Boston Food Truck Fascination

Coming from Hawaii the concept of food trucks was nothing new. There's nothing like getting a plate lunch of beef stew or hamburger curry (with the requisite two scoops of rice and scoop of mac salad) and eating it outside with friends.Or driving up to Oahu's North Shore and getting a big plate of garlic shrimp from Giovanni's.

Other cities like LA, Austin, and New York have an established food truck culture. When I was at SXSW earlier this year, I made it a point to seek out some of these food trucks - they fascinated me almost as much as the technology geeky things at the conference.

Austin food trucks - Chilantro and CoolHaus
Bulgogi tacos from Chilantro and the menu from CoolHaus

Here in Boston food trucks are a newer phenomenon but their popularity keeps growing. With several established areas in the city and festivals celebrating the mobile yumminess it doesn't seem like the trucks will go away anytime soon. Even I was surprised at the number of New England area trucks at last weekend's Charles River Food Truck Festival.

S'mores and Lemon Meringue cupcakes from Kickass Cupcakes
S'mores and Lemon Meringue cupcakes from Kickass Cupcakes

Sandwiches from Boston food trucks
Lobster Panini from Lobsta Love and Barbecue Pork bahn mi from BonMe

For me the king of the local food trucks is Roxy's Gourmet Grilled Cheese. Unless you're lactose intolerant or allergic to dairy what's not to love about perfectly toasted, melty cheesy goodness? Two favorites here - the Mighty Rib Melt - braised short ribs with Fontina and caramelized onions - and the Green Muenster Melt - Munster cheese, homemade guacamole, and bacon. Get a side of truffle fries and  you've got the makings for a beautiful, delicious day.

Mighty Rib Melt from Roxy's Grilled Cheese
The Mighty Rib Melt and truffle fries just can't be beat!

Check out my Twitter list of all the local food trucks I've found to date.


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