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Gaztro-Wagon Mini Review

BUDGET BEAT: For those less inclined to chase the food truck, get the same food at G-W’s Edgewater headquarters

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The food-truck craze officially went mobile in late July, when Matt Maroni began parking his red and white truck in key spots around town. Like his forefathers in Los Angeles and New York, Maroni uses social media outlets to draw hungry patrons to his “modern street fare,” alerting them to the truck’s whereabouts through Twitter (@wherezthewagon), Facebook, text messaging, and Gaztro-Wagon.com. The menu is mostly “naan-wiches”—fresh Indian flatbread wrapped around superbly tasty ingredients. We loved the wild boar belly with fennel, Kalamata olives, yogurt, and shaved red onion ($7), but we also fell hard for smoked salmon with watercress and crème fraîche ($8) and for thyme-seasoned boneless chicken thighs with oyster mushrooms and Brie ($7). Vegetarian choices include a great combo of portobello mushroom, arugula pesto, and goat cheese ($7). Soups, fresh plantain chips with terrific cilantro-lime sauce ($2), and a few sweets, such as oatmeal crème pies and macarons from Fritz Pastry Shop, round out the offerings. For those less inclined to chase a truck around the city, get the same food at G-W’s Edgewater headquarters. If the mountain’s not coming near you today, we say go to the mountain. 5973 N. Clark St., 773-942-6152.

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