It's been a year since food trucks came to Boston in summer 2011, and now it's time to find them. Every. Single. One. Join me, in my Food Truck Field Trips!
So, I will have to admit, the cloverDWY truck was not my first choice. I was raised semi vegetarian, and it just never *tickles* me the way a ham and cheese for lunch can. To select my truck for this Food Truck Field Trip, I selected the location first and went from there. I was feeling kind of lazy, so I was looking for something in Dewey Square at South Station (this is the park that hosted occupyBoston). According to “the schedule” there would be two trucks here, and finding out on twitter that there was also a farmers market basically sealed the deal ; )
So, based on how we now know I feel towards vegetarian, it is no surprise that I had settled on momogoose, who sling healthy, gourmet, Asian cuisine. They also claim to be, “the country’s first food truck social enterprise”. Whatever that means.. I was intrigued by their ‘make a meal menu’ where you choose noodles, salad, sandwich, or rice, and you add a meat or tofu.
That said, clover is VERY active on twitter. I would say the most so, other than staff meal & Roxy’s Grilled Cheese’s bizarre interactions with each other. (Do the trucks have something going on the side?) Even though I am not the hugest felafel fan (always dry) they had me dying to try their daily chick pea fritter variety, which they advertise very well.
I took the train down to South Station and browsed the farmers market for some bread. I could only see clover at this time, so I assumed they were the only ones around. The schedule hadn’t worked for me in the past, and momogoose has 3 trucks. Only one was tweeting its location, and it was not Dewey Square. Clover also had quite the crowd around it so I went in for a closer look.
There were two groups of people milling around, one waiting and ones in line to order from someone standing outside the truck putting in orders on his cell phone. He moved quickly. I chose the chick pea sandwich he described to a man ahead of me with, pickled onions and cabbage, cucumbers, tomato, hummus, and a dill sauce (plus chick pea fritters). It was $5. They got the drinks out fast, but it seemed like the amount of people in the truck (five) should have easily been able to handle this crowd. I noticed a sign touting that the fry cook this afternoon was aiming for 4 minute wait times (I would say it was less). Half the people waiting were in suits and of course this amused me a little.
While I was waiting, their stations .. IDK, got back logged and they started calling out to confirm orders. The order ‘refresh stations’ was yelled and then the 86’s came. After they refreshed their stations (phones with orders mounted to the wall) they proceeded to run out of tomato, lettuce and BREAD all while I was waiting. Good timing? A note on the bread, it was not very yummy. I assume it was gluten free.
I snagged a seat in the shade but it was bright as heck and still hard to get good pictures. I didn’t end up eating all the bread but rather opted to eat the yummy stuff inside. The fritters were tasty and moist, but the bread like I said was not my thing. Half way through my lunch as my eyes rolled around the scenery, what did I see? Way down there, hidden, on the other side of Dewey Park, nestled by some trees? Well, another food truck of course! D’oh! I can only imagine it was the one I came here looking for, but did not have time to investigate. Seems I learn something every time! I got back on the train after lunch, and thus concluded my Food Truck Field Trip to clover.