Perry, the man behind New York Street Food, brings you his latest review on New York City food trucks.
There are a couple of food adages that we try to live by. The first is that bacon makes anything taste good. The second is that everything tastes better fried – which lead us into today’s NY Food Truck Lunch.
The Frying Dutchmen was founded by Ben Goldberg, who decided to open a food truck serving Dutch & Belgian-style frites after trying them on a trip to Amsterdam. He first started with potato and sweet potato fries served in a cone with really interesting dipping sauces. A few months ago, several burgers and chicken sandwiches were added to the menu.
You don’t have to get fried chicken – they also serve grilled chicken and burgers – but I figure if you’re going down this road, there’s no point in going halfway.
I got a fried chicken sandwich combo, which costs $11 with a large order of fries, a drink, and your choice of dipping sauce.
The fried chicken sandwich was comprised of two large chicken tenders that made a nice-sized sandwich when put together on the bread. Add some lettuce, tomato and a sweet honey-mayo sauce, and you have the makings of a crunchy, tasty sandwich.
If you can’t decide what types of fries to get, do what I do and order 1/2 potato and 1/2 sweet potato. It doesn’t cost any more, and provides some variety.
The potato fries were thick, and while I wouldn’t call them crisp, they were definitely not mushy. They were lightly salted, and went perfectly with the dipping sauce they suggested.
The Frying Dutchmen usually has between 8-10 dipping sauces to choose from, and I went with Locked & Loaded, which was on the daily special menu, but not the printed menu. Locked & Loaded is made with sour cream, bacon, cheddar cheese and chives, so when you dip in a potato fry, it tastes just like a baked potato. Mmm!
Locked & Loaded didn’t really go with the sweet potato fries, but that was fine, because I enjoyed the sweet potato fries all by themselves. They were lightly dusted with salt and a little sugar. With a sweet dipping sauce, they could almost be dessert.
You can find The Frying Dutchmen on twitter here, and if there’s a particular sauce you would like to see on the truck, you can make a suggestion on their website here. One of the most important factors in a successful business is listening to your customers, which they seem to take pretty seriously.