August 4, 2014
THE HUNGER JAMES OFFICIAL RATING:
This past Sunday, I had my first ever encounter with a food truck.
Living in New York City, where food is as ubiquitous as yellow cabs and the sweet, smell of garbage, I had yet to order food from a truck, van, or even a Honda. It wasn’t until my vacation to Fort Lauderdale that I ate my first meal prepared in a vehicle.
I was at a bar with friends when we saw a BBQ Food Truck park outside. The truck was perfectly decorated to have the look and feel of a BBQ restaurant – just with wheels, complete with a decorative grill and a painted picture of a pig. I told my friends that we (I) needed to eat there.
Luckily, the bar we were at actually ALLOWED outside food inside, so we chugged the remaining beer in our glasses, ordered another round and then headed outside for some lunch.
I am sure many of you reading this have actually visited some sort of food truck, but just like having a Google email account and watching the first season of Breaking Bad, I am a little behind the times.
The menu was small, with just a few options to choose from, which makes sense because they have to haul over all the ingredients on the Florida Turnpike every day. From chicken to pork, ribs to brisket, Legends BBQ had everything a fantastic BBQ joint would have (with the exception of corn bread, but don’t worry, I already complained).
Having not seen each other in quite some time, the entire afternoon between us was filled with catching up, stories, and lots of laughter. Except for the ten minutes in which we all devoured our food.
Now, I am not the biggest pork fan (with bacon being the exception to the rule) but I have to say, the pork was delicious. So tender with just the right amount of smoky flavor. The potato salad was extremely refreshing for such a hot day and the mac and cheese was heavenly.
For this being my first food truck experience, I have to say that I am VERY impressed and when I get back to NYC, I will have to scope out some food trucks in the area!
Being able to –finally – eat meat (Yeah! The Vegetarian Challenge is over!) I decided upon the pork plate with a side ofpotato salad and macaroni and cheese. We all grabbed our portable Styrofoam containers and headed back inside the bar, where our chilled brews were patiently waiting for us.