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Fans of the UFO Truck will be happy to know that this food truck has a home base now at Adventure Brewing Company South located in the Bowman Center.
The truck will continue to travel to events in the area. In fact, you can see an event calendar on their website, but they also work out of the kitchen and provide food for visitors to Adventure Brewing.
The UFO menu contains a few appetizers and a half-dozen entrées of classics like cheeseburgers and barbecue. Each entrée is available in two configurations—as sliders or tacos.
The brewpub and eatery is a casual, seat yourself kind of place. You order food at the counter, but the friendly staffers deliver it to your table.
The pub has an industrial feel. Concrete floors and dark wood tables and chairs ground the space while high ceilings and massive skylights add an air of openness. Glass windows let diners peek at the stainless steel tanks and brewing equipment.
We ordered a few of the most popular items on the menu, the Chupacabra cheeseburger sliders ($10.99), the Voodoo jerk chicken tacos ($9.99) and the Big Foot Barbeque sliders ($9.99).
The two beef sliders were served on small kaiser buns and topped with cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, and Sriracha-marinated cucumbers—that weren’t too spicy.
The best part was the cheese—toasted and melted into a lace-like crown that oozed out from the top of the slider buns. When I cook a cheesy dish on the stovetop at home, it’s those charred cheesy shreds that we fight over.
The jerk chicken tacos also included toasted cheese—provolone—that was melted into the soft flour tortillas. A crunch of lettuce, tomato chunks, caramelized onions and a slightly sweet mango sauce gave the tacos a tropical tang.
Big Foot Barbeque ($9.99) in the form of sliders consisted of smoky pulled pork, toasted provolone, coleslaw and barbecue sauce on buns.
There is one vegetarian dish, the Vulcan’s Reuben, which uses a portobello mushroom in lieu of the traditional corned beef.
Entrées include a side of fries—some were crispy, some were soft. We tried to upgrade to the fennel and apple salad but they were out. Upgrades to the salad or to the other potato sides cost $1.49.
If you like spuds with your suds, you’ve got options.
Besides the regular fries, sweet potato medallions ($4.99) are on the menu. The silver dollar-sized slices of sweet potatoes (with the skin on) were tossed with cinnamon sugar and drizzled with a syrupy sauce.
The spiral cut potatoes ($4.99), my fave, were ribbons of thin potato strips curled and coated with cheese sauce and a sprinkle of Parmesan.
There’s one dessert option, the bananas Frankenstein ($4.99). A cooked (and mushed) banana was nestled under a few scoops of partially melted vanilla ice cream, chocolate shavings and caramel sauce. A mini brownie and madeleine—the spongy cookie-sized cake—also come on the dessert.
Even though it’s a brewpub and eatery, the afternoon we visited looked like family day. Four out of the other five tables had several kids each from babies to teens. Kids can nosh on grilled cheese or half orders of the entrees for $4.99.
Cans of soda and bottled water can be purchased at the counter for $.99 each so your kids and designated driver have options while the other grown-ups sample the Fred Red amber ale or other lagers, IPAs and stouts that Adventure Brewing offers.