May 10, 2013
I've written about the food trucks before, but I had yet to go to the Thursday Food Truck event at Columbus Commons. This year, I managed to go to the kick-off event yesterday downtown. It was a beautiful day to visit the new park and try out a new food truck. In all, eight trucks participated in addition to the new Mikey's Late Night Slice and Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream stores located in buildings at opposit ends of the dining courtyard.
My friend, who works as a chef, agreed to go with me. I kind of did a preview of what trucks would be there online and their menus. However, after walking around and looking at the menus, I changed my mind and we both decided we wanted to eat at "That Food Truck." Yes, that's the name... my friend thought I didn't know the name, but it's actually the name and I had to do my fingers with the quotes around it thing to emphasize this. I'm thinking the name is both catchy and confusing at the same time. However, we both liked that they had photos of the food they were offering. Lisa's Creperie also showed what their crepes and paninis looked like and they looked good, but I got caught on the fact that "That Food Truck" had corn fritters.
Here's the lowdown on "That Food Truck" and its offerings
There were four "Fist to mouth" sandwich options and two "finger bites" options. Flatbread sandwiches cost $7 and bites cost $3. You could opt for the combo and get a drink (can of soda) to go with your sandwich and bites for $10 (this is the best deal). Sandwich offerings included The Black Wolf, which my friend got and said was really good, Summer Chicken, The Veg and Braised Beef. Bite offerings were truck cut fries or corn fritters. I got the Summer Chicken sandwich and it was very tasty. It had a sauce, which was advertised as "truck made adobo sauce," that made the meat really juicy. I was glad I grabbed a paper towel since it was so juicy a bunch squirted out when I took my first bite. The corn fritters were good as were the fries my friend shared with me. Althought I'd had some before that were a little sweeter, I liked the way theirs had a hush puppy-like exterior. The bites were served with an adobo pepper sauce that I would opt not to use in the future as it was OK, but not really my thing.
Summary: My friend and I agreed we were happy with our choice and the food from "That Food Truck" was reasonably priced and very fresh and tasty. I'd definitely get it again.
Next time, I'll be trying another truck. I'll probably look up the menus in advance and still change my mind again once I get there. There are lots of festivals and events coming up this summer and I'm sure you'll have lots of opportunities to try a food truck. If not, don't forget they'll be at Columbus Commons each Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
One thing we learned for next time: Take plenty of cash since The Square network was down and we couldn't pay with a credit or debit card. Also, take quarters just in case you park on the street like me.
To find out more information and see which food trucks will be making their way to the park each week, visit http://www.columbuscommons.org/happenings/food-trucks/
Work off your food:
I want to point out that Columbus Commons offers various FREE exercise classes on the lawn throughout the week through September. I plan to try kickboxing or Hip Hop on a Wednesday night. The schedule is as follows:
Mondays-Bootcamp 5:30-6:30 p.m. (No class May 27); Tuesdays-Crossfit 6:30-7:30 a.m.; Wednesdays-Kickboxing 5:30-6:30 p.m./Hip Hop 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Saturdays-Yoga 9-10 a.m./Zumba 10-11 a.m. (with my Zumba instructor Christine Pinkerton and she's great!) **You must sign a waiver and register in advance, to do so click on the link to sign up http://www.columbuscommons.org/happenings/fitness-classes/
Get out and enjoy the new downtown park!