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Jul 17, 2013 10:11 AM

Food Trucks and Portion Size

Am I the only one who finds some of the portion sizes at certain trucks to be a bit iffy? Or is it that I just consume more food than the average person? (Quite possible!) I'm not sure I see the point of some of these trucks and their cost models.

Some examples from my recent travels, mostly around the financial district:

- Bi Bim Bap at the Fugu truck. Maybe 1/2 cup of rice, a decent amount of veg, but I'd estimate that I was given 1.5 tbsp of pork. Isn't the pork what makes the dish?
- Anything at the A4 truck. Sandwiches, maybe 25% smaller than what I'd consider a decent portion. Salad, ridiculous. A handful of leaves and 1oz of chicken, for $10.
- Soba noodle salad at Bon Mi. An enjoyable dish but just not quite enough there.
- Tacos at the Baja Taco Truck. These come in sets of two. Three is an ideal meal. I can easily kill four, to be honest, but at twice the price..?

... on the flip side, portions that are consistently quite adequate:

- Pretty much anything at the Momogoose truck
- Entrees at the Biryani Park truck
- Wraps at the Chubby Chickpea truck (I'm not sure I love their food, but the portion size is quite decent)
- Sandwiches at the Dining Car truck
- Tacos at The Taco Truck (sold individually, so it's much easier to create an ideally-sized meal)

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    1. Chicken and Rice guys gives a good portion for $6, love the lamb (gyro meat) and rice with white sauce and a super hot good, and feels like a real value

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      1. re: devilham

        Thanks for the reminder about that truck. Agreed, it's always really good. I haven't seen it since it stopped parking by the aquarium, but I just checked and noticed that it's at Dewey Sq on Thursdays. Might have to stop by today.

        1. re: davis_sq_pro

          Def agree on the portion sizes, one of the reasons I don't hit up food trucks more often.

          Davis Sq Pro, I beleive the Chicken n Rice guys don't do Dewey sq when the farmer's market is in session. Their website seems to indicate they're only doing Copley today....

          RE: Momogoose and Bon Me Sandwiches, portions may be decent but nothing compared to Bahn Mis in Chinatown or elsewhere.

          1. re: tysonmcneely

            Ahh, thanks. I was reading this page, but I failed to notice that it's dated Feb 2013:


            What are you looking at for the accurate schedule? And why is is so difficult to track all of these trucks?

            1. re: davis_sq_pro


              If you go to their website now, this is where it takes you. Not sure why they still have an old/dead link?

              It really is very difficult, I typically go here:
              But it can be very inaccurate as well. (had the chicken n rice guys at dewey today.
              )I just know about the Dewey sq because I went there on a thursday a few weeks ago and was disappointed CnR guys weren't there

              1. re: davis_sq_pro

                Might be worth it to try the following two apps too:

                Street Food
                Boston Food Truck

                Street Food has a map which is nice. Boston Food Truck allows you to search by day, meal, neighborhood.

              2. re: tysonmcneely

                Bon Me sandwiches are larger than barn mis from chinatown

                1. re: jgg13

                  Yeah, but they are twice as expensive. Sorry, I meant in terms per $ not absolute.

          2. The Bon Me sandwich is good value (compared to other sandwich shops, not CTown). It's a pretty good sized sandwich for $6. Agree with Devilham on Chicken & Rice Guys. Clover is a decent value.

            1. The double awesome from Mei Mei is quite a bit of food for $7. Not sure about the rest of their menu, but probably the same?

              1. Yes, you do consume more food than the average person. Most Americans do.

                I have found that an excellent way to avoid being surprised by the portion sizes at a food truck is to ask the food truck about their portion sizes. Failing that, look at what the customers ahead of you are receiving. Failing that, look at pictures online.

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                1. re: FinnFPM

                  While not a complaint about portion size, I was disappointed to recently see that Area Four's superb breakfast sandwich from their food truck went up from $6 to $7. Sure it is a great breakfast sandwich but $7 for an egg, cheese, english muffin and sausage patty seems a bit much.

                  1. re: Gordough

                    There has definitely been some price creep at Area Four. Same thing has happened in the restaurant and the cafe. And yes, that breakfast sandwich is superb. It was the perfect cure for my hangover last Saturday.

                    1. re: Gordough

                      Ok, I will not make arguments that my $2 sandwich this morning from my cafeteria with the same list of ingredients was as good, but what exactly makes the sandwich so good (at 3x the price)? I recall there being pretty decent breakfast sandwiches at the Kendall Cafe for like $3-4 -so this has gotta be a spectacular sandwich!

                      1. re: kobuta

                        Atb$6 inthoughtnit was well worth an occasional splurge over both my cafeterias $2 version and the Kendall kitchen one. Granted I rarely eat breakfast so a breakfast sandwich is already an occasional splurge for me. At $7 that's probably pushing things too far for me. It's good and the difference is only a dollar but it was already borderline as it was