Corner of Howe & West Georgia Streets
Brief Description: The name says it all. Mom’s is a downtown-based food truck that sells gooey, crunchy grilled cheese sandwiches.
How can a simple combination of bread and cheese work so well? It’s not rocket science (put cheese on bread, grill, eat) but there is something so wonderfully comforting about this pairing that people will line up for a good grilled cheese. And that is just what is happening over at Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truck in downtown Vancouver.
Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truck was established late last year when Cindy (Mom) left her job catering for movies and turned her hand towards making grilled cheese sandwiches for hungry Vancouverites. It seems to have been a wise move as every time I have been to Mom’s there is a line-up of people eagerly awaiting her warm and gooey grilled cheese sandwiches.
This cart is not your typical food cart. This is a swanky, big, shiny truck that sits at the corner of Howe and West Georgia streets (right outside the Art Gallery). And, yes, it is open to the elements. If that puts you off, just wait for a sunny day, order your sandwich, and eat it sitting on the steps of the Art Gallery. This is the benefit of food carts – eating alfresco.
The menu is unfussy and quite obviously features a lot of grilled cheese. You can customize your grilled cheese by choosing your own bread (white, sourdough, multi grain, marbled rye) and pairing it with a choice of cheese (cheddar, havarti, pepper jack, provolone). The classics start at $5.50. Once you’ve got the basics down you can jazz that puppy up a bit by adding onion, tomato, pickles, bacon, chili, and of course, more cheese (50c to $1.50 for extras).
All of the sandwiches are served with potato chips (not fries) and a pickle. If you are after something a bit more extravagant, you can either order the “Mom’s Meatloaf Grilled Cheese Sandwich” (meatloaf topped with marinara sauce and melted cheese) or “The Jackson 3” (a heart-stopping triple cheese, triple-decker grilled cheese). The specials sell for $8.50 each.
“The Jackson 3”
Although the grilled cheese sandwiches are the main event there is also roasted tomato soup and chili on the menu. The soup is punchy and creamy – perfect for dipping your sandwich into or just for warming up on a cold day. If you haven’t had your fill of sandwiches, you can finish your sandwich lunch off with another sandwich, this time a sweet one. Two sweet sandwiches complete the menu; “The Fat Elvis” (peanut butter and banana with a sprinkle of smoked sea salt) and “Sweet Little Vals” (caramelized apples, candied pecans, and cinnamon mascarpone cheese on brioche). The sweet sandwiches will set you back $3.50 each.
“Sweet Little Val’s”
You should know that Mom’s is often busy so do expect a bit of a wait. Service is very friendly and the staff will often chat whilst making the sandwiches, which helps to make the wait seem not as long. I am classic grilled cheese fan so I enjoy the basic cheddar on white. Sometimes I’ll add some bacon to spruce it up a bit. “The Jackson 3” should be eaten with a warning; it’s a monster! I could have easily have shared this and still been completely satisfied so know what you are about to take on if you order “The Jackson 3” – a belt-buster! I was slightly disappointed with “Sweet Little Vals” but I have yet to try “The Fat Elvis”. That one sounds just too good!
Final Thoughts: Mom’s is convenient, tasty, and affordable. I still think that Burgoo makes the best grilled cheese in the city (that I’ve had) but Mom’s is definitely worth lining up for.