Friday, July 25, 2014

Miso Yummy J-Dog and Hot Mama Fries

Miso Yummy Food Truck, Houston TXTruck: Miso Yummy
Location: Houston Food Park, 1504 St Emanuel
Date: July, 25, 2014

Miso Yummy - J-Dog
J-Dog - $7

An all beef hot dog covered with a mound of butter sauteed onions, bacon bits, and miso mayonnaise. Miso is a traditional Japanese seasoning made from fermented soybeans. It sounds like it would be something super pungent, really I find it pretty mild and it mostly adds salt and umami, Umani has been called the taste of deliciousness, on of the new recognized five basic tastes. The onions are sweet and rich. There is a distinctive taste and texture to an all beef hot dog and that stands out in this one. Synopsis: A simple dog designed to push your taste bud buttons.

Miso Yummy - Hot Mama Fries
Hot Mama Fries - $7

A good sized portion of fries topped with shredded cheese and melted jalapeno cheese (think nachos), spicy snow crab mix, Sriracha and spicy mayo. These are some rib sticking fries, lots of cheese. They are a little hard to eat because the melted cheese soon glues it all together. While the snow crab mix is good, I couldn't really taste the subtle crab taste, but it did make this very rich. Synopsis: Rich and spicy without being too heavy.

Miso Yummy Food Truck Menu

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Mr. Sizzles Curbside - Mario Burger and Double Bacon Cheesy Fries

Mr. Sizzles Curbside Food Truck Houston TX
Truck: Mr. Sizzles Curbside
Location: HEB Montrose Market, 1701 W. Alabama St.
Date: July 18, 2014

Mr. Sizzles Curbside Mario Burger
Mario Burger - $11

A large patty stuffed with bacon and cheddar cheese. This is actually the tricky part. Its hard to get a stuffed burger cooked through and a lot of them come out too rare to eat safely. Mr. Sizzles pulls it off, getting the burger cooked through with lots of bacon and cheddar in there.Topped also with queso and fresh guacamole. Also toss on some jalapenos, lettuce, tomato, onion, and buttermilk ranch dressing. A Mr. Sizzles burger isn't neat, but this isn't the mess you'd expect from the picture. It holds together and you can actually eat this. Serve it all on a brioche bun. Hiding under the queso were a healthy number of jalapenos but they didn't over power you with heat. Too many things cooling it off for them to be anything but a bright spicy note here. Synopsis: Another great super rich burger from Mr. Sizzles

Mr. Sizzles Curbside Double Bacon Cheesy Fries with caramelized onions
Double Bacon Cheesy Fries with Caramelized Onions - $8 + $2 for the onions

Loaded fries with double bacon, melted Monterrey jack and Cheddar cheese. My lovely wife suggested adding caramelized onions and it was an excellent choice. The onions went very well with the bacon. The fries are coated and have some extra crunch that helps them hold up to the toppings. I was reminded of a loaded baked potato eating these. The serving size was perfect for sharing. Synopsis: Can you go blind from a bacon over dose?

Mr. Sizzles Curbside Food Truck Menu

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Modular Unit - Mod Burger and Pork Dumpling

The Modular Unit Food Truck, Houston TX
Truck: The Modular Unit
Location: Houston Food Park, 1504 St. Emanuel
Date July 18, 2014
The Modular Unit Food Truck, Mod Burger
Mod Burger - $8

Beef patty, THICK smoked bacon, jalapenos, tomato and cheese on a bolillo bun. The bacon on this burger is basically the thickest bacon I've ever had on a burger, it must be hand slices. Its also surprisingly lean. Every bite has a huge bacon flavor. I like the greens instead of iceberg lettuce (really can't stand iceberg lettuce, to me its the reason salad dressing was invented). It was loaded with jalapenos but really wasn't  that hot. Really a great solid burger. Synopsis: More bacon tastes than the bacony bacon bacon burger.

The Modular Unit Food Truck, Pork Dumplings
Pork Dumplings - $6

These seem to be more of a pot-sticker. I think these are steamed dumplings then fried crisp on one side. Really nice and crisp too. A spicy honey mustard and a soy sauce on the side. I like the crisp on them. The are tender too, so many dumpling get a bit leathery. Synopsis: Really good dumplings!

The Modular Unit Food Truck Menu

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Wing Theory - Nutty Sticky Thai

Wing Theory Food Truck, Houston TX
Truck: Wing Theory
Locations: Houston Food Park, 1504 St. Emanuel
Date: July 16, 2014

Wing Theory Food Truck, Nutty Sticky Thai Wings
Nutty Sticky Thai - 8 for $11.99

Classic wings sauced with a spicy Thai spice, peanut, and Thai bird pepper sauce. Liberally tossed with toasted peanuts. This does have a Thai flavor and isn't terribly sweet like so many wing sauces. One of the things I discovered on my last review of Wing Theory is their sauces are not over the top hot. So many these days make you feel like you're going to win a t-shirt and get a picture on a wall of fame for finishing them. Wing Theory is more subdued. Items from the hot menu are hot, but not scary hot. You can still taste the sauce and the other flavors there. Synopsis: Ok I give, if I want wings I'll likely go looking for Wing Theory.

Wing Theory Food Truck Menu

Curbside Sliderz - Hot Buffalo Chicken Slider

Curbside Sliderz Food Truck, Houston, TX
Truck: Curbside Sliderz
Location: Houston Food Park, 1504 St. Emanuel
Date: July 16, 2014

Curbside Sliderz Food Truck, Hot Buffalo Chicken Slider
Hot Buffalo Chicken Slider - $8 Combo or $3 each

You get two sliders, really a little bigger than a slider and a good size portion of fries. Thick crinkle cut food service fries. Topped with a spice and salt blend, could even be Tony Chacheres. You know, there is nothing signature here, but damn they hit the spot and I actually finished them first. The sliders are done with classic buffalo hot wing sauce. Just a bit of heat from it. The chicken was tender, fresh lettuce, tomato, and ranchmayo aioli. the gherkins on top are a nice touch too. For the price this compo is an excellent value. Synopsis: A Great Slider when you want something else besides red meat.

Curbside Sliderz Food Truck Menu

Curbside Sliderz Food Truck Menu

Friday, July 11, 2014

Copper Chefs - Habanero Pork Ribs

Copper Chefs Food Truck Houston TX
Truck: Copper Chefs
Location: Houston Food Park, 1504 St. Emanuel
Date: July 11, 2014

Copper Chefs Food Truck Habanero Pork Ribs
Habanero Pork Ribs - $12

You get 3 smoked ribs finished with a habanero BBQ sauce. The sauce does not have a lot of heat but still a nice habanero flavor. Hanaberos are some of the hottest chilies but a deft hand can mellow them and deliver the flavor but not a lot of heat like this. That's the good news here. The bad news is my ribs were over done and well dry. I mean like getting close to jerky dry. The meat came of the bone clean like it should, but it was just chewy dry. The fries were good and topped with a spicy creamy sauce. I'm hoping these ribs are a fluke, my first experience with Copper Chefs was so good I won't give up on them. Synopsis: Disappointed.
Copper Chefs Food Truck Menu

Buttz - Chicken Relleno

Buttz Food Truck, Houston TX
Truck: Buttz
Location: Houston Food Park, 1504 St Emanuel
Date: July 11, 2014

Buttz Food Truck Chicken Relleno
Chicken Relleno - $9

A version of the Mexican classic Chile Relleno. This version is stuffed smoked chicken, fresh corn, black beans and cheese. Wrap the poblano chili in bacon and then smoke it some more. Served over Spanish rice and finished with a creamy aioli. I got it to go and when I opened the paper back I was greeted with some of the best smoky smells ever. The chicken was butter tender. The corn was still crisp and sweet and the beans still firm and some of the smallest black beans I've seen. I doubt these beans came from a can. The rice was good, fluffy and not gooey like Spanish rice sometimes is. The bacon and chili come out blackened but not burnt tasting. I must have eaten it too fast, before I knew it was gone. Synopsis: I would call this one of the top three versions of Chile Relleno I've ever had.

Buttz Food Truck Menu

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Wing Theory - Orange Marmalade Sriracha

Wing Theory Food Truck, Houston, TX
Truck: Wing Theory
Location: Houston Food Park, 1504 St Emanuel
Date: July 9, 2914

Wing Theory Food Truck Orange Marmalade Sriracha Wings
Orange Marmalade Sriracha - 4 for $6.99

Straight up classic prepared wings with your choice of sauce and dip.The orange marmalade Sriracha was listed as one of the medium sauces. Sweet and citrusy with really just a little heat. I could have eaten a dozen for sure. I choose the avocado dipping sauce and it was excellent, creamy and rich. I like it a lot more than the classic ranch dressing. I was a little mystified by the julienne carrots though. Not sure what I was supposed to do with them. If they had been pickled that would have been nice. Synopsis: Tasty wings, order more because you'll want them. 
Wing Theory Food Truck Menu

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Peru Gourmet - Lomo Saltado

Peru Gourmet Food Truck Houston, TX
Truck: Peru Gourmet
Location: Houston Food Park, 1504 St Emanuel
Date: July 9, 2014

Rolled on by the Houston Food Park for dinner tonight and was immediately greeted with a new truck I've never even heard of. No twitter for some reason. Other than knowing ceviche is one of the classics of Peruvian cuisine I just don't know much about it. None of the names on the menu sound familiar. All of it looked good though. I can tell you after trying Peru Gourmet, this is going to be the truck I'm talking about right now.

Peru Gourmet Food Truck Lomo Saltado
Lomo Saltado - $12.50

Lomo saltado is a classic Peruvian dish from the Chinese cuisine of Peru. This seems to be a very classic version, maybe even amped up a bit with higher end beef. Really tender beef tenderloin sauteed with red onions and red peppers in a red wine sauce. Served with white rice and French fries. The fries are just your average thick food service fries. but cooked well and it actually works here because the soak up that great sauce. The rice is a little bit sticky short grain rice and is perfect with this dish, The rice sticks together and works to soak up sauce and adhere to the the food. The beef just couldn't be more tender and the peppers and onions were perfectly cooked. Yes this is from Latin America, but no its not spicy, this is a very savory and rich sauce with this. Synopsis: I can't wait to try more of from this truck!

Peru Gourmet Food Truck Houston, TX Menu

Monday, July 7, 2014

Sticky's Chicken - Sticky's Chicken Over Rice

Truck: Sticky's Chicken
Location: Fort Bend Brewing Co.
Date: July 5, 2014

I love trying a new truck and its taken me way too long to get around to trying Sticky's Chicken. I'm hoping I caught them on a bad day but my first impression wasn't good from a service stand point. I could see 4 tickets up when I ordered. By the time I got my order I had seen 3 people get incorrect orders and then my wife's order came out wrong. That and a mini meltdown of the staff yelling at each other in the truck wasn't a good first impression.

Sticky's Chicken over Rice - $8.00

Sauteed chicken (boneless thighs I think) over garlic rice topped with Sticky's sauce and cilantro aioli. A pretty simple dish really. The sticky's sauce is sweet and not spicy. I think a version with a little heat would go over very well. The chicken is tender and cooked right. I liked the rice a lot and would have happily eaten twice as much. I'm not complaining about the portion size, I just love good rice! The cilantro aioli seems to be just mayonnaise with a little bit of cilantro in it. I really didn't get any cilantro taste from it. I can't fault this dish, but it just lacks a bold punch I want to find in it somewhere. There is a place for it, not everyone is a heat head or wants in your face cilantro, but I am and do! If I were to order it again, I would get the egg on it ($1) and ask them to load it with black pepper. Synopsis: A good choice when you want to play it safe.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Copper Chefs - Beef Burgundy and Mushroom Risotto

Copper Chefs Food Truck, Houston, TX - photo by Lemon Jello
Truck: Copper Chefs
Location: Houston Food Park, 1504 St. Emanuel
Date: July 2, 2014

Copper Chefs Food Truck, Houston, TX - Beef Burgundy
Beef Burgundy - $13

A version of the classic French dish. Very tender beef in a flavorful broth. Bits of bacon are included. Classically the beef is braised in red wine and beef broth. I couldn't decided if there was wine in this broth. That's actually a good thing, it should be cooked long enough that it losses its "wineiness". Instead of potatoes cooked with the beef, its served with potatoes gratin, thin sliced potatoes stacked and cooked till browned on the top with cheese. Just a great version of a classic dish. Synopsis: This is going to be killer when the weather gets cool.

Copper Chefs Food Truck, Houston, TX - Mushroom Risotto
Mushroom Risotto - $10 (Half order $5)

I have to say, I'm a risotto fan. I didn't find any exotic or high end ingredients in this version, but the quality of this preparation makes it. And they make it to order! I asked for a half portion, and if what I got is a true half the full would be a very hearty meal indeed. Good ole button mushroom, Arborio rice or one of its close cousins is cooked till creamy with what must be mushroom stock because the white mushrooms can't bring this much flavor to the dish. Prettied up with some parsley. Synopsis: I could eat this all day.

Copper Chefs Food Truck, Houston Menu , TX - photo by Lemon Jello