A Sandwich a Day: Mekanek at Toum Lebanese Truck

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In this great city of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around New York. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.


[Photographs: Max Falkowitz]

A Lebanese sandwich has the power to undo all of the wrap's bad reputation. With thin, pliant pita, juicy grilled or spit-roasted meat, briny pickles, and generous helpings of garlic sauce, they're everything that sad corner deli wrap isn't.

Toum, a Lebanese food truck that's been making the rounds on 46th Street in Midtown, Prospect Park, Dumbo, and Tribeca, does a damn good rendition, a thin, chewy wrap filled with meat, lettuce, tomato, those telltale Lebanese pickles. Try getting the mekanek, small, tightly packed beef sausages similar to merguez but with a more garlicky, rich flavor profile. They're cooked with a lemony garlic sauce before joining the other fillings, equal parts meaty and bright.

HUGE wrap

The wraps at this truck are large, about 10 inches long, and plenty filling. Toum does all this for $7 to $8 a sandwich, a price point I can really get behind in the increasingly expensive food truck world. Follow them on Twitter or Facebook for location updates.

About the author: Max Falkowitz is the editor of Serious Eats: New York. You can follow him on Twitter at @maxfalkowitz.

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