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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Avocado Fries from Slidin' Dirty

I think the two words I've heard the most this past week have been "avocado" and "fries". Or, at least, those are the two words that my brain seems to be paying the most attention to.

I missed the Slidin' Dirty food truck at the Food Truck Festival in Troy on Saturday, which may have been just as well since I heard lines at most of the trucks were kinda, sorta, extremely long. But also well worth the wait.

I can now say the same about the avocado fries. They are worth the foodie hype and the wait (oh, it's been a long seven days since I first heard about them). It was even worth fighting former Troy Mayor Harry Tutunjian over the last order of avocado fries at the food truck in Troy today. (OK, we didn't "fight" exactly but....there were words exchanged....mostly nice words, since he's a nice guy - but there were words. And, long story short, I got the fries.)

So, here's the deal with the avocado fries:
Brooke Taney, who owns and operates the food truck with her husband Tim, makes the fries.
They're $3 for an order of about seven fries that includes your choice of a chipotle or horseradish dipping sauce.
Slidin' Dirty also has a meal deal of two sliders with an appetizer (including the avocado fries) for $10.

From their appearance, they reminded me of parts of a blooming onion. After all, it's another fried vegetable/fruit/thing.
It's crunchy on the outside, and creamy inside - a great combination. And the horseradish dip brought out some of the flavors in the fried batter dip.

The Taneys explained: "We wanted to do a fry for the truck and since we are a gourmet food truck, we thought they would be a hit! Fresh cut fries are often greasy no matter how long you soak, blanch and refry them. Plus, who doesn't love avocados?! They are the good fat! People like them who don't even like avocados!"

Overall, I'd definitely recommend them. It's a win/win/win - supporting a new-ish local business (they just opened in March 2012), trying a unique food item that  you don't see on a lot of menus, and they're just $3.

Other menu items include sliders with a choice of Angus beef, roasted chicken breast or a vegetarian option served on a brioche bun. There are also gluten-free tacos that can be substitued for the bun. There are also gluten-free tortilla chips and pulled pork sliders. And beverages are just $1.

You can find out more about Slidin' Dirty on this site. They're planning to be in Menands' Riverview Center at 11am Thursday and they'll be at the Tulip Festival on Saturday in Albany. They're also really good at getting back to folks on Twitter (@Slidin_Dirty). The food truck accepts cash and major credit cards.


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