Hungry in Harrisburg: A community blog
Join recent transplant Joelle Shea as she discovers food in central Pennsylvania for the first time. Get information on the restaurants she tries, as well as recipes and cooking tips.
Ah, food trucks. The yummy food, the hipsters in long lines, the entrepreneurial chef/driver. As longtime residents of DC, The Husband and I had visited trucks that sold cupcakes, tacos, gourmet popcorn and the old standbys of hot dogs and ice cream. I wondered if our move to Harrisburg would mean the end to delicious food served with a smile out of the side of a truck.
A coworker introduced us to a BBQ joint on wheels, The Little Black Truck (LBT), last week. First things first, you have to like “Carolina style” barbeque sauce (vinegar based sauce). I opted for the pulled pork sandwich and French fries, which are double fried in peanut oil for a crunchy outside and soft inside. The pulled pork and sauce were deliciously vinegar-y and hickory smoked for 14 hours. The sandwiches are served on a toasted bun with the option to add cole slaw on the side or on the sandwich.
The Husband opted for a 1/2 pound Angus burger, which can be order pink (medium rare/medium) or not pink (well done). He ordered it pink (obviously) and graciously gave me one bite before it disappeared. Optional toppings include bacon, pickled jalapenos, chili and sauerkraut. The Husband, a burger connoisseur, said it was one of the best he’s had.
The down side? Food trucks are usually just one man (or woman) operations and usually only take cash, so be prepared to visit an ATM first and wait a while for your freshly made food. Also, you have to be ready to eat in a parking lot – either in your car or at one of the few picnic tables located in the parking lot at 3809 Paxton St. We went on a beautiful day and enjoyed eating outside and people watching as the line of customers formed at the truck.
The menu also includes “Little Boy” or “Big Boy” grilled cheese sandwiches served on Texas Toast, handmade all-beef hot dogs, and “Grandma’s Chili” with beef and few secret ingredients. There were also “Better than Mom’s Brownies” on the menu, but after generous servings of pork and French fries, there was no room for dessert. And everything is under $9. Are you looking for your car keys yet?
Do you know of other food trucks in Central Pa? Have you ever eaten from one? Do you like them or not?