|Everybody seemed to have fun!|
Since the food truck phenomenon has spread like wildfire across the nation, it has trickled down into America’s Finest and suddenly exploded – culminating in a massive congregation of more than 50 mobile eateries at the Del Mar Racetrack on Saturday, July 28th for the 2nd Annual Gourmet Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival.
I’m not sure if it’s from being a product of the 80s or if it’s from being raised around New York City, neither or both, but, traditionally, when I heard ‘food truck,’ I thought “roach coach” or silver bullet. I imagined the quintessential providers of coffee and crumb cakes to construction workers or mystery meat hot dogs and gyros to Times Square tourists, eateries scraping by selling mostly prepackaged foods or uninspired simplicities.
Whether the advent of the modern day gourmet food truck is a product of the flailing economy, common sense (why all the overhead and stressors that come with a full-fledge restaurant when you can run a truck that can barely fit two cooks?), or simple hipster-ness, the trend is surely digging it’s heels into the sand in SoCal.
|Slap Yo' Mamma's |
Soft Shell Crab Po' Boy
While the food truck traditionally provided a means for the person on the go to grab a quick, cheap meal, today’s food trucks are hardly quick or cheap. We waited a solid 20 minutes for a couple of Devilicious’ famous $12 lobster grilled cheeses…mini pieces of buttery bread topped with hardly a mouthful of lobster and melted cheese. Was it good? Sure. It was no dollar dog in 5 minutes though – which is what I am biologically, environmentally, and historically inclined to expect. Nor was it worth twelve dollars, as I could have inhaled it with ease in a few bites.
|Devilicious' Lobster Grilled Cheese|
|Even the kiddies appreciated the |
variety of choices.
We ate, we drank, swapped stories, and relished in the San Diego afternoon in delight. We skipped over to the track, placed our bets, and cheered on our horses, making the (albeit expensive) trip to the fairgrounds yet another success!
We’ll be sure to put this event in our calendar for next year, but hopefully the economy picks up so I can afford the food truck experience.
P.S. Dear Food Trucks In General - you have reduced over-head compared to restaurants, stop making your food cost more than your grounded competitors. We just don't get it!!! If you care to explain the inflated prices, feel free to email us at Admin@SanDiegoVille.com.