Food trucks started rolling into theArsht Center
at around 10:30 a.m. Sunday, lining up neatly in front of the center's opera house. Most truck owners said they were on very little sleep and no food, but they were eager and ready to feed the droves of hungry people who would soon arrive at the Fall for the Arts Festival. The quantity of arts organizations present at the event was impressive, but it's safe to say many people were there for the
The sun was brutal and shade was scarce. Nobody seemed to care. Lines started getting long after noon, and many vendors -- including Totally Bananas, Del's Lemonade, Yellow Submarine, Sakaya Kitchen, Nacho Mama's and Fireman Derek's -- sold out before the event came to a close.
While well-known trucks likeLatin Burger & Taco
,Jefe's Original Taco & Burger
and Yellow Submarine were there, the festival introduced Short Order and many festival-goers to a
few new kids on the block like Nacho Mama's Grill (in its third week) and Wing Commander.
Sakaya Kitchen's Dim Saam a Go Go had an impressive menu that
Camaronera served its perfectly fried fish sandwich at its brand new truck, as
well as a popcorn shrimp sandwich and fish sticks. Over at Feverish Ice Cream truck, a homemade mango sorbet was the right antidote to the
scorching sun. And the fish and shrimp ceviche from Bites on Wheels, a
small roach coach among a bunch of giant, spiffy trucks, was the perfect
dish for a hot day.
Other drool-worthy offerings includedMichael's Genuine's
sandwich, the Rolling Stove's "Ron's Bites" - thick slices of baked
potato, fried and topped with two types of cheese - and Nacho Mama's
At his booth, theBurger Beast
(Sef Gonzalez), greeted fans - gosh,
the man has loads of them - and gave away t-shirts and buttons. Major
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props to him and the Arsht Center for a well-orchestrated effort. The
only suggestion for next year: more water vendors.
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