Fall for the Arts Street Food Extravaganza in Pictures
The sun was brutal and shade was scarce. Nobody seemed to care. Lines started getting long after noon, and many vendors -- including Totally Bananas, Del's Lemonade, Yellow Submarine, Sakaya Kitchen, Nacho Mama's and Fireman Derek's -- sold out before the event came to a close.
While well-known trucks like Latin Burger & Taco, Gastropod Miami, Jefe's Original Taco & Burger and Yellow Submarine were there, the festival introduced Short Order and many festival-goers to a few new kids on the block like Nacho Mama's Grill (in its third week) and Wing Commander.
Sakaya Kitchen's Dim Saam a Go Go had an impressive menu that included a foie gras torchon on brioche buns and angus beef bulgogi croquetas. La Camaronera served its perfectly fried fish sandwich at its brand new truck, as well as a popcorn shrimp sandwich and fish sticks. Over at Feverish Ice Cream truck, a homemade mango sorbet was the right antidote to the scorching sun. And the fish and shrimp ceviche from Bites on Wheels, a small roach coach among a bunch of giant, spiffy trucks, was the perfect dish for a hot day.
Other drool-worthy offerings included Michael's Genuine's pork belly sandwich, the Rolling Stove's "Ron's Bites" - thick slices of baked potato, fried and topped with two types of cheese - and Nacho Mama's loaded nachos.
At his booth, the Burger Beast (Sef Gonzalez), greeted fans - gosh, the man has loads of them - and gave away t-shirts and buttons. Major props to him and the Arsht Center for a well-orchestrated effort. The only suggestion for next year: more water vendors.