As early as I arrived at the event, the line was not long. The staff moved through those that did stop in immediately for their meal quickly, which is a good sign for their setup on the interior of the truck. For the hour and some that I stayed at the block party, it appeared that the quick service I got continued. Every frybread taco that I saw go by looked as good as mine. There’s something special going on in there. Don’t let the unassuming exterior of the truck fool you.
You can follow Taco Tones on facebook to keep track of their schedule, or you can check our own facebook page off and on as well. We do our best to repost when we see many of our area food trucks announcing their openings outside of regular events in town. Tell them Eating Normal sent you. I’m so glad to see them out on the streets again to share a unique food truck experience with the city.
The first weekend of 70 degree weather in Green Bay is a sacred one. If you waste it in your home, you’ve let the world pass you by. My husband and I couldn’t do that. We spent very little of our time at home last Saturday, and we found ourselves at Blue Suede Foods’ truck outside of Noble Roots Brewing Co. on our first visit to either business. There are few better ways to enjoy a warm afternoon.
Noble Roots has been around since 2016. I’ve sampled some of their beers at local bars since I first moved to Green Bay, but I never made the effort to take myself to the far eastern side of town and see their facility. Anything east of where I live somehow seems very far off. The closer to the college, the less it registers on my radar. Blue Suede Foods convinced us to make the trek, however, after watching their journey from sitting outside a bar just a few blocks from us night after night to making near weekly trips to breweries outside of town to serve.
The menu is stand out on its own. There are several dishes that employ the fusion of different cultural techniques to create something wild and new in Green Bay’s food truck scene. They’re also among the first I’ve been to that employ a beeper system so that you can return to the truck for your meal once its ready rather than wait around outside for the cooks to yell at you. This method let my husband and I sit and enjoy a whole beer in the meantime. Nearly every table surrounding us also had these beepers, so we didn’t mind the wait.
Blue Suede regularly opens for delivery via Eatstreet if you can’t make it out to their events that they announce on facebook. Keep an eye on their page to know exactly where they are and when they’re open, and you too can enjoy their innovative Wisconsin focused menu for yourself. My husband and I greatly enjoyed eating with them on one of the first nice days of the year, and we will be doing so more and more as food truck season ramps up properly.
I became aware of Captain Quesadilla near the beginning of the pandemic when their charity work with Feeding America came across my facebook wall. Restaurants and food trucks working to feed their communities during lockdown was one of my favorite things to see. I set myself up to follow them immediately, and it has been more than a year since that point. I’ve seen a lot of opportunities to give them a visit pass me by. I feel bad for it.
There was even a point where I was messaging with them every few days trying to figure out where they’d be next, but my health in the summer was so down that I could never get myself out the door. The last few months have improved dramatically. When I saw Captain Quesadilla on the vendor list for the Oktoberfest out of Revolution Market, I knew I had to be there. I’ll support the location until I’m dead or move from the area. The opportunity to finally give this food truck its due was too good to resist.
Unseasonable cold welcomed my father to Green Bay this past Sunday, and despite the threat of rain we spent the day visiting Lambeau Field and getting brunch at Stadium View. Most important about the day was the food truck rally sponsored by the Green Bay Food Truck Coalition taking place at Willow Park in Bellevue, not too far from where my husband and I live. Our food truck scene has been growing over the last year, and many of those small businesses started during the pandemic to serve customers outside in a safer environment still exist today. Some of our favorites that we visited at the start of the pandemic were there that day.
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.