There’s an old saying: If you want a decent Bulgarian sausage, find yourself a Bulgarian-run food truck.
OK, that’s not an old saying. It’s not even a saying.
But it should be.
Julian Radev is the Bulgarian cook behind Mr. Happy Day Fries, which has been a regular at Sylvan Lake’s Food Truck Thursdays.
Julian (pronounced Yoolian) came to Canada in 2000 and first settled in Ontario for a few years and had a small ice cream store in St. Catharines.
“In 2002, I had my first food truck,” he says.
He and his wife were lured west in 2006, a time when many set their sights on Alberta.
“At that time it was a boom time. Everybody was talking about the best place to live was in Alberta.
“There was a big boom, lots of money there. That’s why we came.”
He now lives in Calgary and runs three food trucks and a trailer.
Sylvan Lake was a bit of an experiment this year. He is testing the waters and if Mr. Happy Day Fries catches on he might even expand to a small take-out shop.
“I see lots of opportunity there but it’s going to take a bit of time,” he says.
But word is getting out about his truck.
The most popular item on the menu are the fries. These aren’t your garden variety fries. They are fresh cut from organic Yukon Gold potatoes.
It’s not hard to see why they are big sellers. The fries are thick, perfectly crisped and salted and, best of all, plentiful. A hearty helping in only $4.
For those who like their fries torqued a little, poutine and a tomato and Italian parsley fries are available for $6.
We asked Julian which are the best selling sausages. He didn’t hesitate in naming the Bulgarian sausage and the Prime Alberta Beef Sausage.
First the Bulgarian. This dry cured specialty has flavour to burn. It’s a pork sausage seasoned with Bulgarian spices and every bite was a treat and costs $5.
The Alberta beef sausage was a little less spicy but packed with flavour and costs $6.
You can also pick from German bratwurst and lamb sausage, all for $6.
Those who want to go the traditional hotdog route can grab a 7-inch jumbo beef dog for $5, add $1 for a cheese dog.
Extras include cheese and double gravy for $1.50 and special dressing for $3.