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Philly Shack truck, Vallejo

Melanie Wong | Apr 22, 200308:03 PM

Months ago I’d spotted a sandwich board sign promoting cheesesteaks, didn’t stop, and couldn't locate the truck again. I’ve found it, at its new base in the Tesoro gas station on Broadway and Nebraska Street.

Before ordering, I asked if they use cheese-whiz, and was told that white American cheese (shaped in rounds to look like provolone) like they use in Philly was the choice here. Good answer! So, I went for a Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich, $4, and ate it in the car. This thing was heavy, nearly a half pound of sauteed ribeye with grilled onions bound together with said melted gooey cheese on a chewy French roll. My last cheesesteak was nearly 20 years ago, so my memory’s dim on whether this is authentic or not, but in any case, it was satisfying and delicious, and more than a meal.

I thought it was good enough that I stepped back to the truck to get an order of potato salad and one of macaroni salad to take home for later. These were $1.50 each. The potato salad, made with red-skinned potatoes, was very good and much like my own homemade version with a sour cream-mustard-mayo dressing. I wasn’t as taken with the macaroni salad made with rotelle that were undercooked and hard in the center, plus too much raw red onion in the vinaigrette dressing.

Untried as yet, but also offered here are a chicken philly sandwich, tacos, barbeque pork sandwich, rice plates with teriyaki steak or roast chicken, hot dogs, and daily specials. The owner of the truck is Matt Newton who is a 1995 graduate of the California Culinary Academy. There’s just a little something extra in his touch that takes his renditions beyond the usual truck cuisine.

Here’s his contact information for catering.

Matt’s Rollin Catering
Philly Shack
1803 Solano
Closed Sundays


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