am

Great review, nice pics, very thorough! The Son Hong is my favorite as well. : )

@Rebecca, you know this is Nic Patrizi's trailer right? It's at 15th and San Antonio. You should totally go check it out and do a write up! I'll probably be there for lunch today… : )



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