The Truck: BigFood
The Fare: Mythological fusion (with a distinct Indian lean).
The Stop: My first encounter of the BigFood kind was outside of Havana in the Pike/Pine corridor late on a Thursday night for the nightclub's hipsterific Sophisticated Mama soul dance night. The weather was dreary and the foot traffic slow, but I was excited to eat a late-night snack that wasn't a cream-cheese hot dog. Without the appetite or cash for their standard meal options--$9 flatbread sandwiches with a superfusion twist--I opted instead for the "Littlefood" option: cheesy flatbread with your choice of meat, carrot sticks, and a juice box. The novelty of a tiny apple juice and carrot sticks aside, my chicken-cheesy flatbread was like a doughy, grilled flatbread quesadilla, a warm and sizable snack for a half-drunk stomach.While I'd be perfectly content recommending the LittleFood meal, I returned to BigFood parked outside of Starbucks SODO on a Tuesday to attempt their offerings for a larger and more sophisticated palate. Although only a few months old, BigFood has slid itself into the familiar rotation of Seattle's sleekest kitchens on wheels, and one-ups most other trucks with their snazzy flat-screen menu. (They take credit cards, too.) They have four featured sandwiches that spin barbecue and traditional Indian fare with more tropical flavors under fanciful, Pacific-Northwesty names. The Sequoia offers pulled chicken with tomato chutney and cilantro-sriracha sauce; the Sasquatch is a spicy pulled pork with a mango chutney and slaw; and the vegetarian Redwood is paneer cheese with pineapple and red onion. Upon recommendation of the man in the window, I went with the Yeti, a red-wine braised beef with curried fruit and slaw, and also got an order of their chicken wings ($6) drizzled with a coriander cream.
The BigFood Wings
The sandwich was indeed Big: on a large slab of naan-like bread was served a mound of soft, shredded, and tender beef with an understated seasoning that cradled the curry and coriander garnishes on top. The raisins as fruit was a sweet touch, but I did find myself lusting after the mango chutney atop spicy pulled pork for a more adventurous experience. For its relative subtlety, the Yeti was a solid sandwich and almost too much food for my appetite, particularly when accompanied with perhaps the largest chicken wings I have ever been served. While they were a tad too salted, the wings were positively gargantuan--definitely BIG--and the generous amount of coriander mayo made for an unusual and delicious appetizer meant to share.
Next time, I'll want to check out the Redwood to see what a pineapple-and-cheese sandwich could possibly amount to, and also sample their side salad: pineapple, cucumber, jicama, and mango with tamarind lime vinaigrette. Or maybe I'll just go back to what I have been craving: the cheesy chicken flatbread. To figure out where BigFood is, check out their website at bigfoodmobile.com. It may also behoove you to follow them on Twitter; their last tweet reads: "Bigfood at 2nd and pine for lunch today. Come here with a knock knock joke and get 2 bucks off your sandwich."