Sunday, June 5, 2011

Food Trucks, Music & Beer…oh MY!

Food trucks have become really popular in DC! Earlier this spring I wrote about how I got to experience a few food trucks over one weekend. That was pretty exciting for me since food trucks are usually reserved for the lunch crowd…and I work outside of DC during the day Sad smile.

But lately some events are trying to change that trend. I have attended a few weeks of Chinatown Coffee’s Food Truck Happy Hour where I got to have my second dose of CapMac and try out the BBQ truck PORC.

However…I got really lucky this weekend. It marked the kickoff of the new monthly Truckeroo Food Truck Festival! Not only would food trucks be gathering in the evening (well all day but until 9pm), but there would be about 20 of them, AND this was going to be occurring like 2 blocks away from me!!! Not to mention the bonuses of a live band and beer in an outdoor beer garden! Sounds like my kind of evening!

Turns out…it sounded like a LOT of people’s type of evening…because it drew quite a large crowd! The lines for a lot of the trucks were REALLY long and often you had to wait over an hour for some food (with no guarantee that by the time you got to the front of the line the food you wanted wouldn’t be sold out). My personal favorite, CapMac…was sold out of most things by 6:00 pm Sad smile. But a few friends and I braved the lines and the crowds and tried to try whatever trucks we could. First, while Liz and Colt tried some Eat Wonky, I got in line for Big Cheese

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They had a variety of unique grilled cheese sandwiches including one with brie and apple! But I decided to order their basic Barely Buzzed which is a grilled cheese sandwich made with cheddar cheese and sourdough bread! YUM!

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I really thought the sandwich was really good! The only thing that I think would have been better would be if there was a bit more cheese around the edge of the sandwich. The middle was melty and yummy mixed with a perfectly crispy grilled sourdough bread. But with the hard crust, I think a bit more cheese filling around the edges would have worked a bit better. I really want to try their brie and apple grilled cheese next!

Since my line didn’t take too long, I met up with Sarah, who was waiting for her food from Sabor’a Street.

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She had some really yummy yuka fries and some smoky BBQ port with some fried/toasted corn bread patty on top! Her food was seriously yummy! She let me try one of the fries with the sauce and a bite of the cornbread patty! Good stuff!! Sarah really enjoyed it!

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Meanwhile, Luke and Matt were getting a big plate of BBQ from BBQ Bus. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of their plates, but they both said it was good and they got a lot for their money! (And their line wasn’t quite as long as some others which was another bonus!) I’m going to have to try them sometime!

We all met up with Avi who was in one of the longest lines at Truckeroo, the line for Takorean! This truck serves up Korean BBQ style meat in the form of tacos! The line was really long…he seriously waited for over an hour and by the time he got to the front, the steak he was going to try was sold out Sad smile. But he was still able to get some chicken and tofu tacos!

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Avi so generously let me try a piece of chicken and I thought it was really good but SPICY! He mentioned that the flavors and the spices sort of took over…but that all in all it was good!

After Avi FINALLY got his food, we started off on the hunt for dessert! First we stopped at Sweetbites. But RIGHT as we got to the front, they sold out of everything that we were interested in Sad smile (note the empty window below).

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So then we headed over to try some oddball popsicles at Pleasant Pops

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We were going to try their Strawberry Rhubarb popsicle, but they sold out of that just before we made it to the front Sad smile. The only choices left were Green Tea and:

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Everyone got Green Tea but I decided to really get adventurous and get the curry popsicle! It was definitely…odd. There was some curry powder settled on the bottom (well top) but it was also mixed in and the whole thing was spicy spicy. It was a bit creamy too but…the spiciness of it was overpowering…and also the texture of the powder…not so fun. I didn’t quite love it but…at the same time I wasn’t expecting to like it much so haha it was just fun to try something crazy! The rest thought the green tea was alright…although Sarah mentioned that she thought t tasted a bit chalky to her. Matt has had their popsicles before and thought they were really good so…I’m sure it was just the fact that we got crazy flavors! On their website…all their strawberry flavors sound really yummy!

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Finally…we decided to try some pie from Dangerously Delicious Pies! Most of us got a pie called Baltimore Bomb…which is filled with the local specialty Berger Cookies that sort of melted down and  mash up a bit with the pie crust…it was GOOD! I forgot to take a picture of their truck or the pies…but that’s because we finally got a picnic table…that we shared with a guy who was just having a great time with his keyboard!

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After eating our pies…the trucks were really closing and people were clearing out and we called it a night…but we had a great time hanging out together and trying a bunch of food. The live music made it a bit loud but it added nicely to the atmosphere…and they even had a bunch of bean bag toss games set up on the side.

The only negative was that the event was a bit crowded which made it a bit frustrating. The trucks were not quite fast enough to handle the long lines and they sold out of stuff pretty quickly. I’m hoping the HUGE crowd was due to the fact that this was the very first one. My thought is that with the success more food trucks will come out and less people will come having done it once already. There were a lot of trucks there but even more would help balance the crowd…and maybe now that people have gotten their food truck experience…not as many people will come haha…I’m just hoping for the right balance to be found…maybe they need to even do it more than once per month! (You can see more pictures of the crowds and the event here).

But overall we had a great time! Truckeroo will be occurring at Das Bullpen in Navy Yard once per month until October…I will most likely stop there for dinner each time (well at least as long as it is only 2 blocks away!).

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