Gandolfo's New York Deli Food Truck: So Much Meat the Cheap Bastard is Frightened

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You are loved and you are feared, sandwich.
Tired of spending $10 for a mediocre lunch? Let the Cheap Bastard show you how to spend way less for something better, every Thursday on City of Ate and in the Dallas Observer. This week: Gandolfo's New York Deli Food Truck.

Minutes I waited for food: 3
Times the guy holding the sign winked and thumbs-upped oncoming traffic: 497

Driving through the Design District totally lost (except for the fact that I knew I was in the Design District because of the signs on every tree, lamppost and fire hydrant that label the area as such; you'd think that of all places, the Design District would know that less is more), I saw a guy and a girl smiling really big and waving their hands crazily in the middle of the road. They had that hysterical, freaking-out waving thing going on that only high-school car-wash girls and people in actual emergencies do.

As I drove closer it became clear that there were neither car wash boobies (sad face) nor bleedings (sad face). These two were begging for business. The guy was holding a giant sign that read, "Gandolfo's gourmet New York deli food truck: How good is it? FORGEDDABOUTIT!" Blinker. Pulled over. You had me at "tit," Gandolfo's.

Their recently expanded menu now offers 30 different New York deli-style sandwiches. I asked the nice lady in the truck window which sandwich was her favorite: "Pastrami on rye, hands down." Deal. "Russian or spicy mustard?" Uh. "You want Russian all the way." Just like I always say at ice-skater contests.

The heated sandwich arrived with Russian dressing-soaked marble rye, gooey Swiss cheese and approximately 12 million pounds of pastrami. All right, so maybe my eyeballs aren't that great at weighing things. But it was a lot. It was what you expect from a NY deli sandwich. And it's what I truly fear about them.

The equivalent amount of meat in a burger patty doesn't frighten me at all. Even throw a pound of brisket in front of me and that doesn't phase me. But there's something about the sight of that much thinly sliced, sloppily stacked pastrami on a sandwich that gives me the heart hurts.

The first bite was messy, squirty, NY deli-sandwich perfection. The pastrami itself was pretty standard. I'd put it on par with Cindi's. But the whole sandwich, with the toasted rye, dripping dressing -- it was great. If you like that sort of thing.

Gandolfo's, I completely respect and enjoy you, but at the same time I fucking fear you. For me, you are the Joan Rivers of sandwich shops.

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14 comments
Copia93
Copia93

I love the CP. But still, I gotta point out: "faze" instead of "phase". Common, yet unacceptable mistake.

David P
David P

Try the CornBeef   I am stuck can't get thru the menu    but I will Try  

Melissa
Melissa

What a great funny review. I love to laugh at reviews that make me happy.  Can't wait to try this truck. Not my usual, but I will try going out of my comfort zone!

Nick
Nick

Hahah... very funny stuff here. Laughter aside, I'll have to try this truck out.

Amy S
Amy S

Laughter for breakfast is delicious. You had me at "tit". Thank you.

twinwillow
twinwillow

Real New Yorkers eat their pastrami sandwich only ONE WAY!Pastrami on crusty rye (not sissy, marble rye) with strong deli style mustard. That's it. Nothing more! Nada! The only condiment should be a sour, barrel cured garlic dill pickle.

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

That is not totally true. If the sandwich has only meat and bread, Mustard is correct. If the sandwich adds cheese, then Russian Dressing is also allowable. 

G_David
G_David

Happily, we're not in New York and we can eat our sandwiches any way we damn well please.

Russp
Russp

Spent the first half of my life in the New York and North Jersey areas. Seemed about 50/50 on the places that offered corned beef and pastrami specials with cole slaw and Russian dressing on them, but always crusty rye. 

Mary
Mary

You can eat your sandwich anyway you want. But, the Gandolphos's truck advertises NY STYLE DELI. That (NY style) pastrami sandwich pictured is more like something from Kansas.

Mary
Mary

The comment I made above was supposed to be in response to G_David. Not, Jon Daniel. My bad.

Russp
Russp

Oh, and never with cheese. Meat and dairy together is not kosher.

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