Finally, here's Your Next Bite's follow up to the "pony up" at the 2011 Santa Anita Park Food Truck Festival 2 weeks ago. The day couldn't have been more perfect – the sun was shining bright, not a cloud was in the sky – then came the hour-long lines, only to be denied food from the sold-out trucks.
I'm not gonna lie, the Fest was a bit of a mess. My hand model, friends, and I were some of the lucky ones to get a few last dishes from Barbie's Q, Coolhaus, and Naan Stop before the poor hundreds of souls left starving behind us – but not without a strategic plan of course. We definitely worked for our food, each spreading out in 3 different 60 minute+ lines, communicating via cell phone, whilst melting in the sun.
To give you a taste of what we went thru, I'm gonna draw this review out starting with Barbie's Q this week, Coolhaus next week, then finally Naan Stop.
When my friend and I galloped up to Barbie's Q, the only reason we even had a chance was because all the meat was sold out, and only Veggie Sandwiches were left. At this point we were so starving, it didn't even matter. So we stood ground and, low and behold, Barbie's Q found some "extra" chicken, then later on "pork" (which we'd missed), too.
- impressive, stole the show, sweet smokey 'n tender Veggie BBQ Sandwich
- every kind and color, chili sweet Barbeque Beans
- kinda slimy 'n sausage chewy-like "questionable" Chicken BBQ Sandwich (I steered clear, but my friends ate it and paid for it later)
- thin, crisp 'n light, a little soupy but satisfying Cole Slaw
The Santa Anita Food Truck Festival was good in theory, but unfortunately, and ironically, the farthest thing from a horse race. Hopefully next year they'll get the lines and food inventory situated.
Next week, Root Beer and Guiness Ice Cream from Coolhaus.