There was a mini gathering of food trucks during Sunday's concert at Stern Grove. This year marks the 74th year that the festival has been happening, and there was a solid crowd for the performance by Jazz Mafia Symphony. Southern Sandwich Co.'s characteristic big black truck was the first one I spotted, and I quickly salivated at the thought of their menu. I figured some nice Southern barbeque would be perfect for an afternoon picnic.
Southern Sandwich Co.'s menu consists of home-grown comfort foods, inspired by owners Brett and Nathan Niebergall's childhood road trips through the Southeastern states. Their menu isn't extensive, but what they do cook they cook well, and it highlights traditional dishes that are commonly referred to as barbeque throughout the South. They are not going for anything fancy here but instead focusing on taking a few simple ingredients and great quality meats and cooking them to perfection.
As I mentioned earlier I was battling a fierce headache all day since I first woke up, and up until lunch neither the Advil nor the caffeine really helped. So when I spotted the first menu item, the Texas Chopped Beef Brisket, there wasn't a question of anything else. I knew I needed the extra iron, and I started to crave beef something fierce. The family and I found a spot to lay our blanket in the meadow, and I came back to order our lunch. I chose the brisket and hubby got the special, limited quantity ribs.
One thing that immediately stood out to me and got major bonus points was the sauce, or lack thereof on my sandwich. Instead of slathering on their own quantity of sauce, which depending on the customer's taste could be too much or too little, they serve their sandwiches dry and let the customer decide. That actually speaks volumes to me. It shows me that they trust the quality of their food in its virgin form; they don't try to hide or disguise it under copious amounts of sauces. They have perfected their slow-cooking technique, and they left it to me for my own choice of embellishment. I chose to try the sauce that they recommended for beef, gave my sandwich a healthy dose of it and then rejoined my family on the blanket.
As the saying goes, barbequed beef brisket is the National Dish of the Republic of Texas. If that's the case then I certainly want to grab my visa and take a food tour of Texas! It was the band Little Texas who pegged the song "God Blessed Texas." I think my song may very well be "God Blessed Beef Brisket." Yum!
Rating: 4.5/5 (ratings guide)
Southern Sandwich Co. (@SouthrnSandwich) $8.00 per sandwich
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