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Sobremesa Street Kitchen

29 Jul



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.


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.


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.


Originally published on the 614ortyniner blog site.



Explorers Club Food Truck

6 Jul


Facebook: explorersclubmv
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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.


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


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.

Earth’s Crust / Krazy Monkey

11 Jul

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Pizza & Baked goods.

Phone: 614 440 9885
Check Facebook and Twitter for updates on location
Earth’s Crust (Pizza in cart form) Krazy Monkey: Pizza, Juices and more in Truck form
Earth’s Crust/Krazy Monkey Updates

Street Eats has been following Earth’s Crust and Michelle Page for a long time, so long in fact that this post is a joint production by Vivsmack, CMH Gourmand & Hungrywoolf.

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Street eating is all too often synonymous with hot dogs, gyros, and other meaty morsels. But not in Columbus. Joining the ranks of Rad Dog, Lucky Ladle and other mobile vegan & vegetarian friendly carts, Dreddie Page (a.k.a. Michelle), who is based out of the Clintonville Community Market, has been offering health conscious pizza and baked treats using local, organic, fresh ingredients. Using whole wheat berries (germ included!) and spelt, Michelle mills her own flour to ensure that the menu is minimally processed with the freshest possible flavor and the highest nutritional value. Her grains come from the Amish farms. She does not use white refined flour or refined sugars. She does use natural ingredients with a dash or dollop of love depending on the item. When Vivshmack visited there were three pizza options: caramelized onions and apples with Daiya cheddar, cheese, and pepperoni. She chose two slices (the Daiya option and the pepperoni) for $5 and was really impressed with the light and nutty crust. Yesterday Michelle was offering a choice of two 8 inch pizzas: Ohio cheese pizza with locally made sauce and 3 cheese blend and a tasty homemade broccoli pesto pizza with fresh mozzarella and tomato. Vegan cheese is also available.

whole grain pizza cart

The Earth’s Crust cart hops around town offering up delicious sandwiches, signature pizzas and a selection of baked goods. The menu changes daily and seasonally. Sandwiches are made with whole wheat, vegan, sliced bread from Stan Evans Bakery, a little known bake shop located in Grandview. Vivian sampled the Tomato NOTzarella sandwich served warm straight from the cart’s built in griddle.

Michelle is available for catering orders and has a fantastic selection of pies, rolls, scones and cookies. Check out a menu here. Rumor has it that Earth’s Crust pizza are much loved by Clintonville families and super popular with neighborhood kiddies so call ahead if you have any special requests or are placing a large order.

Michelle Page is a budding mobile food mogul. You may see her Krazy Monkey truck resting in the parking lot of Global Village Coffee Shop and Gallery lot in Clintonvile this summer in between work to get it ready for the road. In the meantime, she operates a space inside selling her juices and baked goods. If there is an outdoor event with food carts you can expect the Earth’s Crust cart or the Krazy Monkey truck will be there.

Want more of her story? Check out Michelle’s Earth’s Crust blog

Street Food Cooking Classes.

21 Feb

street food cooking classes wholefoods market columbus

Learn to make street food favorites at home. These classes will be held at Whole Foods Market in Dublin. The first class is Tuesday, March 1st and they will be held the first Tuesday of every month for four months (June class is to TBA).

Columbus Street Food Cooking Series: Lucky Ladle

March 1st 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. $25

Learn to make the delicious wares from some of Columbus’ favorite Food Trucks and Carts. This demonstration includes recipes and a taste of the following great menu items:

  • Vegan White Bean & Kale Soup
  • Home on the Free Range Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Vegan Spinach & Potato Turnovers
  • Roast Chicken & Pepper Jack Turnovers

Columbus Street Food Cooking Series: Leslie’s Creperie

Tuesday, April 5th 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. $25

Learn to make the delicious fare from some of Columbus’ favorite Food Trucks and Carts. This demonstration includes recipes and a taste of Leslie’s great menu items!

Columbus Street Food Cooking Series: Mojo Tago

Tuesday, May 3rd – Thursday, May 5th

6:30 – 8:30 p.m. $25

Learn to make the delicious fare from some of Columbus’ favorite Food Trucks and Carts. This demonstration includes recipes and a taste of Mogo Tago’s great menu items!

To sign up for any of these classes please email or call 614-596-3570.

For more information please see the Wholefoods Calendar.