Food Porn: The Roaming Buffalo

I think it goes without saying that we are large supporters of the Food Truck scene here in Buffalo.  We found out about the Roaming Buffalo right around the time we found out about The Whole Hog, in fact we met the owner Chris Taylor while he was cooking on board the Whole Hog.  When I first looked at the menu I liked what I saw, burgers and food trucks seem like a natural fit (case in point: winner of the first season of The Great Food Truck Race).  Burgers aren’t the only thing available on Roaming Buffalo’s menu, in fact they are bringing all of the best of Buffalo’s food.  You’ll find Sahlen’s Hot Dogs, Weber’s Mustard, Crystal Beach Loganberry, Beef On Weck and Chicken Wings on the menu.

Well we visited the Roaming Buffalo last week but unfortunately happened to stop by during the week thousands of students were taking the bar exam at the convention center.  Since the convention center was selling hamburgers and hot dogs the menu at the Roaming Buffalo was limited (no burgers or dogs, etc).  But we were still able to order their French Fries, Sweet Potato Fries and their Beef on Weck.

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We’ve noticed the Roaming Buffalo talking up their Bacon Jam on twitter and we knew we had to try it out.  I would have preferred to top a juicy burger with their jam but we settled to use it as a dipping sauce for our french fries.  We tried both their Sweet Potato French Fries and their normal French Fries, both of which were hand cut and fried in peanut oil.  The Sweet Potato fries (pictured above) had a great dark russet almost burned taste to the outer skin while the inside was soft and you were still able to taste the sweetness of the potato on its own.  There was a little honey drizzled on top but the fries themselves are almost sweet enough to eat without any help.  The regular french fries (pictured below) were also impressive, while they didn’t really work great with the bacon jam (I’ll have to wait til I try it on something else before committing to the idea or swearing it off) they did taste great on their own.  They had a great crispy bite to them while also having that soft potato interior, if you are looking for just a quick cheap snack I highly recommend an order of either fry.

We also ordered their Beef on Weck (pictured above) which I was a little nervous about.  Buffaloians have such strong connections to their favorite beef on weck that I was worried it wouldn’t live up to our cities standards.  Well, for me it did.  While the beef maybe wasn’t as tender as I normally like, the flavor of the beef and the juices it was being cooked/soaked in was delicious.  This was no bland piece of meat, this thing was very flavorful and was on a nice weck roll that held up and didn’t fall apart from the juices.

I’m looking forward to seeing what else Chris starts to put on the truck and I’d like to try some burgers as well as his Chicken Wings (he’s asked for new flavor suggestions, I suggest garlic parm).  I found out with Lloyd last month that Chicken Wings on a food truck is something that could potentially work and I really want to see how Chris pulls it off himself.  He’s doing a great job with twitter, actively engaging in conversations with customers and bloggers and has no problem putting himself and his product out there.  So while there is plenty to eat from the Roaming Buffalo, the 3 items we had were pretty damn good and were itching to go back.  If you want to know where they are going to be parked follow them on twitter or “like” them on facebook.

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