A Week In the Life of The Grill ‘Em All Truck
January 22nd will go down in the history of my life as a day the time space continuum changed. On that day, I happened to be in Los Angeles and I set up and after show meet and eat with the Grill ‘Em All Truck. Only a few weeks old. the heavy metal themed, gourmet hamburger truck, owned by Chef Ryan Harkins and Matt Chernus was already kicking up love on the streets of LA.
Flash Forward to a year later and what seemed and innocent meeting of 3 people turned into a series of award ceremony invites, TV show appearances, a 2nd truck, cross country promotional blitzes, a BBQ sauce, a fan club, a web-TV series and above all, a great friendship between 3 burger lovin thrashers. To celebrate our anniversary, I recently went out to LA to spend a full week in the burger trenches with Matt, Ryan and the rest of the Grill ‘Em All Truck staff, seeing what it’s like first hand to be a real Grill ‘Em All Ghoul.
DAY 1 – Jan. 19, 2011 – 9:29 PM
The Other Door Bar
10437 Burbank Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601
After an early AM waking hour, cross country flight and an afternoon of meetings, I was ready to crush some burgs and pound back some beers. Every Wednesday night, you’ll find one of the two Grill ‘Em All Trucks serving food in the parking lot of The Other Door. It’s a brand new bar that looks like a no frills lounge with a homey vibe, great beers and a really fun and friendly staff. Whether you’re sitting at the large bar, playing pool or darts or just chilling on one of the leather couches, you’re bound to get comfortable real quick. Think the bar your uncle would build in his house if his wife let him. There’s a DJ room in the back, a smoking lounge outside and if you go on a Wednesday night, a gourmet burger truck in the parking lot! Order your burgers and frites from the truck and then grab a seat at the bar. Be sure to wash down your Waste ‘Em All (burger topped with green chilies, pepper jack, beer soaked onions) with one of the Other Door’s great selection of craft beers.
That’s exactly what I did when I was joined by my now California based burger buddy, Jackie. Until Jackie moved out to LA from NJ to live with her kick ass boyfriend Matt, she was the top member of Burger Conquest’s “Team Burger.” I hadn’t see my pal Jacks in a long time so it was a great way to kick off a super rad week with Grill ‘Em All. We also split an order of the Grill ‘Em All “Hatchet Fries.” Themed after their Molly Hatchet burger, it’s seared fennel sausage gravy, maple drizzle and cheese served a top of double dipped pomme frites. Holy wow! It’s a starchy, gooey, sweet and savory treat that will have you humming.
Just passing by on a walk with the family pooch? All good! The Grill ‘Em All Truck is eager to please their K-9 buddies.