FOOD

Meatless Monday: Pineapple sandwich at Paddy Wagon

Anthony Dominic, Crave

Despite this unrelenting rain, food truck season is underway in Columbus, meaning the streets are flooded with grab-and-go fried chicken, pork tacos and brisket sammies. This is why I'm excited whenever a truck, limited by the capacity of its kitchen and size of its menu, pushes something decidedly vegetarian friendly. Take Paddy Wagon's Port Authority Pineapple Sandwich ($7)-formerly featured on Food Network's "Eat St."

A fat pineapple slice is drizzled in Paddy Wagon's house barbecue sauce (a sweeter, Kansas City-style sauce), then seared on the grill. It's stacked between buns with a seasoned portobello cap, caramelized onions, melted pepper jack cheese and mixed greens. The sandwich is finished with the truck's signature 5-OH! sauce (and yes, that's a two-way pun), lending a little heat that lingers on your tongue after each bite. The sauce is a tangy mix of Ohio honey, raw horseradish, cayenne pepper, Dijon mustard and a creamy house buttermilk ranch dressing. Crunchy kettle-cooked chips are served on the side.

Right now, there's a couple ways to catch Paddy Wagon: Tuesdays and Fridays at the Pearl Market Downtown (10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.), Thursdays at the Columbus Commons (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and also at Zauber Brewing (5 to 9 p.m.)-where I'd recommend pairing the Port Authority with the understated Berzerker Belgian IPA. Paddy Wagon also opened a second satellite kitchen earlier this month inside Rambling House Soda in Old North, where you'll find truck favorites and new Appalachian-inspired dishes.