West Palm Beach has finally joined the ranks of major cities across our nation in the latest trend of gourmet food trucks, the Curbside Gourmet. Thanks to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, dining at a gourmet food truck has become a national phenomenon! All over the country, people are showing up in droves once they post their daily location and lunch specials – all of which change continuously.
Curbside Gourmet’s website purports “street food that is seasonally fresh and local ingredients to create a nutritious and delicious culinary experience” for breakfast and lunch.
Factor in the surprise locations and you have a new spin on an old concept, the “sophisticated” lunch truck (at least I hope).
Excited about my lunch time adventure, I anxiously await for Curbside Gourmet’s daily Facebook posting (which I have been monitoring for about two weeks). Lo and behold, at around 10:30 am, they post their specials: jambalaya, wahoo tacos, and shredded pork sliders and advise their “fans” that they are parked on Flagler Drive north of Currie Park (just north of downtown West Palm Beach).
It’s a beautiful warm and sunny day, so I put down the convertible top on my car, swing by my friend Cliff’s office to pick him up and off we go.
The truck is lovely in its design and colors (see picture) and there are three people inside the tiny kitchen running the show. With no line, we place our order and take a seat on one of the benches along the Intracoastal.
I order two of the wahoo tacos and Cliff decides on the jambalaya and a BLT. After a short wait, they motion for us that our food is ready. Served in environmentally-friendly brown paper lunch boxes, everything looks yummy. My wahoo is tasty, fresh and perfectly seasoned with homegrown cilantro, mango salsa and guacamole sauce (though the soft taco shell doesn’t hold up so I am forced to use a fork)!
Cliff, the consummate food snob, is delighted with his jambalaya, pointing out the big chunks of shrimp and andouille sausage. He is also happy with his BLT – calling it “bacon hearty.”
Afterwards, I spoke with Chef Rick, who said “We have been operating for approximately five weeks and business is really starting to pick up, especially because of Facebook and Twitter.”
It’s was scrumptious lunch and the view doesn’t get much better. I have a feeling that I will be visiting the Curbside Gourmet again real soon.
You can “like” The Curbside Gourmet on Facebook or visit their website at www.curbsidegourmet.comto learn more about them. Some of the items featured on their menu include crab cake sliders with lemon tarragon aioli, grass fed angus burgers, turkey burgers and/or a side of hand-cut truffled or plain fries.