Looking for a burger on-the-go, minus the drive-thru window? Mini Burger Truck might be parked right up your alley. Literally.
At the end of this month, MBT will begin traveling the central city and surrounding areas, bringing gourmet burgers to various lunchtime locations, despite an inconvenient ordinance.
This city ordinance limits mobile food vendors to 30 minutes per location. So in accordance with the legislation, MBT will move at least 400 ft. (about a block) every 30 minutes.
“We anticipate being able to serve a good amount of people in that time because we’re targeting to have really fast-paced service times,” said MBT operating partner Davin Vculek.
In order to keep customers in the know regarding the truck’s whereabouts, MBT will update its location mainly via Twitter, but Facebook updates will also be posted, and a truck geo-tracking system is in the works.
“Someone doesn’t even need Twitter to be able to follow us,” Vculek said. “They can always just visit our website to get the most up-to-date location.”
Vculek said he has known for years that he wanted to start a burger business in a quick-service setting because he thinks burgers are a classic, all-American food.
“It’s something that relates to almost everyone – just about anyone likes a good burger,” he said.
Once food trucks started gaining popularity across the nation, he said he knew it was the right fit.
“We just figured these things are going to work perfectly together because the food is easy to eat on the go,” Vculek said.
He also said, however, that MBT will not sacrifice quality for convenience, and that “trying to do the food the right way” is a top priority.
In keeping with its gourmet motto, MBT will use local ingredients, including meat and seafood whenever possible, and locally baked artisan breads, according to Vculek.
Each burger will be roughly the size of a credit card, or a typical slider-size burger found in restaurants, and he said two burgers should be plenty.
One of Vculek’s favorite menu items is called the “ninja burger,” which comes with an array of Asian ingredients including Asian coleslaw, pea shoots, a lotus chip (a fried lotus root that tastes a lot like a potato chip, according to Vculek) and sriracha aioli for some spice.
Another one of his favorites is a burger called the “Cowtown,” which is a standard barbecue bacon burger with barbecue sauce, bacon, crispy onion straws and pepper jack cheese.
He said he expects this to be one of MBT’s best-selling burgers.
In addition to the standard beef patty, customers will have the option to upgrade the meat on their burgers to buffalo or natural chicken breast supplied by a local vendor, according to Vculek.
MBT will also offer a fresh veggie burger with a mushroom-based patty, made fresh and never frozen, Vculek said.
In addition to its standard burger menu, the truck will feature a slider of the month made with seasonal ingredients.
For the month of February, MBT will feature a crab cake slider. Each month, a portion of the proceeds from the seasonal creation will go to a local charity, and a new charity will be chosen each month.
As far as sides go, three fresh salads, hand-cut French fries, sweet potato tater tots, crispy onions and fresh chips cut daily will be options to accompany the burgers.
For customers craving something sweet, MBT will offer its own organic cotton candy. The sweet treat will come in flavors such as mango, lychee and pomegranate, according to Vculek.
Customers will also find up to 15 kinds of glass bottle beverages, such as the original Dr Pepper and specialty root beers in addition to regular fountain sodas, fresh squeezed lemonade and freshly brewed iced tea, which Vculek says will be made daily on the truck.
MBT will operate mostly during lunch in the central business district downtown, but will also serve surrounding areas.
“We will go anywhere from Davis to Roseville and beyond,” Vculek said. “We’re based here in Sacramento, so we’re definitely looking to the city first, but we’re available for events and private parties in the surrounding cities also.”
MBT will accept cash and credit cards.
For now, MBT is only one truck strong, but Vculek said he hopes to expand.
“We also hope with the popularity of the truck that the city catches on and sees that this is something the people want, and they will look further into the ordinances,” Vculek said.
Suzie Burger general manager Matt Cleary said he welcomes the truck as friendly competition.
“I think everybody has a place for business in our town, so more power to them if they can get a business off the ground and be successful,” Cleary said. “I think that’s great.”
Stuart Campbell, owner of the local vegan mobile food vendor Happy Go Lucky Veggie Cuisine, said, “I’m happy for everyone who can put a business together and offer something unique to Sacramento.”
Vculek said he is excited to get MBT out on the street and meeting everyone.
MBT is scheduled to debut on Jan. 29 in front of the Sacramento Convention Center as a part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Winter Wine and Food Fest.
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Photos by Dan Gutierrez.