Today was the day Steve From Work and I set out for the urban street food truck experience!
Out of the door and on the street all alone
There are your food trucks in the circle. While we were there this street was not any less deserted. I was expecting lines! Hubub! Rats eating scraps! Cupcakes! I found none of these things. (The cupcake truck had technical difficulties and stayed home.)
Instead of the cupcake truck we found the Pi pizza truck. You couldn't find two more disparate interpretations of the food truck experience.
Together, more or less in line
Here is the high-tech Pi pizza van:
...with its high tech PiPad:
Right behind it we had the low-tech falafel wagon:
...with the falafelwich wagon crew. It wasn't their fault they looked a little suspicious.
I preferred the ambience of the falafel wagon, myself. And, while I enjoyed the falafel, oh, mygod, they had naan chips.
Truckin. Got my naan chips cashed in.
Naan chips are hot salty things, somewhat like Pita chips but with an edible texture and flavor.
My falafel photo did not do it justice. Steve went with a chicken / falafel mix, while I opted for the classic. Of course, since mine was all vegetarian I expected to be a little like a hush puppy sandwich, but it wasn't. Perhaps there's a lot of protein in chickpeas? It had a marvelous sauce.
Of course, Pi pizza is all cornbread cornMEAL (sorry) and tomatoes and cheese. On the down side, hi-tech Pi van? Seriously, you don't carry water? The falafelmen had a cooler full of water.
Best thing about the food truck lunch? Later in the day, I told Steve to ask me how I was feeling.
"Okay. How are you feeling?"
Pi Men are probably ever so green - byowb.
Falafel Men are out to make a buck.
Posted by: Becs | June 17, 2011 at 05:31 AM
Wow. I can't believe the deserted streets. You need to come to NY. Food trucks EVERYWHERE, and people and cars and bicycles and delivery vans and babies in strollers and more people.
Posted by: magpie | June 17, 2011 at 09:25 AM
Those falafelwiches are the bomb. I had the traditional one with sriacha sauce at Food Truck Friday and I'd have liked more sauce but it was really good. I can never find someone to go with me, so I can never have Pi for lunch. I found something kind of charming about the S-10 with a heated camper on it, though.
Posted by: Amy in StL | June 17, 2011 at 10:27 AM
Midwest interpretations of food that I thought I understood are confusing me. Cornbread? Sriacha sauce? WHAT ARE YOU PEOPLE DOING OUT THERE?!
Posted by: Tami | June 17, 2011 at 10:42 AM
Tami - with you! Cornbread??
And this picture must have been taken after the Zombie Apocalypse. Seriously, there is more traffic on the street outside my (very suburban) house right now.
Posted by: Becs | June 17, 2011 at 04:02 PM
Becs - Falafel men said they didn't have a brick and mortar, they are just putting themselves "out there."
Magpie - I heard there are streets blocked off for nothing BUT food trucks.
Amy in StL - I'd have liked more sauce, too, and they offered it as "come back if you want more sauce." Now I'll know. I bet if you went and got a deep dish Pi people would get hooked.
Tami - Sorry, they heavily dust the crust with cornmeal to make it sturdier.
Becs - It's a bit west of downtown, at 11 am, right outside of Wells Fargo Advisors. Just saying. It's very quiet.
Posted by: TheQueen | June 19, 2011 at 12:54 AM
I want Naan Chips!!
Posted by: Wendy | June 19, 2011 at 08:32 PM
Wendy - I want them too. I bet they'll be at Fair Saint Louis. And how hard can it be to make naan? Not like it's babka.
Posted by: TheQueen | June 20, 2011 at 12:06 AM
Naan is easy, if you have a pizza stone.
Cornmeal to keep the crust from sticking is a completely different animal than the horror I was picturing, but I'm still not on board for the sriacha.
Posted by: Tami | June 20, 2011 at 11:14 AM
Tami - might have to get another stone. Mine cracked.
Posted by: TheQueen | June 20, 2011 at 11:18 PM
The one made by Weber (ostensibly for grilling, but hey, will it know if it's in an oven?) for sale on Amazon right now is a good one. I was looking at it on Sunday for a gift.
Posted by: Tami | June 21, 2011 at 08:28 AM
Tami - Huh. I think I'll try rice pudding before naan. I'm more genetically related to rice pudding.
Posted by: TheQueen | June 21, 2011 at 11:46 PM