On Saturday afternoon Michael and I went to the Seattle Mobile Food Rodeo. Over twenty food trucks, all in one place? What could be better?
Well, as it turns out…the event was not perfect. The line to get in was blocks and blocks long. Once inside, the venue was a bleak fenced-off parking lot with about 12 bales of hay for a couple of thousand people to sit on, lines of up to an hour for the more popular trucks, and—I know the event organizers can’t help the fickle Seattle weather, but—the freezing cold wind did an excellent job of driving food truck smoke, dust, and hay shards into my eyeballs. Oh, and the trucks started running out of their most popular items mid-afternoon. Skillet just closed up and drove off a few hours into the event.
In spite of these drawbacks, it was actually a good time. As noted, the lines were long, but it was a patient, good-humored crowd. Once we finally got inside, we did a quick survey. Lots of Seattle favorites were there, like El Camion and Molly Moon.
We took the divide and conquer approach, checking in via text from our respective lines. Michael started with a pulled pork sandwich from Maximus Minimus, while I went for a slice of pizza.
I looked longingly at Where Ya At Matt, the Creole food truck with a line stretching into infinity, before getting distracted by someone carrying a plate from Bigfood. We had their Sampler, a combo plate with four pieces of flatbread topped with chicken, pork, beef and paneer. While I was in line for Bigfood, Michael arrived with four lumpia from Lumpia World. Bigfood was my favorite truck of the day, and well worth standing in line for.
We made a final attempt to get through the formidable Where Ya At Matt line for some beignets, but a combination of full bellies, sunburn, and incipient hypothermia finally won out.
Perhaps the best part of the Mobile Food Rodeo was that now I have a few new food trucks on my list to seek out in their natural settings around Seattle.