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