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Dining News: New Food Truck - Cowtown Urban Eatery


Owned by two brothers who are executive chefs at separate local restaurants, Cowtown Urban Eatery hit the streets for the first time this past weekend.

When I spotted the truck outside New Helvetia on Saturday evening, I'll admit I was intrugued mostly because we share a common name (but have no relation).

Luis Cruz was taking orders out front while his brother Victor was inside the truck, cooking.

In a short conversation after I ordered my food, Luis told me that while many things are still being worked out, the truck will feature global street foods. They hope to have a banh mi slider soon and bring in the cuisine of Mexico and Italy.

As I was talking to him, a bartender from New Helvetia came out to tell Luis, this was "one of the best fish tacos of all time."

They had a very simple menu on their first day, and I ordered a chipotle pork burger. Honestly, it was the best food truck burger I've ever had. I don't have a picture since I ordered it after dark, but the burger by the brothers Cruz featured a thin slice of apple and cilantro.


But since these two chefs had day jobs, I asked why they were branching out. "We're not doing this for money," said Luis. "We're not doing this to get rich...We want to have fun, making good food."

Eventually, they want to have two or three trucks with a test kitchen. They'd also like to branch out to make Web videos on how to make food and how the inside of a restaurant kitchen really works.

Because the novelty of food trucks has worn off, I don't seek out food trucks too often anymore. But given how astounded I was by their creative and excellent burger, I'll definitely check out what Cowtown Urban Eatery has in store the next time they're in my neck of the woods.

Cowtown Urban Eatery can be found on Facebook or on Twitter, @VacaEatery.

* Menu photo via New Helvetia Brewery's Facebook Page.

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Dining News: Which Sacramento Chef Set to Become a Food Network/ABC Star?

Chef Keith Breedlove of Papa Dale's Diner food truck (no relation to chef Johnny Breedlove, now at Field House) is getting close to appearing on ABC reality cooking show The Taste 3, per his tweet last week.

I DM'ed him on twitter over the weekend asking him to elaborate, but he demurred, citing a non disclosure agreement. Using a little common sense, one doesn't get asked to sign a NDA unless there's *something* going on.

Chef Breedlove did reveal that he's set to appear on Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen on Dec. 7 and Guy's Grocery Games in October. Chef Breedlove will be (at least) the second Sacramento chef on Cutthroat Kitchen, with Kru's Billy Ngo appearing in Feb. 2014.

The concept of the show starts as a standard issue cooking show with four contestants who are alloted a certain amount of money. They can use the money each round to either buy an item or take away an item from an opponent, like a knife.

Guy's Grocery Games stars Northern California's own Guy Fieri. I've never watched the show, and per Wikipedia, the concept's not that straight forward. Read more about it here.

I asked Chef Breedlove how he finds his way onto the radar of the cooking shows' producers. For Guy's Grocery Games, Fieri gave the show's producer's Chef Breedlove's info and they were in touch. The Cutthroat Kitchen opportunity came about after seeing a tape of Chef Breedlove's yet unaired appearance on Guy's Grocery Games.

But for those of you who want to get a taste of him now, you can check him out on the Culi-Nerdy Corner on Good Day Sac.

Chef Breedlove's been on a roll recently. He also won took second at the professional chef's challenge at the State Fair, with Chef Cecil Rhodes of Bella Bru taking the top prize (via Good Day Sac's Tina Macuha.)

For those who want to try his food before he gets even more famous, find him at http://www.thedinertruck.com/, on Twitter, @PapaDalesDiner or at Facebook.com/PapaDalesMobile.

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