This past Tuesday, we decided to ditch our boring plan for bean-and-cheese tacos at home and check out the inaugural Trailer Food Tuesdays at the Long Center. The brainchild of Eric Silverstein (The Peached Tortilla, Yumé Burger), Kristen Stacy (The Seedling Truck, Royal Fig Catering) and Tiffany Harelik, author of the Trailer Food Diaries Cookbook, Trailer Food Tuesdays is a series of five gatherings on the last Tuesday of each month down at the Long Center, which becomes a pop-up trailer food park from 5-9pm.
The trucks in attendance this Tuesday were Evil Wiener, Be More Pacific, Hey Cupcake, Peached Tortilla, Yume Burger, CoolHaus, The Seedling Truck, Dock ‘n Roll Diner, and Chi’Lantro. We rolled up around 6:45, scoring some sweet parking on Riverside, across the street from the Long Center, and saw a pretty healthy gathering of folks.
The trucks with the longest lines were Peached Tortilla (whose pad thai tacos and banh mi sliders I adore), Chi’Lantro (which I’ve yet to try, sadly), and Yume Burger, which has a very tasty-looking whitefish burger I’m dying to get my hands on. CoolHaus, easily my favorite ice cream in town, was serving a limited menu of three flavors of ice cream and three or four flavors of cookies with which to make a sandwich.
The pros: The environment was very family-friendly. There was music, lemonade (as well as a full bar), and much to my children’s delight, a big basket full of sidewalk chalk and a big, open area as their concrete canvas. It was very gratifying to see lots of families spread out on the lawn, eating hot dogs, tacos, and hamburgers on picnic blankets while children gamboled around. The food on offer was very diverse, from gourmet American to Asian-fusion tacos and burgers, to good old-fashioned hot dogs and ice cream.
The cons: Sadly, we didn’t get to eat anything while we were there because many of the trucks were either sold out, had long lines our children were too tired and hungry to tolerate, or were offering very limited menus. It was kind of disappointing to walk up to a popular trailer and see big X’s taped over 75% of their menu. Next time, we’ll get there as close to the 5pm start time as possible and have a better shot at finding something everyone wants to eat within a reasonable wait time for two hungry kids. Pro tip: Not all of the trucks present on Tuesday took plastic, so come well-equipped with cash. Don’t want to miss out on some deliciousness because you didn’t stop at the ATM!
The remaining Trailer Food Tuesdays are: August 28, September 25, October 30, and November 27. I look forward to going back when it’s a little cooler (but not too cool for a CoolHaus ice cream sandwich!).
Written by: Melanie Haupt