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staff meal food truck

jackal Apr 23, 2011 09:45 AM

Dc and I noticed a food truck behind the Boston artisan market in west roxbury. Menu was short but sweet, with some cool meatcentric items. We tried the meatloaf sandwich with pastrami and homemade pickles on a great griddled roll / biscuit thing (awesome combo, our fave), foie baklava (crazy idea but it worked together. Not too sweet.), marrow toast with tabbouleh, and oxtail sandwich with peppers, same homemade pickles- both solid and good for a rainy day like today.

Definitely worth checking out if you're in the neighborhood- a bit hard to find, but it's in the parking lot behind the market. We noticed a cupcake mobile pulling in as we were leaving too!

They said they'll be here on weekends and eventually at the sowa market.

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  1. MC Slim JB RE: jackal Apr 23, 2011 11:06 AM

    Thanks for this update; I've been wondering when they'd finally get going. Something I've been looking forward to trying for a while.

    Reminds me a bit on this other new food truck which I just read about, from Garden at The Cellar chef/owner Will Gilson, the Eat Wagon (focus: carefully-sourced burgers, dogs, tacos). I love the notion of fine dining chefs going mobile and humble, would love to see more of it.


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    1. re: MC Slim JB
      Gabatta RE: MC Slim JB Apr 23, 2011 11:12 AM

      The new truck sounds interesting, however this trend is a double edged sword. Between Gilson's pop up dinners and the development of this new truck it's not surprising that the food at Garden at the Cellar has been inconsistent lately, which is a bummer.

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        MC Slim JB RE: Gabatta Apr 23, 2011 11:25 AM

        Interesting (I haven't been back to Garden lately). In the case of Staff Meal, I believe the operators are former fine-dining chefs.


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          hckybg RE: MC Slim JB Apr 23, 2011 12:11 PM

          I learned yesterday that there is excitement in DC around a new food truck that will soon be debuting..........it will serve ice cream. I am all for innovation in dining, but perhaps the food truck trend has jumped the shark when people forget about their forefathers Mr. Softee and the Good Humor Men.

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            MC Slim JB RE: hckybg Apr 23, 2011 12:25 PM

            But will there be music?

            There's an ice cream truck that cruises around the South End in warmer weather, and it has the most obnoxious, lamebrained music loop ever. If there's a Hell, I'm consigned to driving that truck and hearing that music for eternity.


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              hckybg RE: MC Slim JB Apr 23, 2011 12:37 PM

              I'm sure it will have music, I'd guess a generous helping of Mumford and Sons and Grizzly Bear. Barring that, perhaps a gaggle of mandolin-playing painters and a couple bearded guys playing the saw. Maybe Zoe Deschanel is available to be the pied piper.

              Soon the new trend will be ice cream trucks that sell weed.

              1. re: hckybg
                Jenny Ondioline RE: hckybg Apr 23, 2011 01:28 PM

                New? Hell, where I lived in the '90s, that was the standard place to pick up a dime.

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                  hckybg RE: Jenny Ondioline Apr 23, 2011 02:01 PM

                  You got the joke, then.

              2. re: MC Slim JB
                hyde RE: MC Slim JB May 4, 2011 02:52 PM

                "turkey in the straw" guy? nightmare stuff.

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                  MC Slim JB RE: hyde May 4, 2011 03:09 PM

                  That's the one, with random, cringe-inducing vocal samples like the odd "Hello?" I feel my grip on sanity loosening just recounting this much of it.


            2. re: MC Slim JB
              Gabatta RE: MC Slim JB Apr 23, 2011 01:17 PM

              In the past you could rely on Gilson being in the kitchen virtually every night (think Gordon Hammersley). Thought he lives very closeby to the Garden and is still there frequently, his time has definitely been divided elsewhere and it sometimes shows in the consistencyt of the food on busy nights. We like the Garden very much, however it is no longer worth a wait on a busy evening to us. We hold out for a quiet night earlier in the week and hope Gilson is in the kitchen. The other things which reduce the Garden's allure is that they have never straightened out the bar (both bartending and selection of alcohol), and the service has always been touch and go. We find ourselves walking the extra blocks to Green Street lately.

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                DoubleMan RE: Gabatta May 4, 2011 11:00 AM

                I apologize for taking this further away from the main thread, but I just wanted to second the comment about the Garden's beverage program. It's seriously embarrassing - barely up to faneuil hall standards. I would have thought that they'd try to do some interesting things with herbal infusions using his parents' herbs. Instead they just have the liquor selection and the bartending skill of a bad bar stuck in the 1970s. It's weird given Gilson's affinity for cocktails - I see him out at good places regularly, and he's friends with many good bartenders. The wine list is also a joke.

                I loved the Garden when it opened, having enjoyed Gilson's food at the Herb Lyceum. Now with the inconsistent food, continued awkward FOH ops, horrible drink options, and some significant price creep, it's no longer in my rotation. Sad.

                It's one of those places that I'm rooting for to be better, and I think easily could, but they are just missing clear opportunities.

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                  opinionatedchef RE: DoubleMan May 4, 2011 05:54 PM

                  This reminds me of Mexican Cuisine which was located in a Mass. Ave bar that decided to bring in a separately run kitchen- which was Jim Fahey's. The bar owner owned the whole space so Jim had nothing to do w/ the bar, just the food. That situation may exist at Garden in the Cellar and explain the inconsistencies many people have commented on.(I agree w/ you completely, btw about how awful it is. It and the room itself(uncomfortable and blah) keep me away. But someone as talented as Gilson- is, I bettcha, gonna end up in a better place before too long.

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                    jgg13 RE: DoubleMan May 12, 2011 08:16 AM

                    Looks like he's leaving the garden:

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                      Gabatta RE: jgg13 May 12, 2011 08:23 AM

                      Bummer. That doesn't bode well for the Garden at all. His work in the kitchen was only of the only things that place had going for it. Unfortunately as that is the closest decent sit down place to where we live.

            3. re: MC Slim JB
              jgg13 RE: MC Slim JB Apr 23, 2011 02:05 PM

              There's a (sparse) bit on the Eat Boston site:

              1. re: MC Slim JB
                digga RE: MC Slim JB Apr 24, 2011 06:17 PM

                Like what Chez Pascal owners are doing with Hewtin's hot dog truck in PVD. We need more of that in Boston, fer sure.

                Chez Pascal Restaurant
                960 Hope St, Providence, RI 02906

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                  Taralli RE: MC Slim JB May 12, 2011 08:56 AM

                  Nice review: http://thephoenix.com/Boston/food/120...

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                  Cork RE: jackal May 4, 2011 10:34 AM

                  I thought I saw the truck hanging around this past weekend - There are no signs and the truck was not even parked as if it wanted to be doling out food - couldn't tell if this was for the public, or literally, a catering service for the businesses served by that parking lot....

                  For those of you who are not WR natives, the Boston Artisan Market is at the corner of Baker and Spring St, across the street from Tony's Italian place.

                  Anyone have any real updates?

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                    mats77 RE: Cork May 4, 2011 02:23 PM

                    I stopped by this weekend and my GF and I tried four sandwiches and the foie gras baklava. The standouts were the meat sandwiches: meatloaf, headcheese, and oxtail. All were delicious and the bread was great. The grilled cheese sandwich wich quince paste was good but not in the league with the others. The foie gras baklava was weird but it worked. Hope they find a permanent location closer to downtown: West Roxbury may as well be in another state. Worth checking out.

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                      MC Slim JB RE: Cork May 4, 2011 02:30 PM

                      The current schedule is 12-4pm, Saturday and Sunday at Boston Artisan Market, and Monday and Tuesday at the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South Street in JP. Possibly more days later on. I know they bailed early today because of the rain. Dying to try it, myself.


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                        opinionatedchef RE: Cork May 4, 2011 05:56 PM

                        west roxbury.

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                        skordalia RE: jackal May 4, 2011 02:20 PM

                        stopped by this weekend. food was delicious and cheap and the cognitive dissonance of enjoying corn and morel chowder in an obscure w. rox parking lot was... awesome. Oxtail sandwich was particularly good. No seating- pretty hard core. I'll definitely be back. You could combine with a visit to bay sweets nearby for a serious spring street feast.

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                          sallyt RE: skordalia May 4, 2011 06:47 PM

                          FANTASTIC. We'll definitely check it out this weekend - and FWIW, West Rox is NOT in another state! We're part of Boston, people :) (kind of kidding - I know what you mean)

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                            sallyt RE: sallyt May 7, 2011 12:59 PM

                            We got takeout from the truck today -EXCELLENT. My husband had the chorizo sandwich, and I had the corn/morel chowder (they said that it was vegetarian, but there was definitely some kind of bacon in it). They'll be in the South End tomorrow. Please support them - excellent food at a grea price ($4/pt of soup, $6/sandwich).

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                              opinionatedchef RE: sallyt May 7, 2011 02:06 PM

                              in the so. end- where, sally?
                              thanks for the report;terrif.

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                                sallyt RE: opinionatedchef May 7, 2011 06:35 PM

                                They didn't specify - sorry!

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                                  opinionatedchef RE: sallyt May 7, 2011 07:59 PM


                                  their site says SOWA for sunday, tomorrow, but where in SOWA?

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                                    tartandfit RE: opinionatedchef May 7, 2011 08:04 PM

                                    Looks like the SOWA Market, 460 Harrison Ave.

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                                      opinionatedchef RE: tartandfit May 7, 2011 08:49 PM

                                      thanx much

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                                        Reuniteonice RE: opinionatedchef May 7, 2011 10:38 PM

                                        I look forward to trying out Staff Meal's stuff. Adam Gendreau and Patrick Gilmartin are wicked talented cooks.

                                        Staff Meal
                                        Mobile truck, no formal location, Boston, MA

                        2. MC Slim JB RE: FastTalkingHighTrousers Aug 23, 2011 09:14 AM

                          My favorite truck, too. I had this Chinese sausage, choy, and fried rice in moo-shu wrapper (not a bun) thing a few weekends back, too. It was so good I immediately went back and got a second one. That doesn't happen very often.


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                            opinionatedchef RE: MC Slim JB Aug 24, 2011 06:36 PM

                            Stpped by today to see what all the fuss was about. what nice guys. i can just imagine how much they are enjoying being their own creative bosses. and what joy it must be to go from years of slaving away in windowless kitchens to having a big opening onto the world every day.

                            As to the food, it read great but it wasn't there for me. The foie gras baklava was nice crispy filo and good vinsanto glaze but the purported foie terrine filling was absent flavor-wise for me. the steamed bun sandwiches filled with slivered chinese sausage and hard fried rice: the flavor was good in the sausage and the aioli and the steamed bun, but cold hard rice?(it really doesn't take much to re-soften cooked rice after it's been refrig'd, just a little water and a heat source.) And maybe, just maybe, 1/8 ou. sausage on each roll? not for me.Dump out the rice, add a bunch more slivered sausage, the great aioli, and some veggies>> now that would be an excellent bun. but such nice guys- you can only wish them the best. i'll keep my eyes out for their future menus.

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                            misscucina RE: jackal Apr 20, 2012 10:06 AM

                            Sorry to bump an old thread, but does anyone know where to get accurate info on the SM truck's location? According to the city's food truck schedule, they were supposed to be at City Hall yesterday, but they weren't there. Pretty disappointing as this is the second time this has happened with these guys in the last month.

                            I checked their web page and Twitter yesterday but didnt see any announcements. Any suggestions so I don't get my hopes up and walk across town for nothing?

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                              mats77 RE: misscucina Apr 20, 2012 10:14 AM

                              They posted on their twitter yesterday that they ran out and would be shutting down. They're usually pretty good about posting on FB and twitter when they run out of food for the day.

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                                misscucina RE: mats77 Apr 20, 2012 01:55 PM

                                I was there at 10:30am to 11am. They couldn't have run out of anything. There was no truck in sight. The other two trucks were there and ready to go.

                                Unfortunately their active Twitter feed wasn't showing up on my iPhone.

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                                C. Hamster RE: misscucina Apr 20, 2012 10:24 AM

                                They are very regularly across form the JH building on Fridays (the only truck tahst shows) but they run out pretty fast.

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                                  MC Slim JB RE: misscucina Apr 20, 2012 11:47 AM

                                  I was there late-ish yesterday and all they had left were Chinese sausage and fried rice tacos, but those were amazing: their sausage is like a really good house-made soppressata. The bag of fried chicken skin was complete overkill, but delicious. There were completely out of food not much after 2pm.

                                  If you're not on Twitter, you can see their live location / status Twitter feed on their website: http://www.staffmealboston.com/


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