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Fancy Food Truck Friday Menu Preview

A preview of what to expect at the monthly Altadena food truck menu.

Last month's fell on a very unusually cold April day and though the temperatures have dipped again this week, the forecast for this week's event is for it to be a bit warmer.

And like the weather, the food truck options are a little different from last month, so we're pleased to be the first to introduce you to what is on the menu next week.  The event takes place on Friday, May 13 from 5 to 9 p.m. behind the Webster's complex at the intersection of Lake Avenue and Marcheta Street.

Here are the vendors:

  • The Border Grill Truck- Tacos, quesadillas, ceviche, and more, all with organic long grain rice and beans, according to its website.  The promoters of the event have been pushing this truck as being particularly popular at other venues in the county, so it might pay to show up early to avoid the lines there.
  • Greenz On Wheelz - This one has been a regular at Fancy Food Truck Fridays and the only one I can personally recommend.  Also, this is your default healthy option- basically it's a salad with some delicious grilled meat and sauce wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla.  I'd go for the blue cheese steak option.  Lines tend to be shorter here as well - I don't know why, personally.
  • Hungry Nomad - Also known as the only repeat Fancy Food Friday truck I have not yet sampled from.  The chicken pesto sandwich always tempts me though.  There are also various Middle Eastern wraps and pastries, according to the truck website.
  • OG Tempura - Consider me intrigued by the soft shell crabs wrapped in angel hair pasta and bacon, deep fried in tempura batter served with pesto aioli. Looks like there are all kinds of interesting things fried in tempura at this truck.
  • Aunties Fry Bread - Japanese-Native America fusion food?  Yes, you heard that right.  The back story (according to the truck website) is a family of Japanese farmers developed fried bread recipes from dishes they learned from the Crow people in Montana.  These fry bread tacos are a flat fried bread with meat, vegetables, and sauce. 
  • Tango Mango - At last, a dessert option!  Ice cream and frozen yougurt of various flavors, and according to the Yelp reviews, we may well be offered free samples.

My only regret is no Shrimp Pimp truck this month, but as long as that truck is present it's hard to make room in the belly for other options.  Here's to hoping for a large turnout.

Nina Malone May 11, 2011 at 08:22 PM
I agree, will miss the Shrimp Pimp, but it will give me an excuse to try something different
bbrown May 12, 2011 at 04:41 PM
Bummer no Shrimp Pimp...but I am excited about some new trucks! I look forward to this event every month!
lonnie fehr May 12, 2011 at 07:32 PM
wander how all these food trucks ,,, hurt the local restaurants ???? .
mister altadena May 13, 2011 at 01:49 PM
Answer is pretty much that they don't hurt the local restaurants. Drive by the local places at the same time and you'll see. Also, Amys & Park Bench & Fox's are typically closed by the time the food truck event happens. El Patron usually has diners at the same time of the event. If people want fast food burgers (something that's not at the food truck event), they can go to everest or Jack/Box. There you go.
Revvell May 13, 2011 at 02:08 PM
I've gone by El Patron on FFF evenings and they are PACKED. They told me they stay open later on Friday evenings because they have so much business ~ and they well deserve it.
Lori A. Webster May 13, 2011 at 06:05 PM
All of us at the Stores At Webster's Center are happy that the community enjoys the Fancy Food Truck Friday events. We thank you for your support!
Gabhlan May 14, 2011 at 12:39 AM
Tried three different trucks and the food has been very good. A good excuse to get out and meet your neighbors!
Dan Abendschein (Editor) May 14, 2011 at 04:03 PM
@Gabhlan - Yes, the event was great as usual, though the wait at the OG Tempura truck was a little long for my taste. Loved that Aunty Fry Bread place though.
Nina Malone May 14, 2011 at 07:02 PM
how was the food? I'm always willing to wait an hour and a half for the shrimp pimp. We ended up getting grilled cheese sandwiches (I have to admit the 10 min. wait was nice), the pork one was yummy! nice seeing you two!

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