Friday, October 7, 2011

Food Truck Rally Not Dampened By a Little Rain

Posted By on Fri, Oct 7, 2011 at 12:30 PM

A diverse group of people enjoys a  selection of food at Octobers Food Truck Rally.
  • Patrick Trakel
  • A diverse group of people enjoys a selection of food Thursday evening at October's Food Truck Rally.

Yesterday evening, a respectable number of my fellow street-food enthusiasts and I braved drizzling rain and sub 50-degree temperatures, huddled under tarps and canopies, to sample the wares of some of the best mobile eateries Boise has to offer. If you missed it, you may be happy to learn that the Food Truck Rally is shaping up to be a monthly event (you can keep tabs by following the Facebook page). If you don’t want to wait until next month, many of the vendors are out on a regular basis, ready to serve anybody who knows how to track them down.

Payette Brewing is the driving force behind these events. In their few short months of existence, the brewery has proven itself to be friends of cuisine on wheels, regularly inviting trucks to the brewery to provide accompaniment to the selection of beers on tap in its tasting room.

Brown Shuga Soul Food is a vendor you may recognize, even if the name isn't familiar. Under the moniker of A Piece of Cake, it has been providing Southern comfort food at various festivals and fairs for some time. The giant turkey legs on the menu are not only tasty but have the added benefit of doubling as a formidable weapon if need be.

RiceWorks used to bill itself as a teriyaki truck, which isn't exactly accurate since the menu evolves with the whims of the proprietor and head cook. The only constants: The food is always Asian, and it's always delicious.

A Cupcake Paradise is a catering company and regular fixture at the Meridian Urban Market. By the time I left the rally, they had only three cupcakes left. One bite of the salted caramel variety showed me why.

B29 Streatery is known not only for its haute-cuisine style, but for its less-than-literal approach to classic dishes. For example, I had a rather non-traditional take on a hot dog.

Calle 75 Tacos isn't your mother's taco cart or any of the other taco carts in town, for that matter. Those of you who bemoan the lack of good vegetarian tacos need look no further.

Boise Fry Company's Mobile Fry Unit offers most of the BFC burger options but only a couple of choices for fries. I don't know how practical it would be to serve the Bourgeois from a truck, but, if possible, the fry-masters should consider it for the next rally.

Of course, these food-truck gatherings are a community effort not a competition. But if it were a competition, Archie's Place would have won the night easily. The high-end sloppy joes, rich soups and hot cider were the perfect antidotes to the damp weather.

Next month’s rally will be here before you know it. My advice? Start fasting now.

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