If you're looking for a quick lunch downtown, your options just got a hell of a lot tastier, thanks to Mike Winston and Bryan Hume, two cooks who worked the line together at Table 6, 609 Corona Street, before striking out on their own and opening Gastro Cart last week on the northeast corner of 18th and Curtis streets. Turns out that both boys shared the aspiration of wanting to one day man their own taco truck. But a cart seemed like a good starting point, so they had one shipped from Florida and moved quickly to set it up. Winston and Hume are creating everything from scratch, and they're also catering to the gluten-free crowd and vegetarians. "We'll always have a special that changes on a whim, something we would want to eat," says Winston. How about pulled pork, smoked curry sauce, Granny Smith apples and Napa cabbage on a sesame roll, for example? Or perhaps a spicy chicken taco with kim chee and Thousand Island dressing on a caraway corn tortilla? In a nutshell, explain the guys, the Gastro Cart is aiming to "synergize the hour lunch break and vitalize Denver street food".
But moving from a professional restaurant kitchen to an outdoor cart has brought about a few challenges, like braving the elements of winter. "We'll adapt the menu to warm people up. We can build soups and stews to pack in to-go containers," Winston says. "As long as it's not too wet out, we'll be here," he promises.
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Gastro Cart is open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.