Last night I met my friend Missy for dinner at the Ferndale Food Truck Rally in the alley behind the Rust Belt Market. It was awesome. After I made it through the killer traffic (it took me an hour and forty five minutes to make a drive that should’ve taken 40, but whatever. That’s not anything different from taking the T everywhere, when there’s always a fun and exciting chance that your train could catch fire or break down underground and trap you for four hours), I met Missy outside the Market and we scoped out the trucks.
There were a few taco trucks, some hamburgers, and a dessert cart. We settled on sliders from Brew Jus, first because they looked awesome, and second because we went to high school with Nick, the chef. The food was delicious. They brew their own beer and then make sauces from the beer, then use those sauces in wonderfully crafted little burgers. We tried the Angry Chicken Slider, which was pulled chicken topped with Angry Cherry Chipotle BBQ sauce and a fresh, crunchy little slaw made from carrots and green apples. We also tasted their vegan burger, which was topped with India Pale Ale Mustard and beet chutney. We tried the mustard on a potato salad too and it was great. I can’t wait to go back to Rust Belt on a weekend to try their bacon-infused steak slider (because I tasted their steak sauce and it was to die for) and check out the artists and designers in the actual market.
The longest line by far was at the El Guapo taco truck. I’ve seen the truck at Eastern Market, and my friends once went to a wedding where the truck was the caterer (which is an awesome idea) so we knew we had to try it. I was intrigued by the lemon-limeade with cilantro and jalapenos, and considered the sweet and spicy, double caramelized Korean beef taco, but we settled on adobo chicken and pork belly confit. The chicken was good: tender, spicy, and just the right amount of cheese. The pork belly, on the other hand, was the best taco I’ve ever had in my life. It was a little bit demoralizing, to tell you the truth, because the carnitas tacos I made on Monday had been the best I’ve ever had, and they were so quickly unseated. The pork belly was so crispy on the outside, meltingly tender on the inside, and each bite was a perfectly-textured flavor explosion. A bit of cabbage added a crunchy, fresh contrast, and the guapo sauce was yummy. I want to eat this taco every single day. Tomorrow at Eastern Market I’m going to try their Aloha, Mr. Hand taco, which is the pork belly topped with a pineapple salsa. I bet the sweet, fresh pineapple will be amazing with the pork belly.
We finished up with some salted caramel ice cream from the Treat Dreams ice cream cart. The flavor and texture were outstanding. So creamy, with that toasty, burnt-sugar complexity that comes from real, handmade caramel. The woman sitting next to us told us that Treat Dreams does ice cream parties, where you and your friends can go , drink wine, design and make your own ice creams, and then eat them. It’s the kind of thing that would be so much fun for a bachelorette party, birthday, or just because you and your friends want to try something fun and different. Missy and I definitely plan to put an ice cream party together. After your party they’ll even sell your ice cream flavor in their store for a week!
So, bottom line, the food truck rally was delicious. They hold it the third Thursday of every month, and you should totally check it out. It’s an inexpensive and tasty night out, and would make a creative, low-key date night. There were plenty of kids there too, if you’re looking for a fun family outing.
Looking for something to do tonight? Consider checking out the Ringwald Theatre in Ferndale. They’re putting on a one night only reading of the play 8 by Dustin Lance Black, who won an Oscar for writing the movie Milk. 8 is about the Federal District Court trial of Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the lawsuit filed to overturn Prop 8. Admission is a suggested donation of $10, and all proceeds will go to the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which is the organization sponsoring the federal lawsuit for marriage equality.