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3 Catt. 4: In re Tasty Kabob

2011 November 16
by CATTLEYA, J.

Opinion of JUSTICE CATTLEYA, in chambers.

The lamb-loving Chief Justice refused to recuse himself in a prior proceeding involving Tasty Kabob (“TK”), a fleet of food trucks and carts serving Halal food. See Metro Halal Food v. Tasty Kabob, 1 Catt. 2 (2011) (Jeremy, C.J., concurring). He based his refusal on my own “penchant for orange cheese.” Id. However, I have demonstrated my ability to taste orange cheese with impartiality. I was able to detect the sourness of CapMac’s macaroni and cheese, despite its wonderfully orange hue. See In re Cap Mac, 1 Catt. 1 (2011).  I was also able to admit that DC Empanadas’s cheesy Speedy Gonzalez was not bad at all, even though it wasn’t orange in color. See In re DC Empanadas, 1 Catt. 3 (2011) (Cattleya, J., concurring in part and dissenting in part). Until the Chief Justice displays a similar ability not to be automatically swayed by lamb dishes, I will take the temptation out of his hands. On the issue of TK’s lamb and rice, I ate alone.

Tasty Kabob

TK’s lamb and rice was heavily drizzled with tzatziki and hot sauces. The meal came with a salad, plus a choice of a side. The cart that I visited offered either chick peas or spinach. (TK’s online menu includes potatoes and okra, but these might only be available off TK’s trucks). I opted for the chick peas.

As I walked away with the Styrofoam carryout container in my hands, its weight immediately promised a filling meal. Twenty minutes later, that promise was met. I was full. Even better, I was satisfied.

Lamb & Rice

The chopped chunks of lamb gyro worked well with the long-grained rice. Although I wanted slices of gyro meat in my lamb gyro, see Tasty Kabob, 1 Catt. 2, I wanted thicker cuts of lamb to go over rice. And that’s what I got. The thick chunks accentuated how moist and tasty the meat was. There was plenty of rice, too—it did not run out before I finished off the lamb. There was even enough left to mix in with my side of chick peas. The chick peas were the weakest part of an otherwise strong culinary showing. Although the chick peas were still a bit firm and not mushy at all, they sat in a sauce that was . . . boring. Not bad, just bland. Finally, the salad was nothing special, but it provided something fresh and cool to temper the heat of the hot sauce. A very good thing to eat last.

TK’s lamb and rice was a solid deal at $7. (Reader, take note that TK’s website lists the price as $9. Perhaps this is the price for lamb and rice off TK’s trucks?) Although I cleaned off my white Styrofoam container completely, next time I’ll probably save half for dinner — to watch my waistline and my wallet.

The last time that TK was a party to a Cart proceeding, we noted that TK did not advertise the locations of its carts. See Tasty Kabob, 1 Catt. 2. TK has updated its website, and it now posts the locations of its carts. Unfortunately, it still doesn’t seem to post or tweet days (or hours) for the carts. The cart at GMU’s Arlington Campus, for example, can be there Mondays thru Fridays, sometimes even until 5pm.[1] But it doesn’t seem to have found a regular, reliable schedule yet (especially on rainy days). I’d advise you to just walk over and check whether it’s there. If not, you can always cross the street and head to El Pollo Rico.

I affirm. It is so ordered.

[1] I would like to take a moment to encourage more proprietors of food trucks to consider parking near metro stations and staying open for the evening commute. I’d love to be able to pick up dinner on my way home from the court.

*Update. As of February 2012, Tasty Kabob no longer operates the cart on GMU’s Arlington Campus.

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