It isn’t often that you hear of a food truck serving up tacos varios on this side of the border. When we heard about a local food truck changing their menu over to serving only tacos varios, it was hard to resist the urge of going as soon as possible. The last meal that I enjoyed from The Gathering Spot Bistrotruck was their Trifecta Grilled Cheese. That was one of the best versions of a grilled cheese that I have had, and wouldn’t expect any less from their new venture.
We try to make it to Tijuana at least every other weekend. One of the major attractions: The tacos. I am all about trying new places, and will gladly take any suggestions. Our friend Efren is close childhood friends with the son of Aaron, and they have been raving about these tacos for the longest time. Why didn’t we go sooner? I have absolutely no idea, but I can tell you that we will definitely be back more often.
When I first saw that there were going to be two new trucks at the Eastlake Food Truck Gathering, I knew we had to go try out the food. Many of you have most likely heard of Devilicious not only from being from San Diego, but also competing on the Great Food Truck Race on Food Network. Chubby’s was the other truck that was going to be a new addition at the food truck gathering line-iup. Walking up to the event you can already tell how much more well known it is becoming. The first couple of times we had been, there were lines, but definitely none like we saw this night. I love that there is such a great event happening in this part of town. Wednesday’s are actually something to look forward to now in my book.
Devilicious Food Truck
If you were standing anywhere in close proximity to the Devilicious Food Truck you inhale the intoxicating smell of caramelized onions and butter. I could actually hear people walking by saying, “Wow! What is that amazing smell?” We knew that we had to order their Butter Poached Lobster Grilled Cheese. I really loved the addition of caramelized onions on a grilled cheese. Those alone are two wonderful ingredients, and then comes buttery lobster on a sandwich. You really can’t go wrong. The sandwich came with a side salad, which I enjoyed very much. It added a light feeling to the overall meal, even if you were eating all of that butter, lobster and cheese. The greens were drizzled with a simple balsamic vinegar dressing, that also added a delightful bite. If you want some comfort food and to perhaps let yourself indulge a bit, order this sandwich the next time you are at the Devilicious Food Truck.
Chubby’s Food Truck
The first item I saw on Chubby’s menu were the burgers. They pride themselves on using 100& Angus beef, so why not go ahead and order a burger. I ordered the Paradise burger. The meat was incredibly juicy, and actually pink in the middle which I loved! The slightly toasted Ciabatta bun was a nice twist to the traditional sesame seed bun. The burger was topped with a “Paradise” salsa that added a nice fruity and tropical touch to the overall meal. I loved the quality of meat and ingredients of this burger. I would definitely recommend that you try out the food from Chubby’s Food Truck. You don’t have to order a hamburger. They also offer wraps and different types of Mexican food as well.
“Street Food” is definitely becoming much more well known and popular these days. I know that a lot of us grew up eating food from either street vendors or food trucks, but until now no one had really started making such a big deal. It was just somewhere to eat delicious food, that you kept going back for. El Gallito is officially on my list of favorites. You pull into a parking lot , and at first you are like “Hmm..Tortas being sold next to a Toys R Us..how good can they be?!” Oh, believe me you are in for a real treat! Tortas Ahogadas, otherwise known as a “Drowned Sandwich” are what they are known for. Traditionally a Torta is made with a soft and slightly toasted Bolillo. These Tortas on the other hand have to made with a thicker and crunchier version in order to withstand the sauce. You can order a mild or spicy version. We opted for the spicy one. Now, I am going to say this isn’t the easiest sandwich to eat especially if you are on the go, but every bite has you still wanting more, no matter how messy you get. The inside is filled with very well seasoned and incredibly juicy pork. The pork was delicious enough to eat on its own, but the bead and sauces make the whole dish complete. They all compliment each other so perfectly.
I love the addition of the pickled onions over the top. They add such a beautiful contrast of color, as well as texture and a surprisingly mild note to the tomato and chile based sauces. I am already waiting for the next time we head over to El Gallito.It could very well turn into one of those “cravings”, especially knowing that it is so close to us.
The next time you are in the area, make your way over to El Gallito for a Torta Ahogada. Take a few “messy” moments to sit down and really enjoy this drowned sandwich.
On a Wednesday night in Eastlake, there is no better place to be than the Eastlake Food Truck Gathering. It is such a lovely environment. You are surrounded by amazing food, great music, and the company of others.
This time around my husband ordered the Korean BBQ Burrito from Asian Persuasion. This is one monster of a burrito filled with numerous colors and flavors. It was wrapped up in a flour tortilla, which I believe surpassed the quality of most taco shops. The steak was marinated in their home made sauce, and was nuzzled up next to a crunchy and acidic slaw. For just a little bit more texture, there was also rice thrown into the mix. If you are looking for a different spin on a burrito, this is your match.
Have I already mentioned that I am so ready for the Fall? Well, if not, I truly am. The feeling of the crisp, cool air, and the wonderful foods and flavors that come along with it. Having a grilled cheese with Tomato soup is a must once the weather decides to drop a little. It is such a classic combination. The Trifecta Grilled Cheese from The Gathering Spot Bistrotruck has to be one of the best versions of this classic that I have ever tasted. If you are thinking, come on Kristin it’s just a Grilled Cheese. This is one version that will make you think differently of the ordinary Grilled Cheese. It was filled with three melty and gooey cheeses. Those were Smoked Gouda, Sharp Cheddar, and Pepper Jack. Their tomato soup was a shot of Gazpacho. This was so perfect for the summer heat. Alone each one of these is tasty, and then dipping the grilled cheese into the Gazpacho, it doesn’t get much better.
The SD Sweet Treats Truck was the holding up the sweet end of the deal. I had been eyeing the Eclair since last week, because then unfortunately it was sold out. They aren’t kidding when they say “Large Eclair”. This luscious dessert is filled with both custard and whipped cream. It was such a delightful ending to another great time at the Food Truck Gathering. A little word of advice though. The SD Sweet Treats Truck sells out fast! I headed that way towards the end of the night, and I was lucky to get the Eclair. The best idea would be to get what you want as you walk in, and set it aside for later. You don’t necessarily have to set it aside, it may be a bit hard to resist.
A couple of weeks ago some friends of ours mentioned that there was a little food truck gathering in our neighborhood. We couldn’t make it at the time, but this week when my husband told me they were back, we weren’t going to miss it. I was especially excited because there were trucks that were going to be there, that we didn’t get a chance to try at the Del Mar Food Truck Festival.
Mangia Mangia Food Truck
The Mangia Mangia truck was our first stop, and it set a wonderful tone for the rest of the evening. I ordered the Spicy Snails. I know there are a lot of people out there that even get scared of the word snail, but you really shouldn’t, these were absolutely delicious. They had a nice texture, and not chewy at all. Nothing is worse than a tough and chewy snail right?! The word spicy was in the title, and these little guys held up to that expectation. It was a “good” spicy. I know that some people might think, well what does a “good” spicy necessarily mean? It wasn’t that knocks your socks off, can’t even finish this dish spicy. It was the perfect addition of kick to the overall dish. The snails were surrounded by a creamy Risotto that was cooked just right. I was more than happy that this was my dish that started off the night.
A friend of ours ordered the Bone Marrow. This was yet again another tasty dish from the Mangia Mangia truck. Bone Marrow is one of my husbands favorites, yes, besides hamburgers. He actually closed his eyes when he took his first bite. That’s when you know something is good. It was like biting into this amazingly rich and velvety delight. I will definitely be returning back to the Mangia Mangia truck the next time that we catch them. If it was up to me, I would try each and every thing that their menu has to offer.
Super Q Food Truck
The Super Q food truck was next in line. I can honestly admit that I don’t have a ton of experience with bbq. We have eaten at a couple of places, but it is always a type of food that I have wanted to try more often. We ordered the Super Q Beef Brisket Melt. This melt consisted of juicy brisket, 3 cheese mac and cheese, caramelized onions, and cheddar cheese. All of this in between two toasted slices of Sourdough bread. Doest that not make your mouth water just thinking about it? Putting Mac and Cheese inside of a sandwich might not be an every day move, but it sure was a smart one. It added that extra texture, and just in case it needed it, more cheesiness. Come hungry when you visit the Super Q Food Truck, you will not be disappointed.
You guys knew that we couldn’t attend anything food related without ordering some kind of hamburgers right? We ordered the Bangkok Sliders from Asian Persuasion. These handsome little guys are packed with flavor. Every bite you just get more and more flavors and textures to explore. These took sliders to a whole new level for me. One of my favorite parts was that the bun was Hawaiian bread. The slightly sweet and pillowy bun enveloped a juicy little patty full of beautiful flavor profiles. You get a kick of spice, sweetness, and even a bit of tang. Light and crunchy Won Ton Chips accompany these little beauties. If you are into hamburgers, and want to experience a different side, you must try the Bangkok sliders.
You would think that we would be too full to continue by this point, but no, we were on a mission. Hey, it was my birthday eve after all. We ordered the Spicy Pork Tacos from The Gathering Spot Bistrotruck. They were the perfect size, and the first thing I noticed was how colorful they were. These pork tacos had a lot going on, but it all worked together nicely. Yes, that is pineapple you see.. The sweetness paired well with the slight sourness of the pickled onions, and the spiciness of the Tomatillo salsa. These were great little tacos, and I loved that the corn tortillas tasted so fresh. The quality of a tortilla can really make a world of a difference. In this case, it rounded out the whole taco and made it a lovely eating experience.
You can’t have all of this savory goodness, without ending on a sweet note. Cannoli, you are one of my all time favorite desserts. I remember as a kid my Dad and I used to try them whenever they were offered on the menu. I have tasted the good, the bad, and of course the mediocre cannoli. I saw the crushed pistachio, and automatically got excited. These were delicious. They were not too sweet, and had a delightful creamy interior.
The Red Velvet Cake was nice as well. Unfortunately for it, I had the Cannoli right before, and I was a bit full from the whole evening.
Even after this little event was finished, we still couldn’t get enough of our “Food Truck Fix”. Until we meet again trucks!
Food Trucks Light up the Night
We ventured out to the Del Mar Race Track to try some delicious eats at the Del Mar Gourmet Food Truck Festival. The sun was bright and shining, and it was packed with people. I knew that we weren’t going to get to every single truck, but we made a few stops that were well worth the lines.
I have been watching Chef Ludo Lefebvre’s Show, Ludo Bites on the Sundance channel. It’s a reality show about pop-up restaurants, that I have really been drawn to. As soon as I saw that the Ludo Truck was in the lineup for this festival, I knew that was going to be a definite stop on the list. My husband was sweet enough to wait in the long line, while I waited in the line over at Waffles de Liege. We ordered the two piece Honey – Glazed Garlic wings, which came with a side of Ludo Slaw. These wings were so incredibly juicy, and full of flavor. The honey glaze was both sweet and savory. It had just the perfect amount of sweetness next to the Ludo Slaw. The Ludo slaw was absolutely delicious! It had a nice fresh flavor and acidity to it. This helped to balance out the fried goodness. The long line (Sorry dear husband) was definitely worth the wait for this amazing chicken and slaw. I can not wait to try out what else their menu has to offer.
I saw Waffles de Liege the second that we walked into the event. I wanted to run towards it, but I figured walking briskly might look a little bit more lady like. We ordered two Original Liege Waffles, each with a different set of toppings. This was probably one of the more difficult decisions of the day.
My Dad ordered his waffle topped with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and Chocolate and Caramel sauce. The waffle had such a wonderful texture and flavor to it. You get a bit of crisp and chewiness in each bite.
I chose to have my waffle topped with Speculoos and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. I am normally not a Vanilla ice cream kind of girl, but this Vanilla Bean ice cream was so tasty. They use Fosselman’s Hand-Made Ice Cream, which is made with out preservatives. Okay, so let me get back to the Speculoos. What is that you might ask? Don’t worry, I had to ask myself. Speculoos is actually a Belgian cookie which is ground up to make the spread. It is a Caramel ginger spread that is seriously out of this world. Nutella was on the menu as well, but sorry Nutella I might have found a bit of competition for you when it comes down to waffle toppings. Wow, I never thought that there would be a spread comparable to that Chocolatey hazelnut deliciousness.
The Miho Gastrotruck has been a food truck that has been on our list for awhile now. Their line was surprisingly short, which for the people that didn’t try out this understated truck, they sure missed out. Sure the truck isn’t as colorfully decorated as its fellow surrounding truck neighbors, but the food is of great quality.
We ordered their Bloody Mary Burger with a side of Flower Blossom Salad. This burger had so many incredible textures and flavors to it. It was a very well seasoned grass fed beef patty topped with Bloody Mary Catsup, Blue cheese, and House pickled local wax pepper and green beans. All of this was tied together with a local Brioche bun. I loved the pickled Green Beans. I would never think to put that on a burger, but it made perfect sense. The salad was full of complex flavors, but at the same time was so light and fresh. The Flower Blossom salad is made up of local lavender, borage, squash blossoms, shaved local cucumber, and local mixed greens. Drizzled over the top is a local orange vinaigrette. The citrus and bright notes are so perfect for summer.
This was our second time seeing the Great Balls on tires food truck. This time we didn’t get a chance to try it, but we enjoyed a taste of their “balls’ at the LA Street Food Fest.
The Nom Nom Truck. Let me tell you about a line. Unfortunately the long line wrapped around in a snake like coil didn’t really seem to pleasing to me at the time. The sun was beating down on us, and the asphalt was practically burning through my sandals. I am sure that it is well worth the wait, but we will have to catch them next time.
Overall, it was a new and fun experience. Food Trucks have become all the rage lately, and you can definitely see why. I can honestly say that I have eaten better food out of a truck then some restaurants that I have been to. It’s a shame that we didn’t get to try more of the trucks that were there, but now that gives us more of a chance to chase them down. Another lovely day of Good bites and good times.