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Sobremesa Street Kitchen

29 Jul

 

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Facebook: Sobremesa
Instagram: Sobremesa
Twitter: Sobremesa
Phone: (614) 401-6372

Food trucks are often associated with over-the-top, gluttonous creations, and Columbus is no exception to that rule. More healthful options are slowly making their way onto the scene, however, with one of the more promising being Sobremesa Street Kitchen.

This relative newcomer to the Columbus food truck scene (starting up roughly during the winter of 2016) features Venezuelan Rafael Simo, who escaped the corporate world to follow his dream of “making good food that would be worthy of a conversation between old friends, family, lovers or even strangers”, and touting itself as “Columbus’ first Latin-infused, plant-based mobile food service”, as described on its main website.

Based on the menus I’ve seen at Sobremesa’s stops, Simo is following through on that dream in spades. Sobremesa’s main dishes that are most definitely plant-oriented with a Latin flair, with nary a hint of meat in the ingredient listings and following the familiar bowl/wrap formula, with a bevy of sides and sauces.

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You might worry about these dishes to be a bit bland compared with those incorporating meat, but I’ve found Sobremesa’s creations to be not only quite flavorful, but also spot on in terms of texture and freshness.  The Black Bean creations such as the wrap are most definitely filling, while the Crispy Tacos and Jerk Tofu Bowl offer a slightly more manageable portion size.

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One thing I’ll be looking for in the future is their horchata, which is said to be quite good but I haven’t thought to ask for it yet during my visits.

According to their website and the graphic on the food truck, “Sobremesa” refers to the time spent with people after you shared lunch or dinner, savoring both the food you just ate as well as the company. While you may not have a table available at some of their food truck stops, the catering side of their business decidedly gives you that very opportunity.

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Originally published on the 614ortyniner blog site.

 

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Nothin But Nadas

13 Jul

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Facebook: Nothin But Nadas
Twitter: Nothin But Nadas
Phone: (614) 226-8961

Other than perhaps the burrito/wrap, the hand pie/empanada is the most perfectly portable food item in the mobile food arsenal. The empanada for the most part refers to those versions with a Spanish or Portuguese influence, but the variations from country to country or even region can differ quite a bit.

The Nothin But Nadas food trailer offers up Puerto Rican-styled empanadas to diners (the owners of the business are self-proclaimed Nuyoricans i.e. New Yorkers with Puerto Rican heritage.) These neatly crimped hand pies, emblazoned with the business name on the edge, offer a bubbly, almost flaky crust. In a way, the exterior in my mind splits the difference between two of my favorite grocery store treats from years back: Pepperidge Farm Apple Turnovers and a Hot Pocket.

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The crimping may be the most fancy things about these empanadas – the fillings are fairly basic, but do a good job of making these pies a heartier option than most. Size-wise, three of these pies would satisfy all but the biggest appetites.

We personally like the meat-based filling options the best, but at least one non-meat choice such as Buffalo Mac and Veggie is typically offered.  A basic cilantro sauce is typically offered with your order, but a slightly more spicy sriracha version is also available.

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(Note: originally posted in the “The 614ortyniner” blog.)

Alice’s Aebelskabels

14 Jun

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Facebook: Alice’s Aebelskabels
Twitter: Alice’s Aebelskabels
Website: Alice’s Aebelskabels
Phone: (614)327-3299

For the uninitiated, an Aebelskiver is essentially a pancake ball of Nordic/Danish origin prepared in a specially-cast iron pan and traditionally served with either powdered sugar or fruit preserves.

That may make one wonder what in the world an “Aebelskabel” is, as in Alice’s Aebelskabels, a food truck that has been offering Danish aebelskivers to diners in the Columbus area since the summer of 2015.

One need only read the family story of food truck owner Hilary Meilen, which is conveniently posted alongside the truck’s ordering window, to learn of the colorful story behind the spelling. The tale details her grandmother (and the food truck’s namesake) Alice’s journey to the west coast during the earlier part of the 20th century and her marriage into a Danish family in the Solvang, California area (the self-proclaimed “Danish Capital of America.”) The “Aebelskabel” turns out to be her family’s phonetic mispronunciation of this Danish staple.

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Regardless of pronunciation or spelling, Alice’s expands on the traditional preparations (generally the sweeter variations) by offering specialty savory renditions such as prosciutto and swiss, pizza, and pepper jack. Side garnishes such as powdered sugar, maple syrup and fruit preserves are available as well, either sprinkled on top of the aebelskivers or off to the side per your preference.

Uniform to all preparations was the pancake ball itself. Using a longtime family recipe, Hilary makes your aebelskivers to order. These lovely golden-brown spheroids provide a nicely crispy exterior and an airy pillow of fried dough blanketing whatever fillings you might have ordered stuffed within. The best bet here is to go with your mood (sweet or savory) and you’ll more likely than not get something quite enjoyable.

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(Note: originally posted in the “The 614ortyniner” blog.)