"This is way good," my fiancé and I unintentionally said to each other after taking one bite from our fried mac and cheese balls from Way Good Food Truck. Yes, the mobile eatery's name is a bit pretentious and forefront in describing its food, but you can't blame a food service for being proud of its products, can you?
Way Good Food Truck held its grand opening on Friday, May 14, and has set up shop daily since then at the corner of West Alabama Ice House, inviting customers to grab some greasy, indulgent food and sit down at one of the many picnic tables outside. Ice cold beer, plus burgers, nachos and fries, make for one heck of a combination.
After creating their catering company, Way Good Food, LLC in October 2013, sisters Karen and Kathryn Fergus took over the Greek gyro food truck Papou Jerry's and turned it into Way Good Food in December 2013. Karen is the chef and Kathryn is the director of marketing and operations. They refurbished the truck and turned it into the bright-blue mobile eatery that sits on the corner of West Alabama Ice House seven days a week.
The new food truck chose an excellent spot to serve hungry customers. As patrons flood into West Alabama Ice House on a Saturday afternoon or weekday night, they're going to want something to soak up all the beer and booze. Way Good Food offers a variety of small bites like seasoned fries, stuffed jalapeños with cream cheese and bacon, and spicy buffalo chicken wings; the truck also serves larger items, like a potato chip-coated fried chicken breast sandwich, and a cheeseburger with a variety of toppings from bacon and blue cheese to jalapeños and guacamole.
It's greasy, comfort food you must pair with a beer.
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After seeing multiple posts on Twitter and Facebook about the fried mac and cheese balls, I knew I had to try these during my first visit to the truck. The fried balls are nearly the size of a tennis ball, and two come in each order, with a side of marinara sauce for dipping. The exterior is thick and crispy, and encases the creamy and gooey macaroni and cheese. One bite and the filling comes spilling out -- it's a bit of a messy snack. On their own, the balls remind me of baked mac 'n cheese topped with crunchy breadcrumbs, but when you dip each piece into the marinara sauce, it's like eating mozzarella sticks, if mozzarella sticks contained pasta.
Despite their being incredibly tasty and successfully satisfying my junk food cravings (even though I felt quite guilty afterward), they're a bit overpriced. Five dollars for two mac and cheese balls is a bit much, especially when larger items like burgers and nachos are just $2 more.
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Speaking of nachos, the brisket nachos are hands-down one of the best items on the truck's menu. And there's enough to split with another person. Oily, fried chips are topped with shredded pieces of brisket, pinto beans, queso, sour cream, guacamole and a generous amount of jalapeños. In fact, there's a generous amount of each topping evenly distributed throughout the nachos. The brisket is juicy, salty and amazing on its own; the guacamole and sour cream help combat the spiciness of the jalapeños, while the queso ties everything together nicely. The pinto beans add a little extra goodness to the nachos. You can substitute the chips for fries, too.
Unfortunately, during my visit the truck was out of the house-made toffee, but the next time I go back (which I will), I'll be sure to get the sole dessert on the menu, and those brisket nachos again. I can't get enough of those chips.