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Mainelobstermen Sep 11, 2013 04:22 AM

Boston's best food truck

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  1. jgg13 RE: Mainelobstermen Sep 11, 2013 05:45 AM

    Mei mei

    1. C. Hamster RE: Mainelobstermen Sep 11, 2013 05:47 AM

      Chubby chick pea

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        libertywharf RE: C. Hamster Sep 18, 2013 03:11 PM

        I know chubby does a great truck business. He leaves out of washington street in canton and does little or no walk in business. Food must taste better off a truck when someone is on a short lunch hour.
        I've seen several on this board cut up sysco chicken. Guess what trucks I see delivering to chubby?

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          C. Hamster RE: libertywharf Sep 18, 2013 04:56 PM

          Whatever

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            libertywharf RE: C. Hamster Sep 18, 2013 05:21 PM

            So sysco chicken is terrible unless it's on a food truck which you endorse?

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              devilham RE: libertywharf Sep 18, 2013 07:20 PM

              To be honest, Sysco deliveries are not a 'scarlet letter'. Many small businesses use Sysco, U.S. foods (the other Sysco), and the Resteraunt Depot (a sort of brick and mortar Sysco truck), to provide for both pantry items, and mains. While I get the criticism of the vendor, it's the end result (what's done with the final product) that counts. Mind you I also get Libertywharf's point, just not sure why Chubby's is the source for his ire? I bet most trucks use those big 3 provisioners though, and all do the same service

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                libertywharf RE: devilham Sep 19, 2013 04:36 AM

                I don't have a problem with sysco, I'm just making a point that some on this board have had issues with it in the past.
                Even so my post about chubby is just my opinion and my observations. Their retail store is always empty.

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                  ChocolateMilkshake RE: devilham Sep 19, 2013 04:52 AM

                  This point will be moot soon anyway. The Chubby Chickpea truck is going kosher.
                  http://boston.eater.com/archives/2013...

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                    Alcachofa RE: devilham Sep 19, 2013 08:16 AM

                    Also, even among the food items, Sysco has different "levels" of quality.

                    I don't think they are *necessarily* a scarlet letter, either. It is how they use it. I do, however, think it is totally fair when someone knocks, say, Tia's for just putting out Sysco junk. Presumably, most of us knows what is meant by that.

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                      C. Hamster RE: Alcachofa Sep 19, 2013 08:34 AM

                      Sysco delivers to Mistral several times a week.

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                        devilham RE: C. Hamster Sep 19, 2013 09:39 AM

                        Yup, even fine dining establishments that I have worked at use Sysco or US Foods as I said for pantry items (flour, sugar, salt, corn starch, etc.) and then specialty food houses for other items (Acardi and Sons, Sid Weiner, etc.) that are of quality.

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                          tysonmcneely RE: devilham Sep 19, 2013 10:24 AM

                          I heard Sisqo now works in a food truck.

                          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oai1V7...

          2. Locutus RE: Mainelobstermen Sep 11, 2013 12:02 PM

            Bon Me

            1. ebone RE: Mainelobstermen Sep 11, 2013 12:19 PM

              Mei Mei, all day.

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                CportJ RE: ebone Sep 19, 2013 02:29 PM

                Agree, and it's not close. The innovation in this sector, beyond these guys, has gone downhill.

                For everyday healthier stuff, Bon Me is good, as are a few Momogoose options (although mixed with some not good ones).

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                mkfisher RE: Mainelobstermen Sep 11, 2013 01:07 PM

                The answer was Staff Meal when those guys were still around.

                It's probably Mei Mei, but I wouldn't argue with anyone that said Chicken & Rice Guys.

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                  devilham RE: mkfisher Sep 12, 2013 06:40 AM

                  Then don't argue with me Mkfisher! I love the Chicken and Rice Guys lamb dish, and the hot sauce is freaking good (and spicey!). I think BoneDaddy's Burgers are pretty credible too. Captain Marsden's Seafood truck is ALSO pretty freaking good. I actually have a hard time picking a favorite from those three.

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                    mkfisher RE: devilham Sep 12, 2013 07:03 AM

                    I won't argue about the lamb from C&R. It's substantially better than the chicken. The hot sauce is indeed quite hot. It's a real science to balance out your bbq/mayo/hot sauce ratios.

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                      C. Hamster RE: mkfisher Sep 12, 2013 07:59 AM

                      The lamb is way better than the chicken, for sure.

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                    mats77 RE: mkfisher Sep 12, 2013 10:07 AM

                    Staff Meal all the way. RIP

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                      mkfisher RE: mats77 Sep 12, 2013 10:44 AM

                      I forget the name, but the beef tongue burrito with Fritos was one of the five best things I ate in all of 2012

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                        DrewStarr RE: mkfisher Sep 12, 2013 12:29 PM

                        That would most likely be an Irene (named for one of the proprietors of Mei Mei). The protein (and version #) varied, but it was always an offal chili with fritos.

                        I miss bringing one item from one of those trucks to the other to have them make a mashup on the fly. Staff Meal chili in between scallion pancakes and Mei Mei dumplings in a burrito (yeah, I did it) are things I will always miss.

                        Incidentally, the truck that was Staff Meal has been re-wrapped and will be the Bacon Truck once that gets on the roads.

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                          Alcachofa RE: DrewStarr Sep 12, 2013 01:43 PM

                          The question is, where are the Staff Mealers now? They were going to open a brick-n-mortar location--what happened to that?

                          Never even remotely thought of doing a mash-up! That's great!! How did you first do that?

                          Bacon Truck--it might be great, but the name alone just reminds of what's wrong with most food trucks here: they're just rolling gimmicks.

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                            DrewStarr RE: Alcachofa Sep 13, 2013 08:50 PM

                            Adam and Patrick spent some time together doing a popup they called Rising Sun Tavern. Patrick is now running the kitchen at a country club and Adam helps him on occasion. I have strong reason to believe we haven't seen the last of the entity formerly known as Staff Meal.

                            I can't take credit for the first truck menu mash-up, it was something the two trucks were already doing and bragging about on twitter. One would feed the other staff meal (intentionally lowercase), and the other would jazz it up by incorporating it with whatever they had on truck. It was that kind of on-the-fly creativity that got me really into the truck scene and reawakened me from a food-related social media slumber.

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                      ohnoabigshark RE: mkfisher Sep 17, 2013 06:22 PM

                      Working in the same kitchen as those guys was the best ever. Nothing better than to head into the walk-in and see sheet pans full of animal skulls with their faces peeled off

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                      Aphex RE: Mainelobstermen Sep 11, 2013 01:56 PM

                      Mei Mei

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                        addiez RE: Mainelobstermen Sep 12, 2013 07:57 AM

                        Mei Mei and Bon Me! Clover's not bad, too.

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                          DrewStarr RE: Mainelobstermen Sep 12, 2013 12:32 PM

                          Mei Mei is catering my wedding, so my answer should be evident.
                          I also really like the less talked about truck, The Dining Car. I hear great things about Pennypackers from those whose opinions I trust, but live and work nowhere near their two semi-permanent locations.

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                            crimsonca RE: Mainelobstermen Sep 13, 2013 07:40 PM

                            The Dining Car is my choice!

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                              mkfisher RE: crimsonca Sep 16, 2013 06:05 AM

                              What do you like at The Dining Car? I went once and was quite underwhelmed by my sandwich.

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                                DrewStarr RE: mkfisher Sep 17, 2013 08:15 AM

                                I've only managed to catch them a few times, and have had good experiences. The dish that stands out was a great beefy chili on a jalapeno corn bread that had the mild sweetness of a good northern cornbread but was closer to the denser texture of a southern version. I want it right now with this weather.

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                                  Alcachofa RE: mkfisher Sep 17, 2013 10:26 AM

                                  Did you have the honey truffled goat cheese sandwich and/or the crispy cauliflower? I enjoyed those.

                                  That made for a $12 lunch, which is pretty much the main reason I have not been back. That also reminds me of the laughable comment by the owner of Max's Deli, about how he thinks the food trucks are all under-cutting his prices since trucks have lower overhead. HA!

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                                    nsenada RE: Alcachofa Sep 18, 2013 07:00 AM

                                    Price is definitely one reason Food Trucks aren't in my regular rotation. The others are wait times (Clover is really irritating on this score - I frequently hear some twit using placing an order as an opportunity to engage in a 30 minute discourse on sustainable beet farming, etc., and the staff don't do much to discourage this). Then there's the health factor - most of what I want (and what they have) is fried, or loaded with delicious meat. I usually end up at my old haunts, as a result.

                                    Staff was my favorite, and I'd say Mei Mei is my current favorite of the bunch. I did like Biryani Park, too, but haven't been in a while (and it is not as good as getting the stuff fresh in the restaurant).

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                                  davis_sq_pro RE: crimsonca Sep 17, 2013 01:28 PM

                                  I think Dining Car would get my vote as well. I've had some really good sandwiches there. And roast cauliflower.

                                  I'm a big fan of Bon Me, although on occasion the braised chicken special of the day is somewhat clumsily prepared.

                                  Mei Mei, I have a very small sample size for. It's just never around when I need food. So I can't comment.

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                                  LilBrownBat RE: Mainelobstermen Sep 19, 2013 08:26 AM

                                  I guess Clover, maybe, sometimes, a little bit. They have good coffee and for one week they had good donuts. I'm lucky to work in a neighborhood with plenty of lunch options, so I'm not a fan of the trucks -- seems like they're pretty pricey. If I've got four $4 banh mi places close by, don't see why I'd pay twice that at a truck.

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