Monday, July 30, 2012
Food truck review part deux: Four Seasons by Vizion Catering
Crowd favorites and seasonal dishes built on 60 years of catering success.
The Four Seasons truck by Vizion Catering has been gracing the streets of Dallas since the end of 2012, but I caught up with it only recently. In a market filled with colorful and fancy truck wraps, the simple red & white Four Seasons truck is the wallflower at the dance that is easy to overlook. But you do so at your own peril. Rita Davis and the crew at Four Seasons truck quietly goes about dispensing Philly cheesesteaks, Angus burgers, and a variety of other comfort food offerings depending on the season. Serving up food choices you’d likely find at a neighborhood diner, made with quality ingredients and care, Four Seasons is a great choice for the less adventuresome diner out to give food truck eating a try.
I was all set to try the black Angus bacon burger when a friend said, “You gotta try the cheesesteak.” Dallas is not Philly, but there are some pretty good cheesesteaks in town so I said, “Why not?” and ordered one up. Since I planned to share with my son, a very picky eater and not very adventuresome, I ordered it with just cheese, seasonings, and not much else. You can get yours with onions and/or peppers if that’s the way you like it. My first impression is that it was good, not great, but certainly worth another try on a different day. The meat, a generous portion, was sliced thin, lean, and has crispy edges. Your choice of cheese comes melted and combines nicely with the seasoned meat: good flavor, well-seasoned, but nothing too strong. I found the bread to be the weakest part of the combination with a slightly crispy crust but a little dry overall. I’d rate this a solid 6 out of 10, but I suspect there are plenty of folks who like their Phillys exactly like this and they’d rate it higher. My personal taste is a little bolder, but I think it deserves another chance. Who knows, maybe it was me having an off night and not the cheesesteak! The $6.75 price makes it a really good value.
One of the southern staples I’ve been introduced to is fried green tomatoes. When I saw them on the menu, they seemed like the perfect side dish. The point of fried green tomatoes is that … well, they’re green. I’m pretty sure these tomatoes were pink, but that’s the only place they did not live up to expectations. The breading was light, crispy, and highly seasoned, the tomato firm but juicy, and the whole thing was hot. I mean heat hot, not spicy hot. Word of warning, they were burn-your-lips hot, particularly when the juices ran out taking a bite. $3 gets you three big slices. I recommend them, even if they weren’t green. I’m feeling comforted.
I told you I planned to go for the bacon Angus burger, and I did. My burger craving was not to be denied. This scrumptious burger comes loaded with bacon, a fat Angus beef burger patty, and dressed with lettuce, cheese, and a special sauce -- OK, it was really just ketchup and mayo -- on a crispy roll. It packs a lot of flavor in a big, satisfying package. Again, there was nothing fancy or strange or exotic; just a good, satisfying, comfortable burger. At $5.50, I thought it provided really good value.
The menu may be heavy on beef with the Philly cheesesteak and a selection of burgers, but there was another trademark comfort food on the menu the night I visited – chicken and waffles with pecan honey glaze. As delectable as they sounded, I had to pass, but not before I saw several orders pass by me. And based on the looks on the faces of the people eating them, I’d say they were very comforting.
Four Seasons is the gourmet street truck from Vizion Catering, a business with a 60 year old tradition of success. To survive that long, they learned an important lesson. Change is good, really good. And that pretty much sums up their strategy – keep the basics constant and change the menu throughout the year by adding in seasonal favorites.
Now that you’re a little older, you can look back and know that you missed out by not paying more attention to the wallflower who didn’t dress up in trendy attire. Make good use of that lesson and introduce yourself to the folks in the red & white truck at Four Seasons.
You can find Four Seasons by following them on Facebook and Twitter. Look for them to set up in a neighborhood near you or, better yet, track ‘em down wherever they are and relax with some comfort food.
Based on the lines I see when the Four Seasons truck in nearby, I’m not the only one that enjoyed my visit. If you’ve met Rita and tried her style of comfort food, tell us about your experience.
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