About two weeks ago Knight Slider suddenly appeared on the Buffalo Food Truck scene. We love Buffalo’s Food Trucks, so we were excited to see a new one out and about (I think they were first spotted in Larkinville, damn that place is awesome). It took a few days but I (Alli) finally got a chance to head over for lunch last week while they were parked at the First Niagara Center (they really need some tables in that plaza so people can enjoy their food on the spot).
- Restaurant Type: Food Truck
- Cuisine: Burgers
- Prices: $2.50-$3.50 per Slider
If you didn’t guess by the name (which obviously is a play on the best 80’s TV show ever), the Knight Slider specializes in small hamburgers, also known as a slider. Along with a classic slider (plain patty, $2.50), on the day I visited they had about 5 different slider options (~$3.50) on the menu. From what I have heard, much of the produce used is local and the owners (Ayoub Abboud and Remi Qarmout) have created a secret meat mixture for their burgers using ingredients from Pellicano’s in North Tonawanda. To find out much more about the history behind the Knight Slider I highly suggest you check out Buffalo.com’s recent post here (how cool is it that they donate all leftovers at the end of each day).
It was good we went to lunch early because when I ordered the ‘Eggsplosion’ Slider (fried egg, bacon, cheddar cheese; pictured above) they told me I got the last egg of the day. I guess it’s a popular menu item, which makes sense because it was pretty awesome. I love fried eggs, especially on top of burgers; add some cheese and bacon and I’m all set. I also tried ‘The Hoff’ (…get it; in gallery) which included cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, fried onions and a chipotle sauce. It was messy and could have used a bit more sauce, but if you are a fan of onions, this is for you. One of my coworkers went for the ‘I Need a Break’ slider which was the same as ‘The Hoff’ but had BBQ sauce and bacon instead of chipotle sauce. They also offer regular fries and sweet potato fries. I didn’t order any but my coworker did; they looked thick and crispy. Because the sliders were small and loaded with toppings, it was hard to really notice the flavor of the actual burger meat. My only complaint would be that they were cooked a little more well-done than I normally like.
The truck itself is pretty awesome, with two flat screens that display the menu; the only downfall of that is the glare from the sun makes them hard to read from far away. I went along with two of my coworkers and all parties were satisfied at the end of our lunch. We went early (11:45ish) and there were only two other people there ordering at the time but the service was a bit slow. I’ll cut them some slack seeing as they are new and need to figure out how to perfect the “food truck flow;” simultaneously take orders, cook food and serve customers in a timely manner. There were two people working on the truck, maybe a third would help. Luckily, it was gorgeous out and we weren’t in a rush, so we didn’t mind the wait (and by wait I mean like 10 minutes, not really a big deal).
Overall, I am very happy to see yet another Food Truck roaming the streets of Buffalo. I am still waiting for a big Food Truck rally to happen somewhere where they all are parked in the same place at the same time (fingers crossed). If you like burgers, you now have another option for lunch (if you want full size burger awesomeness, let’s not forget about The Roaming Buffalo).