The bacon jam got me to order the burger, but it was the first bite of Flavor Train’s Sweet & Sassy burger that made me a believer.
I love food trucks. But food trucks are not the places I get burgers, generally. There are exceptions, of course—MOB Grill specializes in amazing burgers and the El Reno Onion Burger truck is basically my love language. Well, add Flavor Train to the list, because these guys know how to cook a beef. I know that’s not how you say it and I don’t care. I’m still riding high on that Flavor Train.
There are downsides to Flavor Train’s truckishness. Their schedule is hard to pin down. Once I drove to the Hobby Lobby campus in way-west OKC to eat there and could not, for the life of me, locate the truck. But I’ve been lucky enough to find them a couple of times and the food has me floored.
There’s a wait. There’s heat. There’s not always someplace to sit and some of this food is definitely geared toward sitting. And I don’t care. I don’t. You make food this tasty and I will walk through fire (-hot parking lots) to eat there.
There are two burgers that I highly recommend you try, but there could easily be at least four must-have burgers on the menu at Flavor Train.
The Sweet & Sassy burger ($10, including fries) is definitely a toppings-heavy dish. There’s bacon jam, cheddar cheese, grilled onions, and a smear of bacon-jalapeno mayo. It’s messy, it’s juicy, it’s a delight. But even with all the accoutrements removed, you will find an exceedingly tender burger patty.
I know plenty of brick-and-mortar spots that can’t nail the texture on a burger this well, but Flavor Train has it down to a science.
Similarly, the Green Chile burger ($10, including fries) is covered in a mix of roasted green chilies, cheddar cheese, a pile of crispy jalapenos and onions, and some chipotle mayo.
Flavor: Perfect. Nice bit of spice, but not an overall hot burger. It might be too intense, flavor-wise, for children and the elderly, but everyone else is going to dig this.
I was less taken with the Box Car Philly ($10, including fries) if only because the preponderance of grilled onions and peppers left the sandwich a bit too moist, soaking the bread in such a way that eating it as a sandwich was nearly impossible. Knives and forks for this one, for sure, but I just don’t put this in the same must-have category as the burgers.
The wings are eight for $10 and I got mine with jerk seasoning (since I, too, am a jerk). Let me tell you what I love about these wings: the size. I mean, I love the taste, the texture, all of it, but the size is key.
See, most chicken wings are too big. And I know you’re saying, “Big wings is more food, Greg. Don’t screw this up for us!” But the truth is, big wings are an abomination. They have too much skin and fat to render properly without drying out the rest of the meat. Don’t forget, despite how fatty they are, wings are technically white meat. So when big wings are cooked, the outside of the skin might crisp up, but the inside stays chewy and rubbery. No thanks.
These are not small wings, but they’re correctly sized, and that means the meat is tender and juicy and the skin is taut and crisp. Jerk seasoning is inherently delicious.
Between wings and the wrap, get the wings. The Train Wrap ($10, including fries) is just fine. It is exactly what it says it is: a big tortilla wrapped around a core of fried chicken tenders, lettuce, slivers of onion, shredded cheese, and chipotle mayo.
While you’re eating a burger, this is what your kids will eat. It’s not bad. It’s a bit bland. It doesn’t inspire me to order another one, the way the Sweet & Sassy burger did.
As you have no doubt noticed, most items come with fries, so it was probably weird that I also ordered a plate of Kimchi Loaded Fries ($10) that come covered in steak, onions, cilantro, cheddar cheese, and a heaping pile of kimchi under a drizzle of spicy sauce. But this is weirdness that paid off huge, because these fries are phenomenal. The meat is falling apart. The kimchi is crunchy and has a nice little pop of heat.
Finally, we had the peach cobbler chimichanga ($3). This is...huh.
It’s a fried burrito filled with peaches and covered in buttery cinnamon and sugar. My gynecologist (who joined me for part of the review) insisted on going to the store for vanilla ice cream to accompany it and, well, the doctor was in. It’s great sans ice cream, but if they can find a way to drop a scoop of vanilla on there for customers at an added charge, I think it’s a winner.
Flavor Train is not what I expected in a food truck; it’s better. They’re doing some legit great burgers, excellent wings, and crazy tasty fries, not to mention a great dessert option that isn’t the same old, same old you find on every other truck.
They might not be the easiest to find, but when you do, it’s worth all the effort.