My inaugural visit to Eat Local Orlando’s food truck pod came, but not before a little prepo work. I was determined to sample as much food as possible, so I stuck to small meals throughout the day instead of gorging myself my lunch like usual. The payoff was The Crooked Spoon’s amazing 4-20 Burger with homemade potato chips, Big Wheel Provisions’ Duck Fat Fries with a Homemade Strawberry Soda, and Yum Yum Cupcake Truck’s Chococlate on Chocolate Action with a little red velvet delight on the side.
The Crooked Spoon
In honor of April 20, The Crooked Spoon featured an Angus beef burger covered in melted white cheese, candied bacon, and pineapple relish on a grill-toasted bun called the 4-20 Burger. The sweetness of the bacon and relish hit the right notes with the smokiness of my medium rare burger. The cheese gelled everything together into a hot, little package wrapped in wax paper. The wrapped burger was served with loose homemade potato chips inside a white paper bag. I’m a huge fan of bag fries — they inspire treasure-hunting fever every time — but I wouldn’t mind a little wax paper envelope or something else to keep the chips together. Otherwise, the 4-20 Burger was nothing short of glorious. While I was waiting on my burger at The Crooked Spoon, Adam made a beeline for the Korean BBQ Box. He ordered the amazing Gong Bai short rib sub, which included a hot wing and salad with ginger dressing. Adam let me have a bite of his sub, and of course it was nothing short of yummy.
Big Wheel Provisions
Big Wheel Provisions saw my face yet again, but this time I was there for their Duck Fat Fries and Homemade Strawberry Soda. The fries were thinly cut and crispy, but didn’t have any additional flavor other than Big Wheel’s fabulous Garlic Jalapeño Pepper Vinegar I decided to sprinkle on top. The soda had the best, refreshing flavor at first blush, but was quickly watered down to flavored water by the ice. Still, Chef Tony has a good thing going with his fresh fruit sodas!
Yum Yum Cupcakes
The final stop of the night — I only had so much room after a burger, chips, fries, and soda — was Yum Yum Cupcakes. Until yesterday night, Yum Yum Cupcakes was my white stag. I saw the truck for a split second on the way home from April’s Science Cafe, which fell on the first night of the Firestone Food Truck Pod. Even though I was full, three cupcakes came home with me; one Chocolate on Chocolate Action and two red velvets. Granted, one red velvet cupcake was for Adam, but I eventually devoured the others. They. Were. Awesome.
The main target for my next food truck pod will be Treehouse Truck. I caught a glimpse of a food truck buddy’s monstrous Chimoo and immediately added Treehouse’s sandwiches to my list of food truck aspirations. Food lovers, local ingredients, and fresh flavors give the weekly Firestone Live Food Truck Pod a unique vibe that I can’t wait to revisit.