Thursday, August 23, 2012
Food truck review: Easy Slider puts peanut butter on a burger
It's peanut butter on a beef slider, garnished with bacon, lettuce, tomato and grilled onion. Mmm.
Let’s get this out of the way.
- Yes, there is some Easy Rider influence in naming the Easy Slider Food Truck.
- No, neither Caroline or Miley actually ride a motorcycle.
- Yes, you may have seen both of them at House of Blues. where they met and worked together before launching Easy Slider.
- No, they didn’t win the contest by Mobile Food News for Best Truck Graphics in the Country, but they did represent Texas proudly (and all good Texans know they shoulda won!)
Caroline and Miley combined their past food experiences to create a simple menu that offers up some of the most unique sliders you’ll ever find. The flavors are influenced by Caroline’s Texas roots and Miley’s infatuation with all things Southern. The big smiles come with every order!
The menu at Easy Slider is simple, offering a variety of sliders from plain to insane. The sliders, a perfect size to eat with just one hand, feature regionally raised meats and local produce. The menu is primarily beef but there’s an occasional pork, chicken, or seafood options and a regular vegetarian choice in the Baby Bella. Side dishes are limited to Zapp’s chips; truck-made slaws and sauces top the slider patties; and they support their friends at Rockstar Bakeshop by offering Whoopie Pies fashioned as “sweet sliders” for dessert. Rockstar has even created exclusive flavors for Easy Rider.
I was raised on a Midwest meat & potatoes diet. Vegetarian is not normally in my menu. But I recently gave in and tried the Baby Bella. The fat, firm grilled portobello mushroom won’t be mistaken for an angus burger but paired with a slice of tomato, pesto, and mozzarella cheese, this is one good slider! It’s all in the seasonings, the sauce and the perfect balance of flavors and textures. And let’s add this to the food lexicon:
Real Men Eat Baby Bellas
The French Revolution. The correct Jeopardy answer is, “What Easy Slider features prosciutto, grilled onions, cheese and Dijon mustard.” One bite and before you know what happened, you’re asking “Pardonnez-moi, c’est que je Poupon Grist Gout?” Whaaatt?? You haven’t tried the French Revolution? Of course it means “Pardon me, is that Grey Poupon I taste?” This is not only a gourmet burger; it’s a French gourmet burger. They’d love Easy Slider in France!
No one is fessin’ up, so I’m not sure if someone was hallucinating from sleep deprivation or they just accidentally dropped one of their caramels on the grill, but the result was an “off the menu” item you usually have to request aptly named The Sugar Derby: sea salt caramel and grilled red onions top a 100% Texas Angus beef patty resting between a toasted bun. This one you just have to try to believe!
As I write this, is it Hatch chile season. Everybody knows that everything is better with Hatch chiles. This ooey-gooey mess of roasted Hatch chiles, provolone cheese, and red pepper mayo tops the Angus beef burger. You might want to have a supply of napkins when you order this one. The flavors burst across your mouth and, if you’re not careful, the juice and toppings will run down your chin! And trust me, you don’t want that to happen because you want every drop and morsel of The Green Chile Cheeseburger.
Until there were specials, The Black & Blue was my personal favorite. The truck-made fresh blue cheese slaw makes this unique from the traditional presentation. You’ll pick out the julienne carrots, the cabbage and a couple of other secret ingredients all mixed up in rich, creamy blue cheese that’s more like a sauce than the typical crumbles. Wow, this is GREAT!
Your choice of two sliders is a meal when paired up with a bag of Zapp’s in the Easy Slider Basket. Funny thing, I rarely hear anybody order two of the same. It’s just too hard to resist the variety available!
Here’s a pair to share. The Classic is just as advertised: A savory, juicy beef pattie topped with melted cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion. Simple, sumptuous and satisfying! The Sweet & Low Down takes the humble slider uptown. I have no idea what they were thinking when they put strawberry jam on a burger but boy, am I glad they did. Just enough jam for the surprising hint of sweetness combines with the distinctly different taste of the goat cheese, the crispy bacon, and those savory juices from the beef patty to keep your taste buds surprised as the flavors slide across your palate.
The Texas influence from Caroline shows up in The Roadside. This little buckaroo comes with beef, bacon, cheddar, grilled jalapenos, fried onions, and extra special truck-made BBQ sauce. Bursting with down-home goodness, this one is sure to make just about everyone smile!
Somebody must’ve been having a craving when they came up with The Nutty Pig. Peanut butter on a burger? You bet! I don’t know how they do it, but they always get just the perfect amount of the unique topping to make its presence known but never to overpower the rest of the slider. Another beef slider, garnished with bacon, lettuce, tomato, and grilled onion. Where does the “pig” come from? That, my friend, comes from you, cuz you can’t eat just one!
In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve eaten my way through the entire menu and a couple that aren’t even on the menu (but us insiders know to ask and now you’re an insider!). You’d best get to it and look Easy Slider up on Twitter or Facebook to find out where they’ll be today. Good luck on catching up with me. I intend to be back soon.
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