This weekend’s Haute Wheels Houston food truck festival was fun and sunny; yet another reminder of how good and fresh simple truckside bites can be when devoured in a cheery crowd with lots of ice cold tea (or beer).
It also reminded me of how much I miss eating pork belly (felt like it popped up on all sorts of menus!), but not enough to eat it of course. Going food truck hopping is significantly harder in a city like ours. But we still got some great grub and even showed up back home with a bag full of cakeballs. Surely an indicator of a fun outing.
In some ways, it kind of stinks that a festival like this would be the only way to currently get to enjoy multiple food trucks in one location. Houston’s lack of food truck parks is lame – it’s one of my favorite ways to eat when we’re in Austin and makes for such a fun and interactive space to kick it (and eat and eat).
The afternoon heat rendered my short person Ella pretty consistently grouchy, at least until getting her first bite of Pi Pizza‘s 420 pizza with Fritos. The day went up from there. ”Chips on a pizza with sauce and cheese is like snacks and lunch at the same time,” the 5 year old connoisseur said. “This was a good idea.”
We walked around, not being able to find a couple of vegan options we were looking for and settled (well, hardly settled) on a fantastic Ladybird green tomato grilled cheese with a nice tangy dipping sauce.
A Mexican Coke and a sweet tea later, we were on the prowl for some ice cream. The Eatsie Boys were the obvious choice, we split a yuzu flavor that was the lightest and almost frothy citrus frozen deliciousness you could want in a sweaty moment like that.
Then we mugged in a Mini (apparently Ella had her first experience with road rage), met an interesting edible-oriented gardener and snagged a red velvet, birthday cake and key lime to share at home from Angie’s Cake.
We’ll be back next year and have already bookmarked a couple of trucks we didn’t get to try out for a food outing asap.
(Thanks JJ for the invite!)