Food Truck Thursday

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A half-dozen food trucks are congregating at Fairplex each Thursday this summer through August, an event called Food Truck Thursday. It happens from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The best part is, admission and parking are free. The entrance is at Gate 1 on McKinley Drive west of White Avenue and the Sheraton.

A friend and I met there last Thursday. The trucks were After School Special (a chef’s takes on kids’ food), Gourmet Genie (falafel, fish tacos), Brats Berlin (sausages), George’s Greek (gyros, chicken) and Shave It (shaved ice).

I had a meatloaf burger ($8) and NuGrape bottled soda ($2.50) from After School Special and a gyro from George’s ($7). The meatloaf (with queso fundido) was amazing. My friend had a falafel wrap ($6) and fish taco ($3.50) from Gourmet Genie. His wrap was bigger than a burrito. And he had a mac ‘n cheese “cupcake” ($4) from After School Special, which he really liked.

They set up shaded tables near the trucks, a nice touch. People were there, but the people-to-food-truck ratio was low enough that you didn’t have to wait long in line. The food trucks seem to be changing weekly. I’ll be going every Thursday I can. Nice idea, Fairplex.

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  • DebB

    Dang! You go the one week I was out of town! Maybe I’ll catch up with you the next time. The first few weeks there were a lot of people, but two weeks ago there was a drop in attendance. Not sure if it was the heat, the newness wearing off, the waiting in line, or what. The first few weeks there were long waits at some of the trucks.

    This is also billed as a farmer’s market, but that has consisted primarily of one vendor, mainly carrying fruit. I know other cities have succeeded in making a Thursday night party sort of atmosphere, with lots of vendors and food trucks. We’ll have to wait and see if that develops here.

    [I hope to be there tonight, so perhaps I’ll see you — or you’ll see me, since I don’t know what you look like. This post constitutes my Restaurant of the Week, btw. For obvious reasons I ran it a day early. — DA]

  • Free parking at Fairplex? Stop the presses!