Archive | June, 2012

The Taco Truck

21 Jun

On a warm summer day, there’s nothing quite like a good taco. That’s why Boston’s new food truck, The Taco Truck, timed their recent debut perfectly to start serving up tacos during Boston’s best season.

The Taco Truck(TTT) radiates fun and good vibes as its bright orange colors glisten in the sun, while jamming out latino-esk tunes, grabbing the attention of the passersby.

You’ll never guess what The Taco Truck serves…hot dogs! Ha, no. They serve south-of-the-border cuisine with tacos that are small works of wonder, as bright and colorful as they are delicious.

The origins of the Taco Truck began in Hoboken, NJ, when co-founders Jason and Shachar Scott were inspired during their gallivants about Mexico and California to bring authentic taquerias to the East Coast with food trucks!

The Taco Truck found great success in Hoboken, and has grown since, branching out to NYC and now our beloved Boston. They hope to open a brick and mortar spot too, and with Boston in need of authentic taco joints, they will be a welcomed addition.

The Taco Truck Review: Tacos, Glorious Tacos!

Visiting The Taco Truck, I was greeted by manager Jake. He showed me the truck and introduced me to the TTT gang.

I got try the “aguas fescas” (fresh fruit water) of the season, which was wonderfully refreshing pineapple water, perfect for the hot summer afternoon.

The Taco Truck offers some great selections: not just tacos, but also tortas (Mexican sandwiches), ensaladas, and al lados aka side dishes of tortilla chips, seasoned beans & rice, and platanos fritos (fried plantains, not so different from fries).

I tried the carnitas michoacan (braised pork taco w/ onions, cilantro, green salsa) and the pescado taco (crispy catfish w/ red cabbage, pico de gallo, Mexican tartar sauce, and chipotle salsa), each with a healthy dollop of guacamole.

You can tell that these tacos were made by folks who love Mexican culture—the tacos taste deliciously authentic. And with purple cabbage, soft yellow corn tortilla, and bright green guac, they are more than easy on the eyes—they are the (young) Harrison Ford of tacos.

Taco Truck Rating: 4 out of 5 stars!

The food is fabulous, and at $5 for two giant, loaded tacos, the prices are fantastic too. Definitely take some time to stop by Boston’s newest mobile taco joint—the taco truck will serve you up a little piece of Mexico.

Momogoose

18 Jun

Momogoose. It’s a fun word to say, but how does it stack up in the Boston food truck circuit?

The first thing you may notice about the Momogoose food truck is the line. When I visited it was pretty long. Usually in the food truck world, a long line is a good sign.

Momogoose Bostob Food Truck ReviewMomogoose specializes in healthy Southeast Asian cuisine. There’s something for the vegan, vegetarian, and meat lovers alike.

Momogoose’s food truck menu offers you a choice of baguette, rice bowl, noodle bowl, or salad bowl.

Tofu folks can get any one of these entrees for only $5, while carnivores pay an extra dollar for a choice of:

  • Koran BBQ
  • Ga Nuong
  • Bulgogi Beef
  • Spicy Daeji Pork

You can also choose to get Momogoose’s daily curry that comes with chicken or tofu, or a thai peanut dish.

Momogoose also offer some side dishes: fresh (veggie) rolls, crispy (meat?) rolls, and an assortment of tasty drinks like Mint Lemonade and Spiced Thai Tea.

Masman Curry Momogoose

Momogoose’s Masaman Curry w/ Chicken

Momogoose Review: Masaman Curry

I have a pretty gaping weak spot for curry, so I went with the Masaman Curry, the curry of the day.

The curry was fantastic with extremely generous portions that could easily pass for two meals. Huge heaps of chicken, fresh veggies, well-cooked rice, and a delicious sauce at a great price.

Food Truck Rating: Momogoose gets 4 out of 5 stars!

Momogoose and Bon Me no doubt compete for the same fresh Asian-cuisine loving customers, with similar choices of rice bowls, noodle bowls, and sandwiches, so I can’t help but compare them.

As a regular Bon Me customer, (they’re outside my office nearly every day) I have a preference for the yellow truck over the red, but from an objective view, I can tell you both trucks are superb. They are equally matched in pricing, and both offer extremely large portions.

Great work Momogoose. You’re doing it right.

Have you guys tried Momogoose? How does it compare to Bon Me? What’s your favorite dish?

Boston Food Truck Festival Review: Epic Fail

11 Jun

Food Truck Festivals of New England, Boston Food Truck Festival UMassFood Truck Festivals of New England hosted the Boston Food Truck Festival on June 10th at the UMass Boston campus center.

With nearly 30 trucks in attendance, it certainly sounds like it would be a fantastic time.

It could have been a great day, if the event had been planned better and a reasonable amount of tickets had been sold.

For some reason, Food Truck Festivals of New England decided to sell an unseemly amount of tickets resulting in—you guessed it—excruciatingly long lines and food shortages.

UMass Boston Food Truck Festival Review: The Lines That Never End

The lines.  Oh the lines. They were terrible. Even the very unimpressive food trucks you’d find at any fair ground in the county had at least 30 minute wait lines.

The lines from each truck were so long that they stretched out from the outer lying circle of trucks into the middle, creating a giant whirlpool of hunger and chaos. Suddenly those silly VIP tickets made sense.

lines at Boston Food Truck Festival UMass

This is the line that never ends, yes it goes on and on my friend.

Despite promising to “live tweet” the event as @BOSfoodtruck, I almost instantly surrendered that idea, since I was pretty sure that only a few people would enjoy updates about how many places forward I’d managed to move in line every ten minutes.

Perhaps this day was especially grueling for me due to my ridiculously weak tolerance for sun and heat (gotta love that Irish heritage) as I spent my long waits in line glaring at the sun and hastily dumping more sunscreen on myself. After waiting 23 minutes for a slice of pizza, and then 50 minutes for a slider, I gave up on the thought of getting my money’s worth.

While it was fun to see New England’s food trucks all converged together to celebrate the wonder of mobile cuisine, the lack of shade and ridiculously long waits made the day an extreme disappointment, and to be quite frank, a bit miserable.

I’ll rescue myself from being a total crankster by reflecting on how nice it was to spend some time with fellow food truck fanatic and twitterer @Hybernaut. Like many others, we teamed up to divide and conquer by each waiting in a different food truck line with one another’s ticket, but in the end even that strategy wasn’t viable without at least a group of 4 or 5.

We checked in with Staff Meal (sporting their pretty new makeover) and Mei Mei’s Street Kitchen, both working tirelessly in the hot kitchens to serve the hungry masses.

Rocket Food Truck, food truck festivals of new england reviews

I got to try Rocket for the first time. The slider was good, but didn’t justify the 50 minute wait.

This UMass Boston Food Truck Festival was very disappointing and certainly fell well below of my expectations and excitement for this event. I had hoped the food truck festival would give me a chance to review new food trucks and sample a variety of food truck dishes, but I was lucky to get even the meager samples I did manage to scrounge up.

Food Truck Festivals: Buyer Beware!

I wouldn’t recommend attending one of these food truck festival events unless you know specifically how many tickets are being sold –I was told that although the trucks has been instructed to bring supplies for 1,000 servings, there were closer to 5,000 people attending the event.

If Food Trucks of New England wants to make these events work, they absolutely have to plan better, because today was a small disaster, and honestly ruined what could have been a gorgeous summer Sunday.

I would like to tell you about the few trucks I did sample, but the point would be moot—no slider or grilled cheese feels worth a 50 minute wait.

Did you attend the Boston Food Truck Festival at UMass Boston on June 10th? What was your experience? Am I just a crab or was it that terrible?

Update: Food Trucks Festivals of NE has posted this response addressing those unhappy with Wednesday. I don’t find it incredibly comforting personally, but at least they are admitting they did wrong.

The Dining Car

5 Jun

The Dining Car serves up great sandwiches on fresh focaccia bread, with a rotating menu to match the seasons.

If you spot The Dining Car’s bright orange truck, it’s worth stopping by to see what they’re serving.

Currently you’ll encounter some pretty fantastic-sounding items on The Dining Car’s spring menu, such as:

  • Honey Truffle Goat Cheese Sandwich – Marinated goat cheese spread, honey truffled walnuts, and greens with  sherry vinaigrette on French bread
  • Grilled Chicken Sandwich – Grilled chicken breast, avocado, sliced cucumber and wasabi aioli on a crusty baguette
  • Kielbasa, Peppers, Onions and Potato Sub – Smoky kielbasa with peppers, onions, potatoes, olive oil and garlic
  • Crispy Cauliflower – Fresh cauliflower florets lightly fried, served with curry aioli
  • Slow Roasted Australian Spring Lamb – Cooked low and slow with garlic, rosemary and thyme. Served warm with goat cheese and greens dressed with pomegranate vinaigrette.

The Dining Car Review: Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Grilled Chicken Dining Car

that’s one handsome sandwich!

I had the Grilled Chicken Sandwich minus cucumbers, which I can’t stand. The sandwich was decent, with the wasabi aioli adding a nice kick. The avocado didn’t do much for me, but I’ve always thought avocados are a bit overrated. I mean, they don’t really taste like anything–why do so many people go bonkers over them?

They are certainly high quality sandwiches, with fresh ingredients and wonderful breads.

Once again though, the price seems a bit steep for truck food. At $7-8 a sandwich, they aren’t cheap. Originally I wanted to get the goat cheese sandwich because I’m head over heels in love with goat cheese, but $7 seemed like too much for something that didn’t even have any meat in it.

In addition to the Grilled Chicken Sandwich, I also tried the Strawberry Shortcake, which was ridiculously delicious. Definitely try it if you stop by.

delicious strawberry shortcake

The Dining Car gets 3.5 out of 5 forks!

If you don’t mind the somewhat above average prices, you can certainly enjoy some great sandwiches here, and some really exceptional deserts.

I’ve also heard awesome things about Alex’s Ugly Sauce, but I completely missed it when I was there. Had it at SOWA last weekend and it’s great – try a dollop on your Dining Car sandwich and tell me what you think. Just beware the dragon.

What do you guys think of The Dining Car? Are the sandwiches worth the price?

Also, there are a number of food truck contests happening:

Are you attending the Boston Food Truck Festival at UMass Boston this weekend (June 10th)? I’ll be there, maybe I’ll see you?
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