Friday, March 13, 2015

Quite a Stir - Maui Wowi

Quite a Stir Food Truck, Houston TX
Truck: Quite a Stir
Location: Houston Food Park, 1311 Leeland
Date: March 13, 2015

Quite a Stir Food Truck, Maui Wowi
Maui Wowi - $10

I asked what was the best dish on the menu and this was the chef's favorite. It's not quite fried rice. You get your choice of beef, chicken, or tofu (I chose chicken) with bacon, pineapple, bell pepper, onion and cilantro in a citrus sauce. Your choice of vehicles are brown rice or lo-mein noodles. I went with the recommenced brown rice. I like brown rice a lot and this was good, but honestly I think the noddles would have been better with the sauce.The sauce made it a little bit soupy for a rice dish, but it would have been perfect with noodles. The chicken is grilled first and had a nice citrus marinade I think on it. The bacon added some bursts of smokiness too. I guess my only complaint here is I would have like more cilantro in it, I think more cilantro would have gone very good with the citrus sauce. I'm very partial to cilantro though so your taste may vary. Synopsis: A good hearty dish for a gloomy day when the tropics are calling!

Quite a Stir Food Truck, Menu

Quite a Stir Food Truck, Menu

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Eatsie Boys - Frank the Pretzel

Eatsie Boys Food Truck Houston, TX
Truck: Eatsie Boys
Location: University of Houston
Date: March 12, 2015

Its a rainy day at UH and I'm hungry. I strolled over to the UH Food Truck Pad (sounds like something with shag carpet and a lava lamp!), and saw that Eatsie Boys were there. I was pretty hard on them last time I tried them and decided it was time to give them a second chance.

Eatsie Boys Frank the Pretzel - Chicken Poblano Sausage with onions and Chardonnay Mustard on a pretzel bun
Frank the Pretzel - $7

A chicken poblano sausage, sweet caramelized onions and Chardonnay mustard on a soft pretzel bun. Who doesn't like pretzel buns? Chicken sausage is a tricky animal. Chicken is so lean its a challenge to make a sausage that isn't dry. This one came off well though, nicely juicy and the casing had that "snap" you want on a good sausage. The poblano was diced pretty fine, but you could taste it so cudos there. The sausage also had a nice char on it I guess from finishing it on the grill. The Chardonnay mustard is a whole grain mustard, my preference in mustard. Not very hot, I'm guessing the Chardonnay is Chardonnay vinegar, I could taste a little vinegar tang to it. A good choice for a delicate flavor like this sausage. Synopsis: Well done variation on the classic hotdog.

Eatsie Boys Menu

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Wokker Texas Ranger - Curry Mustard Wings

Wokker Texas Ranger Food Truck Houston, TX
Truck: Wokker Texas Ranger
Location: Houston Food Park, 1311 Leeland
Date: March 6, 2015

Wokker Texas Ranger Curry Mustard Wings
Curry Mustard Wings - $5

Every time I go to Wokker I get impressed by something they serve. This time I wasn't planning to get anything from Wokker, but walking by their menu the Curry Mustard Wings called out to me. I'm glad I stopped. These are the best wings I've had in a long time. You get two large wings in the order, the drumette and wing. Attractively served with a sprinkle of chopped peanuts and green onions. I loved the curry mustard sauce. It has just enough heat to make it interesting and the mustard tang doesn't over power. Really well balanced. Synopsis: Best wings I've had in ages!

Wokker Texas Ranger Menu

Taco Me Crazy - Pastor Tacos

Taco Me Crazy Food Truck, Houston TX
Truck: Taco Me Crazy
Location: Houston Food Park, 1311 Leeland
Date: March 6, 2015

Taco Me Crazy Food Truck Pastor Tacos
Pastor Tacos - $7($8?)

Call me crazy, but I tried a food truck run by a chain restaurant. Taco Me Crazy is the Cadillac Bar's entry into the food truck scene. The trouble is if I had thought about it for a second is most food trucks are a little edgy on their items. Cadillac Bar is NOT edgy on its menu, so its pretty unlikely the food is edgy here. Feeding the masses usually involves appealing to the lowest common denominator. I walked up, perused the menu and chose the Pastor Tacos with a side of Crazy Rice. Add them up on the menu and its $8 + $1.99 should be $10 right. I was told $7. I tried to point out I was getting under charged. No dice, after arguing a minute I consented to $7 charge. Should have been my first omen, if the employee doesn't care that he's under charging me, does he care about the food he's serving? The tacos come with Crazy Rice anyway, I failed to get my side of rice. Just as well. The rice was flavorless, lacking even a little salt. I guess they call it Crazy Rice because you would be crazy to order it again. Anyway on to the tacos. Pastor is supposed to be spicy marinated pork finished on the grill. Mine looked good, the rich red color looked promising. The tortillas looked good, fluffy and thick. The tortillas were actually quit good, the high spot here. The color was not a good clue to the spiciness. It was ok but had no heat to it. I'm guessing the marinade is mostly annatto paste to get the color. There wasn't anything wrong with my food other than I had the expectation of something bolder than this, that left me disappointed.  Synopsis: Call me crazy, but I don't think I will order this again.

Taco Me Crazy Food Truck Menu

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Toasted - Signature Bolillo

The Toasted Food Truck, Houston, TX
Truck: The Toasted
Location: Houston Food Park, 1311 Leeland
Date: February 27, 2015

I have to open with I hope more trucks start making it to the Houston Food Park. The site is good and I have to say I LOVE not listening to generators!

Signature Bolillo - $10

Signature Bolillo
I have to say I just like this truck, well trailer. You can make awesome food without having a giant $100k rig. Its just a much more pleasant experience ordering from someone you are on the same level with too. So on to the food. The Signature Bolillo comes on a French style baguette with your choice of meats. The meats very and I opted for the slow cooked beef. Top the sandwich with chipotle mayo and Salvadorian crema. Cilantro and I believe some grilled onions finish the sandwich. The baguette was prefect, crunchy and flaky on the outside and like a cloud on the inside. That's a big deal to me because if the bread isn't fresh like this, you have to ask yourself "how many sandwiches are they really making?". No worries here though. The beef was super flavorful and oh so tender. The chipotle mayo adds some pleasant spice and the crema makes a nice cool note. Simple, but a really good sandwich. Synopsis: Appropriately named, this could be the best thing on The Toasted menu.

The Toasted Menu