Food Truck Rodeo invites neighbors, local beer and Buffalo newbies
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • August 20, 2013 @ 11:43am
Collaborative food truck festivals in Buffalo have slowly shifted from “the rage” to “the norm,” as Tuesdays at Larkin Square, Canalside Food Fights and Food Truck Rodeos at the Buffalo History Museum have regularly united Buffalo’s mobile food fleet under one umbrella.
From 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, the grandest gathering of food trucks in Buffalo’s history will take to the Buffalo History Museum, corner of Elmwood and Nottingham, Buffalo. The event is free to attend, there’s ample parking in the lot to the immediate right of the museum (as well as down Nottingham), and 15 trucks will vend food.
What makes this rodeo special, however, is four factors:
**Two of Buffalo’s new food trucks will be on-hand, as J & L Boulevard BBQ and Greek on the Street will both set up alongside food truck veterans like R&R BBQ, Roaming Buffalo and the Sweet Hearth. We’ve covered the background of Greek on the Street, but we’re still on the hunt for the roots of J & L Boulevard BBQ.
**Fat Bob’s Smokehouse has obtained a beer permit for the evening, and Community Beer Works, Flying Bison and McKenzie’s Cider—all locally-made beverages—will be available for purchase. Wednesday will be the first time that Food Truck Rodeo customers can purchase alcohol on-site—last month’s event was BYOB. Nicely played, Fat Bob’s, we see you.
**Three Rochester food trucks will scuttle down the 90 to debut at the Food Truck Rodeo: Le Petit Poutine, Brick N Motor and Marty’s Meats will all park alongside the Buffalo food trucks in a poignant example of Western New York mobile food solidarity. The trio has a pretty high standard to uphold, as this Buffalo.com piece from January raves about the creativity of our neighboring food trucks.
To get a jump on Wednesday evening, here’s links to all three menus, Buffalo Eats’ feedback and Ben T.‘s item of choice (when applicable):
There’s even a special named after Donnie Burtless—“The Donnie”—which is a Buffalo version of pork belly steam buns (two for $8, pictured). I’m pretty jealous, but that would be my item of choice because it looks scrumptious.
—Le Petit Poutine’s menu not available, but here’s the write-up from Buffalo Eats and a useful Yelp review from Jonathan S. of East Rochester:
The gravy was flavorful, and when mixed with fresh herbs it created the perfect blend on top of the crisp fries. Throw in the amazing cheese curds and you really do have a perfect snack, albeit a terribly messy one. There are only really 2 options on this menu. I was hoping there would be some variety that would have me coming back to try different things, but I guess I will have to settle for delicious poutine the next time I find the truck. Yum!
Ben T.‘s addition: There aren’t many options, but I can appreciate simplicity and limited options if those choices are delicious—which sounds like the consensus on Yelp. Hopefully Le Petit Poutine arrives with sausage gravy in tow.
Regardless, Ben T. is pulling for the Robby J specialty sandwich: $7—Smoked pork shoulder, Marty’s Red Pepper Aioli, mozzarella cheese, broccoli rabe, chili flake.
**Finally, DJ Cutler will be spinning. I always feel bad because Cutler is almost always added as a footnote to any event, but he goes about his business and lets his DJing skills do the talking.