I received a message from a friend this past week, inviting me to the Mobile Food Rodeo in South Lake Union this weekend. An opportunity to not only eat food from a truck, but from more than 45 trucks? AND the possible opportunity to sample mac and cheese from said trucks? I was IN!
We ponied up and got early admittance passes (from 10am to 12pm, totally worth it) and were there bright and early at 10am on Saturday. It was a gorgeous, sunny Seattle day (no, this is not an oxymoron but don’t tell anyone) and we were among the first in line. We received a neat little reusable goodie bag containing $15 in LevelUp discounts, organic licorice, a pass for a free Trophy cupcake and an HonestTea drink, among other things.
After exploring our surroundings for a bit, we decided to start on a healthy note: at the I Love My GFF truck. These guys are 100% gluten-free, mostly organic and best of all, healthy and delicious! They were offering two bowl options and a cookie, and they were accepting LevelUp for payment so we could use our discounts there – score! We decided on a Fiesta Bowl with Chicken (organic sprouted quinoa with black beans, spice-rubbed free-range chicken, red bell peppers, green onions and toasted pepitas, covered with Fiesta Sauce). They packed that bowl with such an amazing array of flavors, and the mix of chewy/crunchy textures made it outstanding. We unanimously agreed, at the end of our tasting tour, that this was the best item we tried among all the trucks we sampled that morning.
Our next stop at Charlie’s Buns was largely forgettable, simply for the fact that their offerings were really overpriced in comparison to every other food truck at the Rodeo. We tried one of their specialties, fried Buffalo chicken cheese balls topped with blue cheese. The flavor was actually quite good but at $8 for two less-than-2-inch-diameter balls, we felt ripped off. And they did not take LevelUp.
We went Off the Rez for our next taste. Oh boy oh boy oh boy – we sampled a beef Indian taco and some succotash. I wasn’t expecting much from the succotash, but a friend raved about it so I tried a bite – delicious! It has quinoa in it, which added a nice extra element of flavor. The beef Indian taco was even better, but of course what doesn’t taste amazing sitting atop golden fry bread?
We then meandered by the Trophy cupcake booth, but at that point we wanted to save room for other, untried tastes so we moved on. I will be using my free cupcake card though; I am already looking forward to it! We took a right at one of the streets and ended up at the end, and lo and behold, before us was the Sweet Wheels truck. My friend used her LevelUp discount and got an XKE (Salted Oatmeal Cookie with Coconut Ice Cream) ice cream sandwich. She was kind enough to share, and it was absolutely stellar. One of my favorite bites of the day. She enjoyed it so much that she ended up going back later in the afternoon for another one (she got the same thing, another XKE).
With our sweet tooth’s sated, we headed for Maximus Minimus. This, I was looking forward to: they offered a Max & Cheese, which is Beecher’s macaroni and cheese served with a dollop of Maximus BBQ sauce.
If you’ve read my blog before, you already know that I am nuts for Beecher’s mac and cheese. It is creamy, tangy mac & cheese perfection. With the addition of the Maximus BBQ sauce, however, it lost something. Maybe it was the clash of the sweet sauce against the mellow tang of the mac and cheese, but the two tastes (which could have been magic together) ended up clashing with each other instead. I could almost picture them dueling it out on my tongue.
We meandered a bit more and found ourselves in front of Xplosive, a brand-new truck making its’ debut. They specialized in Filipino and Vietnamese food, and offered a great deal on a banh mi plus three tacos – how could we resist?
The banh mi was saved for later, but we dug into the tacos. Overall: good stuff. If a little messy…
After stopping by the I Love My GFF truck to see where they were stationed during the week, we decided to try one last item.
Since I am the Mac & Cheese Chick and am enamored of all things mac and cheese, we stopped by The Grilled Cheese Experience for a mac & cheese stuffed grilled cheese sandwich. Officially known as The Bomb, this sandwich included mac and cheese, oxtail, and organic cheddar stuffed inside Parmesan-crusted sourdough bread. Oh. My.
It bears repeating: Oh. My. There was so much gooey, cheesy goodness oozing out all over the place that this one was wrapped up and taken with me – to be eaten for dinner. And it was a gooooood dinner.
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