Saddleback gets a taste of Buffalo

The Buffalo Truck stopping by Saddleback College on April 19 (Jacob Tatham/Lariat)

The Buffalo Truck stopping by Saddleback College on April 19 (Jacob Tatham/Lariat)

Saddleback College welcomed a refreshing alternative to their cafeteria on Tuesday, April 19 by hosting a specialty food truck known as The Buffalo Truck in the quad area.

This truck offered gourmet Buffalo wings among other entrees and sides, such as nachos, Mac-n-cheese, chicken sliders and salad, all containing their specialty, vinegar-style Buffalo sauce and accompanied by bleu cheese or ranch dressing. The sauce’s fiery smell quickly permeated throughout the quad, attracting the attention of students and faculty when lunch time rolled around.

“So far it’s really good,” said counselor Patrick Webster, who ordered the “Wild & Crazy Fries.” “It’s hot and fresh.”

The line only grew in size as the afternoon stretched on as some customers dared to order the hot sauce while others played it safe and stuck with their mild flavor.

The Buffalo sauce-heavy menu for the Buffalo truck. (Jacob Tatham/Lariat)

The Buffalo sauce-heavy menu for the Buffalo truck. (Jacob Tatham/Lariat)

The Buffalo Truck got their start catering during the 2015 Super Bowl and have grown in popularity ever since, packing in their singular truck and venturing to the hot spots and catering events throughout southern California.

“We go to a lot of music festivals like a big one called ‘Desert Daze’ that happens every year.” said Chuck Search, owner of the truck. “We also go to breweries every week, Angels games and the tailgate for the Duck’s playoffs on Fridays.”

He emphasized how he and his crew are used to the busy, fast paced atmosphere that comes with food truck service. They will often make two different stops in one day, even having an Artifex Brewery appointment later that day.

“It’s a lot of work but a lot of fun,” Search said. “We just try to have a good time and travel around. Every day it’s a different job.”

Chuck’s enthusiasm for wings did come about at random, but instead dates back to his roots in Buffalo New York, the birthplace of Buffalo wings. He explained how he felt that we had no good wings when he moved to California and as a Buffalo native, wanted to do something about it.

The Buffalo Truck will be at the Left Coast Brewery in Santa Ana at noon on Saturday and at the Noble Brewery in Anahein at 11 A.M. on Sunday. They also a scheduled to appear in areas throughout Irvine and Orange for the remainder of April.

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