Anyone who has not made it to the gourmet lunch trucks that appear on Wednesdays on Coronado Ave. just off Anaheim St. should do everything possible to make it there between 11:00 am and 2:30 pm today. For anyone who loves good food, the experience is worth just about any effort.
Though they have been there since the first Wednesday in May, many people still do not know they are there. Intended to draw attention to the businesses in the Zaferia-South Design District, they have been tucked away on the street just west of the Walgreen’s on Anaheim and Redondo with nothing but a small sign to specify what was going on.
This is unfortunate because the food available on these trucks is some of the most interesting, innovative, and delicious food available to the public. Not only that, it is very inexpensive, costing little if any more than a meal at the McDonald’s across the street.
Despite the almost hidden location, however, the participating trucks seem to have drawn large crowds during lunch hour. Those not confined to a specific time for lunch found it better to go to the trucks eithere before or after the noon to 1:00 pm rush. Word-of-mouth news regarding the amazing food to be found on these trucks was obviously their best publicity.
This past Wednesday the trucks included Don Chow Tacos, Jogasaki Sushi Burrito, Komodo, Kut-n-Sow, Lee’s Philly, Slapfish, and Tropical Shave ice. Each of these trucks sells tasty and uncommon cuisine.
Jogasaki’s featured item is exactly as its name states. It is a big sushi roll wrapped in a flour tortilla or soy paper. This provides their customer with a bigger, heartier roll than they would find in the standard sushi restaurant.
Jogasaki is not the only food truck doing some Asian/Mexican fusion. Komodo, who says their name stands for “dangerously good food”, will serve any of its entrees as either a taco for $3.00 or a burrito for $5.00. Their choices include choices such as Komodo 2..0 seared top sirloin with jalapeno aioli amd southwest corn salad and Fish N’ Grapes, Alaskan cod, deep-fried and tossed with toasted almonds and fresh grape salad.
Outrageously delicious, but not for those with sensitive mouths, is Don Chow’s Taco Trio. This is one taco filled with Kung Pow Chicken, one filled with Chinese barbecued pork, and one filled carne asada. Their menu also includes tortas, quesadillas, and burritos.
SlapFish has fish tacos, but it is one of the trucks that is not selling fusion. What they do sell is sustainable seafood. According to some sources, their Lobsticle (lobstertail on a stick) is quite the delectible seafood treat.
Kut N’ Sow had a tent rather than a truck, but this did not stop them from selling some first rate food. They sell pork belly dressed with apple cabbage slaw on steamed buns. The result is tender, sweet, and scrumptious.
Lee’s Phlly is exactly what it implies, but also much more. They sell a variety of hot sandwiches as well as burritos and tacos.
Finally, Tropical Shave Ice has reinvented the snowcone, making it into more of a snow mountain. They bring their tradition of Hawiian Shave Ice from their family origin on Maui.
This Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, Kut-N’-Sow and Komodo will be back along with Ahn—Joo, The Greasy Weiner, The Gilled Cheese Truck, Lobsta Truck.
Will this be the final week? The website, Lunch Truck It, has listing for their themes for all the Wednesdays in October, but does not say where they will be. Hopefully it will be Long Beach.