Culinarily speaking, Santa Clarita is not blessed. Chain businesses monopolize our suburban city. Us Santa Claritians (Santa claritans?) jump in excitement over anything new. Two months ago a Chick-Fil-A opened in our local mall. Lines were out the door! No city should get this excited over a fast food joint. Needless to say, the food truck festival was a special treat for me and the other deprived foodies of Santa Clarita. Chasing down these gourmet food trucks can be tough, considering how hard LA parking can be. Food truck festivals provide a chance to try a few and decide which are worthy to tell your friends about. I was able to try seven of the twenty-something trucks present, so I’d say my experience was a success. Among all of the mediocrity, there are a few exceptional trucks that I would…stalk?…and a few that I’ll soon forget about.
Border Grill was my favorite of the seven trucks I tried. The ceviche (pictured) was excellent and the sweet corn tamales are just as comfortingly scrumptious as they are in the restaurant. 10 out of 10. Go Here!: http://www.bordergrill.com/bg_t/bg_twel.htm
You can’t go wrong with butter, soft bread, and lobster, in my opinion. Lobstatruck’s crab roll (pictured) was very tasty, but the lobster roll was the best. I may be biased since I am a firm believer in lobster being the best thing ever to pop out of the ocean. The lobster roll was so good, that I didn’t get to take a picture of it before my family devoured it. 9 out of 10. Go Here: http://www.lobstatruck.com/
Frysmith sells frys with unique topping combos. I ordered the Kimchi Fries, which were topped with kimchi, kurobuta pork belly, onions, and cheese. I had two bites, and had to walk away for a moment to pick up one of my other food orders. When I returned, they were all gone. The small taste I had was good, a bit sweet for my taste, but a smart step away from the usual fries with ketchup. Next, I’m trying the chicken sweet potato fries with tomatillo-tamarind sauce. 7 out of 10. Go Here: http://www.eatfrysmith.com/
Dogtown Dogs does simple food well. My dad ordered their “morning commute.” This dog was wrapped in bacon and topped with a fried egg. I trust my dad’s opinion, since he and my mom have raised me to appreciate good food. According to him, the bun was soft with a good chew, and the dog wasn’t a bit oily. I got to try the tater tots. They were GREAT! Yes, all capitals worthy. They were extremely crispy. Maybe due to being fried twice? 8 out of 10. (mostly because of that tots) Go Here!: http://dogtowndog.com/index.html
Hot meatballs on this freezing cold day hit the spot. My mom and I split the Incrediballs! Great Balls on Tires used ground kobe beef, applewood smoked bacon, gruyere, and wild arugula on toasted brioche. The sliders normally came with garlic aioli, but neither my mom, nor I, like mayo. Random fact: Jimmy Fallon hates mayo, as well. I give their balls a 7 out of 10. Go Here: http://greatballsontires.com/
Sugarbabies are sweet. While trying to take a picture of my little cake, I dropped it onto the dirty field. Like the little kid that I am, I came back to the truck with my mommy’s money asking for a new cupcake. The lady graciously gave me a replacement for free! Customer service is a 10 out of 10! I only had the chance to try one of their cupcakes- a vanilla cupcake with chocolate frosting and a chocolate heart, but it was too sweet for my taste. My mom got the “crem de la crem,” which was a vanilla cake with a vanilla custard filling, chocolate ganache, and a vanilla candy drizzle. Her rating? 7 out of 10. She loved the bite size aspect. I’m willing to give this truck another try, since the women working the truck were so kind, and the nutty butter cupcake sounds amazing. Go Here: http://www.sugarbabiescupcakery.com/index.html
I had to try the pork banh mi from the nom nom truck after seeing them compete on “The Great Food Truck Race.” I was rooting for them the entire show and was disappointed when they lost in the finals. I paid an extra $15 for early entry into the food truck festival so I wouldn’t have to wait in any lines. This pass came in especially handy for the nom nom truck. By the time I was leaving, the line for nom nom had at least thirty people in it. Nom nom’s pork banh me was nothing special. I was sadly, disappointed by their sandwiches. For one, they were sold out of pate even though I was only the fifth person in line to receive a sandwich. There was barely enough meat to line the sandwich, and it was parts were a bit grisly. I rate them 4.5 out of 10. Maybe I’d give an extra point if there was pate. if you want to, go here: http://nomnomtruck.com/
Overall, this event was a ton of fun! I felt like the typical kid in a candy store. Despite the bad weather, I hope that the trucks will return to isolated Santa Clarita in the near future.