Boston just hosted the first ever Food Truck Throwdown featuring long time rivals, NYC and Boston. It was a battle between the two great cities on who could boast the best food, service and creativity, via a mobile restaurant. Sara Ross, owner of Kick*ss Cupcakes helped pull the event together.
Food trucks are becoming the “in” thing in cities everywhere. It’s no wonder with the fast paced lifestyle many are boasting. In reality however, it’s a relatively low risk investment if a number of people want to become entrepreneur foodies. Food Network has been the biggest push in the media with food trucks as of late with their The Great Food Truck Race which many of the Boston contenders in today’s match have already taken part. Now it’s on to all the details about the inaugural Food Truck Throwdown!
The contenders of Boston vs. NYC were:
Bon Me– Bold, Fresh, and Fun Vietnamese Cuisine!
Kickass Cupcakes– Maximum cupcake satisfaction, no fork required!
Lobsta Love– Embrace Your Lobsta Love
Mei Mei Street Kitchen– A sibling-run food truck serving creative, sustainable and locally sourced Chinese-American street food.
Roxy’s Grilled Cheese– Not your grandma’s grilled cheese.
Staff Meal– Big pink truck that sells burritos, tacos and foie gras. Sorry vegetarians.
Cookie Monsta– Offering fresh batch, from scratch cookies and signature ice cream sandwiches.
Bian Dang– Bian Dang: the best damn Taiwanese food in the USA.
Big D’s Grub– Tasty tacos & delicious grinders showcasing the best of Asian and Latin flavors!
Fishing Shrimp– Truckin’ good food
Mike ‘N Willie’s– Tacos, Sliders & More. Live well, eat great
The Munchie Mobile– Munch out with your lunch out.
Nuchas– Passion Baked In
Wafels and Dinges– Dinges make the world go ’round
The competition boasted a match between the two cities food trucks who competed in various contests all day long for a chance to beat out all competitors and win Best Food Truck. Overall titles were: “Just Desserts” aka Best Sweet Item, “Sensational Tastes” aka Best Savory Item, “Tortilla Time” aka Best Taco, “Eat Your Peas” aka Best Vegetarian Item, “East Meets East” aka Best Asian Inspired Item, “More Than Just Sliced Bread and Buns” aka Best Sandwich, “I Sea You” aka Best Seafood Item, Best Food Truck Design and finally the Best Food Truck Crew. The event was hosted on October 13th, 2012 at Dewey Square on the Greenway, Boston and was judged by Jenny Johnson from NECN’s TV Diner along with a few other celebrity guest panelists.
My overall take on the event was that for even the four hours I spent in line, only getting to make it to three food trucks, it was absolutely worth it. Rather than stuffing yourself stupid, it gave your belly a chance to settle down between each meal. It was however really hard to judge which city was the best on this day due to the biased opinions of myself and many in attendance. I have had the opportunity to try Kick*ss Cupcakes, Roxy’s Grilled Cheese and Bon Me all prior to this event. I personally love Roxy’s great personalities, and Bon Me is where I typically go every Sunday when I’m at the SOWA Open Market. I just wanted to try something different which is why I chose the three places I did.
As the day came to a close, the event boasted an amazing 10,000 in attendance, with trucks packed from the minute they opened. Winners of the various categories were:
Best Truck Design: Roxy’s Grilled Cheese
Best Crew: Wafels and Dinges
Best Savory Item: Staff Meal
Best Sandwich: Lobsta Love
Best Sweet Item: Wafels and Dinges
Best Asian Inspired Item: Bon Me
Best Taco: Fishing Shrimp
Best Vegetarian Item: Mei Mei Street Kitchen
Best Seafood Item: Nuchas
People’s Choice Award (best city overall): TBA
For me it was a great chance to be outdoors for a day and get to experience the food truck phenomenon. If it comes to a city near you in the future, be sure to come hungry!