(Originally written January 13, 2014)
Wait, Toronto has a food truck scene? I mean, I’ve occasionally seen a couple trucks parked on Front Street or at the Molson Amp in summertime (beats the hell outta Pizza Pizza), but shows like Eat St. and, well, Eat St. would have me believe that the mobile feeding units aren’t nearly as prominent in this city as in other major urban centres.
In any case, a recent surge of waterfront construction has brought the trucks out of hibernation to feed construction and office workers alike at the foot of Bay St. Though they’re not exactly out in full force—they’re only setting up one per day, due to space constraints. That said, I’ll be braving the (not-so-unpleasant) elements to line up for street food over the next few weeks because hey, it beats the slop in the office cafeteria any day!
First on the docket is Randy’s Catering, a truck offering Caribbean cuisine. Unfortunately for me, they were all sold out of roti by the time I got to the front of the line (note to self: arrive sooner), so I settled for the “barbecue jerk chicken” as seen below:
Of course, you can’t really go wrong with jerk chicken, especially when it’s served so cheaply at many Jamaican restaurants across the city. On that note, Randy’s $10 price-tag was a little steep, but I was too hungry to haggle at this point. The rice and peas had a good spicy gravy, while the coleslaw contained crisp cabbage and the chicken was nice and moist. But I didn’t understand why they poured some squeeze-bottled barbecue sauce over top. It just didn’t really jive with the rest of the dish. I guess that’s putting the “barbecue” in barbecue jerk chicken, though…