Tommy’s Lunch Truck

13 06 2012

You gotta love Tommy’s.  They never go on vacation and they really have the cheapest prices on campus.  The husband and wife are sweet, too.  The food is average, but fine and almost like home cooked.   

I mean, just look at these prices:

Let’s see how their grilled cheese scored.

Overall appearance: 9 Looked good, although it is a tiny sandwich.
Overall taste: 8 Nice flavors, just a little bland.
Size: 8 Teeny tiny, but appropriate for the price.
Greasiness: 9 Just about perfect.
Cheese (quality and quantity): 8 Gooey, melted all the way through, but it could have used one more slice (see price).
Carbohydrate Delivery System: 8 Thin, white bread.
Price: 10 $2.00 Perfect for the quality.
Extras: 9 No inclusions, but the price warrants that.
Service and timing: 10 Quick and friendly.
Accuracy of order: 10

Total score: 89

Nice job, Tommy’s! Thanks for being so reliable.

Rubric Recap: Tommy’s and Richie’s

10 06 2009

My reviews of Tommy’s and Richie’s breakfast sandwiches need scoring since I started using my rubric:

Overall appearance: 7
Meat: 8
Egg (quality, quantity, and tuckage): 3
Greasiness: 5
Cheese (quality and quantity): 5
Condiments (quality and quantity.): 6
Carbohydrate Delivery System (credit: Matt Palmer): 2
Price: 4
Accuracy of order: 8
Overall taste: 5
Total score: 53

Overall appearance: 7
Meat: 6
Egg (quality, quantity, and tuckage): 9
Greasiness: 5
Cheese (quality and quantity): 8
Condiments (quality and quantity): 5
Carbohydrate Delivery System (credit: Matt Palmer): 5
Price: 6
Accuracy of order: 10
Overall taste: 6
Total score: 67

Breakfast Sandwich: Tommy’s Food Truck

22 05 2009

I decided that this summer I will taste a breakfast sandwich from every food truck on campus (Temple University in North Philadelphia). Breakfast sandwiches hold a special place in my heart. I have a fondness for one-pot-meals and casseroles, so combining all elements of breakfast food into one neat little package makes me very happy.

My first breakfast sandwich comes from Tommy’s right outside of my building on Norris St. between Broad and 13th.   


The anticipation was killing me as I walked to my office from the truck.

Right off the bat I noticed that the bagel was not cut in half. Points lost.

Only plain bagels are available. More points lost. And the bagel itself is dry and a bit too sweet.

I did not enjoy the egg. It was overdone and parts of it hung out the sides. “Who cares?” you might ask. Well, not all breakfast sandwiches are created equal, and it is possible to contain all of the egg in the bagel. You’ll see.

There was a nice amount of ketchup, but you do have to ask for it. The standard, “Salt Pepper Ketchup?” does not exist at Tommy’s.  The bacon was crisp and cut into little bits so that whole pieces don’t come out in one bite.

The center was great:

But the edges lacking:

A great breakfast sandwich is equal from center to edge. And for $2.75, I know I can find something better. Stay tuned.