My work just moved to a new office in early September, closer to where the food trucks graze during lunch time. There’s sometimes 2 or 3 trucks in the area and one recent day I decided to swing on over and check out a truck called Mastiff Sausage Company.
It’s got a puppy in the logo! I already like this truck.
Mastiff specializes in housemade sausages, a nice little change of pace from some of the other trucks prowling around in the area.
They just have a few things in the works on the menu. That’s kind of what I like about food trucks. They usually do just a few things and they do them well. I’m not overwhelmed with a bajillion choices. I’m just here for lunch, man. I don’t want to read a book of a menu for lunch.
I choose the Mastiff Classic Bratwurst with a side of Mastiff Fries and a drink. I believe this turned into magically combo land and I paid $12 for the lot.
This brat comes with caramelized onions and crispy bacon. Yes, that’s what that “stuff” on top is – crumbled bacon. It reminded me a bit of bacon bits, but instead made with real bacon. I will confess though, as much as I love bacon, I did not really enjoy it all crumbled up into tiny little pieces like this. It made not taste like bacon to me, but instead a smoky jumble of bits on top of my brat and I ended up scooping it all off. It kept falling off anyway. I love the idea of bacon on a brat, but not exactly in this format.
The brat itself was delicious. Not overly salty like some commercial brands, good flavor and mixture of spices and it was pretty juicy. You could tell it was housemade instead of that packed up stuff in the store. Yumminess!
The fries are your standard shoestring, but their topped with a harissa aioli. I had to look it up, but “harissa” is a Tunisian hot chili sauce made with hot peppers, herbs and a variety of spices. I didn’t find it to be particularly hot, just particularly delicious on top of my fries. There’s also a bit of cilantro for a kick of fresh flavor and cotija cheese for a bit of yummy saltiness. Of the two, the fries were my favorite just because I loved the flavors that were melded together here. Really good stuff!
If Mastiff Sausage Company is grazing in my area again, I’d love to go back to get more fries and try out their other sausage offerings. Check out Mastiff’s calendar to see if they’ll be grazing near you.