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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.

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.

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… ;)

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?

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.

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