Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tasty Tuesdays' Food Trucks - Part Deux

Kona Dog - Photo by Mike Blank
As you read in last week's blog post on Tasty Tuesdays in the Milk District (downtown Orlando, Fla.), I had a great experience trying out food and desserts from many of the trucks at this fun, social event.

In addition to Melissa's Chicken and Waffles and Twisted Cuban, we also had delectable fare from Big Wheel, Five Gastronomy, Kona Dog, Yum Yum Cupcakes, and Pop Craft. Kona Dog features jumbo beef, sausage or veggie dogs, served on a Hawaiian bun. Then, you can choose from a few different "Hula" sauces, mustards, and fruit sauces to really give the meal a tropical feel. The one we ordered was mighty tasty!

I am still blown away by the quality, gourmet food that comes out of food trucks - demonstrated in this case by Five Gastronomy and Big Wheel. Five Gastronomy's owner Bruno served us up a Soft Shell Crab BLT, Pork Tacos, and Crispy Fries. The fries really live up to their name - I love my fries crispy. The soft shell crab on the BLT was lightly breaded and fried to perfection. The Pork Tacos, served with smoked corn puree, pickled onions, jicama cilantro salad and avocado drizzle, were so moist and flavorful!

Yum Yum Cupcakes - Photo by Mike Blank
I wanted to order everything off of Big Wheel's menu, which includes a variety of gourmet Southern dishes, but was pretty full. We did try the Crab Stuffed Tomato, though, which was delicious (but a little hard to eat while standing), and I would highly recommend the truck's Fried Green Tomatoes. The corn breading is light and the tomatoes are sweet. The accompanying aoili for dipping is also tasty.

I was able to try Pop Craft Pops (natural artisan pops) for the first time. One of the owners, Bonnie, said that Strawberry Balsamic and Lime are two of the cart's most popular non-dairy popsicles and you should also try their Coconut Cream and Mexican Chocolate flavors. I opted for the Pear, Thyme and Tarragon pop and really loved it. Although everyone may not appreciate the texture - you can taste chunks of the herbs in the popsicle - I loved it. 

Bonnie Rich - owner, Pop Craft Pops
I also tried newer cupcake flavors from Yum Yum: James and the Giant Peach and Blemony Snicket. The latter is the truck's new vegan lemon and blueberry creation. Unfortunately, this cupcake does not deliver. The texture of the cake is not great, unlike Yum Yum's other vegan offering: The Lady Bird. That cupcake is so moist and flavorful, and the frosting has a great cream cheese flavor. However, the peach cupcake - with its layers of graham cracker crust, cake, peach drizzle and peach slice - is the perfect mouthful. The flavors all come together to from some sort of amazing, moist peach cobbler-type dessert.

When: Every Tuesday, 6:30 - 10:00 p.m.
Where: 2424 E. Robinson St., Orlando

Note: Tasty Tuesdays has a rotating selection of food trucks, so the ones I reviewed may not always be there. However, you will get to try some new ones every week, so be sure to give me your review!

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