It’s the first food truck rally of the year, and I was excited to check it out. But the weather fooled me. I thought it was going to be warm and sunny, but it was more cloudy and chilly. However, that may have also helped as the crowd wasn’t too bad, so the lines moved fast. A good dozen trucks were there, and we (my boyfriend supports my food obsession) sampled from four. Here’s the round-up:
Crif Dogs: This was a truck we haven’t tried before. It’s the mobile operation of their store locations in St. Marks Place and Brooklyn. Since we’ve never had anything from here before, we thought we’d go with the classic. We ordered a simple “Crif dog” for $5. It’s a dog made with beef and pork and deep-fried. Ours was also wrapped in bacon prior to frying (but online menu suggest that this may not be normal operation.) It was served on a simple hot dog bun, with ketchup and mustard on the side. We put ketchup on ours, and it tasted like a hot dog. We had some food envy from others who ordered the BLT, which you may have guessed was topped with lettuces and tomatoes. The toppings looked delicious from afar. Check them out at http://www.crifdogs.com/
Milk Truck: Both my boyfriend and I are lactose intolerant. So, having a grilled cheese sandwich is somewhat of a rarity (Lactaid pills are a godsend!). But the truck looked so cute that I had to try one. So, we ordered a Classic with a Twist – which was aged gruyere, pickled onions, Dijon mustard on rye, all for $6.75. It was actually quite tasty! But the experience wasn’t perfect because the operation was a bit on the slow side. Maybe that’s why we haven’t seen this truck serving the midtown lunch crowd. But the sandwich was quite good with that gooey hot cheese. So, it works for a leisurely Sunday afternoon. From the website, looks like their menu changes regularly. Check them out at http://milktrucknyc.com/
Big D’s Grub: This was one of the standbys for my boyfriend in midtown for lunch. So, we knew we were going to get some yummy good food here. We ordered dumpling (with soy garlic sauce) and yucca fries (with Big D’s secret sauce, which is a salad dressing type sauce). This was as good as we expected it to be. At the price was right. $3 for 4 dumplings and $3 for a bunch of fries. This platter of food really hit the spot! If you’re hungry in midtown during lunchtime, hunt them down at http://bigdsgrub.com/ or follow them on twitter @bigdsgrub
Treats Truck: Big D really filled me up. But on an impulse, I still felt like I needed some dessert from the Treats Truck. So, I got an apricot square and a chocolate chip cookie for my boyfriend. It was a little chilly, so we took these goodies back home to enjoy with a cup of coffee. Their treats never disappoint. Check them out at http://treatstruck.com/
It was a great afternoon! I’m looking forward already to the next rally. Food Truck Rally happens every first and third Sunday through October (except Memorial day and Labor Day). 11am-5pm at Grand Army Plaza.