Melch’s Meat Wagon

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http://melchsmeatwagon.com/

https://twitter.com/MelchsMeatWagon

Main Location: Minneapolis

             New to the scene, Melch’s Meat Wagon is already making an impact with its Big Bull of a Food Truck, standing massively next to most any truck it’s parked by. Brown, rough, with a giant red steer decorating its side, Melch’s firmly identifies itself in the eyes of us seekers of the bloody, of the fatty, of the MEAT.

            True to their name, burgers is their game (well that and a fried pork and chicken sandwich). Toppings are pretty simple, they also offer a vegetarian black bean, but more importantly any burger can be either single or double. The true claim to fame, however, is the “Melch Me:” an artery-clogging, heart-stopping stack of a burger, chicken breast, two slices of cheese, and bacon, all held together in a toasted pretzel bun (as are their other burgers).  THAT is what I got on my first stop.

            In an interesting turn of events, it seems I wasn’t the only person reviewing Melch’s on the day in question. Right after ordering my burger, I see someone in a checkered cap pop out of their front door, waving a camera and telling me that my burger’s going to be the star of its own photo shoot. After watching him talk to the truck owner about where to take it, getting a base and napkin, etc, I finally had the chance to ask if he was with the truck or not.

To my delight, it seems Thrillist was doing their little post on it as well (it’s fun, see it Here), and we both got the chance to share a nice little talk about food trucks and the different sites devoted to them. Listings, mixed review, or the full focused blogs such as this own, it was fun to discuss the various benefits of each. He also mentioned the Owner’s plans on introducing the idea of “interesting meat items;” think game, but I have nothing to prove that. Either way, I’m already excited at the thought, and I’ll be sure to head straight back soon as they start.

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Now, the real fun in the day came in being able to take a picture of the guy taking a picture of my burger! Look at him ANGLE that shot!

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Yeah, that burger’s posing nice and sexy, that pretzel bun barely covers its skin. So indecent how it shows him its bacon too…

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Overall, as you see they were able to get it into a nice, perfect little stack. As we joked, “It’s like a McDonalds commercial… only real.” Shared a laugh, I took my burger, transferred it back to the to-go box…

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And immediately ruined the perfectness. Oh well, doesn’t diminish the taste.

 

Food: 9

              Let me tell you how good this burger is; by now, I had already eaten all of my House of Hunger dog (the monster that it is), and I had PLANNED on only eating part of the burger for now. Despite my obvious love for all that’s delicious and drags me closer to the verge of a heart-attack, I am currently watching my weight. Problem is, the burger wouldn’t let me… it was gone in under 10 minutes.

            Aside from the burger itself, which I think is already at the point of rivaling Neato’s for best Burger Truck (I really need to go back soon to make the final confirmation), this single item is filled with everything it should be. The chicken is juicy and cooked well, pretzel bun is toasted fantastically and brings an extra flavor along with its firm base, and that bacon… it ain’t the thin kind. Taking a look at it, one may be dubious of the boring American cheese, but when used with the right foods one can see why they’ve become so popular in our culture.

            And the burger itself… cooked to medium-well, it still retains that nice burger juiciness. It has to be their own grind, or at the very least a mixing of good-quality, high-fat beef. It just has this little note, little angle in its flavor that reminds me of R Burger Bar, which, before sadly closing, was home to the best burger that I have eaten to this day (I still think of how heavenly my first bite there was). The fact that there’s even a slight reminiscence of this special note earns them huge a lot of respect in my book.

            As for fries and rings, though I haven’t ordered, from what I’ve seen in pictures and other plates, not to mention how well they must fry their pork and chicken, it’d be strange to consider them low or even average in quality.

Holdability: 6.5

            Juicy and served in a big to-go container, this is certainly a sit-down burger. Ultimate experience depends on the items; fried chicken and pork are likely to be much easier to eat and walk, but the Melch Me and Self-Centered (stuffed) would err on the other side.

Price: 8.5

 Prices range $6-8, with $9 for the awesome Melch Me, and one can pay only 2 extra dollars to make these burgers a double (they aren’t thin burgers, so it’s quite the little deal). Overall, the only price points which I dislike are the $3 and $4 for the fries and onion rings.

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Speed: 7

 It can take a bit to get the burgers made, but that’s just going through the proper cooking of an awesome product (doing the pressings, bit of basteing, steam, etc). Definitely worth the extra minute.

The TOE: 8

             Having only started recently, Melch’s has already started paving its own path among our horde of Trucks, building a sense of self and reputation with their little bundles of meaty goodness. They’ve really communicated that specialization on the burger front, and I expect their future to be filled with hordes of loving fans. Ultimately, their pure identity isn’t quite there yet, but I think they’ll be pretty close once they get those game and alternative meat items going. I am very much looking forward to when they do, and will certainly be there to prove witness to their ongoing evolution.

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                        Tally: 39/50

                        (So here’s a fun little piece of info; I just realized that Melch’s currently has the exact same score as their burger rival Neato’s. Further proof that these two are neck in neck in the goal of best Burger Truck)

Final Thoughts

            A must try, definitely one to go for if you have the chance to sit down after ordering, or if you’re just in a Burger mood. Of the selection, they’re all good, but I would go for the Cowboy or Self-Centered as your first item; the Cowboy itself is topped with Onion Rings, so it’s a good way to try them without having to order a side. If you don’t mind spending the extra couple bucks, though, definitely shoot for the Melch Me; combo of Burger and Chicken is always a fun, tasty experience. Same said for getting side of fries and rings; price is not one I would do immediately, but if you have the extra it’s a definite.

            If you absolutely have get something to eat here but still need to walk, the Fried Pork and Chicken Parm are your end-game.

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