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Explorers Club Food Truck

6 Jul

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The Explorers Club Restaurant is about eighteen months past the day the doors opened. While other restaurants entered the mobile food world before Explorers Club, the team behind the wheel of this truck started preparing back in 2012.

Shortly after the restaurant opened, they started to rent a food cart to help get the word out about the Explorer’s Club at different community events. They did well with the cart and saw the advantages of going mobile with a truck including having extra kitchen space in a building where cooking quarters are tight as well as a much easier way to build out a catering business. The truck launched in late May of this year and has been keeping busy doing corporate lunches, events, late night and weddings.

Like the restaurant, the menu is eclectic. While it often has a southwestern / latin theme the sky is the limit for what one might find on the menu on any given day. A few examples are posted below.

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A few examples are shown below. Tots, one of the most sought items on mobile food menus, are frequently on the menu and in many of the Explorers Club Menu items. The example below is the Sloppy Jose Burrito which includes mac and cheese, Ropa Vieja (shredded beef), seasons tots and some saucy goodness.

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Tacos in various forms are frequent flyers on breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, but always tacos with a twist of one sort or another.

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For breakfast, this truck has the best options in the business including breakfast burritos, chorizo sausage Biscuits and gravy and one of my favorites an egg sandwich on Cuban bread with Swiss Cheese, jalapeno mayonnaise and jalapeno slaw.

For vegetarians, there are typically one or more strong options on the menu. For fans of the restaurant, many of the menu items are based on core ingredients at the Explorers Club but this is not a recycling of menu concepts so you will find selections you won’t find elsewhere. The items on the food truck menu are meant to be served fast and are friendly to eating on the go.

Burger Wars at Zauber Brewing Oct. 5th

29 Sep

In case you missed the Food Truck and Cart Fest at Columbus Commons on the 27th, don’t despair, you live in Columbus, so chances of a conglomeration of local, mobile vendors coming to a parking lot near you is always good. In case you are concerned about “yet another food truck event” have no fear, Zauber Brewing is here offering six vendors taking a new twist on an American classic – the hamburger.

The trash talking among the competitors for the burger competition has been intense so keep at eye out on Twitter as the intensity of burger barbs increases. The best one to track for the trash talk is @Street_Thyme or the hashtag #Burgerwars.

And since man (or woman) can not live by burger alone, The Cake Chick with be there with Cake Pops and Tatoheads will be on site to add the extra carbohydrates via potatoes in many forms.

The celebrity panel of judges for the best burger competition includes: Monica Day – NBC 4, Shelley Mann – editor of Crave Magazine, Chef David Maclennan, Danielle Elias – WBNS 10TV and reformed food trucker, Rick Harrison Wolfe now from The Wolfe Group.

The crowd will be able to vote for the most creative burger at Burger Wars.

OH Burgers

11 Jun

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Cuisine: Burgers
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614.270.4139

OH Burgers is the third gourmet burger trucks to pop up this summer. Each of them has a different take on the genre, and the direction that OH Burgers has gone is with the slider or mini burger.

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The truck is run by Brian Thornton, helped out by his teacher wife during her summer vacation. Brian has aspired to have his own restaurant since high school, and like many entrepreneurs has found that food trucks are a more cost effective way to get things going. He’s been working on the concept since he saw the success of the food truck festival at Columbus Commons last summer. His culinary school training, restaurant experience and background in operations management give him a lot of good skills for the business.

Brian chose burgers because, as well as being popular, they’re versatile. He likes that you can play around with a variety of toppings. Why mini burgers? Because he wants you to try more than one of his burgers and they’re faster to cook which means he can keep the line moving. Each burger is 2oz so two equates to a quarter pounder.

Brian is sourcing as much locally as he can. His beef comes from Rife’s Market in Grandview (which procures it from a farm in Zanesville) and is freshly ground on the truck. His bread comes from The French Loaf in Grandview. Burgers are $3 each or two for $5.

As of writing, the menu includes Mexican, Greek and Italian plays on the burger as well as a veggie burger that was getting pretty good reviews from customers during our visit. Brian says that he has lots more ideas for burger toppings and will use seasonal ingredients this summer.

The smell of these little guys cooking is hard to resist. We tried the Italian and the classic OH Burger mini. The buns are nice and soft and patties have good flavor and texture. The Little Italy mini has mozzarella, bruschetta (fresh chopped tomato) and balsamic reduction and was our favorite of the two. We also heard praise for the Cinco de Mayo burger.

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OH Burgers also serve sweet potato chips made from scratch on the truck. A little greasy but thin and crunchy.

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You can find OH Burgers once a week at Dinin’ Hall in June and follow them on facebook or twitter for their up-to-date locations.

Street Thyme

27 Mar

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Street Thyme
Gourmet Burgers
614.586.3113
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Twitter @street_thyme

There’s a new burger mobile on the streets of Columbus – Street Thyme. This one’s been in the works for a while and we’re pleased to see that they’re finally open. Street Thyme sells double burgers with premium toppings. Their signature burgers are specially (and coarsely) ground by Carfagna’s Market. The burgers all have Columbus themed names like the 270 triple or the High Street Herbivore. Daily specials will also be available.

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I tried the Cbus Sweet Heat with roasted Jalapeno and bell peppers, carmelized onion, pepperjack and sriracha honey aioli. A tasty burger and not as spicy as I expected. The patties are thin and I would ask for mine underdone next time. I found mine a little too salty, but it was their first day so I’ll give them the benfit of the doubt. For the sake of research I also ordered some of the tater tots and a milk shake. I like that the tater tots used BBQ spice rather than sauce as they stayed nice and crispy.

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You can add house cured pork belly to any burger to make it Ohio style. But don’t worry vegetarians there is a house made veggie burger made with chick peas and lentils. Also house made are the sweet pickles that come with the burger, the BBQ sauce and aioli. The signature thyme aioli is made with confit garlic and fresh thyme and had a nice garlicky tang. The buns are made by Klosterman’s in Cincinnati (who also supply Graffiti burger). They are more robust than super market buns and are fairly sweet. I like that they were toasted on the grill.

Street Thyme also offers milkshakes and will be rotating seasonal flavors. I tried – and enjoyed the strawberry rhubarb which was sweet and creamy and fairly light in texture. The other flavor today was banana Butterfinger.

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The truck is owned a run by Josh Chapman and Steve Zepettela who have worked together at several local restaurants. Steven is a sous chef at Elevator Brewing. Today they were joined by another friend and a former co-worker who’s a CIA graduate. All three worked at The Fish Market which is where they met.

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Street Thyme don’t have any set locations yet but they will be at Franklin Imaging (500 Shrock Road) tomorrow lunchtime and they also have a calendar on their website.

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