Contrary to popular belief, foodies aren’t always eating all the time. Sometimes we like to go out just to hang out, maybe listen to some good music, and maybe just move around the dance floor a little...you know...to burn off some of that incredible dinner we just had that is sure to appear on our blogs the next day. Nevertheless, it does go much appreciated when a nightlife venue offers a little something for foodies and makes a “one-stop shop” out of what would otherwise have been a night around town. I’m sure most night owls in Miami have seen delicious examples of this trend: the lounge offering non-afterthought small plates or the food truck parked just outside the bar. To add to the ever-increasing roster of bars, clubs, and lounges catering to foodies is Blackbird Ordinary in Brickell.
This year’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival ended with a fun, homegrown party that honored Miami’s growing mobile food culture with a selection of over 20 of South Florida’s most popular food trucks in an event hosted by Andrew Zimmern in Midtown Miami. February 24th’s Trucks on Midtown’s Tracks event, presented by Diet Pepsi, offered the chance for locals to reacquaint themselves with some of Miami’s delicious street food and provided visitors the opportunity to savor some very tasty Miami traditions. The food trucks were pitted against each other as to which truck offered the best dish in a competition judged by everyone in attendance, and with a selection as varied and delicious as what was available this past Sunday, the choice wasn’t easy to make.
The end of August marked a great occasion for the Glaze Teriyaki chain. Hailing from Seattle, Glaze Teriyaki showcases delectable Japanese/Korean street food to metropolitan areas. Glaze Teriyaki opened its first restaurant in Midtown East in New York in 2010, and after much success, the branch has expanded to Union Square.
Owner Paul Krug and Chef Dennis Lake joined forces to open this second location downtown. The menu at the Union Square location remains the same as its Midtown sister, and trust us, this is a good thing. The simple menu consists of traditional teriyaki plates, where you can choose from chargrilled chicken thigh or breast, Japanese bbq hangar steak, organic salmon, pork loin, wok vegetables, or soy maritnated tofu as your main entree. Served over a bed of short grain white or brown rice, along with a side salad, the dish is a steal, with prices from $6.75-$9.50. The dish comes with so much food, it's enough for two meals. Pair with it some side dishes and you'll leave a happy customer. Sides range from $3-$5 with options like edamame, cold sesame soba noodles, shishito peppers cucumber salad, crispy gyoza, and spicy Asian bbq pickles. Chef Dennis Lake is passionate about the Glaze Teriyaki franchise and sure knows how to whip up some good grub. Another plus of dining at Glaze Teriyaki, besides the fact that it's quick and affordable, is that the restaurant is dedicated to using all natural proteins and local products whenever possible.
If you are going to be in San Francisco this Saturday, August 20th and want to be exposed to the amazing culinary scene of the city, the 3rd Annual San Francisco Street Food Festival, presented by La Cocina is not to be missed! SFSFF offers the best of the Bay Area food all in one great location. Trot down to the Mission district on Folsom Street between 22nd and 26th to stuff your tummy full of almost every type of cuisine imaginable.
Food trucks came rolling on to the culinary scene a few years ago. Given these hard financial times, it’s no surprise that they continue to gain popularity. The growing street food culture led to the development of Off the Grid in the Bay Area. Off the Grid has a variety of different locations during the week where you can get access to all of your favorite food trucks in one location. So stop obsessively following your favorites on Twitter and mingle with your fellow foodies during the week!
In lieu of Spring Break and our guide to cheap eats in the area, what better way to save money than with street food, right? I mean it’s wholesome, nutritious, and good for you. Ha! Just kidding, you may actually pay for it later after eating street food but it sure does taste pretty darn good! With that in mind, the only thing better than street food is a whole street full of it!
Tomorrow, March 11, the Wheelin’ Dealin’ Street Food Festival will take place at the Magic City Casino from 11AM-3PM. For four straight hours, you’ll get to indulge in amazing comfort food, hear great music, and even partake in cool giveaways. In this wonderfully sinful event, the street will be filled with over 20 food trucks offering everything from BBQ and tacos to desserts and crepes. You’ll even find some gourmet food from Miami’s original gourmet food truck, GastroPod.
Nobody living in New York is completely immune to the lower east side’s charms and with restaurants like Macondo (and its older upscale sister Rayuela) why would you dare try? Macondo aims to bring Latin American street food to an elevated forum for its patrons to enjoy.
From the street, just the look of Macondo is enticing. The bar is just big enough for a party of five (no pun intended) and has a few seats hedging the outside (prime real estate during cocktail hour). The dining room stretches back, resembling the dimly lit aisles of a 747, and is decorated by old wooden shelves stocked with Latin staples (like canned chilies).
Ice cream trucks have come a long way since the days when creepy music box melodies lured the neighborhood's youth into the street, clutching dimes and nickels that would more than cover the cost of a Fudgsicle or two.
Today, the mobile dessert industry is a bit more sophisticated—rather than chase the trucks down the cul-de-sac, we follow them on Twitter. Instead of digging through our change jars to pay for an ice cream we happily charge the five-dollar treats to our credit cards. And in place of laminated picture menus displaying an array of pre-packaged, neon-colored popsicles and waxy chocolate drumsticks, these trucks offer highly specialized menus of artisan-crafted ice creams with natural ingredients.
Schnitzel and Things, a new Flatiron food truck now offers an amazing addition to the menu, the schnitzel burger. A ½ pounder covered in panko and fried for $7. Midtown Lunch brings us the scintillating photos. You can’t have one though, they sold out by 12:30pm. Maybe try again tomorrow. The burger truck was mentioned in the New York Times' $25 and under column and will also appear on CBS today. The Schnitzel's getting popular, and I can’t wait to try one.
After reading this article on the Van Leeuwen trucks, I realized that I needed to scope them out. After all, anyone purveying quality coffee from a truck deserves some recognition and support. The truck I went to was located, as described in the Serious Eats article and as mentioned on their Twitter feed, on the corner of 23rd and 5th avenue. So I sauntered up (there was no line), and ordered an Americano (espresso thinned out with water). Luckily I caught myself in time… a watered down shot of espresso would not allow me to fairly judge this place’s coffee.