DOWNTOWN RALEIGH FOOD TRUCK RODEO

Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo 

Today was the last downtown raleigh food truck rodeo of the season.  A day I celebrated with mixed emotions.  From the first beer to the last taco, I savored every sip, every bite and took nothing for granted.  It will be a long, cold winter without the food truck rodeo to look forward to, but they will return with the spring.  In honor of this day, we dubbed this rodeo “taco day” and decided to try tacos from three different trucks.

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We started our mission at Bandito Burrito Truck with the two for $7 taco deal.  It was by far and away the best deal, money wise, and taste wise too.

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I had the asian style marinated grilled steak and my rodeo buddy ordered the slow braised pulled pork.  Both were outstanding.  The combination of the chili soy glaze and the thai peanut sauce was a perfect compliment to the fresh sprouts and cilantro.  The tortilla was deliciously grilled and it had the PERFECT amount of heat.

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I’ll tell ya, those boys were pretty easy on the eyes too! They are based out of Greensboro, NC and I think I heard rumor of a brick and mortar in the future – which I think will be worth a road trip.  Be sure to check out their schedule for when they will be in town again.  If you missed them today, be sure not to miss them the next time they are in town.

http://www.banditotruck.com/about.html

Our next stop was Catch Truck from Wilmington, NC.  They have a great variety of tacos, sliders and other delicious sounding items like crispy brussels sprouts and octopus salad. But we were on mission: taco, so we stuck to the plan.

http://www.catchthefoodtruck.com

They also have a brick and mortar on Market St. in Wilmington and the owner/chef was a contestant on one of the seasons of Top Chef.  I think he got a raw deal when he was sent home.  His food always sounded great to me.

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The prices are a bit high here, but the taco was a good size and was served with corn chips, for those of you lucky enough to be able to digest those.

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I had a lobster taco ($14).  The lobster was good quality but was a little over powered by the other ingredients.  I enjoyed it, and ate the whole thing, but thought…huh, for $14 I would have been sad had I not just had a taco and didn’t have one more stop to make.

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The scallop taco ($10) was pretty good too, scallops were cooked well and there were a large amount of them.  My rodeo partner enjoyed it quite a bit.

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Our last taco stop was at Urban Street Grill – Korean BBQ truck.

http://www.urbanstreetgrill.com/menu

Both my partner and I ordered the Ribeye Bulgogi taco (mine without a taco shell, because corn…and I can’t eat corn). ($3)

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Also, a very delicious taco.  The sauce was deliciously sticky and the toppings were fresh and delicious.  And it was huge.  I will also try to find these guys the next time they are in the triangle area.

Overall, this was an amazing day.  I didn’t get to experience my favorite dumplings at Pho Nomenal Dumpling Truck (Season 6 winners of The Great Food Truck Race on FoodNetwork) or enjoy a sandwich at American Meltdown but I left happy and full and with this final thought…forget diamonds, boys…TACOS are a girls best friend.

http://www.phonomenaldumplings.com

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