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Who is going this Sunday and what are you looking forward to eating?! :-)

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  1. I am very excited, I hope to open my own food truck in this fair city and I can't believe I have the chance to check out a lot of the cities food trucks all in one place!

    1. I'm planning on going, and have been thinking about M&M ribs!

      1. I'm probably going, depending on whether I hurt myself playing tennis that morning. Looking forward to it!

        1. Sunday ยท 10:00am - 4:00pm

          SoWa Food & Produce // SoWa Sundays // South End
          500 Harrison Ave
          Boston, MA
          for more information

          http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid...

          1. I'm going too. Going to check out the trucks to see if it's worth having one in this city also.

            I'm going to try whatever looks good.

            1. I am going even though my favorite food truck, Clover Food Lab, will not be there. I am looking forward to some new things...not sure what yet. Vegetarian/ vegan friendly, especially.

              1. It's on my calendar. I can't wait. I want to try everything!

                1. I just feel like... this will be such a mob scene that I don't want to go.

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                  1. re: djd

                    Looking forward to it. Anyone have any suggestions what to try?

                    1. re: MtVernon

                      Speed dog and I spoke to Gregg this week and he told me he's making one with grilled pastrami under the dog.

                      Penny
                      http://www.bostonzest.com/

                    2. re: djd

                      Boy am I happy with my decision! ;)

                    3. Lines were insane especially at Speeds, so I moved on. Too bad I would have liked to have tried M&M ribs. So did anyone else go?

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                      1. re: Pegmeister

                        Same story - tried it a little after 1 and it was completely mobbed - the line for Speed's was enormous and after walking around a bit it seemed that the lines at m&m were nearly as long. Went elsewhere to eat and checked back at around 3:30 and the lines were gone but so was most of the food (although Speed appeared to still be serving). Most of the vendors looked a little shell-shocked by that point. Whoever did promotion for this did a great job - literally everyone I mentioned it to this week had already heard about it.

                        1. re: Pegmeister

                          I did the same. Got there a little before 1, saw the lines, decided against easting, did a quick walk through the market, then crossed back to my side of the river for a quick burger at Bukowski's.

                          The line was insane for Speed's. I'm impressed that he was still serving so late in the day.

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                          Bukowski's
                          1281 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

                          1. re: Pegmeister

                            This was a GREAT idea. I only wish I had actually been able to acquire some food at the festival!!!

                            I arrived at 12:30 and made a bee line for M&M. After waiting over an hour, I hear people saying that they're out of ribs. I continue to wait hoping there will be some other meat offering. No luck . . . after about another 15-20 minutes, I hear that they're out of all meat offerings, only sides are available. No announcement was ever made by M&M so people continued to line up thinking that they were going to get ribs. There only seemed to be one person working in the truck so the line moved at a super snail pace. I was thinking that ribs would be continuously grilled/smoked but this was not the case. Perhaps this ws a potential fire hazard?? It was really disappointing as I rely on public transportation so it's unlikely that I could make it to the usual location for the M&M truck.

                            I then tried moving over to the Fillerbelly (sp?) truck but the same situation arose. I left the festival with a glass of lemonade from Rocca. Sigh . . . The only trucks that seemed well prepared for the crowds were Speed's and The Sausage Guy.

                            Again, this was a great and fun concept. The vendors just needed to be better prepared and speedier. It would be great if a "do over" could be held in the fall . . .

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                            The Sausage Guy
                            118 Dorchester St, Boston, MA 02127

                            1. re: Pegmeister

                              Ouch! It was really really a cluster over there by 1 p.m. I'm sure if you got there at the opening it would have been better, but there was NO WAY I was standing in the Speed's line for an hour when I've had the dog from his regular spot before.

                              We bailed and tried to go to Estragon (closed Sundays! Really?!!) Then tried Don Ricardo's (closed due to vacation). Ended up at Orinoco for some arepas, but by then I was hot and cranky and it wasn't what I had in mind.

                              I'm sure they will improve the fest over time, and I really hope they reconsider the time of the year -- dead of summer in a parking lot is just plain gonna be hot. Spring or Fall might be more appealing. At least to me.

                              People watching was great though ... lots of ironic hipsters, baby strollers, South End girls all dressed up, and random tourists.

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                              Don Ricardo's Restaurant
                              57 W Dedham St, Boston, MA 02118

                              1. re: yumyum

                                And some hideous paintings. No, just one, really really really hideous painting.

                                I liked my arepa at Orinoco - the Guyanesa (filled with Venezuelan cheese) - but it was wayyyy too greasy.

                                The cheese itself was springy and firm, and tasted like a cross between paneer and haloumi. However, the arepa itself, while made of good white corn, was mostly soggy with oil and cheese juices. And it didn't come with any curtido (the tangy cole-slaw stuff) or even sauce.

                                Also, how does Orinoco serve brunch, but not have iced coffee?

                            2. I'm sorry you guys didn't manage to eat anything! I think I arrived at about 1:45. I had a group of four so we immediately split up. My mother got into line at Speed's (and is fantastic person) before even entering the main area and waited in line for almost 2 hours. Meanwhile, my boyfriend and I realized the line at M&M's was impossible so we beelined for Fillbelly's. I really wanted to try their waffles. He ended up grabbing us some lemonades while I waited at Fillbelly's. The last of our group tried, but like many was too overwhelmed by the crowds. She got a sandwich from Flour Bakery and tried to seem smug, until she saw our awesome collection of food.

                              The entire time I was in line I watched/listened as they started running out of food. Waffles, gone. Fried chicken, gone (just as I was getting close!). Three people to go and chicken bosalitos gone! Meanwhile, my mother is calling me from the Speed's line. She's 10 people back and they're running low. Finally, though, we ordered a West Indian Plate with rice and beans, fried pork, and fried plantains ($8) and four beef bosalitos ($3 for 2). And while we waited for our order, my mother scored three Speed's dogs ($7 each)! Ok, so we didn't need that much food, but we were just excited to be able to order and we weren't sure if the other line would produce food. Also, scored a free bottle of Hint water.

                              So, while everyone else slowly but surely filed out of our lines, stubborn, stubborn people in my family waited and we gorged ourselves on Speeds and fried pork in the shade at about 3:30pm.

                              Conclusions:
                              This was my first Speed's dog. I'm so happy I've finally gotten one! It was gigantic, but we didn't know that when we ordered so much food from Fillbelly's. The casing is legit. Really crunchy and chewy and almost difficult to bite through sometimes, though I think on a normal day when he wasn't as rushed, he might cook the dog longer for bite. The sauce was messy but delicious. Not something I could eat often, but glad to have had one.

                              I am really bummed that I missed out of Fillbelly's waffles, but really, how could fried pork be a bad thing? The plantains were a little salty. Some pieces of pork were a little drier than others. The rice was good though. Flavorful, but not too special. Also, the bosalitos are basically fried empanadas. They were ok. I'm biased after spending last summer in Buenos Aires. The meat could have been more flavorful and the dough was good, but perhaps I was just to full to enjoy the heavy dough (empanadas are baked in Argentina). I will give them the benefit of the doubt and say that it might have been better from from the truck on another day. We waited to long for our Speed's dogs so the pork got a little cold, not delicious.

                              Was it worth the wait? Yeah, we're a little smug that waiting out the lines resulted in a pretty fantastic picnic. I'm looking forward to seeing this develop better in future years.

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                              Flour Bakery + Cafe
                              12 Farnsworth St, Boston, MA

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                              1. re: sox_foodie

                                Wow, I wouldn't wait two hours at a good restaurant, never mind in the blazing sun for food you could get any day on the streets of Boston...We took one look at the lines and kept walking, bought some loaves at When Pigs Fly, fresh eggs, and then headed to Xinh Xinh for a real feast, bobba drinks, Vietnamese iced coffee, banh xieo and bun...And we could sit in AC while we ate it!

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                                Xinh Xinh
                                7 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

                                1. re: galleygirl

                                  Exactly. I think my BF's words were, "don't these people realize that Speed's usual spot is only a mile away? There is hardly ever a line when we go. Why are they wasting their time."

                                  Sox_foodie- I'm glad you enjoyed your first Speed's dog and mad props to your mom for sticking it out in that line.

                                  1. re: viperlush

                                    I live in the area and I never had a Speed's dog before yesterday, as I don't work in the area and Speed's hours seem to be for business hours.

                                    I saw that over 1,000 had RSVP'd on Facebook and decided to go as it opened or not at all. Got into the Speed's line as it was 12 people deep and loved it, then went to M&M's. The person in front of me got the last of the pork ribs at around noon, but my wife likes beef ribs better anyway. Then we split to see the Shakespeare on the Common, wondering all the while if there'd be a riot scene later on as carts inevitably ran out of stuff. Glad to hear that there wasn't any violence.

                                    1. re: viperlush

                                      I didn't understand the speeds line either. The one thing I wanted to iht up was Fillbellys, as a) M&M & Speeds are easy to get to normally and b) Fillbellys seems to not understand the concept of tweeting/facebooking where they're going to be (half the time when they even bother, it's where they left)

                                      1. re: jgg13

                                        So did you get Fillbelly's? If so, how was it? Did you ask them about their ineptitude on their FB-ing/tweeting?

                                        1. re: mats77

                                          We took one look at the lines involved all around and went elsewhere. Well, more than one look, but we didn't wait in any lines.

                                          I've asked them repeatedly on both twitter & fb about their lack of posting. They always say something like "we'll do better from now on" or they blame it on something else (e.g. people chase us off our spot too quickly).

                                2. Well, I showed up at 10! Haha! I was warned that the lines would be insane. When I got there, it was pretty empty. Got a speeds hot dog with the works-- mmmm soo good! Didn't have to wait longer than 5 minutes.

                                  There wasn't anything else I wanted and like half the trucks weren't there! I wanted to try the gourmet grilled cheese, but they werent there yet. Neither was Fillbelly's. M&M was there but I didn't feel like trying it. It didn't look that great from what I saw. Looks like something I could get at Rednecks.

                                  By 11:30, we were bored and left. Didn't get to try some of the trucks cuz they weren't there--- but then again, didn't have to deal with the crowd!

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                                  1. re: your_outreach

                                    The grilled cheese guys were there as of noon or so, but they don't have their truck running yet. They came to pass out "coming soon" cards.

                                    1. re: Fukui San

                                      Good to know! Thanks!

                                  2. Anything like the Ithaca/Cornell hot trucks at the fest?

                                    1. My favorite spot at the Food Truck Festival was.....Rocca. :-D

                                      The lines around 2:00 were really long, and we had just come from playing tennis and picking veggies at Small Farm in Stow, so our legs weren't up to the task of standing in line that long. So we went to Rocca for brunch, LOL.

                                      Glad to see so many people at the festival. I'm sure it won't be the last one.

                                      1. I was one of those scared away by the lines when I got there around 1:30. It was hot out! Kudos to those who were able to stick it out. Walked over to Myers & Chang instead and had a nice Dim Sum and sangria meal. Where was the Clover food truck? How come nobody has discovered the magic of Korean tacos in Boston yet? We could make a killing...

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                                        Myers + Chang
                                        1145 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

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                                        1. re: fanonscudder

                                          Clover didn't participate because, according to their blog, they do not get involved with promoting other for-profit brands.

                                          1. re: tallullah

                                            A mistake on their part, I think.

                                            1. re: Fenway_Frank

                                              After hearing about what a Cluster F this event was, maybe not...

                                              1. re: tysonmcneely

                                                It might have been less of a cluster F if more trucks had been involved.
                                                We were there early-ish. Got there at 11:00. No line at M&M, half hour wait for Speed's. We were basically full after that. We wandered and then got a slushy lemonade and went over to the regular SOWA Sunday stuff. We heard from others shortly after we left that trucks were starting to run out of food and that lines had gotten kind of out of hand.
                                                Clover, as one of the more talked about trucks around, missed an opportunity to introduce themselves to an obviously enthusiastic audience.
                                                Next year, assuming there is a next year, I hope it's more of a tasting event. It's virtually impossible to enjoy full-sized servings from more than a couple trucks (especially if Speed's is in the mix).

                                                1. re: Fenway_Frank

                                                  nsenda should have just set up that grill and made a mint!

                                                  1. re: Alcachofa

                                                    Dang - I did BBQ up a ton of short ribs that day (which I'm still eating.) I would have to have tried M&M, which I've still never been to...

                                                  2. re: Fenway_Frank

                                                    I respect Clover's decision to not participate and I don't think they hurt their business at all by doing so. With 3 trucks that regularly have long lines and a brick and mortar opening in the near future they seem to have built their own enthusiastic audience that is sustaining their business beyond their original expectations.

                                                    For what it's worth, I wouldn't wait 5 minutes for M&M ribs. When we tried it the ribs had obviously be boiled and barely touched to the grill. Definitely not the bbq we expected.

                                                    Speeds is good but not 2 hour wait good.

                                                    1. re: tallullah

                                                      Maybe I'm not so sad about M&M, then. Plus, I was just at Speed's today, with a zero minute wait. I had no idea Liquor Land was so close, and was sorely tempted to make a lost afternoon of it.