Monthly Archives: September 2011

Drift Food Truck- Edmonton

Like most people, I was raised on sandwiches.

Sandwiches for lunch, sandwiches for a snack, sandwiches, sandwiches, sandwiches.

Canned ham with cheese, pasty egg salad, PB & J, canned tuna, jerk chicken with grilled pineapple and slaw, roasted pork belly with pickled daikon and carrot, cilantro, and chili mayo….wait, you don’t recognize those last 2 from mom’s rotation of family favourites?

Didn’t think so. Me neither.

That’s because those drool- worthy bad boys ain’t from mom’s kitchen…they’re from Edmonton’s newest food truck, Drift. (Check them out on twitter)

This rolling flavour factory is an eye catcher for sure, dressed in teal and turning heads wherever she goes. But like a pretty girl, being eye catching isn’t worth much without some substance behind it.

This truck is serving some serious high end sandwiches. Feed that tired old bologna sandwich to your dog, and treat yourself to a back bacon and brie, with roasted apples and cucumber. It’s fantastic.

Back bacon and brie, roasted apples, and cucumber

Or trade in your boring chicken salad sandwich for a poultry of another feather. How does duck confit with port soaked cranberries and cabbage sound to you? Good, right? Yeah, I know it does. And since I’ve downed this sucker as well, I can tell you it really is as good as it sounds.

Duck confit w/ port soaked cranberries and cabbage

The Menu Board

Back bacon, Jerk x2, and the Duck

The crowd favourite so far is the pork belly with pickled daikon and carrots, cilantro, and chili mayo. It’s pretty great. So great in fact, that i’ve seen more than a couple people order one for now, and one to take home for later.

A great sandwich is not complete without a great bread. Drift is toasting up perfectly chewy ciabatta buns to compliment their fantastic fillings, and as with most of their ingredients, they’re sourced locally. Bonus!

As with all the sandwiches, pairing with the fresh cut french fries is a must. They are available seasoned with salt and pepper, or go crazy ( crazy-smart! ) and get them “Drift style”. Drift style seasoning is a mix of mustard seed, cumin, and fennel seed that will get your tastebuds dancing. I LOVE these fries! Eat them as is, or dip into the accompanying delicious tomato sauce. You will not be sorry. They are my hands-down favourite fries in the city.

While Drift has mastered the art of the gourmet sandwich, it’s the teal beauty’s affable owners, Kara and Nevin, and their mastering of those little intangibles of business that make for ultra loyal, ultra valuable, repeat customers that really sets them apart.

The Grill Master Nevin and a camera shy Kara

These intangibles are the things that make you walk away from a business feeling really good about supporting it and the people who run it. They make you want to tell all your friends, family, co-workers, the construction workers down the block, the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker to go check it out because you want them to succeed so badly.

Kara- Gotcha!

Kara and Nevin, along with recurring Employee of the Month Adam, are those people.

Along with Tres Carnales, Next Act Pub, and a few others, Drift has joined my list of eateries that combine fantastic product, with ownership you’d be proud to support.

Food Truck Power Couple Nevin and Kara

Drift Food Truck on Urbanspoon