Slingers is a food truck in Vancouver that serves Italian style food and specializes in parmesan sandwiches. Slingers doesn’t stay in one spot all throughout the week so check their twitter to see where they will be on certain days. Italian isn’t my favourite style of food and I kept putting off coming here until one day I couldn’t think of anywhere to go and I ended up coming here. They were located on Burrard street on the day that I walked over and they seemed to be very busy on the day that I went.
I’ve never had veal parmesan but it seems like a classic Italian dish so I ordered the veal parm sandwich ($7.99). The menu description said that the sandwich was topped with homemade marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, sautéed onions and mushrooms, and served on a fresh, daily baked Calabrese bun. I waited a while for my sandwich and when I finally got it I walked a couple blocks and found a place to sit down. When I opened the sandwich I immediately noticed that the bun was super soggy. When I took my first bite of the sandwich the meat was so tough that I literally couldn’t bite through it. It was super hard to eat because the meat was tough but the bun was soggy and everything kept sliding out. The sandwich was inedible and I actually threw it out because I couldn’t eat it. I was really disappointed and I didn’t have time to walk back and complain because I was on my lunch break and I had to go find something else to quickly eat.
I emailed Slingers that evening and complained about my sandwich. They responded quickly and they were very apologetic and offered to refund me for my sandwich and make me another sandwich which they promised would taste better. I was a little hesitant because the sandwich was so bad but I gave them a chance and a few days later I went back to try something else on the menu.
When I got there Kayti one of the owners was very nice and she apologized again. This time I decided to try their special of the day which was the Bellissima burger (an Italian style burger) with fries. The burger came on an Italian bun and was topped with a few Italian cheeses, lettuce, red onion tomato, and a special sauce. Kayti also suggested to add some spicy eggplant that she had made that day onto it and I also added that. The burger was a world of difference from the parm sandwich. The burger patty was thick and juicy and I loved the addition of the spicy eggplant it totally made the burger. Someone even stopped on the street to ask me where I got the burger because it looked good.
The fries were crispy, hot and fresh and served in a huge portion. I also tried this Italian soft drink called Brio. I didn’t like it because it was cherry flavored and any cherry flavoured drink automatically reminds me of cherry cough syrup.
Overall I’ve had one good experience here and one horrific one. The people who own it are super nice and if they didn’t provide such good customer service I would have never gone back here to give them a second chance.
I feel like I would need to try another parmesan sandwich before I could really make a recommendation to see if my bad experience was just a one time thing.