Bienvenidos a Cuba y Miami! Helmed by brothers Danny and Albert Teran, the “Miami Food Machine” truck is dishing out Cuban delicacies in “The Big Apple”, but savvy foodies will have a sense of deja vu when they stop by.
Originally known as “Bongo Bros.”, whose logo you will still see on some of the older employee’s shirts, the truck was closed and forced to rename due to a lawsuit over its moniker, courtesy of Gloria Estefan, who owns a chain of restaurants that used a similar name. Re-opening late last year, the current title harkens back to an earlier time for Gloria, and has a great neon 80’s vibe to add to the fun of it. I had been to “Bongo Bros.” previously twice, and was unimpressed, enough that I never went back to them. However, with this new name also comes a new menu (at least partly new), so it was time to give the truck a second chance… or first try, depending on your perspective.
First launched in the summer of 2012 at an upstate New York racetrack, “Mac Truck” is trying to cement itself as the iconic NYC food vehicle for macaroni & cheese. With their tiny yellow truck parking curbside all around Manhattan, they are fast becoming the place to go to get freshly made mac & cheese on the go, attracting not just rabid foodies but the average passer-by that would probably ignore a food truck for being too “hip” or just nothing they want to eat.
Macaroni and cheese is a nostalgic taste for Americans, so it would make sense for Staten Island native, Dom Tesoriero, to bring his truck from Saratoga down into the five boroughs to give New Yorkers a reminder of this childhood favorite. With plenty of variants to keep things fresh, the “Mac Truck” is our stop today for lunch, so let’s check it out!
Vietnamese food is great. The end.
I should probably write some more, seeing as how this is supposed to be a review of the “Paris Sandwich” truck. With a pair of restaurants and now a food truck, “Paris Sandwich” brings distinctly Vietnamese flavors across Manhattan and into your stomach. This particular vehicle hauls the French-inspired traditional Vietnamese baguette sandwiches around the city at an affordable price. Yes, before the word “fusion” ever rolled off of a food critics tongue, Vietnam was immersed in the French culture from years of being a French colony.
A diverse and small menu keeps things simple for this truck, but don’t be fooled by the size of it. Strong flavors are balanced playfully with each other to make for a one-of-a kind experience that you typically expect when you order Vietnamese food. Let’s dig in to one of the five sandwiches that this truck has!
“Bob & Jo” is one of my absolute favorite food trucks in the city, as readers will recall of my first article about their traveling Korean BBQ truck. I’ve been a regular customer of theirs for some time now, and was aware of their catering menu that included items like bulgogi hot dogs and galbi hamburgers, but they have never been available to street shoppers. While I enjoyed the menu from “Bob & Jo”, even I need some change.
I was excited to see their winter and spring menu a few months back introduce some new items into the mix, specifically their ramen and dumplings. How does this compare against their usual fare? Let’s find out!
Taco trucks were one of the earliest forms of culinary vehicles in most states to have them, and variations on the classic formula are now just as plentiful as the popular Mexican standby. Last time, we took a look at a Korean taco truck, “Kimchi Taco“, and today we continue into the world of Asian tacos with “Domo Taco”.
With its lime green truck and adorable batter-fried mascot adorning the sides, “Domo Taco” stands out on the streets that it parks on, and offers a taste from different parts of the East, mostly Japan but with a small Chinese and Thai influence too. I have had tacos from this truck plenty of times before, and was always surprised when I read mediocre reviews about the place, so it is time for Blowtorch Pudding to either set things straight, or figure out why my peers were not as into “Domo Taco” as I am.
I want to introduce you readers to one of my favorite food trucks in the entire city. It is no understatement when I say that I have followed this vehicle to different locations just to order the same thing from it every time. The “Bob & Jo” Korean Fusion Cuisine food truck, which opened for business in July 2011, travels around the city doing lunch and dinner (pending they have enough food left for dinner), serving traditional Korean grilled delicacies with a taste of NY in every bite.
Their name is also a play on words, as the name of their truck does not just represent the name of the owners, but also a Korean phrase that means “feed me more”. Once you get a forkful of this, I am confident you will be saying the same.
Warning! This post will clog your arteries in three paragraphs or less, so readers with high cholesterol or BMI should go read something else.
For those of you left (which is probably everyone because fried foods – f*** yeah!), the “Fishing Shrimp” truck pulled up near me recently, and the overpowering scent of sizzling oil and breadcrumbs summoned me like Kanye West to Fish Sticks. With Lent still upon some of my readers, I wanted to review something that they can eat guilt-free… to an extent. A pile of fried crustaceans and french fries (or “chips” in this case) felt appropriate, so let’s dive into this greasy treat and see how we fare.
Find me a person that does not love tacos, and you will have found a person that has an allergy to deliciousness. Tacos are plentiful in NYC, as are trucks that trek around the five boroughs to bring them to different spots on a daily rotation. Not limited merely to the classics, many of these trucks add their own unique ethnic touch to make them stand out. Case in point, “Kimchi Taco”.
Run by Phillip Lee, a Cornell University alumni with a Master of Management in Hospitality, spent years working on other people’s restaurants until he decided to make his own dreams come true. In 2010, Lee combined his knowledge of restaurants and love of street food to merge them into one being, albeit one being merged with another. “Kimchi Taco” is a fusion of the classic Mexican taco combined with classic Korean cuisine, making for a modern classic unto itself.
Truth be told, I am very picky when it comes to kimchi. I’m not a huge fan of it, so for me to eat it, it needs to exactly what I want. For me, that is a kimchi that does not have an overpowering scent and tastes like more than mushy cabbage with an abundance of red peppers. “Kimchi Taco” was going to be an eye-opening experience for me, and after much hype around the inter-webs about it, I thought it was time to dive in and get me some tacos.
I was ecstatic to see a truck serving pizza parked nearby my office, and jumped right in line to grab myself a pie. “Eddie’s Pizza Truck” is an off-shoot of “Eddie’s Pizza” restaurant in New Hyde Park, which is the home of the “bar-pie”. What a bar-pie is, I still can not tell you, but if it’s what I ate, I would rather not know.
If you can not tell by the absolutely stupid title of this post and the extremely negative-sounding third sentence, I was not too keen on “Eddie’s Pizza Truck”, and for good reason. What looked like a promising slice of awesome quickly turned into a nightmare topped with cheese.