Food Truck Food: Dec 19-22, 2011 – Crisp, Gorilla Cheese, Big D’s Grub Truck, and Kimchi Taco

Food Truck Food from Dec 19-22, 2011

Food Truck Food from Dec 19-22, 2011

New week, new food, new fun!

Here is a rundown of my food truck adventures from Monday, December 19, 2011 to Thursday, December 22, 2011. I am off from work on Friday, December 23, 2011. So, there won’t be any food truck review for that day.

Also, before I forget, Happy Chanukah and an advance Merry Christmas to all who will be celebrating!

I started the week with Crisp on Wheels on Monday, December 19. Somewhat similar to Taim, Crisp does falafel and assorted salads, but it’s not the same. Follow them at @CrispOnWheels.

Crisp truck - New York, NY - Dec 19, 2011

Crisp truck - New York, NY - Dec 19, 2011

You get a number and there is a now serving display like at a deli counter. So, when it’s a bit chilly, like it was on Monday, you can stand in the warmth of the lobby of the office building and wait until you’re up next. (I was not the only one doing it.)

Crisp truck - New York, NY - Dec 19, 2011

Crisp truck - New York, NY - Dec 19, 2011

There is quite a lot of effort that goes into the packaging from Crisp, more so than any of the other food trucks.

The bag from the Crisp truck - New York, NY - Dec 19, 2011

The bag from the Crisp truck - New York, NY - Dec 19, 2011

The box from inside the bag from the Crisp truck - New York, NY - Dec 19, 2011

The box from inside the bag from the Crisp truck - New York, NY - Dec 19, 2011

The box from inside the bag from the Crisp truck - New York, NY - Dec 19, 2011

The box from inside the bag from the Crisp truck - New York, NY - Dec 19, 2011

All of the sandwiches feature their “signature falafel.” I got the Crisp Africa on whole wheat pita. The website description is as follows: north African peanut sauce, sweet potatoes, corn salad, cherry tomatoes, green onions and habañero harissa.

Crisp Africa from the Crisp truck - New York, NY - Dec 19, 2011

Crisp Africa from the Crisp truck - New York, NY - Dec 19, 2011

It was great, though not nearly as spectacular as the falafel from Taim. But it was also pricy compared to Taim.

Crisp Africa from the Crisp truck - New York, NY - Dec 19, 2011

Crisp Africa from the Crisp truck - New York, NY - Dec 19, 2011

All in all though, you should put this on your list. I’ll be back because there are lots of other interesting options on the menu.

Crisp Africa from the Crisp truck - New York, NY - Dec 19, 2011

Crisp Africa from the Crisp truck - New York, NY - Dec 19, 2011

On Tuesday, I went with Gorilla Cheese. That’s a grilled cheese truck. Follow them at @gcnyc1.

Gorilla Cheese truck - New York, NY - Dec 20, 2011

Gorilla Cheese truck - New York, NY - Dec 20, 2011

Gorilla Cheese truck - New York, NY - Dec 20, 2011

Gorilla Cheese truck - New York, NY - Dec 20, 2011

I got the #7 – cheddar with smoked turkey & tomato on multigrain bread.

Turkey cheddar from the Gorilla Cheese truck - New York, NY - Dec 20, 2011

Turkey cheddar from the Gorilla Cheese truck - New York, NY - Dec 20, 2011

Turkey cheddar from the Gorilla Cheese truck - New York, NY - Dec 20, 2011

Turkey cheddar from the Gorilla Cheese truck - New York, NY - Dec 20, 2011

It was a really good grilled cheese – and toasted to perfection!

Turkey cheddar from the Gorilla Cheese truck - New York, NY - Dec 20, 2011

Turkey cheddar from the Gorilla Cheese truck - New York, NY - Dec 20, 2011

At $8, it’s a bit steep for a grilled cheese, but it’s really well done and I don’t think you’ll regret it.

Turkey cheddar from the Gorilla Cheese truck - New York, NY - Dec 20, 2011

Turkey cheddar from the Gorilla Cheese truck - New York, NY - Dec 20, 2011

On Wednesday, it was off to Big D’s Grub Truck (which has, in my opinion, one of the cooler names of all of the food trucks). They are, as said in their Twitter description, “serving Asian style tacos and grinders to the streets of NYC.” Follow them @bigdsgrub.

Big D's Grub Truck - New York, NY - Dec 21, 2011

Big D's Grub Truck - New York, NY - Dec 21, 2011

Big D's Grub Truck - New York, NY - Dec 21, 2011

Big D's Grub Truck - New York, NY - Dec 21, 2011

Big D's Grub Truck - New York, NY - Dec 21, 2011

Big D's Grub Truck - New York, NY - Dec 21, 2011

I got the Bulgogi grinder. They say it’s “lean beef marinated in soy sauce, garlic, sesame seed oil, served with kimchi puree, zesty scallion relish and cool, rich creme.” All of the grinders are topped off with “shredded sweet & tangy daikon.”

Bulgogi grinder from Big D's Grub Truck - New York, NY - Dec 21, 2011

Bulgogi grinder from Big D's Grub Truck - New York, NY - Dec 21, 2011

Bulgogi grinder from Big D's Grub Truck - New York, NY - Dec 21, 2011

Bulgogi grinder from Big D's Grub Truck - New York, NY - Dec 21, 2011

I thoroughly enjoyed this sizable sandwich and, at $7, the price isn’t bad. I also got a side of the Big D’s Secret Sauce to dip little bits of my sandwich into. It was quite good. So, I recommend you try Big D’s. I know I’ll be back.

Bulgogi grinder from Big D's Grub Truck - New York, NY - Dec 21, 2011

Bulgogi grinder from Big D's Grub Truck - New York, NY - Dec 21, 2011

Today, I tried Kimchi Taco. They do “Korean BBQ & More” (as you can see it says on the side of their truck). Follow them @KimchiTruck.

Kimchi Taco truck - New York, NY - Dec 22, 2011

Kimchi Taco truck - New York, NY - Dec 22, 2011

Kimchi Taco truck - New York, NY - Dec 22, 2011

Kimchi Taco truck - New York, NY - Dec 22, 2011

Kimchi Taco truck - New York, NY - Dec 22, 2011

Kimchi Taco truck - New York, NY - Dec 22, 2011

Container from Kimchi Taco truck - New York, NY - Dec 22, 2011

Container from Kimchi Taco truck - New York, NY - Dec 22, 2011

They have three tacos for $7. So, I got one of each of the three meat tacos. So, that’s one Grilled Korean BBQ Short Rib taco (Kimchi Taco’s signature marinade topped with red cabbage and pear kimchi slaw), one Spicy Seared Pork taco (Korean spiced pork tenderloin marinated with red pepper paste, topped with pico de gallo and fresh kimchi), and one Pulled Chicken taco (slow cooked shredded chicken sautéed with miring soy sauce reduction topped with salsa verde and pickled daikon).

Tacos from the Kimchi Taco truck - New York, NY - Dec 22, 2011

Tacos from the Kimchi Taco truck - New York, NY - Dec 22, 2011

Tacos from the Kimchi Taco truck - New York, NY - Dec 22, 2011

Tacos from the Kimchi Taco truck - New York, NY - Dec 22, 2011

My favorite was the short rib taco. Now, $7 may seem like a lot for three not-so-big tacos, but everything is delicious and fresh. So, I’d recommend you try Kimchi Taco. I fully intend to return to try one of their kimchi rice bowls and a Kim-Cheesesteak.

It appears that some of the trucks may be taking some time off for the holidays. So, there might not be as many reviews of new food trucks to come, but I’ll keep you up to date on what I eat (including new items when I make return visits to trucks already reviewed). I’ll also include something about what I get if I get lunch from a non-food truck source. Now, if I bring lunch from home, you might not hear about it. But who knows!

For now, I bit you adieu and hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend! I’m looking forward to the new episode of Prime Suspect tonight. I hope somehow the series doesn’t prove to be dead. It’s everything you want in a cop show and more!

Bon Apetit!

– Evan Bindelglass
(Photos taken with iPhone 4)

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