Milk Truck: The Happy Purveyor.
DUMBO, Brooklyn — Milk Truck made its debut at the Brooklyn Flea in 2010, and instantly gained a cult-like following with their obsessively delicious grilled cheeses. It’s a simple sandwich – bread, butter, and cheese – but here, it’s all about the details, and the geniuses at Milk Truck obsess over every last part – from the thickness of the bread (and type), to the best possible pairing of cheeses, down to the way they hand-cut every slice of bread.
I got my hands around an enormous Bacon Cheddar Blue – thick slabs of double-smoked bacon, NY state cheddar, Wisconsin blue, caramelized onions, and spicy pickles on Rosemary Pullman bread. It was a mouthful to eat too. The bacon was substantial in both size and flavor, and the cheddar and blue cheese combo was sharp and creamy, yet texturally diverse. The caramelized onions were sweet and tickled my tastebuds enough to welcome the sour from the pickles. This was no Milk Truck Classic, every element was an explosion of flavor, but it all came together nicely.
To counter the heat, I accompanied my sammy with an ice cold Vanilla Bean Shake. Cold, frothy, and luxuriously rich, the faint whisper of sweet allowed the beautiful floral notes of Tahitian and Madagascar vanilla to shine. I’m a fan of Vanilla, and it’s often an exercise in patience to pick up its nuances, but when I do it becomes, for lack of words more apt, ethereal.
My Milk Truck sammies to date have been nothing short of astounding. Owner Keith says the idea for the company came from a dream, in which he recalls tasting something his mother had made, and the feeling of happiness it brought him. They’ve most definitely won fans, (my favorite is still their Milk Truck Classic ) and with 3 spots now open – Smorgasburg, Smorgasbar, and the truck, New Yorkers have little reason to miss out on this instant “Happy” maker.
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