Friday, March 30, 2012

Omahype Exclusive: Localmotive Food Truck

Some words about the coolest new food truck on the block: here.

Reuben Rounder
Even before Taco Bell invented Fourth Meal, humans everywhere were predisposed to late-night pig-outs. Fast food drive-thrus have been happy to accommodate this behavior for many years. But now, Omahans finally have the late-night fodder they deserve. Localmotive, a food truck specializing in made-from-scratch seasonal cuisine that also happens to be inexpensive, is here.
The staples are the Rounders, a third cousin twice removed of the Hot Pocket. The reuben version (pictured above) has crunchy kraut, braised corned beef, and Swiss cheese encased in a round layer of fluffy dough, crispy on the outside, with a remoulade dipping sauce. The only thing missing is the overdose of sodium most reuben sandwiches have. Three of these little balls of joy will run you only $5, making them a prime rival for tacos.

Egg Rounders, Whole Grain Mustard Hollandaise
Though you might have to dine in your car or standing on the street, you don’t have to wonder what you’re eating. They roast whole Plum Creek natural chickens for their sandwiches. Full of rich flavors, but not colossal in size, mine had plenty of pulled dark meat. My only gripe was that with some bites, the bacon dominated all the other flavors. Bacon does that. Still, a chef friend of mine bestowed it with the title of Best Sandwich Ever.

Plum Creek Farms Pulled Chicken, Crispy Bacon, Provolone, Caramelized Onion-Green Chile Jam, Chipotle Aioli, Focaccia ($7)
Another contender is the meatball sandwich. The house-ground meat with a healthy dose of herbs mixed in really gave it an edge over other similar subs. The thin, hand-cut fries came hot and crispy, and I rounded up little bundles to submerge in aioli.
Menu items will rotate with the seasons, and desserts are offered by local company the Chocolates Bar. While they’re committed to feeding late-night diners, the truck will be open for lunch soon, too. The Localmotive mission of seasonal and locally sourced is not usually what we’re thinking about when we’re foraging the streets for food at 2 a.m., but it’s definitely a bonus. Now, if only food trucks could be more like ice cream trucks and cruise by my house…

Originally appeared on, March 29, 2012

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