The first Palm Harbor Food Truck Rally held in Old Downtown Palm Harbor on July 13 truly had some delicious and original dishes to choose from. Here are some of my opinions of the trucks based on my tastings.
The name of this truck was certainly intriguing. I ordered some pot sticker dumplings ($4) at this truck. There were a number of sushi rolls on the menu as well, but I just can't bring myself to spend $6 on a California Roll, and I normally use that roll as my basis for whether to order other specialized rolls. The pot sticker dumplings were delicious, and even though they were fresh and hot off the grill, I still devoured them quickly. I would consider trying the Hibachi next time.
This seafood food truck has lots of interesting choices and reminds me of The Fish Box in Miami, including a similar truck color scheme. The Lobster Platter was interesting and Ghost Face Killa Beer Battered Mahi Tacos caught my eye as well. In the end I went with the Mahi Mahi Taco ($4), which consists of pineapple wasabi slaw and cilantro. The pineapple taste was present, but I could not detect the wasabi taste in the taco. Regardless, the tacos were perfectly cooked and a true treat. Seafood trucks are always a good thing.
I love hot dogs and personally experiment at home with various recipes to see how I can change the flavors of this simple dish. AmericanWiener had a number of interesting choices, but the one that made my head explode was their Asian hot dog ($4), which was topped with grilled onion, teriyaki, nori seaweed, pickled ginger and furanaki seasoning.
I have to say that this was the most unusual hot dog I have ever tasted. I'm not sure if I would keep the ginger, as the purpose of ginger is normally to neutralize the taste of what you eat, and the only thing that could overpower it was the seaweed. It was an interesting experiment, but I doubt I would order it again in a future visit. The Jason dog, which features mustard, onion, chili, cheese, and bacon, would be a potential future pick for me.
When you think Korean BBQ you normally think of steak of beef, but Jimmy Meatballs makes a courageous move by offering pork sliders ($3.50 each). The Korean BBQ sauce is made in-house and isn't one you can acquire at a market. It would be awesome if the truck also offered a spicy option as Korean food enthusiasts normally want that gochujang red sauce bite, while the sauce at the truck is a sweet sauce. Overall, it was a great slider and I would order it again in the future and experiment with some of the other options as well.
The trend toward organic dishes is on the rise, and Gone Bananas delivers with organic vegan frozen treats. The owners running the truck were very friendly and explained that they wanted to offer diners a healthy alternative. I tried a small portion of their banana flavor with vanilla ($3.50) and was impressed with the great flavor of an organic and vegan dessert. It's a good choice for those who love food trucks but want to stay on the healthier side. The truck is regularly at the Wiregrass Fresh Market.
If you missed the first food truck rally, no worries. The next one will be held Friday, August 3rd from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Harbor Hall parking lot, 1190 Georgia Ave.
Did you go to the Food Truck Rally? Which food was your favorite? Tell us in the comments section below!