The concept behind the Black Market Food Truck is one that we love. Hard to find. If you’re too picky for BMFT’s style, keep on keepin’ on and save this good stuff for the rest of us while you enjoy your average burger. No offense.
If you are adventurous and just a bit intimidated by this stealthy truck, we’re here to help. Yes, they are the best in town, but you have nothing to be afraid of and everything to look forward to. Co-owners Christian and Michael keep the menu short and delicious, swapping out sides and special sandwiches while the Banh Mi remains a staple.
We visited the Black Market Food Truck at Larkin Square during lunch hours, making up for a missed FTT. Each item on their menu has a mouthwatering description, causing “one of everything” to cross your mind. The specialty sandwich, Black Market B.L.T. with butcher bacon, mixed greens, tomato marmalade and basil aioli on a house cheddar biscuit ($8), was already scratched – understandable and helpful.
That left us with three types of Banh Mi’s to choose from – Sambal Tofu, Wild Mushroom Beef or Hot n’ Sour Pork with cucumber, pickled carrot/onion, white bean paté, chili aioli and fresh cilantro on a house french roll ($8). In the interest of getting the full picture, we ordered one of the huge beef sandwiches and one of the equally gigantic pork. The large, fresh, homemade rolls were good, stuffed with what seemed like a mountain of meat. Although I would have liked to taste more of the pickled vegetables, everything on the sandwich was absolutely delicious. The cilantro and chili aioli gave both heavy sandwiches a good kick of flavor. Not much of the wild mushroom or hot n’ sour flavors came through in the meat, not that that had a negative impact on the sandwiches overall. If I had to pick one for next time, it would be the pork.
The sides were out of this world – or at the very LEAST out of this city. These truly creative concoctions are without a doubt, in my opinion, the best sides in Buffalo’s food truck game. Both the Smoked Corn & Pickled Pork Arancini with roasted jalapeño crema ($4) and the Roasted Brussel Sprouts with garlic and parmesan ($4) were perfect in every way. Both the best of their kind that I’ve ever tasted. The charred brussel sprouts were sprinkled with complimentary flavors working together to create a simple yet gourmet side dish. The arancini was infused with smokiness from the plentiful pieces of corn. As I eventually reached a chunk of pickled pork, confusion overcame me as I encountered flavors I’d never tasted before. The jalapeño crema poured on top of the crispy ball is exactly the flavorful heat you never saw coming. Did I mention it was absolute perfection? I’ve never experienced anything like this combination of flavors. Remember, they swap out these sides as they please, often for other curiously amazing arancini balls, which you should probably say yes to no matter what the hell they’re putting in/on them.
Sad it was over, I licked the last of the crema from the arancini cup, kind of mind blown if I’m being honest. No matter how many food trucks I frequent on a weekly basis, I’m still awed by their sophisticated nature, here to disrupt our approach to meal time.
BMFT has established that less is more and risk-taking is sexy. They get what many brick and mortar restaurants don’t. If you’re not pushing the limits and getting better daily, then what are you doing?
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