Although it is tough to stand out in the over-saturated food truck market that has exploded in Philly, the Lucky Old Souls burger truck has been getting a lot of fanfare. I figured it was the least I could do to stop by and see if it lived up to the fuss. You can follow them on the facebook or the twitter to see where they are at on a daily basis. I suppose you can look at the schedule on their website as well, if you aren't down with the social medias. I caught them at Love Park.
I love the fact that their menu consists of a burger, veggie burger, fries, and milkshakes. No need to do twenty things, just stick with what works and execute it well.
I grabbed a spot that was free from skateboard wax and irrational vagrants and sat down for lunch in the park.
I decided to run the gamut, and ended up with a maple-black pepper milkshake, a L.O.S. burger, fries, and one of each dipping sauce. They offer hot pepper, bacon, and roasted garlic mayo. You have to get the roasted garlic, and you should definitely skip the bacon version. I know, I can't believe I said that either. But it had a weird flavor to it, somewhat chemical. However, the roasted garlic is fantastic. Oh and that milkshake was also absolutely fantastic. The maple was sweet, but not overpowering, and it was buffered with occasional pockets of spicy black pepper. It was also nice and thick. I loved it. From the left, garlic, hot pepper and bacon mayo.
The L.O.S. burger was another story altogether. Lancaster county grass-fed beef, with house-made bacon, smoked cheddar, pickled tomatoes, sauteed onions, and L.O.S. sauce served on a brioche bun. Hell. This was a mighty fine burger. While eating it, I actually said "this is just as good as the burger at Village Whiskey." I still stand by that statement.
The burger came together to become more than the sum of its parts. The thick, smokey, crunchy, bacon coupled with the briny, pickled green tomatoes held the bottom, while the tender, sweet, sauteed onion danced with the generous portion of smoked cheddar, and zesty sauce took the upper deck. The tasty bun stood up well against these hearty toppings (and bottomings).
They didn't ask how I wanted it cooked, but it came out a perfect medium, which made me very happy.
The hand cut fries cooked in peanut oil were another winner. They tasted fresh, and like potatoes – an often overlooked quality. Nicely salted, and addictively crunchy, these fries perfectly complemented what was about the most American lunch you can have. Burger, fries, and a shake. Coupled with the roasted garlic mayo, these fried potato sticks were impossible to stop eating.
As it turns out, the L.O.S. burger truck is well worth the hype. I could not have been happier with my meal, and as long as you steer clear of the bacon mayo, you will not be let down. They take the loca-vore concept on the road, and everything just works.