Death by the “Rhino” @Ranchoagogo Food Truck (Grilled Cheese Stuffed with Pulled Pork and Mac and Cheese) from Today’s ClusterTruck at Teller Street in Irvine
Be Afraid….Be Very Afraid! Lurking in the midst of the food truck Serengeti resides one of the most feared dishes of them all. This item has taken down many a stronger eaters than myself. What is it called? THE RHINO! Dont look at it in the eyes when you attempt to eat it, it will take you down. If you do manage to conquer it, be warned you will encounter the “Curse of the Rhino”. The curse consists of either food coma at 2:00 or worse forced to visit the porcelain throne to pay for your deeds.
This afternoon I spent almost 30 minutes deciding which food truck to attempt today. After chatting with many of the other regulars, I went with Rancho a Go Go. This is a BBQ truck specializing in pull pork, briscit and sliders…no burritos or tacos! Thank god I was getting sick of everyone having fusion items….I had apprehensions though because I am also getting bored with “Slow Simmered Pork…..cooked for 8-20 hours….blahh blahhh blahhhh!). The dude in front of me in line insisted that I give it a chance and then whispered to me, “if you got the balls for it….try the Rhino”. Keep in mind, he said “Rhino” like if you said it’s name too loud, it would find you and eat you. It almost reminded me of, “He who shall not be named” (Voldemort) from Harry Potter.
So I ordered from the owner, and I swear I saw him do “the sign of the cross” when I ordered the Rhino…(o.k. that didn’t really happen). 10 minutes later, I was handed what looked like a giant brick wrapped with aluminum foil. He should have given me the instructions handle with care because this thing is a beast! Seriously the picture below is almost food porn!
The sandwich is a grilled cheese sandwich, overly stuffed with Mac and Cheese and a
giant helping of Pulled Pork and a drizzle of BBQ sauce. “Holy Crap!!!!”, is what I said when I peeled open the foil. The bread was perfectly toasted with plenty of butter, the Mac and Cheese was rich and creamy and the slow simmered pork…was actually really good! Sweet and Savory, it was a well put together dish. After my 4th bite i was already getting full. After finishing the first half of the Rhino…I capitulated to the beast, threw my hands in the air and said “I give up…I’m your bitch”
I would give this dish a 4 out of 5 for food truck fare. Meaning, I would recommend it to family and friends and maybe co-workers as well, so that I can go to them at 2:30 and get approvals while that are dealing with a foggy headed food coma. The dish’s price was on the higher side for food trucks $8, but it was LARGE and a good value for the money