Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Food Trucks!

Sunday night Mom, Andy (my step-dad), and I went to check out TheDailyCity.com's Orlando Food Truck Bazaar #2.  It was such a cool experience and we had a great time.  About 15 trucks participated in the event.  Food trucks usually let customers know where they are through social media, but this was a well organized event to get them all in one place.

Well, what is a food truck?  It is pretty much what it sounds like: a truck (really a RV or trailer) that sells food; it is a restaurant on wheels!  I have only ever seen food trucks on TV and honestly, was kind of unsure about the whole thing, but we had some really great food.  

We got there right when it started because I heard there would be long lines.  The trucks were lined up across the mall parking lot and the lines were already getting long.  I checked out the list of trucks that would be there before so we could get an idea of what places we were going to try.
Excited to try some food! 
Right away my mom got it line for the Yum Yum Cupcake truck, because we love a good cupcake (I mean who doesn't) and we were told they sell out fast.  We ended up trying all of the flavors.  For small cupcakes they were pretty pricey ($2.50 each) and were just OK.  Honestly, they didn't live up to my expectations.   (The from-scratch cupcakes my mom makes are way better in my opinion, but maybe I am biased.)  But they were nice guys with a cute looking truck and business was booming - they sold all the 1400 cupcakes they brought!

While my mom was in line for the cupcakes I headed over to the Travelling Gourmet to grab their Pork Lettuce Wraps. Ohmygosh.  So.  Darn.  Good.  They had a simple truck design, but there concept of organic, fresh, food appealed to me right away.  The wraps had tender shredded pork, black beans, corn salsa, and cheese drizzled with an amazing honey lime dressing all piled into a green crisp lettuce leaf with a small side of plantain chips.  The flavors were just spot on.  In fact, while waiting in a longer line later on I went back to Travelling Gourmet to get another order.  They had one of the shorter lines of the evening, but were definitely one of the best trucks there.
Next up was barbeque from the Red Eye BBQ truck.  Andy headed there first and got in the long line.  We went back in forth between a few items but decided on the Big Daddy which consisted of a cheeseburger topped with BBQ pulled pork and homemade macaroni and cheese.  What a combo right?  All three components were delicious on their own but together it was crazy tasty. 
Holey Moley Delicious.
I then walked over the the Wing Commander to try some wings and chippies (a mix between fries and sliced potatoes).  The simply designed truck was run by a small family.  I waited about 20 minutes and $10 later ended up throwing most of it away.  I was disappointed.  

As we walked around a little more we noticed a truck that wasn't listed online, but sounded too good to pass up - Melissa's Chicken & Waffles.  The line was crazy long for this truck, so mom hopped in line after getting the cupcakes.  This was their first time.  They had a lot of things on the menu, which all sounded great.  All the combination possibilities just led to slow service though.  We spent the rest of our time in this line, but chatted it up with some other awesome foodies.  We talked about what we had tried, what we liked, the food truck experience in general, and how crazy long the line was.  
Mom waiting for Chicken & Waffles.
We waited over two and half hours for these waffles.  As we got to window we found out they were out of gravy, bummer, but waited long enough that we got the food anyway.  We got the Chicken & Waffles and the Berry Good Waffle.  The waffles were gigantic and very good.  Although we didn't have the gravy the chicken had great flavor to it.  The berry waffle was super tasty as well.  The combination of fresh berries, powdered sugar, waffle, and whipped cream was perfect.  We will certainly get this food again.  Yummy indeed!  (We were so happy to finally get the waffle that we dug right in and didn't get a picture of the chicken one.)
Check out that berry goodness!
After we enjoyed our waffles it was past 10:30 PM and we headed back home.  It was quite an experience for a Sunday night.  We really had a great time at the Food Bazaar.  I would have liked to try some of the other trucks but I was sufficiently satisfied with what I ate.  So if there are any food trucks near you I would encourage you to check it out because there is good food to be had!