MOC Eatery Gastro-Pub on Wheels: Killer Sandwiches, Salads & Fries in Stamford

Peter Dunay

MOC Eatery, the brainchild of Chef Drew Alden , is a six option food truck that will create a love affair between you and your favorite sandwich joints. Although they only offer three sandwiches, three salads, and two sides, they are packing crazy flavors that will have you coming back for more.

Unlike most two-month-olds, MOC Eatery has a very solid foundation for what they want to serve to their customers. Serving locally sourced ingredients of the highest caliber and taking inspiration from the seasons to guide their menu, no matter what time of the year you go, you are bound to taste something special.

Stationed at Stamford Landing, MOC Eatery is serving up great grab and go lunch with a waterfront view. As it turned out, the MOC portion of their name appropriately stands for: Moo, Oink, and Cluck which is the inspiration behind each item on the menu. I ordered the MOC Fox in the Hen House, MOC Double Oink, O Salad, and the Hand cut truffle parmesan fries because sometimes you gotta live a little bit. Crispy, cheesy, crunchy, molten in the middle and smothered in truffle oil, these fries are dangerous. I’m a truffle and cheese fry kind of guy, so I found them to be particularly enjoyable when matched with the MOC Double Oink. Inspired by a Banh Mi, the pulled pork, crispy pork belly, and pickled vegetables did this Vietnamese sandwich justice. Paired with plenty of cilantro, a beautiful cilantro aioli, and a soft, chewy, warm baguette it was tremendously flavorful and satisfying.

Next, I sampled the O Salad with tri-colored quinoa, black beans, balsamic caramelized onions, roasted sweet potatoes, spiced papitas, and farmers cheese all over a bed of soft arugula. It was a nice salad, but next time I would certainly add a protein and ask for a dressing since those additions make salads more engaging.

Last but not least, I tried the MOC Fox in the Hen House. Resembling a chicken sandwich of my dreams, with shaved lettuce, fried chicken breast, pickles, a creamy sauce, and all packed between an airy, sweet bun I ate the whole thing even when my stomach had no space. The creamy dill sauce complemented the chicken, which was not only incredibly juicy and fresh but had a beautiful crust which was packing a slow burn. The blaze was nicely tamed, however, by the sauce, lettuce, and pickles. After talking to Chef Drew about this stellar chicken sandwich, he said when recipe testing chicken sandwiches, he became obsessed and went on the hunt for what he thought was the perfect chicken sandwich and I would have to agree he crafted a great one.

Chef and owner Drew Adler opened MOC Eatery just two months ago after 13 years of executive chef duties and a second child being born. He and his family decided life was too short for bad food and missed dreams and ran with their “know or never” venture, and never looked back. Simplest way to get customers, is to serve incredible food and that is exactly what MOC Eatery does, but don't take my word for it, go and try it yourself. They usually hang around Stamford on Summer, Oak Street, and Veteran Park. If they aren't available one day, they are probably catering a private event or attending a festival. Check them out on Facebook:   

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