Originally posted on Blogger on May 2, 2011
I feel silly titling this post “#2,” as I didn’t get to go to Food Truck Bazaar #1, but well…that’s what it was called, so there you go. I arrived at the parking lot behind Dillard’s at Fashion Square Mall around 8:00pm and was surprised and excited by the huge crowds that had already formed. Groups with chairs were scattered throughout the parking lot and around the trucks themselves, everyone enjoying their finds. The weather was perfect, nice and cool compared to the heat we’d had all day.
I started out at the Firehouse BBQ truck, determined to try as many of the “non-regular” trucks as possible. The line was long, but moving steadily. One of the things I noticed last night was that no one seemed to MIND the lines. Having worked at Disney for eight years, seeing people happily wait in line amazed me. Apparently food is a better motivator/end-goal than a five minute ride. Firehouse BBQ had a good system going, where people waited in one line to place their order and pay for their food and then moved to the back of the second (much shorter!) line to wait for their food to be prepared. I am not much for barbecue, but decided to try out the brisket sandwich. The meat was well cooked and super flavorful, but I’ll be honest: I don’t have a lot to compare it to. Would I order it again? Absolutely. So good. The potato salad had great flavors in it, but was a little too rich for me.
Once I had this plate and had eaten a few bites (I hate wasting food, but there was so much I wanted to try!), I dashed over to the Winter Park Fish Company since there was no line at that moment. I am assuming their menu was bigger at the start of the event, but by the time I got there (around 8:45 or so) there were two things listed: a mahi sandwich and fish tacos. The fish tacos were listed as one for $5 or three for $12. I ordered one and found myself a seat on a nearby curb to enjoy it. The fish was good, but I felt like paying $5 for it was a little much; I would have been disappointed had I spent $12 on three of them, for sure.
Finally, because I have just read so much about it on twitter over the last week, I knew I needed to stop by the Treehouse Truck, especially since the line had died down a bit and I knew I wouldn’t make it out to the food pod yet again this week (if only it could last another hour I’d be able to make it after work!). The chimoo was a must, and because I decided my stomach really needed to be punished, I ordered a deep-fried PB&J as well. They had a great system going with the line, with one person walking through and taking orders and then distributing food as it was ready. I was a little surprised at the prices at first ($7.50 for the chimoo and $6.50 for the PB&J) but let me tell you folks, you SO get your money’s worth. Those two sandwiches are HUGE. I took my goodies in hand and just gaped. Here, you can gape too: