Fancy Food Truck Friday Preview

Vietnamese sandwiches, grilled cheese, and some old favorites will all be available at Friday's food truck event at Webster's.

With students going back to school and coming fresh off a holiday weekend, it might be easy to forget to skip the monthly Fancy Food Truck Friday event at Webster's, especially since is not scheduled to make an appearance this month.

So here are six reasons not to: The Grilled Cheese Truck, Nom Nom Truck, Curb A Peel, Sweet Arleen's, Greenz on Wheelz and No Reservations.

The names alone are not enough to convince you?  Very well, read on for in-depth descriptions and links to menus.

As always, the event takes place on the second Friday each month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday in the parking lot behind the Webster's complex.  There is no charge to show up to the event.

New to Town

  • The Grilled Cheese Truck - If food truck lore is correct, it serves it pretty damn well.  I've heard this one comes with long lines, so get here early if you want to eat grilled cheese.  Though the menu can be as simple as you like, by my count they have 6 different cheeses and 17 different potential sandwich additions, so you can customize to your heart's content.
  • Nom Nom -  I somehow managed to miss this truck at a Sierra Madre food truck event it was scheduled to appear at.  You will not escape from my grasp this time Nom Nom. If you are not familiar with Banh Mi, the Vietnamese sandwich, here is a chance for you to avoid a trip down to Alhambra and enjoy one of the less-damaging legacies of French colonialism in Southeast Asia.
  • Curb a Peel - Tacos, sandwiches, some with Asian influences.  I looked at the menu and felt like the truck was all over the place.  Fortunately, that is their intent... on their website, they describe the truck "as diverse a melting pot as Los Angeles is."
  • Sweet Arleen's - An entrant on the Food Network's Cupcake Wars program, this truck has cupcakes, bread pudding, and other sweets.

Back from Last Time

  • Greenz On Wheelz-- I have this under "Back from Last Time" as it was listed to be at the event, but if memory serves anoter truck got subbed in at the last moment.  Otherwise, I'm sure I would have eaten here.  For those unfamiliar, this is the truck to go to for tasty food that is also healthy.  Their wraps are delicious, and since I began eating here I've attempted (somewhat successfully) to copy them and eat them at home.  I'll take the real thing any chance I get though.

Triumphant Returns

  • No Reservations--Melty cheese-based sandwiches, fries, short lines... an excellent truck overall.  They also have an interesting drink selection.
Meredith Miller September 08, 2011 at 03:41 PM
Thanks Dan, for another great preview of tomorrow's Fancy Food Truck Friday. Unfortunately, we were informed yesterday that Sweet Arleen's truck is in for service and won't be able to come this time. Instead, we will be welcoming Maui Wowi - purveyors of fresh smoothies and coffee drinks! See y'all soon... http://www.mauiwowila.com/
Dan Abendschein (Editor) September 08, 2011 at 03:50 PM
Thanks for the update Meredith. On the home page your comment cuts off at "Unfortunately, we were informed yesterday," which led me to jump to all kinds of dire conclusions before I clicked through to read the full comment. I'm relieved to hear the event as a whole will be intact.
Meredith Miller September 08, 2011 at 03:54 PM
Yes, but this IS the last month of our TUP - More on that soon!
Maeve McGrath September 08, 2011 at 05:16 PM
Thanks, Dan and Meredith, for the updates! Looking forward to some great eats and enjoying the (hopefully cooler!) weather tomorrow night. Can you tell me how the trucks are reserved? Is there a way to request certain trucks or is it just whoever's available? Have there been any thoughts about music or maybe a small band? Just some thoughts. Thanks again and see you tomorrow night!
ed meyers September 08, 2011 at 05:46 PM
Meredith, Let me know when we can stop in to sign off on the parking lot letter needed for the next TUP cycle. Ed
Meredith Miller September 08, 2011 at 05:46 PM
Hi Maeve: We are hoping for cooler weather tomorrow night too! To answer your questions: - Please let us know which trucks you would like to see - we work with lots of great trucks and always try to rotate new ones into the mix. - The terms of our Temporary Use Permit do not allow us to have "live entertainment", so unfortunately we cannot invite bands at this time. As we look into the future, we hope to add some new conditions to our permit.


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