Miami Food Trucks at Brickell
Been meaning to hike out and hunt down Miami's food trucks since arriving several months ago but never got round to it. The research, the twitter stalking, scouring websites, well, we just didn't try hard enough. And then, our apartment events team decided to bring in not 1 but 3 trucks!
Notice was short. A brief email just 24 hours before the trucks rolled up. But that was enough. I was on twitter and facebook expressing my excitement and impending adulation.
As any respectable foodie would, I did my research online to check out the cuisine genre, recommendations and any avoid-at-all-costs. Food nerds would have memorised and decided what to order even before the trucks turn up, bringing the exact change. That was exactly what I did. And these were our spoils of our evening.
Che Grill Food Truck - Argentinian Grill
We had the Argentinian Sausage Choripan and the Lomito Sandwich. Both highly recommended based on reviews online. Users on Yelp gave CheGrill an average of 3 stars out of 5. But they were divided on both ends of the spectrum. Some either loved it or hated it.
Going by the description on that menu, it looks massively promising.
According to some recommendations on Yelp, the Lomito Sandwich is an Argentinian favourite. It comes with a thinly sliced Churrasco steak, grilled, topped with mozzarella cheese, ham, grilled egg, bacon, lettuce, tomato in a fresh baked bread with a side of french fries. That was exactly what we had. When I opened the sandwich to inspect the layers, it looked so inviting and I could not wait to bite into it. However, the steak, which is supposed to be the hero of the dish, was on the tough side. I've been to a Churrasco restaurant and this steak paled in comparison. Even the compliment of egg, bacon and melty cheese, was not enough to satiate. My tastebuds were left hanging, wanting more. It was a nice enough sandwich but somehow didn't quite hit the spot.
The Argentinian Sausage Choripan was next. It is a simple sub of said sausage, served inside a baguette with lettuce, tomato and chimichurri sauce. Now that sounds like a sensational sandwich. But once again, it fell flat on flavour and texture. The sausage itself didn't pack enough flavour. It also came across as dry. I was looking forward to trying some of that chimichurri sauce but was greeted with a dry sandwich. We're not sure what to expect but there was no distinct sauce to the taste.
All in all, both sandwiches felt like it needed something to make it better. Can't put my finger on it. Both sandwiches felt like they were assembled as a paint by colors sequence. There was just no unifying flavour that hits your tastebuds as you'd expect in a grill fare. The best thing though? Both the fresh baked and the baguette. It was just the perfect texture, pillowy chewy.
To be fair, we had started our evening meal with grilled cheese sandwiches from Ms. Cheezious before chowing down the subs from Che Grill. Retrospectively, we should have probably eaten them in reverse sequence. So, I will say, we'll give Che Grill another go again in our next foodventure.
Ms. Cheezious - Fresh Made Grilled Cheese
Yes, Ms. Cheezious Grilled Cheese Sandwiches were really, really, really good! These grilled cheeses pack so much flavour there's a party in every bite.
The BBQ Pulled Pork Melt was just heavenly. Cheese popping in your mouth goodness, invading every umami sensation along with nicely charred pulled pork that had these crispy bacon texture. Simply delicious. So simple, and so, so, good!
We also had the Goat Cheese & Prosciutto - which, was half the sandwich, as they'd run out of goat cheese. They replaced it with Provolone Cheese instead. Which was disappointing. Don't get me wrong, I love provolone but somehow, it did not compliment the stuffing. What I got was the saltiness from the generous stuffing of Prosciutto overpowering the provolone. The alternative pairing just didn't work. The cheese needed to be a lot more robust to balance it out, which is what, I imagine, the goat cheese might have done. It was still a good grilled cheese sandwich with the generosity of the proscuitto stuffing! Can't wait to go back and have the Goat Cheese Prosciutto proper next time.
What happened to the third truck? Don Mofongo, a Puerto Rican and Dominican food truck did not make it. Turns out the owner was taken ill and had to be hospitalised. No idea what happened but it's a shame we didn't get to try them. The pictures we found online looked so epic. Let's hope they recover and get back on the road soon enough. In the meantime, go tweet them some get well soon wishes!
Great experience for our first food truck foodventure. Next on my wishlist is the Dim Ssäm à gogo Food Truck. Firstly, it's Dim Sum. Secondly, enough said.
Do you have any recommendations for good food trucks in Miami worth stalking? Let me know in the comments below.