Monday, August 15, 2011

Hollywood Food Truck Invasion

The Miami Food Trucks are all the rage these days. My friends and I have been planning a visit to the Hard Rock Casino to catch them on Thursdays but maybe a little later when the buzz dies down. When I heard about the Food Truck Invasion at the Arts Park in Hollywood, I decided to check out opening night. A Monday night with no casino and no event at the park seemed like the best way to beat the crowds. A little rain didn't hurt either. 

I arrived right at the 5:30 opening and noticed a couple of things. One, the Sugar-Yummy-Mama cupcake truck, and two, people were not only bringing fold up chairs but fold up tables as well. I guess gourmet food deserves more than a blanket in the park. A quick glance around and I saw the few trucks I had expected. After taking a second look and a count, there were 15 food trucks lined up halfway around the park. Wow - Bigger than I thought.

It was tough passing trucks like the Red Koi Lounge but I wanted to see them all and check out the menu's before committing. Just before I made it to the last truck I saw a sign I could not resist.

Oh yeah - That's the one!!

With only 4 people ahead of me at The Rolling Stove, the wait was short and the food was unbelievable. There were so many flavors, I could not catch them all but they blended so well together, it was like an orchestra in my mouth (and my shirt, my pants, and my shoe). Next time I'm bringing my own fold out table. 

Ok - I don't know about you but I have never had a $3.00 cupcake before. I just had to see what all the fuss was. I went simple and chocolate and since I was stuffed, I got it to go. It went as far as the car before I gave it a taste.

I guarantee I have never put anything sweeter in my mouth. Before I even got to the actual cupcake there was layer after layer of flavors and textures. Needless to say, it didn't make it home. 

One of my questions about this event was why the City would bring food trucks downtown when all downtown is really is restaurants. I thought about that as I put another two bucks in the meter and headed over to Whiskey Tango. On the way I noticed a new restaurant opening soon. Made a mental note to check it out. Hey wait a minute... I think I understand. Great Job and see you Friday night. 

If you missed it, the trucks will be there Monday nights. There are a couple more I want to check out so maybe I'll see you there soon. 


  1. Awesome writeup! Put it in the calendar and will be hitting it asap. Thanks!

  2. Didn't get a chance to ask you tues if you had gone, it was raining here when we headed to South Beach. Weather turned out perfect for our beach picnic maybe we'll catch you next monday. I'm always surprised when Hwd brings in a crowd.

  3. I will not make it this coming Monday but I think I will give it a try on the 29th.

  4. Great write-up! I'm hungry already.

  5. Sorry guy, I have a bad review...
    I was so excited about this event and thought I was going to get fresh, quality food. I was sadly disappointed and both my boyfriend and I ill. We gave it a fighting chance by trying 4 different trucks. The snapper sandwich was served tail on,which I was thrilled about. Served on super gummy bread and bad condiments. The meatball sandwich was nothing to write home to mamma about. The pizza was a soggy mess. I don't know how you can mess up onion rings, but it happened. All in all, we were sick to our stomaches for around $26.00. Sorry, but I have to give it a thumbs down. County fair food at best.