Recently, Bruno's Gastrotruck has been in the news for being named one of the Top 100 Food Trucks in America by The Daily Meal.
Nearly everything on the menu looked really good and I had a hard time deciding between the sandwiches or tacos. Ultimately, I went with the Parkway Dip ($10), a sandwich with smoked pulled beef tri tip, onions, and cheddar horseradish creme on a challah bun. It also came with housemade chips. I also couldn't resist getting an order of Angry Tots ($5), which are tater tots seasoned in a secret spice and covered with huancaina and anticucho sauces.
The sandwich was like an upscale French Dip. The tri tip was wonderfully tender and juicy, making the sandwich get better as it sat because the juices from the meat were soaking into the challah bread. To go along with the meat, the onions were sauteed in a Parkway Porter beer and had a sweet, smokey flavor that was excellent on the sandwich. And if there's better bread to use for a sandwich than challah bread, I haven't found it yet.
If you can't tell, everything at Bruno's is a step up from typical street food fare.
I've talked before about how much I like food trucks and why I hope they can succeed in the Roanoke Valley. The region has a lot of great things to see and do but many of them are scattered throughout different communities, meaning it's a perfect opportunity for restaurants to bring their food to people via a food truck. The concept has slowly caught on as I've now seen four food trucks in the area and places like Bruno's Gastrotruck are keeping the standard high.
For Bruno's, it's not about simply serving food out of a truck. It's about serving food that tastes great that just happens to be in a truck.
And the fact that they can take their food on the road means they could be coming to an event near you!
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