Jonny Silverberg, owner of Napkin Friends food truck, claims the most exciting thing he's ever done with a potato is fire one out of a cannon, but as he invented the latke press sandwich, this is debatable. Jonny learned to make latkes from his grandma Sylvia (the truck's logo is an adorable drawing of them together). One day while working as a chef at Pomegranate Bistro in Redmond, he made a panino with two latkes as the bread. The first sandwich this yielded was "the OG," with house-made pastrami. When I told him I'd never tried pastrami, Jonny's face looked as if I'd insisted I could shoot lasers out of my eyes.
I can count on two hands the number of times I've ever eaten meat, but I couldn't resist the BLTGA, a latke BLT with Gouda and aioli. The thinnest, crispiest ribbons of bacon were cushioned between thick, soft avocado wedges. The latkes were rich, but not greasy—the panini press cooks out excess oil. I may have shot lasers or something. Sides include matzo ball soup ("aka Jewish penicillin" on the menu), Britt's pickles, and, of course, latkes with applesauce and sour cream. A sticker on the truck's dashboard reading "Don't drop, don't throw" is not meant to discourage food fights—it is an artifact from its former employer, FedEx.