What in the world is a byrek? I had to consult my good friend Google on this matter. I learned it was a phyllo dough wrapped pocket of cheeses, veggies, and/or meats and baked until golden and served warm. These delicious pouches of yumminess hail from Eastern European countries like Turkey, Albania, and Croatia. They are made in all different shapes and sizes. The Authentik Byrek truck serves them in a large pie-shaped wedge.
My favorite of the two byrek I tried was the Beef & Onion. I’m not sure what spices they used on the beef, but it was perfectly seasoned. The phyllo was crisp and flaky, and the portion was generous. I also had the Spinach Feta byrek which reminded me of Spanakopita but with more spinach and less cheese, and much bigger. I had the spinach feta pie with a side of the tzatziki sauce which added a nice tangy zing of flavor to the pie. While a plastic knife and fork made this a mess to eat, it was still quite tasty.
Other items on the menu that sounded appealing were the Hot Sausage and Bean pie with spicy italian sausage and white cannellini beans, and the Chicken Pesto pie with fresh basil pesto, tomatoes, chicken, and provolone. They also had a cheesesteak byrek on the menu that was not being offered at the time of my visit.
I love when food trucks bring something new and different to the scene. It makes the experience more exciting to try something you haven’t had before.
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Location: Various locations around the area.
Pay: Credit or Cash
Cuisine: Eastern European byreks
What I tried: Beef & Onion, Spinach & Feta
Phone: (215) 650-7018