Bouffons Montreal, the food truck festival part of Just for Laughs at Place des Arts, had been two weeks of delicious dishes and difficult decisions. More than forty food trucks and restaurants posted up to serve the masses tasty creations inspired from every part of the world. So many food stands results in a tons of options, and the choice for grabbing the right food to please your belly can be tough and all too time consuming. Hunger doesn't aid in decision making, so here's the lowdown on what MTL Blog ate to help you make up your mind.
Le Super Truck lives up to its name in most respects. For a main meal Super Truck offers a pretty tasty chicken sandwich. Nothing too fancy, just chicken, bacon and a spicy mayo sauce. Simple and satisfying. The real star of the menu, however, are Super Truck's macaroni and cheese sticks. Think of them as mozarella sticks, only its filled with mac 'n cheese. Crispy on the outside, filled with gooey goodness on the inside, and served with a char-grilled eggplant yoghurt for dipping, these puppies are as tasty as they sound. Maybe even better.
Taking it to taco town is Grumman 78. Already pretty infamous in the food truck scene, I had high hopes for Grumman 78. The vegetarian feta and pickled vegetable taco was good, but there was something a bit off in the flavor combination. You also can't expect to eat Grumman 78 tacos in a regular fashion, they're just too overstuffed, which is a good thing, just be sure to grab a fork too. With other options like curried lamb taco and duck frito pie, I think I just made an uninformed choice. If your not vegetarian, go for the other menu options because they look fantastic.
Thai food may seem like an odd choice for a food truck theme, since most dishes require a fork, but Tuk Tuk does it well. A few staples of Thai cuisine grace the menu, and pad thai is always a great choice. Unlike some Thai restaurants, Tuk Tuk does a good job of making a pad thai which is fragrant and flavorful without being over-sauced. Priced at $9, Tuk Tuk's pad thai will fill you up so you wont need to buy anything else, unlike some other food truck portions, and still please your taste buds.
A hidden gem on the food truck lineup was Meatball Montreal. Depending on the sauce, meat, and cheeses used, a meatball can be a thing of beauty or a lumpy mess of meat. Meatball Montreal is definitely the former. Their classic meatball offering is a dish of two man-sized meatballs covered with sauce, garnished with a good amount of ricotta cheese, and served atop garlic bread to sop up all the delicious juices. Priced at only $6, Meatball Montreal is a great balance between affordable and satisfying.
Another food truck surprise was the Dim Sum truck. Don't be sketched out by the notion of fast food dumplings, these guys are legit. The No. 4 combo, priced at a very affordable $5, gets you three oversized dim sum offerings (shrimp and beef dumplings and a pork bun) that are as good as any sit down dim sum restaurant. Dim Sum Truck boasts all the tasty sauces from soya to sriracha to accompany any dish, whether it be the No. 4 or many other classic asian dishes offered. A nice touch for dim sum begging to be dipped.
For further food-reference check out MTL Blog's past coverage of Le Cheese, Diablos Smokehouse, Monsieur Cremeux, Gaufrabec, Phoenix 1, Lucille's Oyster Dive, Le Quai Roulant,and Lucky's Truck.