Actually, this all is connected. The seams are cemented by food and information about food. Here is a link to Food Carts Boise which has, and keeps a listing of, the Food Trucks that are operating in Boise. According to the site owner, Daniel Foster, “… I love Boise and street food! I created Food Carts Boise! in 2012 after returning from a trip to Portland and joyfully noticing that Boise food carts are organized and becoming passionate about their awesomeness.
My aim is to celebrate and support Boise street food vendors as best I can, and to help others learn to love our local street food vendors … The website lists every food cart I can know of, and each detail page links to their social networks, menu, map, reviews, and whatever else I can find.” And by the size of this early crowd, he has helped “… others to love our local food vendors.” I would like to think that this blog has also “Spread The Word”. The food that I had tonight was awesome. You must try the Smoked Turkey Legs from Brown Shuga Soul Food. Their Pulled Pork is also very good! From Daniel Foster’s site we also find a little history of the rally. “Started in
September 2011 by Sheila Francis of Payette Brewing, Boise’s Food Truck Rally is a popular gathering of several of Boise’s mobile food vendors, and it’s growing rapidly!
On the 2nd Friday of every month, from 5:00pm to 9:00pm, you can meet several of Boise’s awesomest food cart vendors at the Food Truck Rally! The location changes, but you can keep up on the fun by following the group on Facebook …” or on this blog. You can also keep track on Daniel’s web page. I will place a link to his page in the sidebar of this blog. In the meantime, here are some of the food trucks that were represented tonight. Enjoy these photos and keep these businesses in mind when you get hungry! As you can see, there is a large variety to choose from.
If you want to read more about this ongoing event – at least monthly – look at Idahostatesman. Here is the menu, as such, for the rally tonight as printed in the Statesman and written by Alex Kiesig.
EAT THIS STUFF AT TONIGHT’S RALLY
Here are some of our favorite eats at trucks scheduled to be at Fourth and Grove streets in Boise from 5 to 9 p.m. March 9:
RICEWORKS ASIAN STREET FOOD
Theme: Stir fries, homemade egg rolls and fusion items like Vietnamese tacos or Hawaiian Spam sliders.
Price range: $1-$7.50
Online: http://www.facebook.com/RiceWorksAsianFood, http://www.riceworks.blogspot.com
Try: The teriyaki chicken ($5.25) is this place’s bread and butter — sticky, not too sweet, loaded with broccoli, on steaming hot white rice.
Theme: Brick 29’s high-end kitchen on wheels makes fancy but approachable sandwiches and sides.
Price range: $3-$9
Online: Twitter: @B29Streatery, http://www.facebook.com/B29-Streatery, http://www.b29streatery.com
Try: The Kobe beef patty melt ($7) on sourdough with caramelized onions and your choice of cheese. (Go with the cheddar fondue. It’s a memorably delicious mess.) You can add candied bacon for $2 extra.
BROWN SHUGA SOUL FOOD
Theme: Simple, slow-cooked, authentic Southern food with a menu that changes every day.
Price range: $3-$7
Online: Twitter: @boisesoulfood, http://www.facebook.com/Brownshugasoulfood, http://www.brownshugasoulfood.com
Try: Whatever’s cooking. Because the menu rotates, go for one of the daily specials. Also, look for the simple and creamy mac and cheese ($3) or the core-warming sweet potato souffle ($3).
A CUPCAKE PARADISE
Theme: A “full-line cupcakery” with a huge range of filled and regular cupcakes.
Price range: $2-$2.50Online: http://www.facebook.com/A-Cupcake-Paradise, http://www.acupcakeparadise.com
Try: A filled cupcake ($2.50) such as the Peanut Butter Cup with peanut butter frosting and yellow cake with a chocolate center. It has just the right frosting-to-cake balance.
Theme: Wagyu beef, Korobuta pork, and “unicorn” (vegan) sloppy joe sliders, grilled cheese sandwiches, and from-scratch soups with cornbread.
Price range: $3-$8
Online: Twitter: @archies_place, http://www.facebook.com/Archiesplaceboise, http://www.archies-place.com
Try: The House Joe will convert anyone who wonders if you can base a business around a sloppy joe. It’s savory, rich, tomatoey and exactly the right consistency ($3 for one slider or $5 for two.) You will want two … or three.
Other trucks scheduled (that we haven’t sampled yet):
BOISE FRY COMPANY
Theme: Fancy french fries with unique salts, “spritzers,” and dipping sauces such as blueberry ketchup, served with “burgers on the side.”
Price range: $3 fries, $6-$9 burgers
Online: Twitter: @BoiseFryCo, http://www.boisefrycompany.com
Try: They’re serving russet and purple fries, but we hope to see the recently unveiled “Classic” burger topping, too.
CALLE 75 STREET TACOS
Theme: tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and tortas made with local ingredients — plus intriguing items like lettuce cups.
Online: http://www.facebook.com/ Calle75Streettacos
A very exciting and good time at the rally tonight. If you would like to contact Daniel Foster at Food Carts Boise, Click Here. The food trucks at the rally have contact information listed. Cheers and Good Eating!