We were busy the 23rd of January making some stops all over the East Side, and one of those stops was the 1 year anniversary tapping of Zambaldi’s Bourbon Barrel aged Vanilla Good Dog Porter. Bay Burger Food Truck was on hand to provide food for visitors to the distanced celebration, and I’ve got to admit, it was one of the strongest draws of the event for my husband and I. Bay Burger started service in early December 2020, and their facebook posts had been crossing my feed since their first outing at Zambaldi. They had been there many times since, but we hadn’t taken the time to go visit while we did mini quarantines for ourselves ahead of the holidays.
Those quarantines we imposed on ourselves are over now, and though I’m not able to receive the second part of my vaccine due to some complicated reactions, I’m still at least partly protected from the pandemic. For me, this means I can extend my restaurant coverage in the area with less to worry about and try to highlight local businesses doing amazing things, and Bay Burger Food Truck is one of those businesses.
When you approach and see what some might consider a sparse menu, it may be a put off after years and years of burgers with absolutely insane topping combinations and enough meat to put a football player to sleep after dinner. Traditional hamburger, single smashburger, and double smashburger. Those are your options. They serve ‘em one way: cheese, grilled onions, dijon, mayo, and pickles. Basket of fries on the side, and that’s your meal. Simple? Yes. Perfect? Yes.
A completely untarnished burger experience is what we got from Bay Burger Food Truck that day over a special beer release and a few more minutes outside of our apartment. The smashburger is executed to perfection so you get that nice crunchy layer of meat on either side of the patty. The cheese melts right in. The grilled onion and the pickles play nicely together while the dijon and mayo provide smooth, saucy relief. I swear to god their fries are done in peanut oil, and it makes all the difference to the taste of well salted, thin fries like they serve out of that window.
This is absolutely a truck worth seeking out if you’re a burger person, and let's face it, most of us are. There is currently no vegetarian option on the menu, however, so that may dissuade some. Bay Burger Food Truck is out there doing business any day possible, including the NFC Championship game this past weekend where they set up on a corner and provided for the crowd and passersby from near the Resch center.
They update their Facebook every day they’re out, but you can also follow their schedule at their website. Some of their stops aren’t always scheduled ahead of time enough for them to be on the website-- like their stop today at Zambaldi! Experience the tasty burger with a nice beer from another Eating Normal favorite.