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Five Finds on Friday: Phillip Gerringer


On Fridays, we feature five food finds from local chefs and personalities. Today’s picks come from Phillip Gerringer, the former Mono Loco cook who now runs the stellar food truck South Fork.  We’ve hosted parties catered by South Fork, and they’ve knocked it out of the park. Gerringer’s picks:

1)  Pimento Cheese Fritters at Maya.  “I could eat good pimento cheese with a spoon. Ball it up and fry it . . .  that’s ballgame. I ordered these for my mother-in-law who was a pimento cheese skeptic (they exist). It totally converted her.”

2)  Beef Tartare at Petit Pois.  “The patio here on a beautiful night will make you feel like you managed to transport to a Parisian cafe. A glass of wine . . . the beef tartare . . . it’s a great way to start off a night downtown. It’s simple, elegant, and uncomplicated. Just a delicious start to any of their dinners.”

3)  Spicy Noodle Bowl at Pad Thai.  “My wife and I love this place. I think through the years I’ve sampled just about everything on their menu, but the Spicy Noodle Bowl has become my go-to dish. The herb broth is perfection and I either get it with the Red Pork or Chicken Meatballs.”

4)  Bread from Mission Home Bakeshop.  “I picked up a loaf on a whim and it’s become my favorite for sandwiches. It’s budget-friendly, no frills sandwich bread, and when you toast it on the grill, it’s incredible.”

5)  The Royale at Restoration.  “I’m usually a traditionalist when it comes to cheeseburgers, but the bacon jam and tomato relish take this one to another level. I’ve loved watching this place come into its own.  Rich and Kelly’s commitment to getting every detail right is what makes their menu so amazing. They can take something as simple as a burger and make it creative but approachable.”

Food Truck Party with South Fork


Photo by Jonathan Baskin.

If you have never heard of food truck parties, you should.  They are an incredibly easy way to throw a party, and are delicious, too.

We recently hosted a party catered by South Fork, and it was perfect.  They pull right into your driveway, and hang out for a few hours.  Your guests can wander out as often as they wish to order their dinner.  Best of all, chef/owner Phillip Gerringer, who was once Sous Chef at Mono Loco, is one talented dude in the kitchen.

Our guests loved  the Smoked Jalapeno Meatloaf Sandwich (pictured) with garlic mashed potatoes (on sandwich), green tomato salsa, chipotle BBQ, and bacon on sourdough.  Also delicious was a Catfish Sandwich special added to the party menu at our request. Meanwhile, our vegetarian guests had a hard time deciding which was better: the excellent Lima Bean Hummus topped with roasted tomatoes, and served with tortilla chips, or the more indulgent Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwich w/ arugula on toasted Mission Home wheat bread.  But, the most addictive dish of all may have been the Sweet Potato Fritters with brown sugar sauce, which work equally well as a side as they do as a dessert.

The truck was such a hit with guests that one even hired them on the spot for a party a few weeks later.

Delicious, reasonably priced food, made to order.  No cooking or clean-up, so you can focus on the drinks and the company.  They even bring a garbage can to take away all of the trash.  Hard to beat.