The Results are in: Boston vs NY: Food Truck Throwdown Part Deux.
Boston, MA –With the Knicks pulling a narrow victory in game six, the friendly rivalry between New York and Boston quickly dwindled to a halt – but the Food Truck Throwdown arrived in the (k)nick of time bringing back the heat to an otherwise bone-chilling “Spring” day in Beantown. The foodfight royale centered around a Smörgåsbord of delicious fare from 18 trucks, and in light of the recent tragedy, the melding of flavors representing the four corners of the Earth returned an overwhelming sense of comfort and normalcy to the people of Boston.
Representing the New York “StrEATS” were nine trucks: Big D’s Grub, Comme Ci Comme Ca, Cupcake Crew, Itizy, Mike ‘N’ Willies, Momos & Buns, Nuchas, Munchie Mobile, and Uncle Gussy’s. Boston fired back with team “Alliance“, consisting of Bon Me, Captain Marden’s, Chubby Chickpea, Kickass Cupcakes, Mei Mei Street Kitchen, Paris Creperie, Pennypackers, Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, and Cookie Monstah.
Together, with Emmy Award Winning Host Jenny Johnson of NECN and TV Diner, a panel of four other judges: Jamie Bissonnette, Richard Chudy, Tom O’Keefe, and Jon Albanese were tasked with choosing the winners. Unlike the inaugural event’s nine categories, there were only four in contention this year: “Best of” each city, the “People’s Choice”, and a special “Maker’s Mark” category where the tastiest recipe using their bourbon wins. Nuchas (winners for best seafood last year) reined in “Best of New York”, with Pennypackers winning for Boston. The “People’s Choice” went to another winner from last year (Best Truck Design), Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, and the Maker’s Mark award went to Paris Creperie.
With an estimated 20,000+ hungry foodies in attendance, most of the trucks sold out of food long before 9PM. The Greenway was a spectacular venue compared to Dewey Square last year, with ample open space to eat, relax and absorb the rainbow of delicious smells emanating from the tiny mobile kitchens. I got to spend most of my day with Steven Leibowitz of Hub Food Trucks and Jackie Armstrong of One Girl’s Dish, and by day’s end, our bellies were full and thirsts quenched, but we couldn’t stop ourselves from getting back in line for seconds. The trucks definitely brought their A games to this year’s Throwdown!
I got to grub on a humongous-for-5-bucks porchetta from Pennypackers early on and resisted every urge to immediately get another – and it was as succulent to nom on as it was to photograph, so stay tuned for that review. In the meantime, enjoy the gallery, and if you were there, tell us who your favorite truck was & what you liked most about this year’s event!