Riding the Food Truck Trend to Monterey County Fairgrounds This Month
May 1, 2012
In case you were passed out in the trunk of a Cadillac for the last four years, food trucks are a big fat juicy trend taking the country by storm by way of reality TV, Twitter and parking lots.
Folks are freaking for 'em, especially here, since we are a little deprived.
The latest evidence: the mini-traffic jam of flavor forming at Monterey County Fairgrounds noon-6pm Saturday, May 12.
Organizers are scheduled to roll in a dozen trucks, but at the moment eight are confirmed. Here's the details I managed to squeeze out of their P.R. peeps about those rambling caloric rigs:
Eat Voodoo Van • The motto here: "No forks, No knives, No mercy." Allegedly run by the members of Bay Area "dirty sex rock" band Flexx Bronco, the Voodoo Van food truck does dishes inspired by their rabid rock tours. That means fried green beans, fried potato-cream cheese balls with pickled onions, and seitan sandwiches with slaw, reports Eater SF.
O Mi Ninja • Vietnamese food is enjoying a boom to rival, well, food trucks. Here they come together like South and North Vietnam once the Americans left, with banh mi sandwiches and vermicelli noodles and rice dishes.
Seoul on Wheels • They'd get more credit for the cool name if it wasn't so easy and fun to pun with Seoul. Either way, here comes Korean barbecue hotter than a 1967 Chevy's engine.
Hapa SF • Pulutan are Filipino small plates typically served with ice cold beer and enjoyed in the company of friends and family. These guys do "modern, refined versions of classic Filipino pulutan dishes." Think lumpia “Shanghai”, sisigi tacos, “bahn mi” burritos, which sound tempting and terrifying. Beer would make that better, wouldn't it? (No word on whether that's permitted or whether they have a permit.)
Shack Mobile • "Escape to a little piece of Maine at our casual New England style food truck," reads the quaint selling statement in Shack land, "where you can enjoy traditional New England seafood favorites right here in the San Francisco Bay Area." The eye-catchers here: Ultimate Lobster Rolls, crispy "full-bellied" Ipswich clams, fresh day boat scallops, haddock fish and chips, lobster cakes, fresh East Coast oysters, and steamed Maine lobster right from our own tank. Don't know if that's street legal, but it sounds damn good.
Tandoori Chicken USA Mobile • Chef Bobby Mahal knows people like good Indian, so he hit the road with it. His freshest flavors look like the tandoori chicken sandwich, chicken curry over rice and the one that earns max creativity cred from me, the paneer sandwich.
Twisted Chill • Non-dairy soft serve done non-traditionally: Anticipate eight rotating (and rolling) flavors and a choice of more than 20 toppings like fresh fruit, cereals and a variety of popular candy treats. Bonus: It's an eco-conscious outfit that supplies soda floats too.
We Sushi • These guys claim to be "the first and only mobile sushi truck serving the Bay Area with authentic, fresh sushi and rolls at its doorstep." Well, hell, let's roll. More hype direct from their own lungs: "Our team shops for fish every morning from fish markets in South San Francisco and serves our customers in the Peninsula and South Bay Area!"
There you go: Eight inspirations to put it in park a week from Saturday. There's even music from the Money Band (noon-2pm) and Jake Nelson’s Triple Threat (2–6pm).