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Booze a la Cart: Cow Bells and Malbec
While there are a handful of good burger trailers in town, not many of them are located in areas where BYOB is allowed.
Sandra Spalding, the Events and Marketing Manager for Twin Liquors joined me to check out the very promising new addition to the burger trailer scene, Cow Bells on East Riverside, where BYOB is welcomed.
A self-professed “burger girl” and wine expert, Spalding brought a Malbec from Argentina to the three-trailer park for us to pair with one of the very reasonably priced ($5-7) burgers the trailer offers.
I chowed down on the Blue Flame, which featured blue cheese, tomato, pickled jalapenos and lettuce. The meat patty tasted fresh, was a reasonable size, and packed a strong black pepper punch. The bun was dense and chewy, with a golden buttery glisten, and the jalapenos zapped a bolt of heat into the mix. I didn’t get much blue cheese flavor from the sauce as I had hoped, but the freshness of the other ingredients made up for this lack.
Spalding opted for the double burger, known as the Spare Tire, but since she didn’t feel hungry enough for two patties, the gentlemen in the trailer were kind enough to remove one and appropriately discount the dish. Spalding described the burger as “glutinous, in a good way,” as it also featured bacon, shredded cheese, mayo and fried pickles.
For the side, we chose the sweet potato fries, which were lightly cooked to preserve the essence of fresh sweet potato, but a bit under-seasoned for our tastes. Nothing a bit of salt didn’t fix.
Since both burgers we chose to eat were fairly hefty, the fruit-forward Malbec provided a slightly dry balance to the grease and cheese. Check out why Spalding decided on Malbec for the pairing in the video above.
I will definitely revisit the trailer with a bottle of vino, as they have many options beyond the two rich choices we tasted, and it would be fun to bring different styles of wine to pair with the different styles of burger. The trailer offers a black bean burger, turkey burger, sliders, and a salad option as well.
Trailer: Cow Bells: Burgers and More
Address: 1620 E. Riverside Dr
Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and Friday and Saturday.
Credit Cards: Yes
BYOB Pairing: Red wines with medium tannins, jammy fruit-forward wine