Friday, April 15, 2011

The Jalopy Rotisserie and Press - Austin, TX

Hit up the Jalopy, at 15th and San Antonio, this afternoon after I'd fully digested and said goodbye to my tacos from Maria's.

Another great Austin food truck.

This one is run by two really nice guys who like their music, and who love their jobs.  And they specialize in rotisserie chicken, which they brine overnight in a mixture of vinegar, salt and spices, sandwiches.  The sandwiches are just $6, and each one will fill you up.  Plus, they serve Grape Crush and A&W Cream Soda, the only place around I know that does, and that is proud of it.

I picked up a couple of sandwiches to bring back for me and Mrs. Gordo to have for lunch today, The Jalopy Original...

 ...and the Folleto...

The Original is their signature sandwich, which got them started in the business.  It's brined and roasted chicken with a chicken demi-glace which they prepare over a 50 hour period.  They mound an ample amount of this between two pieces of toasted sliced french bread and top it with a red onion marmalade, shredded cabbage, and some sort of unmentioned green pestoey sauce reminiscent of a good chimichurri.  Great sandwich.  An excellent mixture of temperatures and textures, with the onions lending the sweet, and the pestoeystuff adding some real freshness.

The Folletto was the one I thought I'd like the best, though it ended up the Original was.  The chicken in this one is brined in a pepperocini brine, and has homemade pickled jalapenos, scallions, shredded cabbage, a parsley, leek and pepperocini vinaigrette.  Also very good, with a nice but not overwhelming spiciness and good crunch.

Awesome spot to pick up a sandwich quickly for lunch, though I'll give you fair warning the bread will get a little soggy if you take it to go.  If you eat there, just watch where you park, and find a spot at one of three picnic tables out front.


Atmosphere:  food truck, picnic table seating, great spot for lunch on a nice day

Food:  pulled chicken sandwiches

Dog Friendly:  yes

When to Go:  lunch

Crowd:  you're not going for the crowd, you're going for the sandwich

What to Order for the First Timer:  The Jalopy Original

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