Wednesday, June 13, 2012

What is a Cluster Funk?

Signature Dish: Cluster Funk
When the Cluster Funk Truck made its debut on the Central Florida food truck scene earlier this year, its name was the first thing to grab my attention. "What is a Cluster Funk and what type of food do they serve?", I wondered.

Then, I noticed the truck's mouth-watering photos of boiled crawfish and crab legs as well as yummy desserts such as the "Red-Headed Step Child" - a concoction of red velvet cupcakes, New York-style cheesecake and cream cheese frosting. Still, I wondered how the truck owners, Stacie and Dino Smith, came up with the unique name.

"We created all the dishes ourselves, and the menu seemed random at the time: seafood, barbecue, and other random items. We figured, it's a cluster you-know-what, so we'll go with that for the name of the truck!" Stacie Smith told Flavorful Excursions. "Cluster Funk" is also the name of the truck's signature dish: a mix of snow crab legs, red potatoes, and corn on the cob, cooked in a garlic butter sauce.

Red-Headed Step Child
One of Cluster Funk's most popular dishes is The Boogie Boat, which is garlic-sauteed scallops, shrimp, onions and peppers on top of a garlic bread boat. The other most popular dish is The Sunset, a casa dia filled with sauteed shrimp, scallops, onion and Pepper Jack cheese and accompanied by mango salsa.

Cluster Funk serves up primarily seafood dishes but has created other delicious options for those allergic to seafood, including a Steak and Cheese Sandwich and "Fingers on Fire" - a fried chicken finger sandwich and spicy seasoned fries topped with Bayou Mayo and Guava Spicy Drizzle.

Where: Cluster Funk's schedule changes weekly, so check their Facebook page for updates. You can find them most Wednesdays at the intersection of Conway Rd. and Gatlin Rd. for "Wild Wednesdays" - a gathering of a few local food trucks.

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