Big Wheel Mobile food truck opens for business today


Chefs Tony Adams and Tim Lovero bring local, lovely lunch to downtown Orlando today! Visit the Big Wheel truck at the corner of Orange Avenue and Washington Street — starting Wednesday, March 16, they'll be there from 11:30 to 2:30 weekdays. If you can't make it downtown for lunch, they're planning late-night hours Thursday and Friday, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., and a Saturday stand from 10 to 3. (Follow @BigWheelTruck on Twitter in case of any last-minute location or hours changes.)


I attended the Big Wheel Mobile press preview event last Friday in the Mama's Sauce parking lot, where Adams and Lovero (along with colleague Dickie Gustafson) turned out a pig-centric menu that included pork belly lettuce wraps, chicharrones with blue-cheese crema, Galveston Bay oysters, crispy pig's head torchon, pork rillettes, tempura-fried pickles (gotta have fried pickles) and vanilla panna cotta, among other "cheffy" delights. (I sampled the seared foie with blueberry-elderberry preserves — rich, crisp-melty liver and sharp floral sweetness on a tender buttermilk biscuit — and the pickles, OF COURSE.) Baked goods were provided by Bee's Knees Sweet Treats, including whoopie pies and a killer salty chocolate-chip cookie.

Adams forecasts the Big Wheel Mobile lunch menu will be more "soups and salads," though at least one item will remain from Friday's menu, the Johnny 5: an egg sandwich with lettuce, tomato, and bacon dip served on multigrain bread. As always, Big Wheel will strive to get as close to 100 percent local sourcing as possible, so that sandwich will consist of a local egg, local bacon and local veg on locally baked bread. Lovely.

**appended: 3-16 Big Wheel Mobile menu, below.

Farmer's salad- Bitter greens with parmigiano-reggiano, house cured Bresaola flanco, Lake Meadow Egg, Waterkist Tomato

Local Shrimp and Citrus Fennel Salad - Cape Canaveral shrimp, fennel, red onion, blood orange, grapefruit, citrus vinaigrette

Palmetto Creek Porchetta Sandwich- Green goddess dressing, Heart of Christmas Greens, Waterkist Tomato, Olde Hearth French Bread

Brindisi- (Italian toast) Herbed Ricotta and overnight Tomato, Chive

BWP Local Pork Pancetta Flatbread- Shittake mushrooms, WP Tomme, mozzarella

BWP Smoked Chicken and egg Salad with Lemony Mayo, Arugula

The Johnny 5 -Waterkist Tomato, HOC Lettuces, BWP Bacon Dip, and fried local egg on toasted whole wheat (The Veggie 5 - Sub Scallion Dip instead of Bacon Dip)

The Slim - Soppresatta Salami, Parmigiano Reggiano, Ficelle

Braised Chicken and Collards- hickory smoked chicken thigh with BWP Bacon braised collards, Buttermilk Biscuit, Fresh Cucumber Side

Bees Knees Toll House Cookies with Sel Gris, Bet's Recipe Whoopie Pies

Homemade Local Grapefruit lemonade Soda, Homemade Tart blood orange soda, Mexican Coke, Moxie, Capt. Eli's Rootbeer

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