Eat here: Mamma Van, Melbourne (food truck – American)

Mamma Van
Various locations – food truck

Melbourne, good work on bringing the sunshine, finally! And sunshine in Melbourne = perfect food truck weather! We’re a bit spoilt for choice out in the northern suburbs, with both Welcome to Thornbury and Food Truck Park Preston with (decent) footy kick of each other, and both a relatively short drive from our house. While Welcome to Thornbury has a liqueur license on its side, I prefer the Preston park – way more laid back, way less pretentious, way less busy, no smoking, the perfect place to relax! While the roster is ever changing and rotating, and most trucks float between parks, I’m recommending a visit to which ever park you can find Mamma Van at this weekend; perfect food for a sunny Melbourne weekend 🙂

They don’t have a specific cuisine per se, though it’s obviously heavily influenced by American-style food – beef brisket po boys, buttermilk fried chicken wings, popcorn chicken, Cuban sandwiches, taco puffs, burritos and churros all grace the menu, and it all looks pretty appetising…

Husband and I visited recently, and he was starving, so we ordered a bit of everything (well, as much as we thought we could get through). First up, the popcorn chicken and fries. Amazing. Great Cajun-style seasoning on the fries which were a little underdone for my liking, but the chicken was magic. Tender, juicy, and a crunchy coating. Yes.

Next up, the bourbon BBQ brisket po boy. The meat itself was fantastic, the rest of the sandwich not as much wow. I think it’s only because of how many po boys we ate in New Orleans; the bread just wasn’t quite right… otherwise, if it had just been called a brisket “roll” or “sandwich,” it would have been great! The meat was, again, juicy and tender and full of flavor, though, so big tick there.

Last but certainly not least was my pick, and my favourite – the Cuban sandwich. Citrus pork, sliced ham, Swiss cheese, Dijon mustard and picked, buttered and toasted to the perfect golden colour it should be. This was incredible – the cheese was melted to that perfectly molten point that it starts to crisp up a little on the toaster, the meat was once more juicy and flavourful (I know I sound like a broken record, but that’s the best way to describe this meat!), and the bread they used was exactly what they needed. All tied up with creamy mustard and those deliciously acidic pickles. All I felt like that day was a good toastie, and that’s exactly what I got. Winner.

I’m pretty happy that they’re regulars so close to home – if you’re in the mood for a bloody good toastie and some crispy popcorn chicken, hunt them down next weekend while the sun’s still shining (extended forecast looks good right now, but it IS Melbourne, so check again in a few days…)!


Mamma Van Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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