Archive | March, 2012

More Food Trucks Coming to Boston this April!

29 Mar

Good news food truck addicts! More food trucks are coming to Boston!

Starting April 1st, more food trucks will be appearing in classic spots like City Hall Plaza, Boston Public Library and Clarendon Street, as well as new sites and new vendors.

There will be a number of brand new food trucks in Boston such as Mei Mei Street Kitchen, creative Chinese food made with local ingredients, and Boston Speed Dog (what could be more American in the city of patriots?)

You naturally know what food truck I’m extra psyched about – the critically acclaimed Chicken & Rice Guys of course!

Boston’s Mayor Menino is super excited about the progression of the food truck program. Who wouldn’t be? Menino notes:

“My administration has worked extensively across City departments and with food truck operators and residents to create a program that continues to give opportunities to small businesses, enliven public spaces, and promote access to fun, interesting, fresh food across the city.”

What’s also cool is that there is a new program in place to hookup Boston’s new Hubway bikes to mobile food sites, so you can eat on the go. Then again, eating food while riding a bike sounds pretty dangerous. Isn’t eating and driving a car tricky enough?

Some new and improved spots to nab that delicious mobile food we love so much:

  • Financial District. This is the City’s 3rd food truck cluster site, located on the corner of Milk & Kilby and accommodating 2 food trucks.

Since last summer, when Boston’s food truck program first began, the city closed three food truck sites. The addition of new food trucks and more food truck locations around Boston is a good sign that the food truck industry is on the rise.

Get all the details about more food trucks coming to your favorite locations, and new trucks in brand new spots as well.

I’ve posted some schedule information below. Looks like the Momogoose truck and Lobster truck will be outside of my office building. So much for pre-summer diets.

City Hall Plaza:
Breakfast/lunch 7 a.m.-3 p.m., lunch/dinner 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Monday: breakfast/lunch Go Fish; lunch/dinner Go Fish, Anthony’s Catering, the Dining Car
Tuesday: lunch/dinner Savory Food Truck, the Froyo Truck, M&M Ribs
Wednesday: breakfast/lunch the Chubby Chickpea; lunch/dinner Staff Meal, Boston Speed Dog
Thursday: breakfast/lunch Bon Me, Paris Creperie; lunch/dinner Staff Meal
Friday: breakfast/lunch Clover Food Lab; lunch/dinner Grilled Cheese Nation, Lobsta Love

Financial District (Milk and Kilby):
Breakfast 6-10 a.m., lunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m., dinner 3-11 p.m.
Monday: lunch Chubby Chickpea, Lobsta Love; dinner Lobsta Love
Tuesday: lunch Cupcakory, Go Fish; dinner Kickass Cupcakes, Go Fish
Wednesday: lunch Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, Momogoose; dinner Froyo, M&M
Thursday: lunch Momogoose, Redbones; dinner Cupcakory, Boston Speed Dog
Friday: lunch Bon Me, Kickass Cupcakes; dinner Froyo, Cupcakory

Chinatown (Boylston in front of China Trade Building):
Breakfast 6-10 a.m., lunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m., dinner 3-11 p.m.
Monday: breakfast and lunch Paris Creperie
Tuesday: breakfast and lunch Paris Creperie, dinner Boston Speed Dog
Wednesday: breakfast and lunch Paris Creperie
Thursday: lunch and dinner Anthony’s Catering
Friday: lunch Go Fish

Boston Public Library:
Breakfast 6-10 a.m., lunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m., dinner 3-11 p.m.
Monday: lunch Froyo, dinner Boston Speed Dog
Tuesday: breakfast Clover, lunch Dining Car, dinner Frozen Hoagies
Wednesday: breakfast Clover, lunch Mei Mei Street Kitchen, dinner BBQ Smith
Thursday: breakfast Clover, lunch BBQ Smith, dinner Frozen Hoagies
Friday: breakfast Paris Creperie, lunch Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, dinner Kickass Cupcakes
Saturday: lunch Clover, dinner Kickass Cupcakes
Sunday: lunch the Chicken & Rice Guys, dinner Kickass Cupcakes

Back Bay (Clarendon between Newbury and Boylston):
Breakfast 6-10 a.m., lunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m., dinner 3-11 p.m.
Monday: lunch Momogoose, dinner Froyo
Tuesday: lunch and dinner Grilled Cheese Nation
Wednesday: lunch Redbones, dinner the Cupcakory
Thursday: breakfast Cookie Monstah, lunch Savory Food Truck, dinner Lobsta Love
Friday: lunch Cupcakory, dinner Mei Mei
Saturday: lunch Froyo, dinner Bon Me
Sunday: lunch and dinner Bon Me

Back Bay (Trinity Place on Stuart Street):
Breakfast 6-10 a.m., lunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m., dinner 3-11 p.m.
Monday: lunch Staff Meal, Mei Mei, Redbones; dinner Mei Mei
Tuesday: lunch Staff Meal, Mei Mei, Chubby Chickpea; dinner Mei Mei
Wednesday: lunch Cupcakory, Grilled Cheese Nation, Go Fish; dinner Lobsta Love, Mei Mei
Thursday: lunch Chubby Chickpea, Dining Car, Roxy’s Grilled Cheese; dinner Mei Mei, Grilled Cheese Nation
Friday: lunch Chubby Chickpea, Redbones, Staff Meal; dinner Cookie Monstah
Saturday: lunch Chicken & Rice, Bon Me; dinner Chicken & Rice

Prudential (Belvidere Street adjacent to the Christian Science Center’s
Children’s Fountain):

Breakfast 6-10 a.m., lunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m., dinner 3-11 p.m.
Monday: lunch Bon Me, dinner Kickass Cupcakes
Tuesday: lunch Bon Me, dinner Kickass Cupcakes
Wednesday: lunch Bon Me, dinner Kickass Cupcakes
Thursday: lunch Go Fish
Friday: lunch Chubby Chickpea
Saturday: lunch Kickass Cupcakes
Sunday: lunch Kickass Cupcakes

Fenway (Hemenway and Forsyth):
Breakfast 6-10 a.m., lunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m., dinner 3-9 p.m.
Wednesday: dinner Frozen Hoagies
Friday: lunch Mei Mei, dinner Boston Speed Dog

South End (Harrison and East Concord):
Breakfast 6-10 a.m., lunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m., dinner 3-9 p.m.
Monday: lunch Savory Food Truck
Tuesday: lunch Savory Food Truck
Wednesday: lunch Savory Food Truck

South End (Tremont and Berkeley):
Breakfast 6-10 a.m., lunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m., dinner 3-9 p.m.
Tuesday: lunch Momogoose
Wednesday: lunch M&M, dinner Redbones
Thursday: lunch Savory Food Truck
Friday: lunch Savory Food Truck, dinner BBQ Smith

West End (Blossom and Emerson Place):
Breakfast 6-10 a.m., lunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m., dinner 3-9 p.m.
Monday: lunch Savory Food Truck
Tuesday: lunch Redbones
Wednesday: lunch Savory Food Truck, dinner Grilled Cheese Nation
Thursday: lunch Lobsta Love, dinner Redbones
Friday: lunch Savory Food Truck

BU East (Comm. Ave. in front of the Morse Auditorium):
Breakfast 6-10 a.m., lunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m., dinner 3-11 p.m.
Monday: breakfast and lunch Clover, dinner Frozen Hoagies
Tuesday: breakfast and lunch Clover, dinner Bon Me
Wednesday: lunch Dining Car; dinner Bon Me
Thursday: lunch Mei Mei, dinner Bon Me
Friday: lunch Dining Car, dinner Frozen Hoagies
Saturday: lunch and dinner Mei Mei

BU West (Comm. Ave. by the BU Bridge):
Breakfast 6-10 a.m., lunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m., dinner 3-11 p.m.
Wednesday: all day Clover
Thursday: all day Clover
Friday: breakfast and lunch Clover, dinner Roxy’s Grilled Cheese
Saturday: dinner Roxy’s Grilled Cheese

Cleveland Circle (Cassidy Park parking lot):
Breakfast 6-10 a.m., lunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m., dinner 3-11 p.m.
Monday: dinner Bon Me
Tuesday: dinner Clover
Wednesday: lunch Clover, dinner Roxy’s Grilled Cheese
Thursday: dinner Roxy’s Grilled Cheese
Friday: dinner Clover
Saturday: lunch Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, dinner Clover
Sunday: lunch Mei Mei, dinner Chicken & Rice

Grilled Cheese Nation: The Second Coming

23 Mar

Grilled Cheese Nation was pretty fantastic the first time I went there. I was interested to see how it would measure up for round two.

grilled cheese nation tomato soup shot

can you hear the angels singing its praises?

This trip I sampled the Swiss Family Boston and the In Gouda We Trust (you gotta give them some brownie points for the awesome sandwich names alone).

Of course I also had to get a shot of tomato soup. Because if you don’t remember from my last Grilled Cheese Nation review, the tomato soup shot is a gift from the good Lord himself.

Grilled Cheese Nation Review: In Gouda We Trust

In Gouda We Trust was packed full of soft, succulent mushrooms, caramelized onions and creamy Gouda cheese.

In Gouda We Trust

In Gouda We Trust

The sandwich was soft and creamy, and they really didn’t skimp on the mushrooms which I appreciate it.

The only problem was a lack of flavor, which is somewhat common with the gouda variety.

As Charlie Brown might say, “Gouda Grief!”

Meg’s Fun Foodie Drinking Game: The cheese game! Name as many different cheese as you can. If you can’t think of one, drink.

(P.S. I’ve never played this drinking because I find it too challenging already. Play it anytime, anywhere. Use this fun ice breaker game to meet strangers on the T. Offer to play it with scam artists asking for money to “catch that last train home.”)

So the Gouda wasn’t so good – eh!?  It was alright, but the sandwiches we tried this week were at the higher price point of $7, so the stakes are a bit higher this time around.

Grilled Cheese Nation Review: Swiss Family Boston

Thankfully the Swiss Family Boston gets a big thumbs up. The sweet but spicy kick of the jalapeno fig jam merged with the bitter taste of swiss cheese brought this sandwich out from obscurity into the hall of fame.

Swiss Family Boston

Swiss Family Boston, more like Swiss Family Awesome!

I’m happy to reaffirm my original rating, with Grilled Cheese Nation getting 4 out of 5 forks.

Aren’t dairy products just the best? How do vegans manage?

Check out more pictures of the Grilled Cheese Nation Food Truck below, or read my original review of Grilled Cheese Nation.

Have you been to Grilled Cheese Nation? What did you think?

Staff Meal Review: Food Truck Blog

14 Mar

The Staff Meal food truck looks a bit shady at first.

It eerily resembles the unmarked vans you imagine driving around luring children to look at puppies. Thankfully Staff Meal only lures customers in to feed them.

Staff Meal Food Truck

Come here children

Despite it’s lack of flamboyance, Staff Meal is not a food truck to be ignored. They specialize in tacos! Not the taco bell kind, but real delicacies on authentic tortillas that could rival my Mexican sweetheart, El Dorado.

What’s really cool is that the menu changes all the time, and the food is truly fresh. Your bellies are in good hands with Patrick Gilmartin and Adam Gendreau, chefs with a fine-dining background.

The guys at Staff Meal were all smiles when I visited them earlier this week. I was lucky enough to visit on a sunny and epicly warm day, one of the first major days of spring we’ve experienced in Boston.

Walking to Staff Meal, the population of Boston seemed to have tripled overnight. The gorgeous weather would make anyone happy, especially if your business relies on people walking about and smelling your fine food. But the folks at Staff Meal were especially cheerful and welcoming.

Staff Meal Food Truck ReviewStaff Meal Food Truck Taco

I decided to start off with the Crab Stick, Scallion Cream Cheese, Wontons, and Apple Butter taco.

I took the short stroll to Copley Square so I could enjoy my taco on a park bench.

As I ate I was lucky enough to be entertained by a shaggy haired man selling CDs of his less-than-obvious music talents, while his possible girlfriend danced alongside him.

She would holler out vocals to accompany him every now and again, and then quickly rest every 30 seconds by collapsing onto a fire hydrant.

So yes, I had some lunchtime entertainment.

Musical atmosphere aside, the taco was quite nice! If you like crab rangoon, you will go bonkers over this thing – it’s basically a crab rangoon taco.

OK, so I was a little disappointed that there was no crab in it. I don’t know what I expected from “crab sticks,” but I did assume I’d be eating crab. Apparently that’s a thing in asian dishes, claiming that something has crab in it, when really they mean cream cheese. Can someone clear that confusion up for me?

While it was delicious, I felt a bit queasy after, as anyone would feel after shoveling rich cream cheese into their stomach at such an incredible rate.

I would have liked to try some of the others, but since I’m giving up red meat for lent (sausage is red meat…right?) I had to pass this time.

Tacos are about $3.50 – $4 which ain’t bad, but ain’t unbelievable either. El Dorado’s are about the same, but there you get a whole sit down environment. I guess my feeling is that you should get a price break for the lack of eat-in environment you have to maintain.

Staff Meal Gets 4 out of 5 forksFood Truck Review: Staff Meal

Quality food with a creative spin.

I also like Staff Meal’s whole motto: meals prepared for restaurant staff, by restaurant staff.  They just let the rest of us tag along.

To see when Staff Meal will be near you, check out their website.

Also, if you’re checking out Staff Meal, you should consider grabbing their current Yelp deal, $10 for $20 at Staff Meal.

It’ll go a long and delicious way here.

New Boston Food Truck: Chicken & Rice Guys on the Horizon

6 Mar

Food Trucks make way, a new addition is rolling in to Boston:

Chicken & Rice Guys

More lovingly known as C&R, this new Boston food truck will be featuring a Middle Eastern chicken dish that has been all the rage in New York City. Sounds awesome!

Sources day that the Chicken & Rice Guys food truck will only be open on weekends. Hmph. That sounds a little lame. Maybe that will change once they get situated.

Finally Boston is getting its own chicken and rice cart. These halal carts have been getting a lot of attention in NYC, and finally we Bostonians can join in on the delicious excitement.

Just check out the incredible Yelp reviews of the Chicken & Rice Guys Halal Cart on 53rd and 6th in NYC. Sounds out of this world guys! Can’t wait!


Hurrah for Food Trucks! And welcome C&R.

Best Boston Food Truck: Vote Now!

6 Mar

Who is Boston’s Best Food Truck?

The Phoenix is hosting a voting content to determine the best food truck in Boston. Who will win? I’ll report back with the results.

Cast your vote at the Phoenix for the Best Boston Food Truck. Who is your favorite?

Contenders are:

  • Staff Meal
  • Clover Food Truck
  • Bon Me Truck
  • Momogoose Food Truck
  • Roxy’s Grilled Cheese
  • M&M Ribs
  • Boston Speed Dog

Don’t see your favorite? You can write in a different food truck if you please.

 

Kick Ass Cupcakes: A Tasty Food Truck Tale

5 Mar kickass-cupcakes-food-truck

Food Truck Review: Kickass Cupcakes

Kickass Cupcakes, or Kick*ss Cupcakes for the PG crowd, is a dessert themed cupcake food truck that delivers scrumptiousness on wheels.

Their main store is in Davis Square, but I prefer to buy my food from moving objects, so I stuck with the truck. You can track the Kickass Cupcake truck here.

kickass-cupcakes-food-truck

I visited the Kick Ass Cupcakes food truck on a day of freezing, nearly-snow-rain in March. You know, just another day in Boston. The cold was quite traumatic since I had just returned from a trip to Florida the day before.

I decided nothing would cure my sorrow like a tasty treat from Kick Ass Cupcakes, whose truck pulls up Wednesdays beside the Christian Science Center near where I work.

Kick*ss is cupcakes carnival. You’ll find nothing boring or ordinary about these bakery sweets. Kickass Cupcakes prides themselves on their unique flavors and variety such as:kick-ass-cupcakes-boston-food-truck

Mochiatto: Chocolate cupcake with caramel center and mocha frosting

Mojito: Rum cupcake with lime frosting and mint

Super Chocolate: Chocolate brownie cupcake with chocolate ganache

Peanut Butter Cupcake: Peanut butter cupcake with chocolate chips and chocolate ganache and roasted peanuts

Red Velvet: Cocoa cupcake with cream cheese frosting

Kick*ass Cup Cakes features regular choices as well as limited additions to the delicious ensemble, so you’ll never have to try the same cupcake twice (not that you’d refuse repeating one of these babies).

Kick ass Cupcake offers vegan cupcakes, gluten free cupcakes, and even cupcakes for furry companions, so no matter what your food situation, you won’t be left out. They even have deep fried cupcakes for the brave souls among us.

You can check out their menu items here, but keep in mind that this is only a small sample of their selections. Because the cupcakes are baked fresh daily, the featured special addition cupcakes constantly change with each day. You’ll always have a ton of tasty options.

Kick*ss Cupcakes: Tasting the Red Velvetkickass-cupcakes-truck-boston

I decided to go with the Red Velvet cupcake. I rushed the precious dessert up to my office, determined to enjoy it in peace and comfort.

The cupcakes are somewhat petite, a great snack size, although a bit steep at $3 for such a small helping. Perhaps the price is fair for these freshly baked, all-natural delicacies, although I’d feel worlds better if they were just a bit cheaper.

I found the cake itself to be good, maybe a bit dry. But the frosting is what really takes the cake. The cream cheese frosting was simply superb – quite possibly some of the best I’ve had.

I’m not much of a frosting gal. In fact, I’ll often wipe it off birthday cakes, finding it sickeningly sweet. The frosting on Kick Ass Cupcakes red velvet cupcake was superb. Immediately I was drooling for more – thankfully they offer $1 frosting shots, to keep the party going.

Kickass Cupcakes gets 3 out of 5 forks

Sure, they were somewhat dry, and while a bigger size would have been nice, the huge variety of one-of-a-kind flavors and unforgettable frosting and fillings make this food truck a must for a late afternoon treat. Or breakfast. It’s all good, I’m not judging.

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