We, the Summer on the Waterfront Alpha Squad, are burdened with the task of sampling the food trucks along the waterfront. And by burdened, we mean very very pleased and full of yummy food.
Here’s the round-up of today’s tastings:
Pennypacker’s Food Truck is a response to a dearth of high quality, inexpensive dining options. Out of this humble white truck in the Marine Industrial Park comes restaurant quality food for a fraction of the price. Alright, there’s no candlelit ambiance or slick bow-tied waiters, but with the harbor glistening in the background, who needs interior design? The guys on the truck are friendly and passionate about good eating, and their dedication is reflected in their near perfect Yelp score. (I’d give ‘em 6 stars.)
We sampled the Chilled Spring Pea Soup, which was sort of like Toy Story 3: a refreshing treat that was surprisingly substantial. A tangy chimmichurri brightened up the Flank Steak Sandwich, rich and hearty with juicy meat and mushrooms. And you can’t forget the Porchetta sandwich, Pennypacker’s specialty. There aren’t words. Just sighs of content.
The Bon Me Truck is definitely your one stop spot for some outstanding vegetarian or vegan friendly Vietnamese cuisine. We spoke with owner Patrick and tried their phenomenal "Deviled" Tea Eggs, a hard boiled egg with house-made spicy mayonnaise , scallions, and cayenne pepper on top. I myself was very impressed with the food being so delicious at such low prices.
The bright blue Bon Me Truck, is conveniently located in Dewey Square on the Greenway on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11am-3pm and Fridays 11am-6pm. If you're out on the waterfront make sure to find the Bon Me Truck closest to you and try some of their delicious Tea Eggs and more.
Tom Smith and his wife founded BBQ Smith in 2011 to fill the void and need for BBQ foods in Boston. Inspired by other BBQ locales in nearby Cambridge, Tom and his wife- both chefs- founded BBQ Smith to infuse their own cooking styles together and create new, exciting, delicious and affordable Southern-style sandwiches for all to enjoy. Recently, I found the BBQ Smith food truck at the Rose Kennedy Greenway during the lunch rush hour. The day was cool and sunny, bringing people from all walks of life down to Dewey Square for a quick lunch break. My favorite sandwich was the Pork Slawich- a nice mix of cole slaw and fresh, pulled pork topped with pickles and served on a warm bun that brought all the juices and flavors together.
I also had an amazing chicken sandwich with crunchy collard greens and tasty, crispy chicken that packed a ton of flavor and seeped into the bread, living up to Tom’s Southern roots. Surprisingly, there was an extensive vegetarian menu complete with veggie tacos, veggie sides, pinto beans, and potato salad.
If you’re in the mood for some good Southern food with a variety of vegetarian options, this is definitely the place to go.
For lunch we decided to visit the critically acclaimed “Kickass Cupcakes!” We had already eaten at two trucks, but it was obvious we were anticipating the meeting between the giant red truck and ourselves.
First, we got permission to enter the truck, and got the chance to film and take photos. Second, using Level Up, we got a few cupcakes and though it was his first day, Angel was a big help. He had already been to the truck and recommended the mojito cupcake and the cookie dough. My personal favorite was the cookie dough, which was regular yellow cake with a cookie dough center. The cupcake is then topped off with vanilla frosting and a chocolate drizzle. Being the last truck we visited, we definitely saved the best for last!