I’m not sure about you, but when the weather gets nice I try to find every reason to eat outside. I even moved my glass bar table onto my balcony where it will most likely stay until October. My dining budget is getting pretty teeny after overindulging in March (not my fault there were so many things to eat this month!), so rather than head to a spendy restaurant with a patio I decided to try out my first Bellevue food truck! How I have been here for 9 months without doing this I can’t even explain, I’m almost ashamed.
A local food truck rotates each weekday in front of the Barnes and Nobles on 106th Ave NE. A perk for all the drivers out there- they validate parking. I chose to visit on a Monday because the menu at Snout & Co., a Cuban-Southern truck, looked too good to pass up for another week.
At noon, it was early for lunch so there was no line to be seen (yet). The sounds of Boston’s “More Than a Feeling” were being piped from the truck’s roof speakers, and the shiny black truck stood out with its bright red decal of a pig snout and knives crossed to resemble a skull and crossbones, providing a slight expectation of food “badassery” with lunch.
Rather than go the expected route, I decided to expand my horizons by ordering something I wouldn’t normally consider. Although I would bet the assorted sandwiches and bowls filled with mojo pork were drool-worthy, I wanted to see what else they could offer. On this particular day, I chose the Homemade Black Bean Burger, with the Cuban Bread Pudding for dessert. After a short wait I was presented with the goods and when I was asked if I wanted “spice” to go with the burger, having no idea what that meant as a Snout & Co. newbie… a Snewbie?, they popped it in my bag anyway and told me to try it.
I love when expectations are blown away by reality. Food trucks can be hit or miss in my opinion, but Snout & Co is a hands down HIT. My black bean burger had an amazing crispy exterior, satisfyingly crunchy but smooth & creamy on the inside. It was everything a meat lover could ask for in a veggie burger. The arugula is a tasty substitution to ordinary bland lettuce, great paired with the tart onion relish and creamy havarti cheese. There was a slight spiciness, just enough for your mouth to say “Ok I’m awake!” but not enough to be obnoxious. The side of “spice” I received was a thin sauce that surprised me with a very sweet initial taste, then slow and gentle burn. I couldn’t get past the sweet flavor, was it pineapple juice? Coconut water? It was delicious, regardless.