Saturday, October 08, 2011

Gourmet Food Trucks

Nom Nom

Dont just eat. Nom!

Food trucks have been called many names, "roach coach" for one. But they serve business areas where there are no restaurants nearby. You can grab a soda or muffins, candy and chips besides a hot meal.  We used to have a food truck come to our office. It was driven by a very personable Vietnamese who allowed his hungry patrons to "eat now, pay later". I always ordered a bacon and tomato sandwich from him. After he retired, his niece took over and I bought steamed rice from her. She no longer comes to our office as she found a more lucrative location to park her truck. I now buy rice (Mexican style) from the taco truck down the street.

Lobster sandwich from the Shack Mobile

Recently I read that the famous gourmet trucks from San Francisco are now serving the Peninsula in two locations, San Carlos at the Hiller Museum parking lot and Palo Alto at Embarcadero. So I told a friend and we went to investigate. It was pouring hard when we arrived at the Hiller Museum but found that people were already in line in front of their favorite food truck. We went to the Shack Mobile which serves lobster sandwiches in toasty French bread. For $11.00, I had a fat lobster sandwich with cole slaw and chips. My friend got a pork sandwich for the same price, also from the Shack Mobile. The sky cleared long enough for us to check out the Naked Chorizo and discovered that they sell chicken adobo and lumpia. Couldn't resist buying a plateful of lumpia for $6.00 and took it to work with me. My officemates helped me demolish the little appetizers.

Lumpia

There were four gourmet trucks in San Carlos - Mayo and Mustard which serves hot deli style sandwiches, NomNom is famous for its banh mi sandwiches, Naked Chorizo and the Shack Mobile. I was hoping Mama's Empanadas would be there too but it wasn't. We did check with the truck proprietors if they'll continue to come to San Carlos and the answer is yes!  This is good news as we'd like to savor the specialties of the other trucks. The trick is to arrive early to beat the lunch crowd. The trucks are at Hiller Museum parking lot from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays. There are tables and chairs on the driveway and inside the museum lobby for those who wish to eat their lunch there.

Hiller Museum is located at 601 Skyway Road in San Carlos. It's off of 101 at Holly and beside San Carlos Airport.  To find a gourmet truck near you, check this link:  http://the-mobile-gourmet.com/wordpress/

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Images by Charie

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