By Todd Barron @ FoodieCuisine.com
My wife and I showed up at 11:30am, which turned out to be the perfect time, as we were able to try out a few food trucks before the crowd formed. Main street was blocked off with room for a live band, several arts and craft stands, and eight or so food trucks. Who knew there were so many food trucks in the Little Rock area?
The first band was, well, not so great, but the second band to play had a good jazz sound and was quite enjoyable. By the time we left at 1:30 the place was packed with lines snaking around the block for each truck.
So, how was the food?
Green Cuisine – A vegetarian food truck! I did not know such things exist but the food was quite good. I had the Philly Cheesesteak which was made with mushrooms instead of steak. It was very flavorful, messy to eat, and overall tasted great. The wait was insanely long though. I guess they are not used to having many customers as it took nearly 15 minutes to receive my sandwich.
Mike’s Hot Dog Cart – The hot-dog may have tasted good but the Sam’s Club Cole-Slaw and bottled BBQ Sauce (Catleman’s,) overwhelmed the hot-dog. I ate one bite and threw the rest away. Granted, I am comparing to the dogs I get in Chicago..but still..
Grills on Wheels – By FAR the best food I tried at the festival. Grills on Wheels has the best barbacoa and asada soft-corn tacos in the city. They actually beat out my favorite place on 65th street and their barbacoa taco puts Chipotle to shame. I am going to search this place out in the future. Best tacos in the city.
Wishbones – I tried four of their sliders including the fried bologna, lean beef, and chicken varieties. They were all cold, messy, and tasted like something from a school cafeteria. The lady taking the order was very nice, and the crew was working feverishly in the back, but the food did not impress.
Le Pops gourmet Popcicles – A cart with homemade popsicles. I had the salty caramel popsickle and it was divine. Very creamy with a wonderful flavor. I do not consider popsickles “food” per se but their fare was one of my favorite.
I wish I could have tried more of the trucks but by the time I received my food from the four, huge lines had formed at the other trucks. It took almost two hours to try four vendors, which tells me they need to work on their speed of delivery. Even with the wait I am happy to have found Green Cuisine and Grills on Wheels. Now to figure out where they are parked during the week!