Friday, March 16, 2012
In case you haven't heard, Saturday is St. Patrick's Day. If you have plans to raise a pint, wear some green, and celebrate being Irish ('cause, you know, everyone is Irish on St. Paddy's Day), you might want to consider celebrating amongst the real Irish. Take Metro North up to Woodlawn on the edge of the Bronx, have a few Guinesses and then hit up The Chipper Truck, New York's only Irish food truck, for some tasty fried food to sober you up at the end of the night...
Run by Alice O'Brien Bermejo and her husband Valentino, the Chipper Truck is patterned after the chip vans, Alice grew up with in County Leitrim. Tradition there dictates that food ends a night of good drinking and good company and out in the country it was common for trucks to drive out to where the clubs and pubs were to serve the last call crowd some tasty grub to fend off the morning's regret. The Chipper Truck is a late night truck. You can find them out from midnight or one until 5am, seven nights a week.
The Chipper Truck's menu is extensive and full of all the comforts you'd want after a night on the town. Their burgers are over a quarter of a pound. And their namesake chips (fries to you, Yanks) come with a host of toppings like an addictive tomato-based curry imported from Ireland or curry coleslaw, garlic and cheese.
But on St. Patrick's Day, you've got to go Irish and I can heartily recommend both the deep fried bangers and the boxtys (pictured above). The bangers are made Irish-style by a butcher here in the city, but they're better than the bangers I remember eating in Ireland (those always struck me as sort of mealy). If you try the boxtys you're in for a real treat. Made from Alice's mother's recipe, boxtys are a staple comfort food in the Northwest of Ireland and are especially popular in County Leitrim where Alice is from. Cooked slow and low these are an Irish version of a potato pancake and couldn't be better for soaking up a night's drinking. And Alice and Val also happen to be two of the nicest people you'll ever meet. Good food. Good folk. Win-win!
For the Chipper Truck's whereabouts and time that they begin serving, check their Facebook page. They try to get out at around midnight every night but sometimes they are earlier and sometimes they are later.