For those that do not know, I have a love for food trucks. In fact, just the other day I was driving home and I spotted a food truck at Fairport Brewing and yelled out loud “What…the meatball truck!!” (I was the only one in the car). I slooowwed down and stared; don’t worry, I was still safely driving, I think. There was also a point in which I contemplated starting my own food truck. I spent a long time researching, developing possible menus, and investigating equipment on the internet. Needless to say, I do not currently own a food truck, but I am a frequent visitor when at all possible. Which brings me to this post…
Rochester has exploded with food trucks, leaving us with endless options. This year was the fifth annual Food Truck Rodeo at the Rochester Public Market. Food trucks are popping up outside of local bars, at Farmer’s Markets, school events, and more. It’s so exciting to see the appreciation for food trucks and their art and cuisine. I am going to highlight a few of my favorites below. There are many that I can list, but here are a few that I frequently visit:
Grilled Cheese ….is there anything more to say before you jump on board here? My all-time favorite is the pulled pork mac and cheese grilled cheese. Yes, you heard me right! The mac and cheese is so creamy and then when you put the BBQ pulled pork on top – genius! While you are there, grab yourself some crispy tator tots, to complete your meal…trust me!
Chef Mike Zazzaro, executive chef, created Chef’s Catering back in 2011. He currently has a staff with years of experience working to bring you the best in your catering needs and through their food truck. Mike will work with you on creating a menu for your event. You may have also sampled menu items at Chef’s Catering at the Food Truck Rodeo or other locations. One of my favorites is the black bean and corn fritters! It comes with a guacamole, pico de gallo, cotija cheese crumbled on top, and a chipotle aioli. I’m a sucker for avocado and chipotle aioli. The pulled pork loaded fries were also very yummy! Everyone at Chef’s Catering is incredibly friendly and they take pride in what they produce.
Ah Macaroni and Cheese. I love the spiraled pasta that they use, which helps you get just the right amount of toppings and cheese in every deliciously savory bite. You cannot go wrong with any macaroni that you choose, however the buffalo wing mac and cheese is one of my favorites. I love the hint of spicy kick that you get with the juicy chicken on top. A little known fact…Nathan Hurtt, executive chef, also owns and operates Brick N Motor.
Catelyn and Amber are the amazing ladies that create unbelievable flavors in the Eat Me Ice-cream kitchen! They have an ability to meld together flavors that can range from bold to bright and light. They create ice-cream flavors with goat cheese and pumpkin to fruitier flavors such as apricot or blueberry and cheesecake. They also paired with BadAss Power Cookie to create an ice cream sandwich! (If you haven’t tried Badass Power Cookie, run, don’t walk, over to Hart’s or Lori’s Natural Foods for a taste. Maybe there will be an ice cream sandwich pairing waiting for you!). The flavor combinations are both enticing and intriguing. Look out for their ice cream sandwiches at locations like Hart’s Grocery! Check out the post I wrote an on Eat Me Ice-cream in August.
How can Poutine not be good? When you take french fries, and then load cheese curds, gravy, and herbs on top, you cannot go wrong. I can’t help myself so…. I get pulled pork on mine also! How do you like your poutine?
The Louisiana Cookery
The folks (husband and wife team) at The Louisiana Cookery are passionate about their food and they put a lot of love into their cooking. Not only are they willing to let you sample if you are unsure of a posted option, but once they begin discussing how they prepare their food, it is clear that you need to try it! Give them some love the next time you see them and sample the Crawfish Étouffée or one of their other menu items. **Hint**Hint*** They deep fry their grits!
The Meatball Truck Co. offers some delicious meatballs! I love the meatballs in a cup, which is just enough to share (or eat on your own – let’s be real about this one!). If you are like me, you will try to get a scoop of fresh tasting ricotta with each bite of the meatball and then sop up the homemade sauce with the crusty bread. MMMM
The last Food Truck Rodeo of the year happened this past Wednesday, but don’t worry there are plenty of other locations to get your Food Truck On. If you are thinking, I need to get me some of that (go ahead and fill in your choice of the food truck name here) right now, then check out Where That Food Truck to find your favorite! You can also click on any of the underlined links to find out more information about your favorite food truck or business that is listed above. If you have a favorite of yours not listed, feel free to let me know which food truck you love visiting and what your favorite meal there is! I have only highlighted a few here on this post, but there are many more out there!