ETS 12/31/2012: GOOD CHEFS DON'T WORK NEW YEAR'S EVE UNLESS THEY WANT TO.
Personally, Eat The Street was a bust. None of the trucks I hoped would be there were e. g. Camile's, Crave Okoy, etc.
I don't understand what Sean Priester is thinking when he tries to charge $15 for a raggedy-ass soup bowl of "seafood jambalaya". No wonder he was standing around twiddling his thumbs.
On the up-side, there were many 'sub-compact trucks' a.k.a. stalls that appeared, whose offerings were interesting. The grilled pork and chicken skewers from Saigon Restaurant ("Grand Opening") were tasty but overpriced at $3 each. Couldn't they at least offer 2 for $5?
The best value for the money was the vegetarian Pad Thai from the Thai stall, not because it was delicious, which it was not, but because it was tasty, greasy, voluminous, and no more expensive than it would be elsewhere. There was a variety of vegetables, even strands of cilantro, and the flavor was well balanced between not too much soy with some vinegar to balance the (palm?) sugar. However, there were no peanuts or much heat, and the noodles had been sitting too long. The stuffed chicken wings were meaty, but the coating was unnecessary.
The "Japanese Pancakes" seemed interesting, but they weren't my purchase, so I didn't get to taste much. Otherwise, meh!
Nothing special--we were hoping for better selection. I had Yakitori - 3 sticks and 5 takoyaki (octopus fritters) both at $5.00 each. About the only food that was prepared fresh on the spot. Also had Jamaican chix jerky - the chicken is overcooked and tasteless, the veg. fritters was much to greasy. (Forgot the names of both trucks). While we weres aware that it's New Year's eve, the music was so loud that give us headache and went home early. Will I go back next year - I doubt it.