I am sure the name is familiar to several people. However if you can’t quite place it how about if you put the name on a truck.
Now it probably comes together. The popular food truck is now a brick and mortar on the South side. Folks that follow the food trucks know about the pizza but for the ones who don’t rest assure that this is the “real deal”. Also they have more than just pie at the shop.
Since it is so close to Pat’s house he brought the joint to my attention. Pat likes their product for the same reason most folks like it. It is good pizza and you can buy just a slice. If you want just a taste you can get a big slice for about 4 bucks. If you want more you can go the whole pie route in the form of a 16 or 20 incher. If pie doesn’t suit you try a Stromboli for $5.99. Now to me a Stromboli is a sandwich but here it is like a Calzone filled with sausage, pepperoni and cheese.
And it is huge and delicious
At first sight you might think that, as big as it is, it can’t have much filling in it. However you would be wrong. It had “stuff” in every bite. So it was big, full of cheese sausage and pepperoni and it was tasty as well. I could go on about the crust being an excellent partner to the creamy cheese and slightly unctuous pepperoni and sausage. Or the red “gravy” on the side added a wonderfully acidic note to the creation. But I will merely say it was good and oh so economical and you should try one.
So there you have it. The New York Slice. For when you are in a New York “frame of mind” and are hungry.
A lot of folks know of Taste of Memphis as a food truck. Well now it’s a brick and mortar joint as well. They took over a building that has housed a few restaurants over the years and turned it into a commissary. They cook their food there; and sell it both on premise and in their truck. I stopped for some carry out today, they had their smoker fired up and I could not resist.
My eyes were bigger than my stomach, so to speak, and I ordered a rib tip dinner with mac & cheese and greens. And a pulled pork sandwich and a smoked sausage sandwich. Even though there would only be my wife and I eating, I wanted a good representation. Besides left overs are fine.
I order the tips with sauce on the side. I wanted to check out the meat naked. It was indeed an excellent job of smoking. Moist and tender with both a beautiful bark and smoke ring. My better half and I were both very pleased. I only had a bite of the mac & cheese. It was pretty good. The wife seemed to enjoyed it more than I did. The greens were very good. Deep flavored and peppery. They gave up a great pot liquor. Now would be the time for the jiffy.
When they do a pulled pork or smoked sausage sandwich they add the sauce and then top it with coleslaw. I think that is a great way to eat some smoked pig. Of course you will find some folks that want all that on the side. I thought it was great. The pork is what you would expect from folks that know their way around a smoker as they do. The sauce was both sweet and a little hot. And with the creamy slaw. A great combo.
Normally I don’t order sausage at a BBQ joint. It is usually a sausage that has already been smoked and then smoked some more, sauced and sold. I’m not sure why I did but I am glad I did. This link was good size and very tasty. It reminded me of Big Red Hots. Nice texture and great flavor. Clara liked it even more than I did.
So folks if you liked it for lunch; at the truck. Now you can get it any time at the Mother Ship. Like maybe dinner carry out. Pick it up on the way home. Everyone can use a little smoked pig in their life.
To all you folks that recognize Duos as a very popular traveling food truck, I have good news for you. They now have a permanent location at the Northwest corner of 30th and Meridian streets. The entrance to the parking lot is on 30th St., it’s really hard to miss. The building used to house an insurance company for several years. I am not sure what is in it now but it appears to be several different companies. They have a grand cafeteria that I believe used to be a proper food court now it only has Duos. They serve breakfast and lunch from 7 AM to 2 PM Monday through Friday only. And since they have more space. They can offer more stuff.
On the day that Pat and I went, they had six more or more specials plus a fully stocked salad bar. Pat decided on a baked penne dish, with chicken and mushrooms and what appeared to be a cross between bechamel and Alfredo. He really loved it even though he had to spend a few minutes pulling out the shallots. You see Patrick has a thing about onions; he can’t eat them. Otherwise, his body, has a strange and according to him a rather repulsive reaction. They did forewarn him but he thought it was worth the effort anyway. I tried the quinoa croquettes.they were very reminiscent of falafel, only patty shaped not little balls. A nice cumin flavor that went well with the slightly spicy creme on top. The only weak link in the plate was the bed of slaw the croquettes were resting on. The special came with a choice of two sides. Roasted new potatoes or slaw, I opted for the slaw; oops. I thought the texture and sweetness of the slaw would match up well with the croquettes. The texture was there. However, a little bit rough for my tastes, and the slaw itself lacked the flavor I had expected. But hey,not every at-bat leads to a home run. For dessert we split a two pack of cookies. They were some sort of cappuccino cookie, after the first two bites I wasn’t sure what to make of them. But the more I eat, the more I like them. I attribute my initial puzzlement to the fact that I de-coffeed myself some time back.
We decided to brave the crowd and have lunch on the Circle. Six or eight food trucks were parked around the Monument. We decided to have lunch at Duos (Fran’s favorite), naturally I forgot to take any pictures of the truck, food or staff.We both decided on the same sandwich,a mild chile rubbed pork,roasted and pulled.it was served on a very nice locally made Ciabata roll and topped with arugula and fennel. During the course of the dry rub marination and roasting a slight “juice” was produced that quite nicely seeped into the roll.Patrick thought it was a perfect amount I thought it could have used more jus, different folks, different strokes.However we both agreed on one thing the arugula was slightly bland and we could barely taste the fennel. We intend to go back because we both thought it was a first-rate sandwich.I especially liked they used a dry rub and didn’t rely on heavy sauce. Besides they have a roasted pepper and basil sandwich that Fran says is excellent. I also need to get some pictures. Duos is all over the place, we just have to find one of their locations.
For our obligatory beers we went to a new place Coal Pizza Company on East Washington.Pat and Fran ate there shortly after they opened up, and had not made up their mind on the food yet. But they both thought the staff was great and the venue was cool. So we went there for some beers and an appetizer.They serve nothing but local brews, Sun King being the favorite. We had a few beers and a rosemary focaccia with garlic dipping sauce. The focaccia was quite nice, could’ve been a wee bit warmer and I would’ve liked more olive oil in my dip. Just my personal preference. We decided to try more of their menu next week for lunch. The bartender a delightful young lady that I neglected to introduce myself to convinced me to try their hoagie style sandwich. I couldn’t locate a website with the menu but I did locate some reviews on yelp. One fellow who was at the “soft opening” gave it four stars. He tried some of that garlic dipping sauce for his pizza and thought it needed less oil. As I said before different strokes. Another young lady who has a blog the name of which I cannot remember, but I believe her last name was Beers,she is supposed to be a local celebrity. I never heard of her but that doesn’t mean anything. Her main bag is exploring new nightspots,and my nights are spent at home. She too was an invitee to the soft opening. She opined that the pizza was the best she had ever eaten. But the thing about soft openings with invitation-only the food is free, and the drinks. There was only three other blogs on yelp and they each gave up two stars. I wrote all this so everyone would know I’m not just a pretty face. I do my homework. And this blog and all the reviews mean less than nothing to me.I make up my own mind and so does Pat. Right now I like the place, just after a few beers and an app. Hell if I gave stars their wood-burning oven would be worth two. But I’ll find out more next week, over lunch. But by no means don’t wait on us. Give it a try yourself.