In preparation for the next big TheDailyCity.Com Orlando Food Truck Bazaar, which is Sunday, May 1, I set off the other day to visit one of one of the participants in its usual daytime parking spot.
The Crooked Spoon isn’t technically a truck but it’s attached to one. The large trailer is outfitted with the basics kitchen equipment to produce a panoply of dishes. However, when I found TCS at the corner of Fern Creek Avenue and Colonial Drive, its white menu board outside had only three items listed. The young woman in the window in the side of the vehicle immediately apologized for the dearth of dishes. One of the available items was the Crooked Spoon burger, which, as it turns out, was just what I was hungry for. I’d like to suggest now that Crooked Spoon erase the other two items from the menu board. This burger is all they will need.
First, I have to tell you what a joy it was to be asked how I wanted the burger cooked instead of having to inquire if I could get it medium-rare. Second, for all the talk recently on food websites about how customers should not try to equate food trucks with fast food and that the kind of cuisine being produced by the better trucks takes time, I was impressed by how quickly my burger was handed to me through the window.
Of course, that might have something to do with the fact that the patty was a bit undercooked and closer to rare than medium, but I had no complaints about that. Indeed, I had no complaints about this burger at all. The meat itself was flavorful with a nice charred taste, but wasn’t a bit greasy. It was topped with a slice of melted cheese and sweetly grilled onions. Instead of the general issue leaf of iceberg lettuce, this burger was topped a mesclun mix of spring greens. And it was all nestled between a properly sized bun that itself had been toasted on the griddle.
I’ll just go ahead and say it: if there’s a better burger in town, on wheels or off, I want to taste it.
The burger was accompanied by a handful of truck-made potato chips that had been tossed into the white takeout sack. Chips could have used a bit of salt, but otherwise an appropriate accompaniment for a burger of this stature.
The Crooked Spoon is parked at 1601 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando (northeast corner) most weekdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. As with the other food trucks, it moves around to events and other locations as needed. The Crooked Spoon will be at TheDailyCity.Com Orlando Food Truck Bazaar Sunday, May 1, 2011, from 7 p.m. to midnight in the Dillard’s parking lot of Orlando Fashion Square Mall, 3201 E. Colonial Drive. As with many of the other trucks, maintaining a website is not a forte of Crooked Spoon, but you may be able to glean info from its Facebook page and Twitter account.
See a video of the first Orlando Food Truck Bazaar.