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Boston Students Surveyed About Food Trucks: A Guest Post

1 Aug

Hey street grub foodies!

Today we’ve got a special treat – a guest post from food truck fan Stephane Mourani. Stephane is a Boston transplant originally from France, offering his unique take on Boston street food culture as a BU student and expat. Enjoy!

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Coming from Paris, I was already familiar with what we French people call “Camion Ambultant” (Ambulant truck). If you have ever been to Paris your path has definitely crossed with one one these trucks: Le Camion Qui Fume, Le Cantine California’ Goody’s, La Caravane Dorée or Le Refectoire. They are the first generation of food trucks still in vogue in Paris and still delicious!

truck creperie in Boston

Boston and Paris aren’t so far apart

As I made my way to Boston to continue my studies at BU, I was honestly surprised by the number food trucks scattered in the city. I later discovered that 54 food trucks were licensed in the city and that Mayor Menino had personally been involved in the 2011 food truck initiative and following food truck lotteries.

Campus food trucks offer a change from the usual Chipotle, Panera and Bolocco diet we college students are used to, with everything from sandwiches and tacos to vegan juice and cupcakes. As SMG senior Mark Sullivan puts it, “Food trucks are tasty, convenient, and cheap,” adding that “it’s a great escape from the never-changing dining hall and average restaurants.” Mobile food trucks give students the chance to explore new appetites with original trucks popping up every spring.

Helen Malloy, a junior in CAS, is not a fast food person but says that she cannot escape her Monday and Tuesday rendezvous with Clover and Taco Party. The latter is a vegetarian-only taco truck. Helen notes, “I like having some more variety and there aren’t a lot of places that offer vegetarian options, so I’m always thrilled at the sight of Taco Party”

taco party food truck boston

Yang Yoon, a sophomore in CAS, said that she’s always hungry for Bon Me, a Vietnamese inspired food truck. Yang says, “I eat there simply because I live in the towers and often want to change from the dining hall. I wish I could use my dining points there.”

BonMe Food Truck chillin' outside the Prudential center

But not everyone is in love with the food trucks on BU campus, Travis Jones, a College of Engineering junior, says he never eats at food trucks. “ I just don’t like this food truck invasion – they ‘re popping like mushrooms! I feel that most of them are just here to surf the wave.”

While opinions on food trucks vary across the BU campus, most students are happy to make food trucks a part of their daily diet. As for me, my passion for food trucks was ignited in Paris, and I believe that fire will burn even stronger as I look forward to sampling all the trucks Boston has to offer.

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Stephane Mourani is currently an Associate at Argopoint LLC, a trusted adviser to the legal departments of Fortune 500 companies. Argopoint works strategically to formulate strategies to significantly increase legal performance and efficiency.

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.

UPDATE:
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.

Boston Super Dog

4 Oct

On September 15 I headed out to Somerville Riverfest.

The festival was partnered with Assembly Row and featured live music, activities, bouncy castles for kids, and, of course, food trucks! It was a beautiful day and a great opportunity to try some new Boston food trucks.

Hot dogs are one of those foods that people can get pretty passionate about.

Loads of people will tell you how terribly processed they are, but I think many of us harbor a soft spot in our hearts for this disturbingly oblong childhood staple. Nothing brings comfort and evokes the American spirit quite like a ballpark frank.

 Boston Super Dog Review

Boston Super Dog (formerly known as Boston Speed Dog) isn’t the cheap mystery-meat hotdog of your toddler years. The Boston Super Dog is the overlord of all hot dogs.

For one, it’s absolutely humongous. They should be calling this thing a wolf dog. It’s one of those lovely foods you stare at for a few minutes as you develop a plan of attack.

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These 8 inch hot diggidy dogs are made fresh with 100% all beef and come with an assortment of homemade toppings of BBQ, chili, mustard, onions, and cranberry relish, made by Chef Greg himself.

How to order your dog: Get it loaded. The toppings make the dog, and you’ll be missing out if you don’t get it with everything.

Boston Super Dogs Takes “Top Dog” Title

Boston Super Dog has won Best Hot Dog by “Best of Boston 2012″ and also earned the title of “America’s Top Dog” by Wall Street Journal, making it a must-taste on the lists of travelers visiting Boston.

What makes the Super Dog king of the wieners?

The toppings naturally set it apart, but Boston Super Dogs are also soaked in an apple cider and brown sugar marinade, giving the meat a unique flavor.

Don’t Forget the Fried Pickles!

Although I abhor cucumbers, I go nuts over pickles, so of course I couldn’t pass up Boston Super Dog’s deep fried Grillo’s pickles. Amazing! Pickle fans everywhere, rejoice!

 Boston Super Dog: Ratingsuper-dog-boston

Boston Super Dogs are fantastic without a doubt.

At $8 a dog, they are probably one of the most expensive hot dogs you’ll ever eat, but then again, this is a delicious wolf dog we are talking about.

 Boston Super Dogs gets 4 out of 5 Forks.

Boston Super Dogs prove that hot dogs can no longer be labeled as strictly child’s food. A bit cheaper would be nice, but perfection can be pricey. Do not miss out on this champion of Boston food.

Clover Food Truck

27 Aug

I got the chance to try the Clover Food Lab food truck during my SoWa visit a couple weeks back,

If you’re a Bostonian who hasn’t hit up SoWa yet, you’re missing a wonderful experience. The SoWa open market (South Of Washington, for the curious) is an awesome venue where one can spend Sunday afternoons browsing local crafts and artwork, shopping at the farmers market, and a variety of those oh-so-awesome food trucks.

Clover Food Truck

The creation of MIT graduate Ayr Muir and chef Rolando Robledo, Clover was one of the first Boston food trucks of the higher standard (selling something besides hotdogs and ninja-turtle head ice cream with bubble gum eyes), opening way back in 2008.

For a long time Clover food truck mostly catered to the MIT crowed, fine tuning their menu and learning from their food truck experience to add more trucks to their fleet and ultimately open a brick and mortar restaurant (the ultimate goal of many food trucks) in Cambridge.

Clover Food Lab is well known for their incredibly fresh and vegan-friendly food. I mean honestly, the vegetarians just won’t shut up about it. Meaties like me are going crazy over Clover too.

Clover promises to use only the freshest local ingredients (often times organic as well), and this commitment shows in their food.

The chickpea fritter sandwich I ordered looked like a piece of art with its lush purple and green veggies. The cool vegetables combined with the warm fried chickpea and soft pita bread, alongside generous heaps of hummus, created a sandwich truly worthy of admiration.

In addition to mind-blowingly amazing sandwiches, Clover also offers rosemary fries that people rave about. I wasn’t all that impressed with them, but maybe I’m the odd one out.

Clover Food Lab also offers drip coffee hand-dripped. What does that mean? It looks a bit something like this:

So fancy—it’s like you are in Paris!

Boston’s Clover Food Truck vs. Cucumbers

To understand how amazing these sandwiches are, I want to digress a little. As you may have seen from past blog posts, I do not like cucumbers. In fact I despise them. Even the smell of them makes me gag.

So when I unwittingly encountered cucumbers in my Clover sandwich, I was crestfallen. Can I ask them to send it back? I thought. But then something amazing happened—I decided to try it. And you know what, it was all right. Heck, it was good! So thank you Clover, for getting me to eat cucumbers for the first time in approximately 18 years. A word to the cucumbers: don’t push your luck pal.

Food Trucks Boston Rating: Clover Food Lab gets 5 out of 5 Forks

Delicious sandwiches made with the freshest veggies for $5 a pop? Does it get any better (I know—cow, bacon, poultry—but other than that)?

Paris Creperie Food Truck: La Tour Eiffel

3 Aug

As an established crepe lover, I’ve visited the Paris Creperie cafe in Coolidge Corner several times in the past, always astounded with the wonder of their crepes.

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Paris Creperie’s La Tour Eiffel Crepe Truck

I was overjoyed when I found out they were embarking into food truck territory with their pink La Tour Eiffel crepe cart.

In true Parisian fashion, La Tour Eiffel is stylin’ with artistic silhouettes and French postmarks, reminding us that a crepe is more than just an super-thin-pancake-sandwich (as us crass Americans think of them)—it’s a part of French cuisine culture.

Paris Creperie’s La Tour Eiffel food truck is so stylish that its design has been awarded top prize in Mobile Cuisine’s Best Food Truck Graphic Design Contest.

truck creperie in Boston

Paris Creperie Food Truck Crepe Menu

La Tour Eiffel crepe food truck is more than just a pretty face though—the truck offers up some of the Brookline location’s best menu dishes, including:

Savory CrepesBoston Crepe Truck Menu

  • Rosemary Chicken Crepe: rosemary infused crepe with melted brie, garlic sautéed mushrooms and onions, sundried tomatoes, and chicken. $8
  • Ham & Brie Crepe: tarragon infused crepe with melted brie, ham, and spinach. $8
  • Lili’s Love Crepe: scallion infused crepe with chedder cheese, garlic sautéed mushrooms and onions, broccoli, tomatoes, and spinach. $8
  • Mediterranean Crepe: tarragon infused crepe with gruyere cheese, turkey, sautéed mushrooms, kalamata olives, tomatoes, and spinach.

Sweet Crepes

  • Brie & Apples Crepe: cinnamon infused crepe with melted brie cheese, cinnamon covered apples and pears, & honey. $8
  • Nutella Crepe: everyone’s favorite chocolate and hazelnut spread. $5 (add bananas, strawberries, or blueberries for $1)
  • Butter & Brown Sugar Crepe: crepe with soft butter and sweet brown sugar—an old classic! Try adding lemon juice for a kick. $5

Smoothies

  • Nutella Frozen Hot Chocolate Smoothie: the ever-popular blend of skim milk, frozen yogurt, and heaps of Nutella.
  • Mango Smoothie: tangy blend of mango juice, strawberries, and peaches.

Paris Creperie Food Truck Review

Stopping by on my way home from work, I nabbed a rosemary chicken crepe which was packed with chicken, sundried tomatoes, and soft brie cheese.

The crepe batter was fantastic, cooked to just the right consistency between crunchy and soft.boston crepes

The Paris Creperie food truck, La Tour Eiffel, brings fabulous crepes and a little piece of France to Boston.

Paris Creperie Food Truck Gets 4 out of 5 Forks

Check out the La Tour Eiffel schedule and try the crepes for yourself! What do you think?

What is your favorite crepe?

How does it stack up against others?

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?

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?

Bon Me Food Truck: 5 Star Vietnameese Cuisine

26 Apr bonme food truck noodles

Bon Me Boston Food Truck Review

With the resurgence of food truck culture in Boston this April, I’ve been thrilled to start trying out new food trucks around town.

This week I visited the Boston food truck Bon Me, which now has a new prime location outside of the Prudential building near the Christian Science Center.

BonMe Food Truck chillin' outside the Prudential center

The long awaited BonMe food truck!

I had already heard good things about this Vietnamese-inspired food truck, so I was pretty psyched to hear that they were parking right outside my office.

Bon Me has a flat $6 rate for their meals, and you get to choose from your choice of:

  • Rice bowl (brown or white rice)
  • Noodle salad (buckwheat soba or rice noodles) and a choice of dressing
  • Vietnamese sandwich

Then you get to choose your filling of either:

  • Spice-rubbed chicken
  • BBQ Pork
  • Organic Tofu & Shitaki Mushroom

Each option comes loaded with bean sprouts, carrots, daikon, cilantro, etc. You can check out the full menu on their site.

 Bon Me Food Truck Review: Sampling the Soba Noodle Salad

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delicious soba noodles and pork!

I ordered the soba noodle salad with miso shredded pork (didn’t see that option on their online menu, but it was there when I went) and a spicy peanut sauce.

While I didn’t get a drink, the Thai iced tea and spicy-ginger lemonade seemed definitely worth trying as well.

The Bon Me verdict: 100% incredible!

The brown to-go box that BonMe serves their Vietnamese cuisine in was generously filled with heaps of soft, savory pork with just the right kick of flavor. The meal featured piles of noodles, crunchy veggies, and a mound of meat presented in a picturesque scene of lunch-time delight.

I also got to sample Bon Me’s rice bowl with cilantro peppercorn chicken (yes, it was as amazing as it sounds). Equally fantastic and filling. Bon Me also knows how to rock sweet 90s tunes, which turns a short wait for lunch into a nostalgia-filled trip with the Backstreet Boys and Bare Naked Ladies.

At Bon Me, I paid for this first time with Level Up, which I highly recommend as they are fond of giving credits and you can get points for eating! Imagine that. (P.S. When you sign up for Level Up, use the promo code COBALT and get a $10 credit!)

Bon Me Food Truck: Big Nom Nom Value

The BonMe food truck portions are impressive, keeping me happy and full well into dinner.

At only $6 a pop, BonMe is a real food truck value.

You’ve heard me complain a few times before about Boston food truck prices being a bit unreasonable, but BonMe separates itself from the pack by offering large portions for cheap food truck prices.

BonMe Food Truck gets 5 out of 5 forks!

You may have noticed that I haven’t given any food trucks a 5 star rating in the past. Generally, I am hesitant to give 5 stars, whether it be for food reviews or in regards to online dating profiles. What can I say? There is always room for improvement. Well, almost always. I can’t think of much else BonMe could do better, so they get the honor of the first 5 star rating. Congrats guys!

Why you you’ll love it: The food is fantastic, the servings are huge, and the prices are perfect.

I was so excited about the new food truck that I brought a group of co-workers along. Now my whole office is hooked, and you will be too!

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..

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