dim and den sum review

dimI 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 ingredientNew Image 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!


  1. Posted June 1, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    They will be at Hyland Software in Westlake (28500 Clemens Road) Wednesday from 11:30am-2pm so if you’re on the Westside, stop by if you want to check them out.

  2. Edsel L
    Posted June 1, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    I’ve tracked them down four times now. Twice at your office building and twice in Oberlin.

    The beef shank taco and pblt were terrific, as were the ribs I had on Sunday. I’m very excited to have these guys around. They’re a great addition to the Cleveland food scene.

  3. Posted June 1, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    I really liked the short rib slider.

  4. modmex
    Posted June 1, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    awesome concept + food / those guys parked outside the happy dog last thursday + people loved it / i also had the shank taco + pblt / keep up the great work + looking forward to a visit in the OC!


  5. Posted June 2, 2010 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the feedback. I can’t wait to try it. I’ve been following along on FB and am so glad they’ve got it going on!

  6. Brad
    Posted June 3, 2010 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    I was very excited to try Dim and Den Sum when they came to my office last week, especially after travelling to Portland, OR last year and eating at lots of really amazing food trucks. I enjoyed the food I ordered (shank taco & tots), but felt a little slighted for the money I spent. My taco was very light on it’s contents, and the tots were plain and boring (they took $1 off for being out of cheese curds). Willing to try again, probably try ordering something else, and will hopefully have a better experience.

  7. bernice
    Posted June 3, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    yay you finally posted a picture of food! keep it up!