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Fancy Food Truck Friday Preview

Some old favorites return, and two new choices emerge.

The second Friday of the month is here and you know what that means: the best event with a parking lot venue that can be found in Altadena.

For those who don't know, Fancy Food Truck Friday runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday in the parking lot behind the complex.  There is no charge to show up to the event.

In addition to the usual parking lot fun, this month there seems to be an inside party going on at .  Lori Webster, the owner, writes that customers can "taste of Susann Edmonds' Jabberwocky Smooth Jerk and listen to the fabulous sounds of Altadena's favorite musician, HB3." 

If you visit any of the Webster's stores, remember the owners are the folks who got this food truck event rolling and will hopefully continue to keep it rolling, so be sure to support them if you can.

Friday's event looks like a good lineup, with four established trucks that have proved their value at previous events, and there are also two newcomers.  Let's break it down!

New to Town

  • Ragin' Cajun--The Shrimp Pimp has some competition at this week's Fancy Food Truck Friday. The Cajun serves up Fried Shrimp Po' Boys, and the Po' Boy is a mainstay of the longstanding Shrimp Pimp truck.  I guess it is a matter of whether you want your Po' Boy shrimp fried or grilled.  This truck also has gumbo and red beans and rice mixed with sausage.
  • Another cupcake truck for people looking for their sugar fix.  I'll confess to not being big on cupcakes, but like last month's truck, this one appears to have some interesting options.

Back from Last Time

  • Shrimp Pimp--I waited in line for a long at this one last month.  It was worth it.  Get the Shrimp Po' Boy, if you get nothing else, but really you should also get the bruschetta appetizer, which is incredibly good.
  • No Reservations--Surprisingly unpopular during last month's event, this truck was swamped during the first ever Fancy Food Truck Friday.  I've eaten there twice, and the steak sandwiches are just really good.  The fries, too.

Triumphant Returns

  • Greenz On Wheelz--I went to the last month specifically to eat here after it was not at last month's Food Truck Friday.  The art ended up being really cool as well, though.  For newcomers to Greenz on Wheelz, all you need to know is that the wraps are tight, and there are several excellent and healthy salad-packed wrap options.  Also, they have good not-so-healthy melted sandwich options like the pulled pork sandwich.
  • Hungry Nomad--I still have not made it to this truck despite its presence at multiple events.  Anyone have a recommendation on what to order?
Lori A. Webster July 07, 2011 at 04:18 PM
Hi, Dan and thanks for the article, we appreciate it! However, this is the 2nd Friday of the month and FFTF happens every 2nd Friday. I've eaten at Hungry Nomad and can recommend it highly, if you're a fan of Armenian/Middle Eastern food. Their hummus is divine, not too expensive and makes a tasty appetizer while you wait for your main order. Hope to see you and your readers tomorrow evening!
Dan Abendschein (Editor) July 07, 2011 at 05:48 PM
Oops, thanks Lori, now corrected. Looking forward to the event as always!
Darsh July 07, 2011 at 06:06 PM
Looking forward to some of these returns! Would love to see the Border Grill truck return (Ceviche was AMAZING) and also love to see Slammin' Sliders invited to the party (find them on Facebook). Their food is fantastic!
Lorraine Pozniak July 07, 2011 at 07:14 PM
Looks like I'll be hitting The Hungry Nomad again. In May (when I first moved to Altadena) I had an excellent Extra Large Torpedo (bread stuffed with cheese and red pepper flakes.) Does anyone know what cupcake truck is coming? Sweet E's was a little disappointing last month...too small and too expensive. What can I say? I'm a Dutch Oven kinda girl...their kiwi muffins are to die for!
Lori A. Webster July 08, 2011 at 03:28 PM
The dessert truck that's coming is called Sugar Babies, Lorraine.
Linda Salinas July 12, 2011 at 02:07 PM
We were there for the first time Friday 7-8. Not too crowed and very good. (We went early). The grilled shrimp sandwich was excellent. Hope to go again. Linda
Zeb Noesser July 25, 2011 at 10:01 PM
Does anybody know which food trucks will be there on the 12th of August?

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