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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Food Truck Bite of the Week: Flatbread Sandwiches at Vesta

Posted By on Wed, Dec 26, 2012 at 9:00 AM

  • Lou Bustamante

Our weekly bite explores the city's food trucks, one at a time, highlighting our favorite mobile dishes and snacks.

The Truck: Vesta Flatbread

The Cuisine: Cal-Mediterranean

Specialty Items: In-house (in the truck--really!) flatbread sandwiches

Worth the Wait in Line? At peak lunch time, a total 10 minutes from the end of the line to food in hand.

Blame it on the numerous quick-service joints and that regrettable "everything-in-a-wrap" era that ruined the image of flatbread. Serving as little more than a mere container for more substantial items, the flatbread goes unnoticed at best. Leave it to a couple of Arizmendi bakers and a chef to breathe new life into the sandwich and make the bread the star of the show.

See Also:

- New Vesta Flatbread Truck Hits the Streets

- Tiramisu Cupcake at Cupkates

- Hot to Tot at Little Green Cyclo

Made in the truck's brick oven, the bread has the perfect level of chewiness, with just enough of a blistered crust to give it strength, but yet not fight with the fillings (is there anything worse than bread that ejects the sandwich's components with each bite?). In the Pork Flatbread Sandwich ($9, Spit-roast citrus pork, red onion pickle, cabbage fennel slaw, urfa pepper aioli), the juicy pork gets nestled in the split half-round, with flavors that meld into something that tastes vaguely Mexican, like having carnitas with shawarma seasonings. It manages to keep from being heavy, with the pickled veggies and slaw balancing the richness and the Berber pepper spiking the heat levels just enough.

The small menu of rotating dishes source their ingredients from organic and sustainable sources (like Strauss, Mary's, and Central Milling for the flour and grains), offers vegan options, and makes everything in-house, it is a bakery café on wheels worth seeking out.

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