Express Lunches in Stamford
3 spots on the mobile meal scene
Are you sick of your boring brown bag lunch? Do you want to spice up your lunch routine but don’t have the time to sit down for a four-course meal? Well, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve rounded up the top three finger-licking express lunch spots your taste buds are dying to try.
But first, this isn’t your typical list of deli spots. At these “restaurants,” there are no waiters. You can’t make a reservations and tables — and come to think of it — there aren’t any of those either. So buckle up and let’s take a ride to flavor town.
If you like comfort food then you will fall in love Melt Mobile. After purchasing a paddy wagon, friends Darlene Anderson and Diana Hall decided it was time to bring the food truck phenomena north of New York and boy aren’t we happy they did.
The gourmet food truck, which came onto the scene just last year, has quickly developed a cult following and for good reason. The mobile kitchen cranks out an array of delicious gourmet grilled cheese variations taking everything you thought you knew about comfort food and turning it upside down.
From the Insanewich, a monstrous Angus beef patty featuring Melt’s famous sauce sandwiched between two classic grilled cheese, to the Svelt Melt, a “skinny” take on the grilled cheese made with low fat jarlsberg cheese, grilled vegetables and homemade pesto aioli served on seven-grain bread, Melt has a menu with something for just about everyone.
With the motto “Life ain’t easy, take it cheesy,” the Melt Mobile is just what you need to get you through a tough workday. And the best part — Melt donates two percent of proceeds to the Umbrella Club, a local charitable organization devoted to helping children in need.
It wouldn’t be right if we didn’t mention Stamford’s favorite big yellow truck — El Charrito. You don’t have to travel south of the border for authentic Mexican cuisine because owner Carlos Terron and his wife are brining it straight to the streets of Stamford.
The Mexican mobile kitchen, which can always be found on Richmond Hill Ave, is the go-to lunch spot for those seeking a quick mouth-watering meal or afternoon snack. Known for its signature huaraches, the taco truck has everything from Mexican cheeseburgers to quesadillas to pork al pastor at a price you can’t beat! However, just because the tacos are cheap, doesn’t mean they skimp on flavor.
Whoever said Connecticut didn’t have great Mexican food has obviously never had a taco from El Charrito.
Feeling a little adventurous? Then you have to check out the newest kid on the block, Maddy’s Food Truck. After many successful years in the restaurant biz, Smith J. St. Juste decided to take his experience on the road. Maddy’s Food Truck, named after owner St. Juste’s son Madan, is offering up authentic gourmet Caribbean and American cuisine that is sure to satisfy your taste buds and keep you coming back for more.
The island-inspired truck is most known for its griot and fried plantains, delicious chunks of crispy, tender pork (simmered in spice, then deep fried) with spicy pickled cabbage salad and friend tostones. But the delicious options don’t stop there. The menu is filled with Haitian Creole dishes like the Kreyol fish sandwich, jerk chicken tenders and of course a bacon cheese burger topped with habanero pickled onions and Kreyol remoulade.
Don’t get stuck in a lunch rut. Join the food truck revolution and try these three go-to spots. Trust me your taste buds will thank you.