Guess what I did tonight? I finally got around to attending my first Tampa Food Truck Rally!
I’ve accidentally stumbled upon a food truck rally in Orlando before, but attending one in Tampa has been on my to-do list for a while. When my friend Diana tweeted, asking if I was interested in attending the one at MOSI tonight, I enthusiastically agreed.
We met Diana and her husband at MOSI about a half hour after the rally opened. The crowds were already a bit crazy, with lines that zigged and zagged all through the small space.
I broke out the camera and hopped around all of the food trucks, taking photos of the menus so I could remember which truck had what. I figured after I explored all of the options, I could pick the one that looked the best.
There was a food truck that served ostrich and gator burgers the looked good, unfortunately the line was a little out of control for my taste. After waiting for a few minutes and not moving any where, I decided to meet back up with my friends who were all waiting at another burger truck.
In the the time that I had moved no where in my line, they had moved almost all the way to the front of theirs. Definitely made the smart decision with returning.
We ordered our burgers, then Diana and I got in another line for the cupcake truck, while the guys waited for our names to be called at the burger truck.
Unlike the rest of the trucks, where the food was being made fresh, the cupcakes simply had to be placed in a box. This made for a faster line waiting experience.
We were able to wait in line and get our cupcakes before our names were called for the burgers.
Derek and I both ordered the Black n Blue, which came with blue cheese, bacon, apple slices, and bbq sauce.
There was a lot going on with this burger, almost too much going on. I think the combination of everything was an overload of flavors and textures. I think I would ditch the apple and bbq sauce next time and just do blue cheese and bacon.
The cupcakes also could have been better. They were dry with a whipped, sugary icing. Definitely not the best cupcakes ever.
I think Food Truck Rallys are great in theory (food trucks! people! food!), but I think they’re hard to execute due to one major problem – THE CROWDS! I mean, I guess the crowds aren’t so bad if you’re planning the event (more people = more money), but the crowds suck if you want to eat and enjoy yourself at one. A lot of trucks ran out of food and I didn’t even get to try the truck I really wanted because the line was out of control.
At least we had great company, which really made the experience all worth it. Thank you, Diana, for inviting us out tonight. We had so much fun!
Have you been to a food truck rally? What did you think?