It strikes when you least expect it—the overwhelming desire to bite into a juicy burger, layered with cheese and tomato and lettuce, between two perfectly toasted buns. When this happens, Street has already taste-tested a solid option for you to go indulge and give in to your chock full of carbohydrate cravings.
Although the Wahlberg brothers (yes, that Wahlberg) haven't opened up a location yet in the Philadelphia area (but it's coming soon!), we can enjoy hamburger heaven thanks to the easily accessible food truck, WahlWheels. Thee truck's hours and location varies weekly, but the information can be accessed online (www.wahlburgersrestaurant.com).
Street ordered "Our Burger," the menu's $8.50 staple 1⁄3 lb. black angus beef burger topped with onions, lettuce, tomato and government cheese. Yes, I skipped the pickles, but that's just a personal preference. The burger also included "Paul's signature Wahl sauce." Unclear what's in it and I didn't ask, but if I could I'd probably pour that on everything from breakfast oatmeal to Sweetgreen salads. I'm also a big fan of really good bread, so I need to bring up the fact that the Hearth Bakery artisan bun was straight fire.
I also had the tater tots side, and let me say this: tater tots are hard to pull off. So many things can go wrong. They can be burned to a regrettable crisp, or be mushy and gross. Even so, the Wahltaters (trying to gure out how many things I can put Wahl in front of and see if it becomes a thing) were pure perfection. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, I could probably live on them for the rest of my life. Or maybe until age 30 when I die of a heart attack as a result of only eating tater tots—but hey, it would be a life well lived.
If you don't want a hamburger and/or don't eat cows, the food truck also has two other options for an entree: Alma's Favorite Chicken ($9.45), a seared chicken breast with lettuce and tomato drizzled with buttermilk dressing and served on an artisan bun, and a Portobello Mushroom Cap ($8.92), a portobello mushroom cap with onions, mushrooms, cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomatoes served on an artisan bun and drenched in Wahl sauce.
Our only qualm is that we wish was the menu was more expansive. But since it's an offshoot of a real chain, especially one that will open up a restaurant here soon, it makes sense that the truck only covers the bare necessities. And, to be honest, we couldn’t have eaten anything more. Never to fear, the Wahl-bros on wheels will have you wanting coming back for more.
TL;DR: Proper family business where anyone can feel at home, soon to have a full dinner menu.
Don't Miss: The tater tots, they’ll change your life
When to go: When you’re craving a late night burger
Location: Varies. Check website for weekly updated schedule.
Price Range: $$