- Written by Quinton Amundson and Paulina Liwski Quinton Amundson and Paulina Liwski
- Published: 01 August 2014 01 August 2014
Red Wagon Diner offers smoked meat treats
August’s Food Truck Of the Month, the Red Wagon Diner, arrived on the Calgary food-truck scene in 2012 to offer Calgarians dishes featuring Montreal smoked meat.
Gabriel Goldberg, owner and chef of the Red Wagon Diner, has experience in a deli and said that smoked meat would work well on a truck.
It’s been a long-term dream for Goldberg to operate his own food establishment.
“I worked as a chef for over a decade and had the desire to create my own restaurant and be my own boss. Starting a bricks and mortar restaurant is too expensive for most people. Starting a good truck is a third the price.”
The Red Wagon Diner menu features six options with prices ranging from $8 to $10.50. Five out of the six meals feature Montreal smoked meat as the star of the dish. The other meal is a vegetarian option called “Vege-Mighty” which features grilled onions, mushrooms, banana peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, aged cheddar and an egg on a rye bred along with the diner’s house mustard.
Goldberg and his staff are quite active as the truck is on the road six days a week from May to October.
Goldberg says the Calgary climate is not exactly ideal for his food truck.
“We really only make money for four months of the year. But it's where I live and the rules are very reasonable.”
The truck is active all over the city so to find out where it is located on a given day visit their website.
If you happen to see the Red Wagon Diner, Goldberg recommends trying the Smoked Meat Hash.
Editor's note: Every month during Summer 2014, the Calgary Journal will choose one food truck in Calgary as it's food truck of the month.