Food Truck Court's Most Annoying Vendor

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Lee Klein
The Slow Food Fast Food Truck
Hundreds of people descended upon last night's food truck court gathering at Biscayne Boulevard and NE 109th Street. Not only are the crowds getting larger at these events (Look! Up in the sky! It's Superfad!), but food vendors seem to be popping up overnight as if from sinister alien truck pods.

Overall impression: One of the attendees I spoke with, Lynne S., who was attending her first food truck court, liked it because "It feels very urban, and there's a really interesting mix of people." Agreed. I, too, love the idea that folks of all stripes get together and have a good time chowing down on fun foods. And much of that food is tasty.

Main quibble: Too many American fast foods (especially burgers and everything that can, even if it shouldn't, be dunked into a fryer); and too few ethnic foods of distinction.

Most Annoying Vendor: Slow Food Truck. The operators ought to be sued for false advertising.

"What is slow food?" is the question posed on Slow Food Truck's menu card, which also provides the answer: "Three words sum it up...Good, Clean, Fair. Slow Food Truck believes in practicing the ideas of Slow Food and utilizes fresh, local, and seasonal items whenever possible."

Never mind the reference to Slow Food's motto "Good, Clean, Fair" -- that's too far off the mark to even bother trying to counter. But one has to wonder what the "fresh, local, and seasonal" items are in the following, full menu:

Short Rib n Dip
The Ono-Pulled Pork Sandwich
Fresh Fish Sandwich of the Day
The Fatty- Cheese Stuffed Burger
The Bacon Burger - Hand-ground with 5% bacon; topped with choice of cheese and more bacon!!!
Handcut Fries
Sour Deez Fried Pickles
Dipping Sauces
Homemade Cupcakes
Fried Dessert of the Day

Now granted, bacon is always in season. And we'll give benefit of the doubt that the arugula and tomatoes used on the sandwiches are grown locally. If the meats used are organic, you'd think some mention would be made on the menu. But anyway you want to slice and dice it, this is fattening, unhealthy, fast food. Lots of other vendors (most) are serving the same, and that's just fine. But to associate this selection of food with the Slow Food Movement, which was established as a means of countering the spread of just this sort of junk food, is misleading, hypocritical, and just plain wrong.

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Sori
Sori

I ate at this truck this past Friday & it was absolutely delicious!!! I had the Ono & my friend had the Short rib sandwhich. It was really really good!! Good size & the bread was great. Now, not to knock them, but I went over to Gastro Pod & had their short rib slider & was insulted at the fact that they charged me $4 for a 1/3rd of a hot dog bun with a little bit of short rib. Now, if the flavors were out of this world, i would not have minded but it was whatever. Nothing big. I wont go back. The girl at the window was nice but that was a little ridiculous to me. When they gave me my little plate & I saw that, I couldn't believe my eyes. Disappointed :-(

Victor
Victor

Lee Klein is a DucheBag

Alliescakes
Alliescakes

While I was unfamiliar with the tradional meaning of "slow food", I understood it to mean slow cooked. I ate there on Tuesday and was very pleased with the sandwich I got, as well as the customer service. I say keep up the good work!

Alice W.
Alice W.

I have tried both the short rib & the ono and there is absolutely nothing "fast food" about the texture and the flavor of both meats. Anyone who knows how to properly cook these items will be able to tell that the SFT people know what slow cooking is all about. There is no way to fake that fall off the bone texture of the short rib. The pulled pork has an undeniable buttery softness to it that only comes from slow cooking. I would recommend that everyone give it a try & also take a look at the list of local purveyors that is on the back of the chalk board. My question to the author of this article is what did they eat from the truck?

InnerFattie
InnerFattie

The Slow Food Movement is something that is popular in Europe, where it was originally created, but here in America people just make up whatever they want for it to mean. It stands for having the food closer to the plate, meaning more time growing on the vine (looking at you, gassed tomatoes that are still green inside), and less time in a truck getting to me (now I'm looking at those Chilean grapes).

It means if they are pickling those fried pickles from locally grown cucumber using local (albeit spoiled) wine (aka vinegar), they could call it slow food. Just because those potatoes are hand cut doesn't make them Slow either. They have to local & sustainably grown. The fish would have to also be sustainable, so tuna & grouper, for example, is out. And where does all this grease come from?

The point of the Movement is that people know more about the benefits of the food their eating & have greater understanding of where it is coming from. Every employee on the truck should know where everything comes from. In fact, the owner should either BE or know the farmers. If I approached this truck, I would be quite disappointed indeed.

Not to knock the pulled pork. I wasn't there, but if this is really slow food, they should have all these points spelled out somewhere. Nothing against this truck, but I am really into the Slow Food Movement & sustainability. :)

Katie S.
Katie S.

I was also at the BTTR last night, and I recall seeing a list of local ingredients on a blackboard on the backside of the specials board. I believe the beef, pork, bread, and most produce was al local. Short Rib sanwich was AMAZING! I woudln't knock it, until you have tried it....

Bernz
Bernz

i always thought slow food meant cooked "low n slow" like ribs etc...go figure...u can tell I aint a vegan..I was meaning to try this spot still gonna give the pulled pork sammy a try since thats probably the best way of knowing if they can actually cook over there.

Lee
Lee

Well, slow food can mean a lot of things. But when a place is said to be "practicing the ideas of Slow Food," and uses the Slow Food movement's motto of "Good, Clean, Fair", it means sustainability and the like. It generally does not refer to burgers and fried pickles. Which is to take nothing away from the potential of SFT's pulled pork sammy.

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