Repost of article as published in OC Register’s Food Frenzy October 2010.
We get asked all the time to name our favorite gourmet food truck, and while that’s a hard question to answer, there is one that grabs our attention time and time again.
We speak of the Irvine-based Lime Truck, which has been taking Orange County by storm since it opened in June and continues to run out of food whenever it hits the street. LT even won Yelp’s “Best of the Fest Award” at the OC Foodie Fest in August.
At first, the Lime Truck had a daytime menu focused on California cuisine, and an after-hours menu that was much more playful. Since then, chef Jason Quinn has repeatedly raised the bar by turning out new specials almost every week, and the new menu is now a constantly changing variety pack.
You can expect to see things like Prime pork flatiron, carnitas fries and “Yum Yum” lamb sandwich.
The flatiron is marinated and cooked to perfection with a touch of salt and pepper.
It’s laid on grilled mashed potatoes and topped with a Brussels sprouts slaw. This is a very simple and elegant dish with tons of flavor. And yes, you read right – it isn’t enough to prepare a good mashed potato, so the spuds are seared to achieve a crispy exterior.
We asked Jason for the philosophy behind his ever-changing specials. “We work with the best local purveyors and cook with whatever they are most excited about. We get bored of things and we have found that the more excited we are about something, the better it tastes. So we’re cooking what we want, trying to make people happy and having fun. What could be wrong with that?”
Nothing, we say. Last week I finally tried the much-talked-about lamb sandwich.
It’s really a gyro, but with Jason’s own take on it. He grinds and seasons the lamb himself and turns it into a tender, spice-packed party in your mouth. No wonder so many people talk about it.
Another popular item is carnitas fries.
The pork is roasted for 10 hours on low to give it a melt-in-your mouth consistency. Carnitas is piled atop a generous helping of fries, and all of that is topped with guacamole, chipotle-honey cabbage, sour cream and cotija cheese. Bold flavor from the pork and cabbage with the creaminess of the guacamole and sour cream make for one spectacular order of spuds.
Coupled with their spectacular food creations, Jason and Lime Truck CEO Daniel Shemtob are two of the nicest people you will meet. Everyday, no matter how busy they are, you get the sense that they appreciate your business. Daniel always has a big smile on his face. Great food and friendly people is what The Lime Truck is all about. Make sure you head over and check them out.
The Lime Truck (click link for locations, menu and contact info)
NOTE: Thank you to Jeff Overley with Food Frenzy for posting our article.