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Published August 23rd 2014
Faces in the Crowd at Fork on the Road in Victoria Square
As Fork on the Road food truck festival starts its season 3 journey, the mix of trucks taking part continues to change. We're able to experience world cuisine right here in Adelaide, from Mexico to Manila and Malta, and Spain to South America. And we can find it all in one place, thanks to Fork on the Road.
I've always been easily tempted by cheese dishes, and was a little disappointed when the Little Big Cheese Co food truck went into hibernation and the Low and Slow American BBQ truck emerged from the chrysalis.
Today my cheese fetish was re-ignited when I spotted the Cheesy Street food truck in Victoria Square for the latest Fork. After circling the wagons a couple of times to check out alternatives, I still couldn't shake my resolve so waited in the short queue for my cheesy choice of toasted sandwich.
Cheesy Street plans to have a regularly changing menu, which is great given the number of varieties of cheese around. Today's grilled cheese toasted sandwich menu included two vegetarian choices:
The Kevin Bacon - bacon, philly spread, beetroot relish, rocket and provolone on sourdough
The Grilly Cheesesteak
Marinated steak with capsicum and Monterey Jack on sourdough
The Magic Mushroom - sautéed mushrooms with balsamic onions, baby spinach, provolone and havarti on dark rye
Cheese on Cheese on Cheese - Provolone, Mersey Valley Vintage Cheddar and Provolone Piccante on dark rye
A choice of milkshakes and other drinks are on offer to wash down all this cheesy goodness.
After earlier passing up one of the tender steaks from Chimichurri Grill, I decided that the Grilly Cheesesteak was the one for me. Despite a steady stream of customers my prize didn't take long to arrive . It seems that despite the van being crammed full of people, they all worked efficiently together.
The Grilly Cheesesteak toasted sandwich came served in a sturdy open box with a decent sized paper towel - good idea given that these things can get greasy. Like hundreds of others, I took a seat on the steps in Victoria Square to devour my prize.
As with any good grilled cheese toastie, it held together well without being squashed flat like a pancake. The steak was tender, well flavoured and succulent, with no chewy bits of gristle. Lashings of grilled Monterey Jack cheese were complemented by occasional sweet bursts of juicy capsicum, and the generously thick sourdough bread held it all in place well.
Any thoughts of trying the Kevin Bacon as well disappeared after the first half of the sandwich. The cheesy steak was filling (plenty for my light appetite), and I certainly couldn't have done justice to another toasted sandwich too. I didn't road test the milk shakes, but plenty of people around me were happily knocking them back.
All up, I thought that the Cheesy Street food truck offered great value for money, with a menu that should appeal to most people. I can't wait to see what other cheesy goodness they will have on their menu next time.
You can follow the Cheesy Street food truck on Facebook as their website isn't quite ready at time of writing. And if you want to see them at a future food truck festival then please consider Help Lift the Fork.