Sunday, January 29, 2012

"food-truck round-up" on a sunny Sunday afternoon

The food-truck craze that's been sweeping cities across the country has arrived in Tucson:

We picked up the teenage daughters of some friends of ours and headed to an empty lot just north of downtown, transformed into a food-fair this afternoon--what better way to spend a sunny 75-degree Sunday in January?

Tucson has long had its Sonoran hot-dog stands and taco-trucks...
...but the 'roach-coach' tradition has become more cosmopolitan now.
Check out some of the offerings:

Mafooco (Korean-Mexican Tacos)
Jane’s Rolling Wok (chinese food)
Guero Loco Bubba Q (smoked meats)
Jamie’s Bitchen Kitchen (cuban sandwich)
Robdogs(variety of toppings. Soy dogs, too.)
Red Pepper Mexican Gourmet
Jones St. Bistro (Premier Appearance! modern urban cuisine)
Cyclopsicle (frozen dessert on a stick)
Luncha Libre (mexican gourmet)
Stolen Recipe BBQ (delicious smoked BBQ)
Baja Tacos (seafood oriented tacos)
Isabella’s Ice Cream (dairy and nondairy)
Street Delights (one word: pie)
Shinobu Diego’s Tacos y Burritos
Pinup Pastries (whoopie pies with a smile)
Street Kitchen (sesame chicken with zucchini tempura, edamame)
Vero Amore Neopolitan Pizza
Jake’s Donuts and Funnel Cakes
Seis Curbside (mexican nouveau cuisine)
Planet of the Crepes (sweet or savory crepes)
Animal Farm (big burgers, sandwiches)
Roasted Corn (on the cob)
Q UP! Barbeque(BBQ nachos, chicken wings)
(list from THIS website)

 It may be a 'rip-off' from the Kogi trucks in the L.A. area, but it's about time that Korean tacos arrived here...
    A while back, my wife and I had half-jokingly come up with the idea that if we were ever to both lose our jobs at the same time, that we could open up a Korean taco stand in Tucson...(Korexican? Mexirean? "Seoul-food" of the desert?) Alas, someone ELSE took 'our' idea...and talking with the owner this evening, I found out that there isn't even a single Korean working for his 'Mafooco' (Mexican-Asian-Food-Company) business! Ay ay ay...BUT the kimchi was auténtico, I must say...
...and you have to love the retro graphic of the sombrero-clad chopstick-toting hombre...

And la comida--muy deliciosa! Quesadillas filled with kimchi and cheese, topped with a sesame glaze, and tacos filled with bulgogi--Korean carne asada--and a kimchi 'slaw' as well:
 ¡Viva la fusión!

¿Los chinos hablan español...o hablan los latinos chino?

 I had echte Berliner currywurst! Sehr guht!

Ahh, planet of the crêpes...

This battery-powered ice-cream retro-truck sells rose ice-cream...

...and on the way back to our car, a picture of dilapidation, but pleasantly decrepit, no? Some creative graffiti on a crumbling desert façade: endless summer, a luchador BBQing next to "God who?" in a boarded-up window...

Tucson eats.
Come check it out.

(more information about this evening's food truck round-up HERE)

1 comment:

  1. Adding a 145th item to the list of reasons we need to visit you in Tucson...

    That looks like a fun and delicious exploration!