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Chubby Chickpea Review: Falafel On Wheels – NEW & UPDATED!

23 Dec

The Chubby Chickpea food truck offers cheap Middle Eastern dishes for the mobile food lovers of Boston.

chubby chickpea food truckChubby Chickpea lacks some of the glamor you’ll see at other food trucks, but it still stands out with its mustard shading.

During my first visit to Chubby Chickpea back in March of 2012, I was a bit disappointment w/ our buddy Chubs.

They were out of a lot of food, including essentials like tabouli, and I wasn’t in love with the falafel. Despite my negative first review, I continued to hear good things about Chubby Chickpea, so decided to give them another shot.

This blog post is my new and updated review of Chubby Chickpea food truck.

Chubby Chickpea’s Falafel Plate

I tried the Chubby Chickpea’s most popular dish on the menu, the falafel plate. The falafel plate comes with hummus, pita bread, and Israeli salad, which is a mix of diced cucumbers and tomatoes.

This time around, the falafel was much improved from my last visit – a nice, crumbly outer layer with a moist, warm inside.

The serving sizes at Chubby Chickpea are very generous – heaps of tabouli & hummus, and plenty of falafel. Chubby Chickpea is a really great value – at $5-6 a sandwich and only a dollar more for a plate, it’s remarkably cheap for such huge servings.

For me, the star of the Chubby Chickpea meal has to be the tabouli – absolutely delicious with a unique taste. I asked Chubby Chickpea food truck manager Avi and he let me in on the secret ingredient – mint! I’ve never heard of mint in tabouli, but wow, it is GREAT!

Chubby Chickpea Review: 4 out of 5 forks

With giant portions of grub at a great value, Chubby Chickpea is an excellent choice for those in the mood for Mediterranean.

Avi explained to me that back in March, they were still getting a hang of the food truck biz, and have greatly improved since then. I absolutely agree! Check out Chubby Chickpea food truck next time you are in their area.

Mei Mei Street Kitchen: Creative Cuisine

15 May Mei-Mei-Food-Truck-9

Mei Mei Street Kitchen is a food truck that serves Chinese-American food with a modern twist.  Mei Mei’s is run by three siblings, joined together to fight against the forces of lack-luster Chinese food and bring dumplings to a higher standard.Mei Mei's Street Kitchen Food Truck

Mei Mei Street Kitchen food is made with locally sourced, sustainable ingredients, which means a 100% guilt-free lunch!

The folks at Mei Mei Street Kitchen are incredibly friendly and eager to chat with customers. They even handed out some awesome almond and green tea macaroons during the lunch time rush to make up for a small backup.

During my visit I got to meet Mei, the sis that shares her name with the food truck, and we talked about their rockin’ new spot on Stuart St. while her brother sizzled up some dumplings behind her on the grill. Dynamite team!

Mei Mei food truck has a rotating menu, offering various dishes depending on when you visit. It’s incredibly fun to follow Mei Mei’s food truck on twitter and see what their latest taste creation is. They are true food truck pioneers, often experimenting with new dishes.

Mei Mei Street Kitchen: Delectable Dumplings

Mei Mei offers a few dumpling variations. Being the meat-lover I am, I decided to try Mei Mei’s Blue Cheese and Pork dumplings.

Mei Mei's Dumplings

My experience with dumplings hasn’t always been stellar. Like many PF Changs eating Americans, I’m accustomed to dumplings being the obligatory Chinese food appetizer. With ordinary dumplings you’ll often encounter a thick outer shell with only the most meager sliver of meat tucked deep within folds of dough.

Mei Mei food truck breaks the common dumpling expectations by loading their dumplings with meat – good meat too! Shredded pork and savory blue cheese. I was at first doubtful that three dumplings could fill me up for lunch, but after only two I felt stuffed!

What is this new glorious dumpling that Mei Mei’s food truck has made? These aren’t your run-of-the-mill appetizers though—these dumplings are meals in their own right.

Three dumplings will cost you $5 – a cheap and filling lunch that will change the way you think about dumplings.

MeiMei Street Kitchen rescues the dumpling from its unfulfilling role as the pre-meal, SMG loaded snack and turns it into a main course worthy of admiration. Congratulations to the dumpling, who has finally found a caretaker to bring it from obscurity to stardom.

Scallion Pancake Sandwiches and Porky Rice Balls

If you love scallion pancakes, you will want to marry and devote your entire life to Mei Mei scallion pancake sandwiches, aka the Double Awesome Choose your veggie or carni(vore) option.Mei Mei's Scallion Pancake Sandwich

I went with the red-cooked braised beef, potatoes, and cheddar cheese scallion pancake sandwich, and it is truly divine.

Equally awe-inspiring are Mei Mei’s creative concoction of fried porky rice balls—a moist rice ball gently fried, with a pack of pork in the middle. It’s OK, you can drool. Drool away.

Mei Mei Street Kitchen gets 4 out of 5 forks.

Mei Mei Street Kitchen exemplifies what a great food truck can be—a chance to test out a wide array of wondrous food creations that leave customers forever indebted for blessing their taste buds. Mei Mei’s will surprise and delight you – an absolute food truck must-have!

Find out when Mei Mei food truck is in your neck of the woods, and share with us your experience! What is your favorite dish?’

Kickass Cupcakes Review: Round Two

10 Apr Kickass-Cupcakes-Truck_05

Leaving the office on a 73 degree day in Boston, entering the glorious sunshine, I was already feeling good. Then I saw the Kickass Cupcakes truck, and I knew one thing that could make this day even better: the glory of cupcakes!

Clearly others were thinking the same way, because as I ordered the Raspberry Truffle cupcake, the lady working at the kick ass cupcakes truck leaned out the window and peeled off the Raspberry Truffle sticker from the menu, signaling that mine had been the final order. My lucky day!

Kickass Cupcakes Review: Raspberry Truffle Doesn’t Skimp on the Filling

You may remember from my first review of the Kick Ass Cupcakes Truck that while the Red Velvet Cupcake had delicious frosting, the size and cake consistency were a bit disappointing.

The raspberry truffle cupcake reaffirmed my belief that kickass cupcakes have truly incredible frosting. You can tell it’s made with love by hand – nothing could be further from the sickeningly sweet and fake tasting birthday cake frosting you find at a child’s birthday.kickass-cupcakes-rasberry-truffle

The chocolate frosting on this cupcake was simply divine. The cake was a bit dry, but not terribly.

Biting into the middle, I was pleasantly surprised to find not just a tiny morsel of raspberry jam as I expected, but instead huge gooey pile of sweet jam that complemented the cake perfectly.

The whole cupcake eating experience couldn’t have been more than one minute; I inhaled the thing.

Following my new kickass cupcake experience, I’m pleased to reaffirm my original rating:

Kickass Cupcakes (continues to) get 3 out of 5 forks

Am I still a bit disappointed about the size? Sure. But these delicious little morsels are still worth it. Cupcakes continue to be the best way to end a day.

Something I noticed walking home after my cupcake delight – I don’t think I have ever bought a desert and saved it for later. The idea has simply never entered my head. Why would I buy something so delicious and eat it…later? Cookie, ice cream, cupcake, it is guaranteed to enter my stomach in five minutes or less.

It was near dinner time when I ate the Raspberry Truffle cupcake. It probably would have made more sense to save it for after dinner. But who has that kind of self-will anyway?

What about you guys? Do you save deserts? Or do you like the instant gratification like me?

More pictures below..

Red Bones Barbeque: Food Truck Review

2 Apr Redbones-Food-Truck_05

I saw the line for the Redbones Food Truck on Clarendon Street in Copley Square before I saw the truck itself.

(Mostly) men of all different shapes and sizes were waiting to fill that good ol’ fashioned carnivore craving. Construction workers in neon vests and businessmen in collared pastel shirts stood side by side.RedBones food truck line

The Red Bones Food Truck offers a number of meaty dishes for you to sample. Pick from choices like:

  • St Louis Ribs (in 1/4 rack, 1/2 rack, or full rack)
  • Pulled Pork Sandwich
  • Pulled Chicken Sandwich
  • BBQ Beef Sandwich
  • Portabello Mushroom Sandwich
  • Hound Dog

You’ll also find some varying specials depending on the day.

Better still, at the RedBones truck, you can get combo meals with some sides like the ones mom makes (well, not my mom- she can’t cook for baked beans).

Sides include:

  • Mac and Cheese
  • Potato Salad
  • Cole Slaw
  • Baked Beans
  • Dirty Rice
  • Grilled Veggies

I’m drooling just typing this.

Redbones Food Truck: The Precious Pulled Pork

I ordered the red bones pulled pork sandwich with a side of grilled vegetables. After getting my order, I moved on to the condiments table, where you can choose from some sweet sauce or hot sauce to add to your meaty meal.Red-bones-food-truck-pulled-pork

The pulled pork was just incredible – the sweet sauce complimented the tender meat perfectly. The pork itself was so juicy and flowing with deliciousness that it completely soaked the bun below it. Eating this like a normal sandwich was physically impossible, but a fork and knife did the trick.

I’ve had some good pulled pork before, and this mouthwatering meat competes with the best.

The veggies were good – a nice assortment of peppers, onions, summer squash, and zucchini. Pretty greasy, but that’s usually how it goes.

(Once Again) Lamenting Boston Food Truck Prices

So the meal was delightful, but again I found myself facing a conundrum I often encounter with food trucks – the price.

9$ (sandwich is $7 alone, add $2 for each side) is a fair price when you are going out to eat and sitting down to a delicious pulled pork sandwich in a restaurant. Maybe I’d expect that at the Red Bones main location in Somerville. But when you serve food from a truck, the price really should be cheaper.

The Redbones truck isn’t alone in this – it seems many food trucks lack the same consideration. Despite the high quality, you have to keep in mind the food truck’s origins as a ‘cheap n fast’ alternative. Food being served from a truck needs to be priced less than the usual rate, and less than the central location’s prices.

Anyhow, that’s my two cents. Do you guys agree? Should food trucks be cheaper than normal prices, even with gourmet quality food?

Despite the somewhat high price, I still have to give the Red Bones food truck a solid thumbs up review.

Redbones food truck gets 4 out of 5 forks

For a superbly wonderful pulled pork sandwich and an assortment of sides that would make Grandma proud.

My only regret is I didn’t notice the $1 cornbread. Oh well, looks like I’ll have to return to the Red Bones food truck. What a shame… ;)

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.


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