From Cafe to Food Truck: Seymour’s in Madison

by Helen Navas Carrera
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If you’re a foodie, chances are you’ve seen the craze involving the nation’s hunt for birria tacos. Close-ups of cheese pulls and tacos being dipped in consommé have likely flooded your Instagram page this past year. If you’re a sucker for cheese and tacos like I am, you have definitely taken part in scouring the state for the best birria tacos. I actually went on a hunt of my own and stumbled upon a food truck in Madison, NJ called Seymour’s.

For such a small truck, the restaurant offered several wondrous meals with surprisingly fresh ingredients. What was even more surprising was the truck’s history.

Seymour’s Locale

When people think of food trucks, they tend to think the owners are working their way up from a mobile location to a brick-and-mortar establishment. However, that was not the case for Seymour’s. Seymour’s Cafe is located at 567 S. Livingston Ave. in Livingston, NJ. This deli and bakery is open Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. With such an early opening and closing time, it is no surprise that bagels, açaí bowls, and omelets are some of the restaurant’s staple meals. But if you’re looking for something a little more self-satisfying than these healthy options, you’re better off visiting Seymour’s Food Truck.

Seymour’s Truck is basically the cafe’s secret menu.

Located in Madison at 326 Main St., Seymour’s Truck sits in the parking lot of a dry cleaning spot. You can enjoy your food at the lone park bench situated in front of the truck or visit Madison’s Memorial Park which houses a picnic area just around the corner from Seymour’s. I recommend eating in the park on warmer days, although you’re better off sitting in your heated car during this cold January.

Get to the food already!

Alright, now for the part you’re really here for. How’s the food? I’ll start with the birria tacos. 

The tortillas were perfectly filled with cilantro, onions, cheese and of course, the star of the show, birria meat. The meat was tender yet juicy, the tortillas were crispy and the cheese was pull-apart closeup worthy, without being too stringy. The consommé, a chili broth that accompanies the tacos, was both sweet and savory, with just enough of a hint of spice. The order also comes with your choice of fries or a tabbouleh salad. 

For the sake of eating a salad every now and then, I decided to nix the fries. Parsley, arugula, bulgur, and tomato make up the bulk of this salad. All of these ingredients are then topped with olive oil and lemon juice. It makes a great side for those focusing on clean eating. However, I will definitely be getting fries next time. The taste of this tangy salad just cannot replace the feeling I get when I dip a fry into the consommé.

However, if you’re over the birria taco fad, the lobster roll is the real star of Seymour’s menu. Fresh lobster meat, scallions, celery, coleslaw, arugula, and lobster sauce are placed on a perfectly buttered roll. Your choice of a pickle, french fries, or Seymour’s salad accompanies this decadent roll. With such a fresh and flavorful lobster roll, it looks like Seymour’s Truck has the potential to put Maine’s lobster rolls to shame.

If you’re a fan of Seymour’s Cafe and like sticking to what you know, I recommend the classic Angus cheeseburger. Picture this: an 8 oz. lean ground meat patty topped with caramelized onions, grilled tomatoes, and garlic aioli. While this may seem like any regular cheeseburger, Seymour’s Angus cheeseburger is anything but that. Despite its kitchen within a truck, the quality and freshness of every meal at Seymour’s speak volumes about the owner’s desire to provide finger-licking experiences.

Seymour’s Food Truck surely deserves more hype than it receives. Madison houses several fine-dining restaurants, relaxed bars, and casual eateries. However, Seymour’s is a hidden gem just a quick distance away from the town’s central downtown area.

With a beloved brick-and-mortar location in Livingston, Seymour’s quick-service restaurant-on-wheels is constantly adding new items to its menu. The truck’s Instagram announces its specials daily and frequently posts its newest creations. Open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., you’ll want to visit this food truck in Madison for its ever-evolving menu again and again.

Main photo courtesy of @seymourstruck on Instagram

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Helen is an editorial intern at The Digest. A senior at Drew University, she enjoys cooking and listening to music. When she's not working in the kitchen, she's typically catching up on pop culture news.

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