As the battle rages on between food trucks and the City of Raleigh, businesses continue to bring food to the victims of the whole fight, the people. To kick off their new Saturday Market, Rebus Works hosted a Food Truck Rodeo. These events have been becoming increasingly popular in Durham but only a few of those events are ever hosted in Raleigh.
Traditional Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
I've seen the talk about the Grilled Cheese Bus pop up in my FaceBook newsfeed for weeks. The anticipation to finally get this food truck on the road was thick, as was my anticipation to try the food. We arrived at the rodeo only an hour into the event and the Grilled Cheese Bus had sold out signs covering up the front of their menu. Disappointed, I stood in the in line for the Bulkogi Taco Truck which was so long it merged into what would be the Grilled Cheese bus line. As we slowly tip toed forward in the Bulkogi line a voice in the Grilled Cheese Bus yelled out, "Four more sandwiches left!" My ears perked up and I frantically called Sara, who was taking care of the scared puppy (darn loud generator), to take my spot in line.
Once the sandwich was purchased I heard a lot of people questioning the price. "$4.50 for a grilled cheese? I mean how hard is it to make a grilled cheese?" To be honest I questioned it myself. But the products are all local and the taste was delicious. The bread had a great crust and had a nice chew. The whole sandwich was complimented by the a nicely done tomato soup.
After the sandwich was all but gone we were still slowly moving forward the line for Bulkogi Taco Truck. Sara and I were fortunate enough to enjoy their food before so we were excited to have them again. Yet unfortunately the trucks were unable to handle the crowds, it seemed. Despite having 6 food trucks there, everyone had a huge line. With these huge lines came with long waits and rushed food. This is were the Food Truck Rodeo idea fails. Part of the experience of dining from a food truck is great food on the run. Also most of the trucks were running out of food quickly. Almost as important, the beer ran out before we even arrived.
Bulkogi typically puts out great food. Since the rodeo I've order there again and the food was delicious. But while the gunmandu was great the kimchi quesadilla was horribly burnt. So much that Sara couldn't enjoy even one bite of the food.
I look forward to the day that the City of Raleigh relax the rules on food trucks so we as patrons do not have to rely on these types of events to enjoy their food. Because as of right now I'd rather catch one in the middle of the night on a street corner than suffering the waits of a food truck rodeo.
"Loud noises scare me... but I love grilled cheese!"
301-2 Kinsey St Raleigh, NC
Grilled Cheese Bus
Bulkogi Taco Truck