The score so far: Food trucks 7, MaloufÂ 2.5
We left the house at noon with high hopes, empty stomachs and a list of locations, expecting to nosh at at least 7 traveling food trucks before the day was over.
We got home just a minute ago, 4:50 pm, with cold toes and spinning heads, after having eaten a pork taco, half a grilled cheese and some fries.
I would have to say, I lost the Great Food Truck Race.
The plan was to start out by REI, where SLCâ€™s own Chow Truck was supposedly anchoring a group of three visiting trucks: Roxy Grilled Cheese, Hodge Podge and Korilla. When we arrived, there were two long lines and one open food truckâ€”Roxyâ€™s quilted chrome door was closed tight, but the Chow Truck was turning out tacos. We strategically split into two groups, one in each line and settled in to wait with all the other twittering foodies.
An hour and a half later, it had snowed, sleeted, the sun had come out, the temperature had plummeted, and we still had no grilled cheese. Korilla and Hodge Podge never showed up; luckily for us, Chow Truck was efficiently turning out tacos. We ate a few to sustain us while we waited for Roxyâ€”god, those are good tacos. I ate them before I remembered I should have taken a pic. But I was cold, see.
Meanwhile, Tweets were pouring in. From people at PetSmart who said the Lime Truck had still not opened and there was no place to park. From people at Ricoâ€™s Market, which was serving chips and salsa to the folks in line at CafÃ© con Leche, the Cubano andÂ coffee truck. From a friend who said that Korilla was at the Japanese Festival instead, and another who said Hodge Podge had decided to go to Liberty Park.
And by the time we got to Rico Market, the sun was out. It looked like more fun, but the line was snailing so we just had a sip of the Cubano coffee and split.
Iâ€™m going to give it another go tomorrowâ€”meanwhile, tell me about your day with the food trucks. So far, my impression is that SLC has the best.