That’s right, Cleveland has still more food trucks to offer. Today: the Nosh Box, a truck serving Midwestern comfort nosh with a Tex-Mex twist to hungry Greater Clevelanders.
The Nosh Box is owned by Sandy and chef Kelly Waddell, who post the day’s menu and location the night before or morning off on Facebook and Twitter. Unlike some of the more exotic menus I’ve highlighted before, the Nosh Box is all about those indulgent comforting items one regularly craves. They’re most famous for their Clevelander – fried bologna on Texas toast with all the fixin’s – and the legendary Double Wide – Texas Toast topped with two kinds of cheese, bacon and mac’n cheese! Not necessarily a truck to recommend to dieters and health food lovers, but great for that occasional indulgence we all need sometimes. Or as the Nosh Box chef put it: “Someone asked me if I had a lean body type. I told them yes I do, I lean on anyone that gets in my way !”
Sandy and Kelly were sweet enough to let me poke around in their truck kitchen:
Look at that gorgeous ciabatta! Also note the pizza oven – the Nosh Box is the only Cleveland food truck that has one; it goes up to 650F and makes for wonderfully crisp bread or pizza.
For my first nosh experience, I had a Caprese panini, consisting of mozzarella, tomato slices and pesto on ciabatta bread and toasted:
It was perfect – crispy, delicious, warm ciabatta, melty mozzarella, crisp, fresh tomato slices (roma, not the watery kind) and perfectly nutty pesto. My wife kept commenting enviously how wonderful the ciabatta looked, and she was right. That was a glorious panini – filling, warming, ooey-gooey comfort.
One of the greatest things about this truck is their special deal: bring back a reusable container and get a free drink! Now that’s a wonderful and generous offer to reduce waste. They’re also currently teaming up with MotorMouth Food Truck‘s crew, Tremont West Development Corporation and Merrick House in Tremont to provide free Thanksgiving dinner to the homeless, and are donating all their tips to this wonderful cause:
Bottom Line: Delicious comfort nosh that may not make your waistline happy, but keeps your tummy all the more content, a super-nice husband and wife team and fair prices. Only possible complaint: if I want to go this indulgent, I want dessert! 4.5/5 for me, definitely check them out of you’re looking for the perfect indulgence on a cold Cleveland day!
Thanks to Kelly and Sandy for serving in freezing temperatures!