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Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo – 3rd Edition

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Walking or driving through downtown Raleigh’s Fayetteville Street, you will pass through the business district. Fayetteville Street is tree lined with many benches and tables, giving you an opportunity to relax and enjoy the diversity that has attracted many businesses and residents to call Raleigh, North Carolina their headquarters and home. If, by chance, you are a resident of the greater Triangle Area, you are aware of a myriad of festivals and events that use the Raleigh Downtown district as their backdrop. These events attract thousands of participants from around the state, as well as from around the country. There are several activities to participate in on any given weekend. Once you decide what peaks your interest you can avoid the parking hassles by taking Uber.

For Triangle Street Eats, our vice happens to be food trucks. We have found the Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo with its energetic atmosphere and numerous food trucks offering diverse flavors to be an event worth attending, again and again.

Attendees are often left to navigate a labyrinth of food trucks and crowds, in order to sample the wonderful fare offered by nearly 50 venders. There are locally crafted beers that can be sampled as well. When you see how the Downtown District is used as a backdrop for this event, you will understand why this event is so popular. If you haven’t had an opportunity to participate in a Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo, and have been meaning to, you have one more opportunity to do so this year on Sunday, October 12, from 1pm – 6pm.

As is typical for larger events, The Friends started to form a plan-of-action a week or so in advance. Since we have sampled fare from many of the food truck participants, we tried very diligently to sample from those we hadn’t tried yet, as well as from a few tried and true. Below you will find the results of our effort, as well as their links. It is important to appreciate some of what we sampled was specifically offered for the Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo attendees, as is not necessarily part of their regular menu.


 

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Food Trucks We Visited:

From Virgil’s Jamaica, the Belle and I had sampled the Jerked Chicken before. I enjoyed this flavorful island dish, and asked the Traveler to try it for herself. She said that it was moist and to her liking, but could have used more heat.

From King Creole, we had the blackened pork chop, which again the Belle and myself had sampled at the 2nd Food Truck Rodeo, but the Traveler had not. She commented that it was wonderful in both taste and portion size. She will definitely repeat.

From Hanu Food Truck we sampled the B.S. (Brussel sprouts). They were incredible with a creative medley of flavors. Look forward to having these again, since none of us eat enough greens. We also sampled their duck dumplings, which were delight flavorful, and the dipping sauce was sweet and tangy.

From Parlezvous Crepe, we had a savory special, which is not a regular menu item. It consisted of a delicate crepe, wrapped around smoked salmon, cream cheese, dill and onion. Highly recommended by the friends

Dank Burrito Truck offered jerk chicken tacos, which was one of my favorites of the event. The Traveler commented that it was spicy and great tasting. She loved the moistness of the chicken and would definitely eat it again. A glowing review if ever there was one.

We sampled the truffle mac bites from Olio & Aceto before, and had them again at the Raleigh Downtown Food Truck Rodeo. As they were previously, they were to our collective liking and would recommend them to anyone looking for gooey goodness.

From Mama Dukes, we sampled their breaded shrimp. They were tasty but would have preferred more shrimp and less fries and salad. $10 for only 5 shrimp is over-priced.

From Barone Meatball we sampled the crab balls. We collectively determined that they had too much filler, and seemed slightly undercooked.

From American Meltdown, one of most popular food truck in the Triangle, we sampled their Pigs & Figs. It is no wonder that this is one of their more popular sandwiches – very sweet, smooth and moist.

From Gussy’s Greeks, we sampled Greek Lasagna and gyro. The lasagna was not spicy enough. The béchamel sauce was light and fluffy, but lacked flavor. The gyro, on the other hand was very good, loved the meat and sauce.

The sheer amount of food that can be sampled at one of these events can be overwhelming. Try as we did, it was impossible to taste more than we did, even when we paced ourselves. One thing is certain, to experience one of these events first-hand is a must if you want to get a feel for the extraordinary phenomena culture surrounding food trucks, and all things related, like this blog. Stay hungry my friends!

The Traveler, Southern Belle and Bad Boy

 

 

 

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.