Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Food truck review: Wiener Man
Hot dogs for people who don’t like hot dogs.
If you’ve only been aware of the food truck explosion recently, you may not know that the Wiener Man food truck is one of the pioneers of food trucks in Fort Worth and the DFW area, hitting the street in Fort Worth on May 2, 2011.
And if you think the term “Gourmet Hot Dog” is an oxymoron, then you’ve obviously never eaten at the Wiener Man food truck! Serving up all-beef hot dogs on fresh artisan bread (from Empire Bakery!), topped with local produce and homemade sauces and chilis, this is not your back yard griller. Heck, now that Wiener Man is so successful, Jean Paul Valverde is opening Bowery, a restaurant featuring what? Gourmet Hot Dogs!
The accessory du jour for today’s foodie is BACON and Wiener Man, Bryce Tomberlin, offers several items featuring dogs wrapped in bacon. If you’re a bacon fan, check out the Crunch Wiener or the Alchemist. Both feature bacon wrapped all-beef hot dogs that are deep fried to a lightly crispy texture.
Wiener Man doesn’t leave out the vegans among us, offering a choice of Portobello mushrooms or Smart Dogs. Don’t see it on the menu today — just ask! Like most trucks, the menu rotates and changes day to day.
I chose the Crunch Wiener, an all-beef Hebrew National hot dog wrapped in bacon and flash fried, topped with chips, cheddar cheese and Mustard. The dog was firm and juicy and the bacon crispy and crunchy. The bun was ever so slightly sweet (it’s an egg bread) to contrast the saltiness of the bacon. More crunch from the crushed potato chips and no dog is complete without mustard. This may not turn out to be my favorite dog from the menu but it delivered as promised.
You can’t have a gourmet hot dog without gourmet nachos. Today’s menu offers up Chips and Gouda … yeah, smooth creamy delicious melted Gouda cheese drizzled over crisp, crunchy slightly spicy chips! Add some of these gourmet chips and melted Gouda and you’re in Hot Dog Heaven.
Wiener Man may have been the only game in town when he started up but he’s since picked up some competitors for gourmet hot dog fans. In response, Wiener Man just picks up his ‘game’ and continues to set the bar as the Top Dog in Fort Worth.
Wiener Man is a loyal Fort Worth guy so unless Fort Worth is home for you, you’ll have to venture to one of the Fort Worth Food Parks to try these delicious dogs. Trust me, it’s worth the drive! Find out where you can find the Wiener Man food truck by following them on Twitter or Facebook.
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