(Original Review -- August 2011)
I ventured back to the Mississippi Marketplace food pod two days ago (10/8) because it was Garden State's last weekend before shutting down for the winter. It would also be owner Kevin Sandri's final weekend before moving on to new endeavors.
|Kevin writing up Garden State's menu on its final weekend|
|Kevin manning the food cart one last time|
|Menu (weekend of Oct. 8 and 9)|
(Garden State's final weekend before shutting down for winter)
|Meatball sub (Garden State)|
|Arancine (Garden State)|
|Inside the arancine|
Then, when I didn't think life could get better, it did. The meatball sub never stood a chance from the minute I started eating. I personally cannot recall having a better meatball sandwich. The seasoning on the meatballs was spot-on. The simple addition of marinara, melted mozzarella, and Parmesan is just comfort food for me, plain and simple. The bread stayed firm to hold everything in place, but a soft bundle of awesomeness when eating the sandwich. I think the only thing that would have made this better: I shoulda asked for more meatballs. I woulda paid more money just to get a large container of meatballs, marinara, mozzarella, and Parmesan.
It's honestly a bittersweet moment for me. On the one hand, I feel privileged to have enjoyed three of Kevin's top-selling menu items (the third being the Chickpea Sandwich). On the other hand, it does pain me that this food cart gem is taking a hiatus this winter. I wish Kevin the best of luck in his future endeavors, and I'll be waiting for Garden State's re-opening. 9.5/10