I don’t know what I liked better – the food or the fact that Dim and Den Sum came to my office complex, twice. Ok, it’s the food of course. I’d happily track this truck down, but the convenience sure was nice.
I’m a fan of mobile food carts, and the fact that we now have them in Cleveland gets me downright giddy thinking of all the possibilities that await us. From what I hear, there are a dozen or so permits pending; I can’t wait to find out just what mobile goodness is in store.
After two visits with Dim and Den Sum I was fairly impressed with what I sampled and the overall operation. Yes, it’s still fairly new and they are working out a few kinks. But given this is a brand new venture for the duo and that they are the first to unleash this trend to eager Clevelanders, I think the chefs are well on the right path.
Over the course of two visits, I had the shank taco (braised beef shank, corn-cilantro relish and teryiaki glaze; $3.50), rock shrimp taco ($5) and one of each of the sliders: short rib with sweet corn relish & sweet soy glaze; chicken with pickled watermelon slaw and pulled pork with kimchi ketchup and seaweed slaw; $3 each. I also snacked on a few tots that a coworker had ordered and stole a few bites of a PBLT (pulled pork, bacon, sriacha mayo, tomato and lettuce). It’s also worth noting that they source as much local as possible and use grass-fed beef.
I absolutely loved the shank taco (in fact, I went back for another), short rib slider and PBLT. Great flavor and ingredient pairings and would happily order again and again. The pulled pork was also really nice. The rock shrimp taco and chicken slider though need work – especially the shrimp taco (not a whole lotta flavor going on there).
The tots were also just ok. At first I was surprised tots were even offered, until I saw just how many people were excited by tots and started ordering left and right. Apparently, adults love tots. Personally, I’d rather see deluxe fries with a wide array of sauce options. But like I said, that’s just me – people seemed pretty happy with their tots. And from what I hear, fun toppings are now offered with the tots, so that would definitely help.
Aside from a small glitch they had on the first visit that caused a back-up on tot orders, food was really quick and well organized. This is a must if you’re going to hit the lunch crowd and they seem to have nailed it right from the start. And all with a smile – you can tell these guys are just as excited to be serving Clevelanders as Clevelanders are to be served.
By the way, if they reach 5,000 fans on Facebook, they are going to throw a free Korean style BBQ for everyone. So be sure to fan, er like, them and it’s free BBQ day for us all!