Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Modular

Truck Name: The Modular Trailer
Date: February 25, 2012
Location: Bar Boheme

Soft Shell Crab Sandwich ($10): A nice big baguette roll, crispy on the outside, soft in the middle. The crab looked like a tempura fried soft shell crab. Fresh tomatoes and greens, chow-chow (think pickled cabbage relish) and a Cajun hot sauce aioli finished the sandwich. To be perfectly honest I wolfed it down. I didn't get crab in every bite, but you can't expect that from a soft shell crab sandwich. I did get a lot of good crabby bites though. Synopsis: yummy, you should eat this or you'll be crabby.

Boudin Balls ($6): Two tennis ball size balls of fiery hot boudin. They look breaded on the outside and deep fried to a nice crispy shell. Topped with the Cajun hot sauce aioli. Very good and not for the faint hearted when it comes to heat, these are going to be too hot for some that's for sure. Synopsis, hehe I said balls.

Other goodies on the menu we didn't get to try where Tempura Wild Gulf Shrimp Sandwich, Roasted Garlic Boar Dog on a Bun, Vegetable Spring Rolls, and Coconut Curry Mussels.

Wrap Up: A lot of this menu looks intriguing and I'll be back to try more from this food trailer. I was looking at the photos they post to twitter and recently they were foraging for wild seabeans (salicornia). Interesting.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Papou Jerry's Gyro Truck

Truck Name: Papou Jerry's Gyro Truck
Date: February 22, 2012
Location: West Alabama Ice House

I've been driving by this truck that appears to never move since it showed up at the West Alabama Ice House (19191 W. Alabama, Houston, TX). Time to try some low hanging fruit.
Pete's Special ($5): A grilled cheese sandwich topped with Fete, Gyro meat slices, and tomato. It's served on plain old white bread, drenched in butter. One word describes this sandwich, cheesy! It was really too much for me. The sandwich really needs a bit more crisp to the grilled bread, it just gets soggy too fast. It did make me wonder if it was made with a pita would it be more interesting?  Synopsis: Cheesy! unusual but not a special grilled cheese.

Gyro and Fries ($8): Its a pretty Gyro I'll give you that. Nice fresh tomatoes, onions, and some fresh basil. Good fresh pita. I love a good Gyro and dove right in. I can't find a thing wrong with this Gyro, but it didn't excite me. Don't get me wrong, it was tasty, I'd even eat it again, but I don't think I'd go out of my way to go find it again. Synopsis: Pretty and tasty, but left me craving something.

Fries ($3): What is it about Greeks and fries? Seriously, running down my top ten fries of all time in my head, there are a lot of Greek restaurants in there. These would probably be in there. The blend of spices on them are great and they have the perfect crisp fry that holds up and stays crisp. Synopsis: What ever you get here, its going to be better with fries.

Other items on the menu but not tried, cheeseburger, grilled cheese, Greek pizza, and Parmesan Fries. The Greek Pizza sounds interesting, a small pizza made with a pita with tomatoes, gyro meat, and feta.

Wrap Up: Something I observed while waiting for our food, all the patrons at the ice house were going across the street for tacos from the truck that used to be parked there at the ice house. That does tell you something. I can't find a lot wrong with the food here, but I think I'd walk across the street for a good taco too if given a choice.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Wicked Whisk Food Truck

Truck Name: Wicked Whisk
Date: February 18, 2012
Location: Karbach Brewery

The Karbach Brewing Company seems to have a different truck at every tour, and since we love good beer and tasty food, its a perfect combination. This time it was Wicked Whisk. This truck features a small menu and turns out the food pretty fast.

Emma's Wings ($6): Six good size wings (the wing and the drummette attached) come dripping in a sweet Vietnamese BBQ sauce. It comes with a orange Dreamsicle colored Samurai Sauce. Samurai Sauce is a Belgian sauce traditionally served on french fries there. Its supposed to be hot but this version was very tame, basically tasted just like mayonnaise to me. The bbq sauce was sweet, messy and tasty, but again no heat at all. The portion size of 6 wings was just about right. synopsis: Tasty and recommended, but if you are looking for some heat, dash them with some Sriracha

Wicked Torta ($9): A big grilled ribeye sandwich served on a Mexican bolillo roll. It comes with smoked Serrano salsa on the side. The salsa has a nice heat and was good on the sandwich, serving it on the side is nice, lets you adjust the heat to your taste. the steak was perfect, tender and grilled medium well. The menu says it has kewpie (Japanese brand of mayo I think) but with the avocado on the sandwich I never noticed it. synopsis: Tasty and filling, recommended.

Bacon and Bleu Poutine ($6): A take on a traditional Montreal bar food, a poutine combines fries, cheese, and gravy. Blue cheese and bacon? sign me up! This version starts out good with nice bits of bacon lardons and just the right amount of blue cheese for me, but the porter demi gravy was sort of bland for me, just reduced brown stock and no real porter beer taste. The gravy was put on too heavy handed, making the fries a soggy mess before we could finish them. A lighter application of the porter demi would have prevented that. Judging from the portions I saw left on the table lots of people found them too soggy to finish also. synopsis: starts off good, eat'em fast before they get soggy.

Other items offered but not tried: Bacon Fat Fried Chicken Sliders on blue corn biscuits and Texas Melt featuring Morgan Ranch Wagyu beef (think Kobe Beef). I talked to several folks eating the sliders most thought they were good and nice and bacony.

Wrap up: I would go back for the Torta and the wings, but as good as they sound I would skip the Poutine