These days the usual food truck formula is to develop a theme, a punny name and a colorful, graphic truck. Bucking this trend is The Curb, a newcomer not even a year old, with a pristine white truck, apart from a couple of birds painted on it. You’ll have to stalk them on social media to get a sense of the imaginative, Asian-influenced food they’re creating.
Since their inception, the menu has varied from ramen with fried chicken skin (chicken chicharrones) to thrice-cooked French fries, but their wildly popular avocado fries have been in frequent rotation. A light, crisp tempura batter coats avocado slices served with peanut aioli. The Curb will make you a true fan of Brussels sprouts with their tasty fried version tossed in a sweet chili sauce and lemon juice. Tacos get an unexpected makeover with the Taiwanese Tacos that come in pairs with your choice of fried chicken or pork belly. The taco shell gets replaced with a bao bun, a steamed bread-like bun usually found in Chinese cuisine.
Vietnamese wings come in a sweet and spicy sauce with fried garlic and cilantro, while the pork belly yakitori is served on a skewer with ponzu sauce. Their version of banh mi is a hearty sandwich stuffed with BBQ pulled pork complemented by creamy peanut aioli and crisp serrano peppers, pickled daikon and carrots and cucumber on a soft French baguette from a local bakery. New to the menu are the spicy Thai noodles, which are rice noodles tossed with a spicy tamarind sauce, fried egg, shrimp, pickled daikon and carrots and finished with lime juice, peanuts, cilantro and serrano.
Keep tabs on this food truck, as their menu and location changes, like Brussels sprouts, whose season is pretty much over.
Location varies; follow them on Facebook & Twitter; 915-490-3709; Cards accepted; Available for catering; $4-10; thecurbep.com