FOOD TRUCK FEEDING FRENZY FRIDAY: Winner, Winner, Chicken Lunch!?

(Originally written May 16, 2014)

Another food-truck with a vaguely political-sounding name…although in this case, I’m pretty sure Localista refers to the fact that they get their ingredients from nearby.

The sum of these parts is this crisp and juicy, two-bite-sized fried chicken, with a coating that’s crisp, but not heavy. The biscuit added a doughy chew, and the bed of veggies are certainly healthier than fries. Yeah, I should probably be eating more of the former and less of the latter.

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FOOD TRUCK FEEDING FRENZY FRIDAYS: Can corn be a meal in itself?

(Originally written May 8, 2014)

Today, I ate from a food truck that only served corn. Let’s see, they had corn salad, corn soup, Mexican corn—as seen above, topped with feta cheese and a paprika-heavy spice mix. The kernels were sweet and fresh, while the toppings made things interesting. And though that might not look like a very big bowl, I can attest it contains about a full cob’s worth.

Food Truck Feeding Frenzy Friday: Gringos <3 Tacos

(Originally written May 13, 2014)

What, another taco truck? Well, I guess I can’t complain when they’re dishing out beer-battered fish tacos. The crisp batter was wrapped around a light flaky mahi mahi, with some crunchy coleslaw on top, all seasoned with a spicy mayo. It’s kinda like a Mexican fish-stick… Would it be wrong to serve these with a side of chips?

Food Truck Feeding Frenzy Friday: You can’t get raviolis like this from a can!

(Originally written May 9, 2014)

Now, when I was in high school, I pretty much subsisted on ravioli. I didn’t know how to cook, but I could empty a can of Chef Boyardee’s and put it in the microwave. So if I was left to make my own dinner, I knew what I was having. That said, I never had any raviolis that looked like this:

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The Rome’n Chariot truck proudly proclaims that it was featured on Eat St, and I think I might have seen that episode. Its menu of Italian comfort food mostly consists of breaded sandwiches, but when I saw the toasted ravioli on the menu, my mind was made up. Deep-fried for a crunchy texture with a dusting of parmesan, these spinach-flavoured pillows of goodness were made for dunking in the mild marinara sauce. I could’ve used something with a bit more kick, but I certainly can’t complain about portion size—7 for $10 seems about right.

Food Truck Feeding Frenzy Friday: Tastes like winning the taco lottery!

(Originally written May 5, 2014)

Back in December, food trucks started showing up at the foot of Bay Street…and then the weather went cold, and I didn’t feel much like venturing out of the office. Now that we’re under more reasonable climes, it’s time for the return of my street-food reviews, starting with this Cinco de Mayo special:

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Hey, if you’re running a mobile nourishment unit, you’re pretty much in the business of getting food out fast. In that regard, tacos are always a quick pick. In fact, that’s all they serve at the Loteria food truck, with choices consisting of carnitas and chicken. The former offers succulent, juicy pork, while the latter, though somewhat saucy, was still notably mild. But what really makes it is the considerable meat-to-vegetable ratio, using diced onions and cilantro as little more than a garnish. You might not find this much carne in a taco twice this size…

That being said, I could probably pound a dozen of these—if I wanted to spend 40 bucks on tacos (3 for $10).

Food Truck Feeding Frenzy Friday: Who knew Fidel had a thing for Buffalo chicken?

(Originally written May 15, 2014)

Despite their name, I don’t think the Fidel Gastro food truck is run by communists; they have no qualms about serving up grub to Bay Street bankers, in any case…

In my case, it was the Diablo, a pulled Buffalo chicken sandwich with a side of “pad thai fries.” What are pad thai fries, you ask? Well, I’m not sure what seasoning they put on them, but it gives ‘em a pretty good kick. In fact, there was more heat in these spuds than I tasted in the chicken, which was nevertheless quite moist and tasty. Apparently, these guys have their own TV show on some channel I’ve never heard of. Can you say food porn?

Food Truck Feeding Frenzy Friday: Hmm, wonder if I could eat 10 of these…

(Originally written January 16, 2014)

Now this is the kind of food-truck experience I’d been expecting after seeing several episodes of Eat St.  Quirky characters, friendly service and food that someone surely cooked up in their college dorm—in this case, a grilled-cheese sandwich.

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Let’s just say this wasn’t your grand-dad’s grilled cheese, with both Doritos and jalapenos inside.  The crunch of the chips hit me right away, with the processed cheese double-teaming my mouth alongside real cheddar.  The jalapeno peppers added a nice sweet kick, making this the equivalent of a nacho sandwich.  Could use more than one napkin though, as things get quite greasy!