Leather Lane’s Three of the Best
Louise Stapley made it her mission to find out what lunchtime had to offer.
The Famous Italian Wop
Al Capone burger — £7
Each burger at Parma-native Jack’s van is named after a famous Italian-American, but the gimmicks end there. Jack handpicks his suppliers, combining British produce (meat from the Ginger Pig and buns from his local bakery) and Italian delicacies (truffle oil, salami and cheese). The result is a belter of a burger. You can taste the quality of the meat in the Al Capone, with its truffle oil, smoky bacon, and beef patty. Together with the fontina, it’s a punchy combo. There’s no superfluous greenery and the chips are great too – skin-on, rosemary-laden, salty and crisp.
Grill My Cheese
Baby Got Mac — £6.50
Despite a menu of increasingly tenuous cheese-based puns that make you cringe as you order, Grill My Cheese has earned a cult following among street food connoisseurs for its insanely good grilled cheese sandwiches – or, as we Brits call it, “cheese on toast with a lid on top”. The Baby Got Mac is a swell of saucy mac-and-cheese topped with pulled pork and a tang of barbecue sauce, sandwiched between two slices of sourdough and griddled into oozing perfection. Other options include Slumdog Grillionaire, or Jay Cheese & Bean-oncé. I need a cold shower.
The Daddy Donkey truck
Chicken Tinga Quesadilla — £6
The Daddy Donkey truck is directly opposite its parent restaurant, and boasts and equally long queue. It exclusively serves quesadillas and nachos, or combinations thereof. Having had my fill of pulled pork at Grill My Cheese, I opted for the chicken tinga quesadilla – a grilled tortilla stuffed with spiced, shredded chicken and cheese, served up with a pot of salsa (mild, medium, or hot?) to dip. It’s a substantial meal of beige deliciousness that makes me wish I had a hangover so this could soothe it. Add tortilla chips and cheese sauce for £2.