Working as a manager at Big Truck Tacos got chef Tara Taylor to thinking about waffles.
After all, what is a waffle but biscuit batter pressed into a heated mold to create the signature checkered shaped? And biscuits are good with pretty much anything — sweet or savory.
And properly prepared waffles can be folded like the tacos she used to watch leave the Big Truck kitchen by the bushel or like the gyros sandwiches that have supported small Mediterranean restaurants across the country for years.
And what if after you folded these perfectly prepared waffles you stuffed them with fresh, local ingredients and wrapped them in foil? Added organic fruits and vegetables? Offered unexpected but cleverly conceived flavor combinations? Changed the menu to fit the seasons? Named the waffles after holiday themes, musicals or mood changes?
The answer to these and a few other questions is: A Waffle Champion will be born.
And so it came to be in December that Taylor and chef Rachel Smith turned their ideas into the reality of a customized food truck bearing the name Waffle Champion, Taylor specializing in savory, Smith in sweet.
They are the Lennon and McCartney of local waffle-making — doubtlessly talented in their own rights, but together they produce harmony you can taste.
Unfortunately, if you haven't caught up with the Waffle Champion truck, you might never get to experience the April menu, which was based on early spring with waffles bearing the names of characters from “Grease.”
The truck is usually parked from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday on the south side of NW 23 Street between Walker and Hudson, but is booked for private events this week.
When the truck returns to its normal Thursday and Friday locale, it'll be with a menu made exclusively for May. Chances are, it'll be every bit as good — maybe better.
As for April, they offered three savories and three sweets. The savories included eggs and wild boar — which Taylor said was the bounty of a friendly hunter — in one called the Zuko; pepperoni and other pizza-friendly ingredients in the one named after Kenicki; and loads of seasonal vegetables in a third.
As for the sweets, the Sandra D begins with a cinnamon-roll batter and ends in brown butter and local pecans; the Frenchie is a platform for fresh fruit. But the coup de grace is named for Rizzo. Let your palate imagine the bliss it might encounter if it hosted a ball for peanut butter, nutella, almond Snickers pieces, fresh whipped cream and organic banana slices.
You'll pay $6 for these treats, but under the right pressure from heart and hunger, you might pay $10.
Taylor said she and partner Todd Woodruff might some day dabble in bricks and mortar, but for now they plan to concentrate on operating out of the truck and spreading the Waffle Champion gospel as far the road will take them.
Tracking the truck
If you would like to find a road that leads to Waffle Champion, go to Facebook and keyword Waffle Champion — the short-term schedule is posted there. You can also follow them on Twitter (@wafflechampion). Or you can call 525-9235. If you plan to be at the Norman Music Festival, you'll find the truck there.