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Food Truck Throwdown

Bellachefa Sep 29, 2012 08:39 AM

Sure sounds like fun with lots of great participants. Hope they get a lot of media coverage for the event. The Purple People need not attend.


Oct 13 - Dewey Square

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  1. StevenL57 RE: Bellachefa Sep 29, 2012 04:14 PM

    I'm with you on this. Great idea to promote food trucks and have a chance to sample trucks from the Evil Empire ;) . In food we unite though.

    1. Pia RE: Bellachefa Sep 29, 2012 06:04 PM

      How does it work -- can we actually order from the various trucks?

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        StevenL57 RE: Pia Sep 29, 2012 06:17 PM

        Yes you can. There will be a judging panel, but we get to eat. They don't make money if we only stare :)

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        Bellachefa RE: Bellachefa Sep 30, 2012 08:28 AM

        I was wondering if the trucks will be offering tasting sized versions to the public for a nominal fee of course.

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          FinnFPM RE: Bellachefa Sep 30, 2012 09:46 AM

          If nobody knows the answer today, I'll stop at one of the trucks during lunch tomorrow and inquire.

        2. trufflehound RE: Bellachefa Sep 30, 2012 09:55 AM

          I went to one a couple years ago. Full portions, fuller lines. We got a pickle from Grillo's and went elsewhere. That was when you paid as you went. Now they sell tickets, like at a carnival.

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            mkel34 RE: trufflehound Sep 30, 2012 04:37 PM

            No tickets for this one, not really fair to compare the event you attended to this event which is labeled as first annual.

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              StevenL57 RE: trufflehound Oct 2, 2012 08:47 AM

              Food Truck Festivals do the ticket selling. This idea came from, I believe Sara Ross of Kickass Cupcakes and the Boston Food Truck Alliance. Should be regular menus for all. I'm already hungry :)

            2. FinnFPM RE: Bellachefa Oct 12, 2012 12:51 PM

              I thought I'd bump this up, with the event happening tomorrow.

              Is anyone familiar with any of the NYC trucks? I don't imagine there will be many people who will eat at all fourteen trucks, or want to eat at all fourteen trucks, so I'm hoping that people have a few pointers on potential highlights. I actually assume I will mostly eat at the NYC ones, since I can try the Boston stuff any time (and mostly already have).

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                rlee21 RE: FinnFPM Oct 13, 2012 12:00 AM

                Boston: Bon Me, Mei Mei, Staff Meal, Roxy, Kickass Cupcakes, Lobsta Love, Cookie Monster
                NY: Fishing Shrimp, Bian Dang, Mike N Willies, Muchie Mobile, Nuchas, Big D's Grub, Wafels & Dinges

                The only NY truck I am familiar with is Wafels & Dinges since its often parked in Astor Place right across the street from Angel's Share, my favorite bar. I can't speak for their savory options, but the waffles are pretty tasty and can be topped with speculoospasta. And who doesn't like speculoospasta?

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                  StevenL57 RE: rlee21 Oct 13, 2012 04:02 AM

                  My daughter has had Wafel & Dinges also, and raved about it. Can't wait to get there.

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                    FinnFPM RE: rlee21 Oct 13, 2012 06:39 AM

                    I don't love speculoospasta. I hate it. I think that the federal government should ban it for its addictive qualities. SOMEONE has to; I've been trying unsuccessfully for quite some time to force my fiancee to quit bringing home jars of the stuff, or at the very least, when she does bring a jar home, to hide all of the spoons. And forks. And knives. And spatulas. It's criminal stuff. We need to get it off of our streets.

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                      Elevatorguy RE: FinnFPM Oct 13, 2012 07:14 AM

                      Sounds interesting FinnFPM. Where is it available in the Boston/RI area?

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                        rlee21 RE: Elevatorguy Oct 13, 2012 07:54 AM

                        Its infiltrated even Stop & Shop and Trader Joe's

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                          FinnFPM RE: Elevatorguy Oct 13, 2012 08:18 AM

                          Yes, she gets it at Trader Joe's. I'm sure a lot of little specialty shops carry it too.

                          Seriously though, don't even bother with it. It's a freaking spreadable cookie. It should never have been invented. Just stay away.

                  2. opinionatedchef RE: Bellachefa Oct 13, 2012 11:30 AM

                    empaNAdas!! yay! gotta get there today (nuchas). maybe if we go around 4 it will be less crazy?

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                      joebloe RE: opinionatedchef Oct 13, 2012 01:56 PM

                      $6 for a vietnamese sandwich at the vietnamese foodtruck? WT%%$!;(. Might as well get one for $3.50 at any of the places in Chinatown. Defeat the whole fun cheap purpose of food truck dining!

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                        Ricardo Malocchio RE: joebloe Oct 16, 2012 01:51 PM

                        Damn. Right.

                    2. FinnFPM RE: Bellachefa Oct 13, 2012 01:58 PM

                      I thought the liege waffles were fabulous -- one of the best dessert foods I've had maybe ever. The texture made me want to dive headlong into the truck and just start tearing into as many waffles as I could before they pulled me out of there.

                      An interesting thing the guys at the truck said was that the speculoos sold by Traders Joe's is actually THEIR speculoos. They make it and TJ's sells it.

                      Very, very crowded. I'm sure the trucks all made a ton of money today. We waited an hour and fifteen minutes for our waffles. The shortest wait was probably Cookie Monstah at about 25 minutes.

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                        opinionatedchef RE: FinnFPM Oct 13, 2012 02:40 PM

                        finn, you think it's still like that? we were just about to head in but i am NOT good at waiting in line. like Not.! ?

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                          devilham RE: FinnFPM Oct 13, 2012 03:43 PM

                          Wow! Crazy wait, but I am thrilled to hear the turnout was so good and that folks are so jazzed about food trucks (I am a fan)

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                            joebloe RE: FinnFPM Oct 13, 2012 06:56 PM

                            I agree the waffle was the best and the empanatas was the second best; they're also the the two with the longest line. Everyone else was pretty overpriced for pretty average to downright disgusting food.

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                              opinionatedchef RE: joebloe Oct 13, 2012 07:32 PM

                              was it crazy lines through the evening too?

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                                joebloe RE: opinionatedchef Oct 13, 2012 08:09 PM

                                yes the line for waffle was still long after the closing time of 9pm.

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                                  StevenL57 RE: joebloe Oct 15, 2012 05:06 AM

                                  Hey Joe, what did you eat that you thought was disgusting? Just curious. I had plenty of things I liked lots - waffle, empanada, Roxy's, Cookie Monster, tacos from Big D's.

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                                    joebloe RE: StevenL57 Oct 17, 2012 07:59 AM

                                    The so-called tacos from the grub truck and the rice with chicken from the chinese truck.

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                                      StevenL57 RE: joebloe Oct 17, 2012 10:19 AM

                                      I had the tacos from Big D's... 3 for $8 and was fine with them. I had one of each - bulgogi, ginger chicken, spicy chicken. I'd like spicy to kick my ass, but that's me. Perfectly fine. The chicken leg over rice didn't appeal to me much, so I moved along. Plenty of other more interesting eats to be found.

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                                        tammyh RE: StevenL57 Oct 17, 2012 10:45 AM

                                        tried only three things myself since I wasn't willing to wait in line for too long.

                                        Fishing Shrimp - shrimp tacos ('twas ... fine. the two pieces of fried shrimp could have more "support" from complementing vegs/something-of-substance. I'm not the biggest shrimp fan, but I could see myself getting this to fulfill a craving.)

                                        Bian Dang - pork chop over rice (dry ... I had to steam it at home to reheat the leftovers without it getting even drier. sauce w/ rice was good though.)

                                        Staff Meal - YEAH BOSTON. shortest line, and my favorite of the three. got the mushroom bibimbap taco. maybe I'm biased 'cause I've had food from them before and love 'em, this truck is sorely underrated. I love these guys.

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