The Truck: Cheese Wizards; Like ‘em on Facebook to check out their whereabouts.
The Fare: Sorcerous sandwiches.
The Stop: With The Grilled Cheese Experience already in action and the upcoming opening of Monte Cristo, another grilled cheese food truck just doesn’t seem as unique as a Filipino-Vietnamese truck, a vegan popsicle cart or a drive-thru boba stand.
But avid sci-fi fans Bo Saxbe and his little brother Tom aren’t just strictly relying on cheese to be their focal point. This truck offers a variety of sandwiches with a little bit of sci-fi and fantasy thrown into the mix.
I accidentally discovered the brand new Cheese Wizards parked outside Book Bindery and Wessco Blinds on Nickerson Street. I was actually on my way to scope out a biscuit truck on Nickerson, but had to pull over when I saw the two-toned yellow angular truck.
The sibling duo expanded the top so they would have room for air vents, circulation, and an Infinite Improbability Drive. My eyes are instantly drawn to the Holy Hand Grenade sandwich, partially because it is one of the best Monty Python sketches ever, and another because at a whopping 5’2″ and a half, the item at the bottom of the menu is closest to my eye view. “O LORD, bless this Thy hand grenade that with it Thou mayest blow Thine enemies to tiny bits, in Thy mercy.”
At $5.50, it is conveniently also the cheapest sandwich on the menu. Served on a round pretzel roll from esteemed Tall Grass Bakery, I could eat the roll plain, but with the havarti and juicy tomato, it is a great combo.
All of the complimentary dipping sauces are house made and big bro Bo suggests I pair my grenade with a curry ketchup. The basil tomato soup is also always a good option for dipping.
I move on to the Durin’s Bane, which is Wizard’s version of the Cuban. Manchego, spicy cappicola, and jalapenos are plenty flavorful on their own, but with the mustard dipping sauce, it adds another level of pop in your mouth. Sriarcha aioli is also a nice match for a sandwich fit for a Balrog.
One thing I notice is how both sandwiches are crispy on the outside with cheese perfectly melted on the inside and the entire sandwich is warm throughout. This may sound obvious, but it is my pet peeve when cheese immediately oozes out of a sandwich. Sometimes they can be so piping hot to the point where the cheese turns on you and becomes your bitter enemy as it burns your lip or worse, it messily falls out. Another common mistake is when the middle is cooler than the outside of the sandwich, which can happen panini grills.
Snooping around, I see Tom working a blow torch like a mad scientist on my sandwich. That is the secret.
Next time, I am going for the Voldemort-adella, a seared mortadella sandwich served with gouda, and the Critical Hit, which has brie and house made pear ginger chutney. Have you been smoking the maddest weed in the shire and desire some sweets? The brothers are perfecting a square cookie sandwich with homemade vanilla marshmallow and a smidge of nutella.
As someone who is a sucker for marketing, I can’t help but dig their logo. If you need your sandwiches to go, they pack ‘em in a bubblegum pink box with the mighty wizard stamped on them.
As newbies, these guys have already nailed customer service (I am convinced Bo is one of the nicest and most earnest guys in the galaxy), presentation (the truck and food), efficiency (Bo seems to be the cashier man, while Tom gracefully tackles the sandwich making) and taste.
This truck gets a 9.5 out of 10 moonbeams from me.
First published in Seattle Weekly’s Voracious on September 25th, 2012