I often develop crushes… on cities. Chicago, Austin, Savannah, New York, Santa Fe, San Francisco– all the usual suspects, I realize. Want to hear something a little more original? I have a crush on Louisville, Kentucky, and I have since I first explored it seven years ago. Being back in the Derby City for the past 24 hours has been ultra dreamy– the weather, the food, the people, the food, the dive bars, the charming architecture, the food…
After today, I am more in lust than ever with this city.
This afternoon, I boogied on over to Lil’ Cheezers, Louisville’s first and arguably most popular food truck. Today, they were parked out in the cul-de-sac of a sprawling office complex, as food trucks often are during the week– a smart grab for hungry cubicle jockeys.
After chatting it up with manager Manny Bowling, I ordered up a couple of sandwiches — the Caprese and the Fancy Pants. Both were served on wheatberry bread, with a side of with sweet potato chips and curried ketchup (<— the star of the show).
I’d like to interject here that I’m going to try very hard over the next few weeks not to gush indiscriminately about everything I eat. I certainly won’t bash anything, but I’m going to reasonable here, people! I will not declare everything I eat to be “the most amazing______ I’ve ever eaten.” I promise.
That said, Lil’ Cheezers was really really good– pretty much the ideal grilled cheese sandwich. The Caprese was was heavy with gooey mozzarella, fresh basil, tomato, garlic and balsamic vinegar reduction. This certainly wasn’t the first caprese grilled cheese sandwich I’ve ever eaten, but it was the first one I’ve ever had with addition of balsamic. It was a nice punch– loved it! Since I (sadly) don’t live in Louisville, I’m already scheming how I can recreate a version of it at home.
The Fancy Pants was an equal delight– Granny Smith apples, Brie, caramelized onions, walnuts. Yes, it was even better than it sounds. Lots of textures, lots of flavors. A true treat.
Oh, and that curried ketchup? It was an ideal complement the sweet potato chips, which are a great alternative to the Frito-Lay option that usually accompanies a sandwich (I don’t actually have any problem with Frito-Lay products; it’s just nice to see something different). Great job, Lil’ Cheezers! You were officially the first food truck meal of my food truck road trip, and my lunch certainly didn’t disappoint. You guys live up to the hype!
Next Up: My conversation at Nach Bar with Max Balliet and Rob Ross, two food truckers who are responsible for one of the most cleverly named trucks I’ve encountered– Holy Molé! AND, tomorrow I’m hitting up Louisville’s Food Truck Tuesday, where a whole gaggle of the city’s mobile eateries will roll up on Louisville Metro Hall.