Yesterday I got a chance to head out to the OC Foodie Fest held in the parking lot of Honda Centre. (Thanks for the heads up Nina!) Our day started out promising: we left the house early, made good time and the overcast sky meant that we wouldn’t be baking in the sun while stuffing our faces.
When we got to the Honda Centre, we were in for a surprise. The sun was shining unrelentlessly and there was an entrance line wrapped around the block. The festival wasn’t even going to start for another half-an-hour and people were streaming in droves to join the line. It didn’t bode well for the lines inside, to say the least.
The smart thing to do would have been to create a plan of attack where each of us lined up for a different truck, bought multiple items and meet back for a massive feast at one of the many white plastic tables. While I like smart, I like fun a lot more, so we opted to stand in line together so we would have company to chat with. Part of the fun of eating is eating with people.
That being said, by the end of the day, I was wishing we went the smart route. As the day went on, the lines got ridiculously longer and longer. We spent three hours there and this is what we managed to try before the lines and heat got the better of us.
This was the only truck I knew about and if we had bought 10 orders of the fried chicken and left, I would have been happy. The $5 boat came with a fried chicken ball, “perfect” fries, slaw or a biscuit and a choice of three homemade sauces: bbq, bearnaise and whole grain honey mustard.
The fries were hot and crisp and the chicken ball was out of this world. A crisp, crunchy crust gave way to the juiciest fried chicken ball I’ve ever eaten. I need to crack the code of Ludo’s fried chicken ball. It’s like chicken crack, for real.
The Shrimp Guys
I didn’t know anything about this truck, but the people I went mentioned that they heard it was good. Mike and I had a shrimp taco each and they were pretty tasty, but not mind blowing.
The Flying Pig is fusion-style taco and bun truck. It had one of the longest lines of the day and if I had known it was the last truck that we were going to get real food at, I would have ordered the entire menu. The one taco I did have, the carne asada-skirt steak with death sauce-was delicious.
This was the last line that we lined up in and to be honest, this is the line that broke us. An hour and a half for a bucket of shaved ice?! It may have been “SoCal’s finest shaved ice,” but after a line up like that, the ice should have been ridiculously over the top. That being said, the wait made the shaved ice taste awesome. I have a thing for ice, and this was some damn good shaving.
I’m definitely going to be trying some other LA food trucks, do you guys have any favourites or must tries? I love tacos, fried food, and well, basically anything that’s delicious. Suggestions appreciated!