Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo – 2nd Edition

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The Southern Belle

The Three Friends were ready for second 2014 Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo. We had each made our picks off the Highlights Menu and I had organized our selections according to the Rodeo map and made assignments for each of us. Then early this morning The Traveler let us know about car troubles and that she wouldn’t be able to join us. So the Bad Boy and I made a few adjustments and headed for the rodeo with our Early Bird bands in place.

Once again the weather was perfect for the rodeo. When we arrived we took a few minutes to take in the wonderful aromas that greeted us and sights on the street. We could see the food trucks getting ready for early birds 12:30 start, visiting with each other or talking with people on the street.   After a few minutes of soaking up the spirit of the food truck rodeo, it was time for the Bad Boy and I to put our plan into action. Our revised plan was for each of us to start at opposite ends of Fayetteville Street and meet in the middle with our food truck delights.

Lesson learned from the first rodeo was that the line at Chirba Chirba gets very long very fast, so I made Chirba Chirba my first stop and then began my trek towards the center. When Bad Boy and I met up around Martin Street, we had quite a spread of tasty selections: Chirba Chirba – Juicy Buns and Ginger Chicken Bun; King Creole– Blackened Pork Chop; Stoke and Smoke– “Burnt Ends” Brisket platter, and Chai’s Global Street Food– Korean Cheese Steak. I was not disappointed by any; however my favorites were the Burnt Ends Brisket and Blackened Pork Chop. The “Burnt Ends” brisket was nice and juicy with a sauce that was the perfect blend of Down East and Western NC barbeque sauces. Another added touch to the platter was real butter for the roll.   The presentation of the Blackened Pork Chop was outstanding with the pork chop atop a bed of dirty rice and some greens on the side. The pork chop had just the right amount of heat and sweet and the dirty rice was just right.

Besides enjoying the food today, I also enjoyed talking with others partaking in the rodeo. At Chirba Chirba I met another early birder with an insulated bag and plastic containers who said it’s so much good food at the rodeo she liked to take some home to have later in the week. Further down the street I ran into some tablemates from the stuff your face dinner and we took a few minutes to compare notes. After finishing our smorgasbord lunch, we were taking a few minutes to sit back and people watch when a first time “rodeoer” couple from Fayetteville asked us for recommendations. We shared the highlight menu with them and they shared they had tried a very good pulled pork sandwich from Red Hot and Blue. Then there were the two brothers who were enjoying treats from Belgium Waffology Truck. The brothers highly recommended Waffology.

We missed you Traveler.

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The Bad Boy

Unlike the earlier Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo, held back on May 4th, Team Triangle Street Eats had decided that we would attend this one with more zeal. We had devised a plan of attack, and had spent time reviewing the map, as well as the menu to determine whom we would visit, and who would be responsible for collecting which items. Early this morning, the Southern Belle and myself learned that we had to modify this plan, because the Traveler had car trouble, and she would not be accompanying us.

We quickly condensed our menu, and were ready to attend shortly before 11am with a new plan. Using a divide-and-conquer approach to collecting our samples, we were seated and ready to dissect and devour our selection before 1 pm.

The selection, as mentioned in the Belle’s posting above, was designed to cover an array of foods and a spectrum of flavorings. If I had to say, I would admit that I was pleasantly surprised by the blackened pork chop. I mean, I am one of those people that think that everything is better blackened! The dumplings from Chirba Chirba were spectacular, and lived up to their billing. I look forward to giving all of the food trucks we visited today a proper review. I hope that they look forward to serving us as well.

I couldn’t help but procure a 4-pak of Not Just Icing’s cupcakes before we left, you know – for later in the week. If there was a fifth food group, it’d have to be cupcakes…right? If you have never attended one of these events, you will have an opportunity on August 10 from 4-9 pm. Go to http://www.downtownraleighfoodtruckrodeo.com to learn more. Until next time, Stay hungry my friends…Badboy.

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