One of the ubiquitous gourmet food trucks to hit the LA streets recently is Patty Wagon, which boasts sustainable, 100% grass fed beef hamburgers and hand cut fries made from organic potatoes. This past Saturday, I found them parked across the street from the Silver Lake Farmer’s Market and decided to check out the hype.
From across the noisy Saturday traffic on Sunset Blvd., I could hear early R&B music being piped from the truck, bands like The Ink Spots and other Decca favorites. Speaking of The Ink Spots, Tennessee Williams said that he listened to The Ink Spots’ tune, “If I Didn’t Care” over and over while he penned “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Anyway, back to the Patty Wagon. As I crossed the street, the music put me in the mood for a good old timey hamburger, the kind you imagine they served in a 1940’s, small town diner. However, Patty Wagon may have an old-fashioned look and sound, but their menu is quite modern. They don’t serve full-sized burgers, they are actually sliders, or mini-burgers, and their french fries are more like potato ribbons, very thin and a bit awkward to dip into ketchup using your fingers.
They offer a variety of gourmet mini burgers, one featuring bleu cheese, bacon and caramelized onions. I decided to go with the basic mini cheeseburger and fries with rosemary and garlic (you can also choose sea salt for the fries). For one mini-cheeseburger, an order of fries, and one can of Hansen’s soda, I paid $7.50. This seemed like a lot for a tiny cheeseburger and whisper thin fries, but considering the quality, I got over it. The meal didn’t blow me away, but it was nice to have a fresh, organic lunch that wasn’t too filling. Overall, I give them a B+, mostly for quality, sustainability and use of local produce.
For more information and to see the complete menu, visit Patty Wagon at pattywagonburgers.com.