Frites N Meats Have Monster 1st Day, Then Get Shut Down by the Cops
Unsurprisingly, the Frites N Meats Truck’s first day in Midtown (on 52nd btw. 6+7th) has been an eventful one! According to Lunch’er MattZ, the line was 30 people long by 12:30 and they stopped taking orders at 1:30pm. But the real kick in the balls came at the end of service… according to Esther from Ambitious Delicious the cops hassled the truck for parking in a metered spot and forced them to leave. Thankfully they let them serve out the rest of the customers who had already ordered, but other sources say the cop told the truck if they parked on that street again they’d be towed.
Between that and the mixed reviews in the comments we’re not sure what this will mean for future visits to Midtown (after all the La Cense burger truck started off strong before petering out and disappearing.)
Forgetting about the comparisons with the Carnegie John’s burger for now, Lunch’er Adam Prato seemed to like it. His report is after the jump…
I went early to avoid the huge line and to make sure the food wasn’t waiting around. Without anyone ahead of me I was able to get our of there in about 20 minutes as they were dealing with pre-orders as well (note: they end preorders as soon as they open up shop so pre-order early). I had the angus with gruyere, bacon, and onion jam; along with a side of frites w/ garlic aoli and chili aoli.
One thing they have going for them is the huge flame grill as opposed to a flat-top griddle. I like that smokey (carcinogen ridden) aroma that flame broiling give a burger. The patty isn’t huge, but isn’t tiny. It’s big enough to stay perfectly dark-pink medium/medium-rare. The toppings didn’t overwhelm the burger either (thanks to the flame broiling), though the onion jam was a bit sweeter than I had expected. Not sure if the frites are fresh or frozen. They’re kinda McD’s-esque but don’t taste fake. The garlic aoli and chili aoli are both great.
If you go, be sure to scan for all of the specials. I missed out on the niman ranch pork patty (which I would have tried instead). Today they also had Lentil Soup and Brownies as sides. With the Frites & Meats truck on Wednesday, and Schnitz on Tuesday/Thursday, I don’t see why anyone would go to Five Guys.
That’s a bold statement brother…