HOUSTON -- If you think gourmet restaurant quality food costs an arm and a leg, think again. The menu at H-Town StrEATs food truck reads like that of a 5-star restaurant. Duck confit spring rolls, pork belly tacos, or lamb meatballs, anyone?
“I’ve run two restaurants that have been named best new restaurants by Texas Monthly,” chef-owner Jason Hill explains.
Hill and co-owner Matt Opaleski are both formally-trained culinary school graduates, who hopped onboard the food truck craze after building lenthy resumes at high-profile restaurants around the country. Hill and Opaleski purchased and refurbished an old taco truck, which is now affectionately known as the ugliest food truck in Houston. But don't let appearances fool you.
“You see trucks come and go and we’re still here,” Opaleski said. H-Town StEATS has collected several local awards, including a My Table Magazine 2013 Foodie Star Award for Favorite Food Truck/Cart.
They credit their success to their innovation. Both chefs help develop an ever-changing menu of over-the-top creations and long-time favorites like the Shorty Mac... a grilled cheese sandwich with shortribs and mac-n-cheese in the middle of it. Fresh-baked Kraftsmen bread is sliced and buttered, topped with provolone, and slathered with shredded short ribs (cooked for 16 hours) and gooey mac-n-cheese. Then it hits the griddle. Bring your bib -- my bite wound up on my dress. But at $7, it's a heck of a deal. My dry cleaning bill will likely cost more than the sandwich itself. Nothing on the menu costs more than ten bucks. A value that won over customer Zach Jancovic and his fiancee. The couple decided to have H-Town StrEATs cater their engagement party.
“We had about 120 people at our party... and we had these guys come out and set up in the driveway,” Jancovic told us.
Get ready for more big celebrations. H-Town StrEATs is working on a Kickstarter Campaign to help launch a donut shop in the Heights, with a planned by June.
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