Delayed reaction – on September 11th GC and I went to see Camp 14: Total Control Zone, a documentary about a man born in a North Korean forced labour camp. After this delightful film (obviously sarcastic, it was incredibly depressing) we went out to Bloor Street in front of the Bloor Cinema to hit up food trucks! We tried all three trucks that were there that night: Stuft Gourmet Sausages, Gourmet Gringos and Hula Girl Espresso.
1. We started with Stuft Gourmet Sausages. GC has been eyeing a restaurant in New York City called Dogmatic for years and this is a similar idea: sausages in a hollowed out baguette.
I love the simplicity of this truck’s design. The name is cute and the website features sexual innuendos which naturally come with the name “Stuft.” It is neat how the bun are toasted – there is a griddle on the truck with about 12 or so spears which the hollowed out buns get speared onto. The crew on the truck is high energy and excited about people and food. When you give them a tip, one person yells, “A tip for the truck!” and the rest of the crew cheers! I gave them a tip just to hear them cheer.
You choose your sausage and then you choose your topping. I choose the Creole Turducken Sausage (Turkey, duck, chicken seasoned in authentic Creole spices) topped with the sweet Chiptole BBQ sauce. The sausage was a nice blend of meat, resulting in a very juicy and moist sausage. The sauce was sweet and tangy, and added a little more heat to the subtle heat found in the sausage. The bun was perfectly toasted and held the sausage tightly making it the perfect handheld yum and easy for transportation.
GC choose the Spinach & Feta Lamb/Beef (Grass fed beef, Ontario spring beef, crumbled feta and baby spinach ) Sausage with Smoked Gouda and Mozzarella cheese sauce. The cheese sauce was great – creamy, thick and smoky. The sausage was okay – I had a hard time differentiating between the lamb and beef and I couldn’t really pick out the spinach or feta. A yummy sausage but not as complex tasting as one would expect.
2. Next we visited Gourmet Gringos.
I have been wanting to try Gourmet Gringos since I wrote the Gastropost article on my Toronto taco, or rather, the taco in Toronto that I couldn’t wait to try. For whatever reason, I took me about two months to get around to trying this truck, but it was well worth the wait.
Of course everything looked amazing, but we had to go for the fish tacos.
Mahi Mahi Fish taco: fresh Mahi Mahi fillets marinated overnight, then battered in a seasoned beer batter and fried until crispy and golden brown. The fillets are served on a fresh corn tortilla topped with homemade coleslaw, guacamole and finished off with a chipotle aioli.
These were delicious. The taco shell is the best tortilla I have ever eaten. It was so fresh that you could taste the freshly ground grains and the light toasting brought out an almost nutty taste to the shell. The fish was crispy yet flaky and the slaw added a further crunch to the taco. I wish there had been more spice but they did provide various hot sauces so that oversight was on our part. I liked that they keep the taco mild and you can amp up as much spice as you want.
3. And last, but certainly not least, we tried Hula Girl Espresso.
Hula Girl Espresso is a coffee shop that has expanded into a truck. They had a large variety of iced teas, coffees, espressos and other snacks. I ordered the rosemary watermelon lemonade and it was fantastic. The rosemary offered a nice spice and had a subtle pine taste. It would have tasted even better spiked with gin. There were so many fresh fruit flavours – the watermelon and then all the garnishes (lemons, and various types of berries). GC ordered the espresso and he thought it was good. His only complaint was that there was too much sugar but that is something that can easily be fixed.
Another great night with GC, and another great meal provided by food trucks. Perfection.