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Thursday, 27 January 2011 04:52

Los Angeles: Fry Smith Food Truck

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Strolling down Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks, locals are likely to see a Food Truck or two.  Fry Smith is a gourmet food truck run by a husband and wife team, Eric Cho and Brook Howell.  What is their secret to success?  Ask them and they will say, "We throw stuff on top." 

The menu boasts of items such as vegan chili fries, Kimchi fries(Kimchi with Kurobuta pork belly, onions and cheddar cheese) and more.  I got the chance catch up with a customer for their opinion on the food.  He said he has tried Fry Smith on two separate occassions.  The first time he had the chili cheese  fries and second go round for the Raja fries(Fire-roasted poblano chiles, caramelized onions and shawarma-marinated steak with Jack cheese).  Of the two he preferred the chili cheese fries.

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MCCN's Erika L. Holmes was quite impressed with the food she tried.

Erika's Comments-Anyone in the mood for meat-n-potatoes with a twist might want to track down the Frysmith Truck. They specialize in fries with a grand helping of flavorful toppings [with a multicultural influence] that eat as a meal. As their website states, they "throw stuff on top." I recently caught up with the truck on a hectic day when I needed a meal on the run. I opted for the 'Rajas Fries' ($8.00), which according to the menu, are topped with charbroiled angus steak in a shawarma marinade with roasted poblano peppers, caramelized onions, jack cheese, rajas sauce, lime and cilantro. At first glance, the dish somewhat reminded me of the 'carne asada fries' that I grew up eating at San Diego taco shops [legendary!]. In that sense, I figured it would be a familiar experience... Yet upon the first bite, I knew I was on a different ride. There was a pronounced citrus tang with moments of heat that were balanced by an unexpected creaminess. It was different, and tasty. The meat was well-seasoned and tender, and the fries passed muster. ...And I was full! It was definitely a meal in one. Perhaps I'll track down the truck again sometime...I am curious about their other toppings. (By the way, they also offer pork, chicken and vegan options.)

Frysmith is dedicated to using sustainably farmed and humanely raised ingredients. Free-range Jidori chicken and Kurobuta pork belly not only taste far better than factory-farmed meat, but they're also much more humane. We even use cage-free eggs to bake our cookies! Delivering top-notch ingredients at affordable prices may not make the most business sense, but it's the ethical choice we make every day.

Fry Smith also caters.

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