I’ve been waiting with great anticipation for weeks for Sal’s Roadside Eatery to hit the streets in Fort Mill. Several months ago I started following German “Sal” and Milja Saldarriaga on Twitter and I have been keeping track of their progress. Food Trucks are popping up everywhere around the Charlotte area. I’ve lost count of how many there are now and apparently in the near future Charlotte will add a grilled cheese truck called Go Melt to its roster of Food Trucks.
In my opinion Food Trucks provide an excellent lunch option for those who need a quick, economical meal and are limited to what’s available in the immediate vicinity of their work place. A Food Truck’s ability to move from place to place can put them in close proximity to countless workers throughout the week. As a realtor, I’m often in the car driving from place to place and a mobile truck provides a convenient option for me as I can pull off the side of the road, grab some food to go and be back in the car in a matter of minutes.
Sal and Milja have been in the Fort Mill area for about 6 years, having grown up in Queens, NY. Their passion for really good food, whether it be traditional favorites, ethnic specialties, or more modern creations, is readily apparent. I had the pleasure of meeting them in person on Tuesday, their opening day and found them to be both friendly and engaging. They started the day off with a few mechanical issues with the truck and I arrived too late to try any food.
I returned Thursday for my first Sal’s Roadside Eatery meal and it was worth the wait. I was lucky to snag the last Sal’s Signature Philly Cheesesteak of the day. Sal makes his cheesesteak by thinly slicing rib eye and marinating it over night. The meat is fresh and wonderfully seasoned and comes covered with onions and peppers with a layer of provolone cheese on top. At $6 it’s a bargain.
Other menu items include New York Style Sausage and Peppers served on a hoagie ($5) and Island Chicken- chicken marinated in Pineapple Teriyaki overnight, seared on the flat top and served on a brioche roll with grilled pineapple, cream cheese with pineapple chutney and broccoli slaw all or only $5.
Next visit I think I’ll try Sal’s Falafel Pita ($4) and the Beef Empanada ($3 each).
Menu items are subject to change. Check salsroadsideeatery.com for daily menu and truck location.
Note- Food Trucks are presented with all kinds of challenges and obstacles that stand alone restaurants don’t face. Oftentimes last-minute schedule changes are necessary due to mechanical problems, weather issues, etc. If you go later in the day, they at times run out of menu items or sell out all together. The best way to keep abreast of these things is to follow them on Twitter or Facebook.
Sal’s Roadside Eatery on Twitter.
Sal’s Roadside Eatery on Facebook.