If you are a foodie, a wannabe foodie or just like to eat a lot, you may have noticed the rise in popularity of food trucks. No longer the “roach coaches” serving “street meat,” today’s food trucks are awesome and serve everything from grilled cheese to BBQ to cupcakes and more.
Last Sunday, I took the family to the WZLX Monster Food Truck Festival at Shopper’s World in Framingham. It was an unusually warm 80+degree day in New England and it was a great excuse to 1) be outside, 2) shop and 3) eat. I think that is a trifecta right there! The event boasted about 10 different food trucks, serving everything from lobster rolls to BBQ, ice cream and cupcakes. The event started at 11am but we arrived early. My husband and I split up and each hit a different truck right as they opened. After our first course, we got some more! We were smart and lucky…by noon, some lines were over an hour-long! Here’s what we got:
- Grilled Cheese Nation: Boston Common (Grafton Vermont cheddar iggy’s organic pain de mie bread) and Brie Me Up Brie (Blythdale farm brie with sliced local asian pear iggy’s organic pain de mie bread). My husband was boring and ordered the Boston Common. Safe. I ordered the Brie Me Up and it was a good combo. However…in the end, it was grilled cheese. At least we didn’t wait in line for it. I can make these and better at home.
- Spoon: I had some bites of a friends food from here. She had the BBQ bowl and it included Pulled Pork or Smoked Chicken, Burnt Ends Baked Beans, Vinegar Slaw and Bacon Scallion Hush Puppie. Delish. And my friend is a Southern Girl and she gave it thumbs up!
- Woodman’s of Essex: This isn’t a true food truck, rather they were promoting their catering business…but who cares…I love Woodman’s. I had a clam strip cone for $5 and it was so yummy! They also had a great system going and managed the lines well.
- Frozen Hoagies: Cookies + ice cream = YES PLEASE! We ordered my daughter chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream…but the options were endless!
- Snappy Dogs: My husband waited in this line because my two-year-old said she wanted a hot dog. She’s never had a hot dog in her life…but he waited for her…and of course she didn’t even want to take a bite. But he got himself a chicken sausage and topped it with wasabi may and said it was delicious.
If you didn’t get in line right at 11am, you likely waited 45 minutes to an hour for some of the most popular items. Crazy huh? They could have used a larger footprint to help position lines better, some drink carts (you had to wait in food lines for drinks), and more trucks to help spread out lines.
Our time at the food truck festival had me thinking, food trucks are the best thing for parents since chicken nuggets.
Why? Because you get to “go out to eat” in a spot that is really kid friendly!!! Ha, okay, I may be exaggerating a bit…but you see my point. And it was obvious with the amount of strollers that I saw. But you don’t have to wait for another food truck festival to get your eat on…create your own food truck tour.
My sister-in-law Lindsay lives in Seattle and when she visits, we always try to do something fun. When she visited in the spring, we did a food truck tour. Here is how to do it:
- Google some of Boston’s finest food trucks to find out their locations. Check their Twitter and Facebook pages because they often change locations on a daily basis.
- Some of Boston’s finest trucks include those mentioned above, along with Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, Clover, Bon Me, Momogoose, Lefty’s Silver Cart and Fillbelly’s.
- Mark out all the locations on a map and then create your own tour.
- It’s best when a little walking is involved so you can walk off what you just ate, in order to make room to eat more
- Sometimes driving is involved (or taking the T)
- Check menus out online too so you can plan the best route based not just on location but on the order you want to eat food in…maybe save cupcakes for last.
Back in April, our food truck tour started in City Hall Plaza and then took us out to the Greenway. It’s a great way to see Boston, eat out with the kiddies and have a fun activity!