On Sunday, September 25, 2011, The Lime Truck won The Great Food Truck Season 2. The grand prize was $100,000. How will they celebrate with this chunk of change? Jason Quinn definitely knows what he’s going to do with his share – open his own restaurant. Coming soon to Santa Ana, The Playground will be the new hip place to be for local microbrews and gourmet burgers. I can’t wait to see what innovative creations will be coming out of his kitchen!
Let’s take a look back at some of the food that made The Lime Truck what it is today – an ingredient-driven, fresh food powerhouse.
Hot Smoked Wild Coho Salmon with crispy potatoes, haricot verts, maple bacon, and homemade tomatillo aioli. The salmon was cooked to a perfect medium-rare and was absolutely delicious! It was smoked just right and was seasoned with just enough salt to bring out the natural flavor of the salmon. The potato medley expertly balanced the salmon, adding a tangy yet zesty flavor. Thumbs up, way up!
Shrimp and Avocado Ceviche had a good flavor, not too lemony, and complimented the shrimp. The avocado added a fresh, creamy flavor and texture. This is an excellent dish for a hot summer day in Southern California. This is one of the best ceviches I’ve ever had. Thumbs up, way up!
Truffle Butter Roasted Corn made with “real mother truckin’ truffles”. The truffle butter was delicious, but the corn was a little dry. This is a difficult item to prepare on a truck, but maybe hold in hot water bath then grill right before serving. Kuddos for trying!
Roasted Corn with Chipotle Cream sauce was good. The corn was a little dry, but the sauce is outstanding! Creamy and a little spicy to keep your taste buds dancing! This sauce would be great on anything! Thumbs up!
Carnitas Fries should be called Pulled Pork Fries instead. The pork is tender and juicy, but lacked the crispy, saltiness of true carnitas. The slaw was creamy, but the whole dish was just too sweet for me. It’s hard to judge this one as I was expecting a completely different taste: more savory rather than sweet. Of course, I know A LOT of folks who absolutely love this item so there you go.
The Lime Truck always has a special limeade of the day. The Blood Orange Guava Limeade is fabulous! Naturally sweet and served ice cold, the mix of the blood orange and guava juices is great. Just like a juice combination you might find in Hawaii. It’s POG without the “P”. Thumbs up, way up!
Mango Lychee Limeade – each time I have one of these, they blow me away. It was like your own private tropical island inside of a drink with flavors of the mango and lychee (one of my favorite fruits). It transports you to a beach on Hawaii, with the sea breeze blowing through your hair as you sip it. When it’s gone, you’ll wish you were back there again instead of the asphalt parking lot of a business park. Thumbs up, way up!
Congratulations to the entire staff at The Lime Truck! Your hard work paid off big time!
Service: 5 out of 5 stars
Food: 4 out of 5 stars
For more information:
The Lime Truck
Trucking around Orange County
The Playground (coming soon)