I started by noting how chilly the April event was and how it was at least expected to be a little warmer last month. It appears we may well have taken a step backwards, because it won't surprise me to see Altadenans showing up in hoodies and wool caps at the rate we are going here.
That said, anybody who finds this weather cold (as a native East Coast son I find it refreshing) should get psyched up and make the trip, because the options look intriguing as always.
Below, our menus for this week's event, which takes place at from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday.
- Shrimp Pimp - The champion of Fancy Food Truck Fridays to date (if the length of line is anything to judge by) this truck features three kinds of sandwiches (including the excellent Shrimp Po Boy), shrimp and chips, a seared sashimi salad, and tacos and ceviche. Show up early for this one.
- No Reservations - A return from the very first Fancy Food Truck Friday, the truck website calls this cuisine "updated bistro cooking." I call it fancy, delicious sandwiches. I can vouch personally for the steak sandwich and the garlic fries. There are a variety of meaty sandwiches and wraps served there.
- Pita Pusher - This truck's site claims it has made the journey from its original home in the streets of Jerusalem. I'm intrigued. The menu looks like pretty standard Middle Eastern fare, but the owner promises authentic Jerusalem flavor.
- Knockout Taco - Two menu sections run side by side: one authentic Mexican tacos, carne asada, carnitas, tacos de papa; the other global fusion tacos: Hawaiian tuna poke, jalapeno teriyaki, Fillipino pork belly. Which flavor will win? You'll have to show up Friday to find out.
- Barbie's Q: Ribs, pulled pork, collared greens, mac and cheese, cheesy grits, BBQ beans. I've told you everything you need to know about this truck.
- Sweet E's Bake Shop - This is the truck incarnation of a West L.A. bakery that was apparently featured on the Cupcake Wars T.V. show. I'm not sure what is on the mobile menu, but baked goods featured on the website include an orange creamsicle cupcake and vegan cake pops.
So that's what is what is available Friday, but I can't help wanting to remind people of what is NOT there this month, just to serve as an archive for Food Truck Friday pasts.
- Greenz On Wheelz - This one has been a regular at Fancy Food Truck Fridays and is extremely underrated. I find it delcious, and also healthy- basically it's a salad with some delicious grilled meat and sauce wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla. I'd like the blue cheese steak option. But if you agree with me that this is a great truck, never fear- they will be in Altadena on Saturday at the .
- Hungry Nomad - Gain one Middle Eastern food truck, lose another. I never did get a chance to try this one. Perhaps it will return at a future event.
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- OG Tempura - This truck, and the following two, made first-time apperances last month, but will not be back this month. I sampled OG Tempura and found it very tasty, but not really unique and delicious enough to justify the extremely long line and slow cooking time.
- Aunties Fry Bread - This food was tasty and the back story interesting. According to the truck's website, the owners are from a family of Japanese farmers who 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. The meat options were good, but the dessert bread was really excellent, like a churro.
- Tango Mango - An ice cream and frozen yogurt truck which I did not try last month.