Roundup! Food Truck Rodeo #8

NOTE: The Syracuse Food Truck Association and No Excuses Syracuse are sponsoring weekly Food Truck Rodeos in the parking lot of the Cosmopolitan Building on West Fayette Street from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays. Since that’s right around the corner from my office, I plan to make this my midweek lunch plan. As a service to you, dear reader, I’ll round them up and report back. The STFA has since added a Rodeo in the rear parking lot of Missio Church on West Genesee Street from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays. Depending on the week, you might catch me there “off the clock.”

NOTE II: This one was way overdue.

Who made a repeat appearance?

Unity Coffee Company, The Chicken Bandit, That’s What’s Up, Shattuck’s Paddy Wagon, Oompa Loompyas, PB&J Lunchbox, Toss ‘N’ Fire Pizza, and Tortilla Jack’s.

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Who was missing from previous weeks?

Sarita’s and Mami’s Kitchen.

Was there music?

No.

What was new?

Not much.

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Recap it:

Toni and I brought one of our co-workers, Katrina, for her first Wednesday rodeo. She was impressed at the setup and turnout.

This week, I took my first spin by Tortilla Jack’s. It’s owner, Kathy, was a professional chef in Southern California that decided to give up the snow and ice of the San Diego area for the sun and surf of Syracuse. Or, the other way around I guess. Anyhow, Kathy’s menu is Baja-inspired beach food. Tacos, burritos and flautas come with a choice of protein or veggies and served with homemade guacamole and salsa. Kathy makes her first-rate chips in the truck and let’s take a second to discuss the guac. It might be the best guacamole I’ve had in New York State. Better than mine. Better than Cantina Laredo. Better than The Mission. The creamy avocado dip has a hint of heat from chile peppers at the end. It’s enough to wake you up, but not too much to drive you away.

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I ordered a pork flauta. Kathy takes a corn tortilla, wraps slow-roasted pork in the center and deep fries it. It’s topped with crema and guac, and was spectacular. The flauta was intended to be eaten by hand, but it required a fork.

Kathy has the street food thing down with handheld food. Her street corn, which I have not tried, is inspired by the San Diego food scene. Whole ears of corn are roasted, slathered in mayo, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and lime juice.

Words of compliment and/or grievance?

Great crowd. Great turnout of trucks. The Rodeo caught its steam.

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