Boca’s Boomers games-and-brew spot wasn’t prepared for the wild night they had at the first Gourmet Food Truck Rally a year ago in their parking lot – the first food truck meet-up in Palm Beach County.
Those trying to get there backed up the traffic on Airport Road, back to Glades Road and back to the exit ramp of I-95. Then there were the lines at the beer stand, inside Boomer’s, and at the trucks – which sold out of foods in just over an hour in some cases, disappointing those who stayed.
Organizer Jochen Esser thinks this year will be different. “The response to our very first (Palm Beach County) Gourmet Truck Expo at Boomers of Boca last year was incredible. We’ve got more trucks this year, and are putting the beer stand in a more central location. Boca police will be there to direct traffic. We have additional support, so getting to the event will hopefully be a smoother experience.”
30 trucks coming
The truck operators know what to expect, too, now, and more food truck enthusiasts can be accommodated, Esser said.
Ten trucks were added to the event – 30 in all will serve up small plates or full entrees or desserts. Diners can expect foods such as hot dogs, pizza, smoked ribs and chicken, burgers, wraps, fish tacos and Mexican plates. Specialties such as gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, and local, organic foods can be spotted along with fresh pastas, crab cakes, Argentinian foods such as churrasco, Italian sausages and shortribs.
Diners can expect to pay from $1.50 to $8 per plate.
Food Truck strategy
This isn’t fine dining – it’s fun dining. Here are my rules for eating at the trucks:
- No whining! It’s outdoors, you stand in line, you eat out of paper trays standing up and use plastic utensils. Get over yourself otherwise.
- Walk around and scope out what you really want to eat. Don’t expect to try one of each.
- Don’t dawdle at the window deciding what to order – you may be sent to the back of the line till you make up your mind. Menus are generally posted on the sides of the trucks. Look it over before you get to the window.
- Step aside once you order but don’t go far.
- Don’t rush the cooks – most of the good ones make food to order. Be ready to take it hot out of their hands.
- Come with friends – send them to different trucks to get one or two dishes to share with everyone.
- Bring cash – though most trucks now accept cards, some still don’t.
- Bring some portable chairs, and even a TV tray table to eat on, or be prepared to sit on a curb and juggle your food.
- Bring an umbrella just in case – a golf one works great.
Gourmet Food Truck Rally
- Where: Boomers Boca, 3100 Airport Road, Boca Raton
- When: Wednesday, May 2, 6-9 p.m.
- Cost: Free admission and parking. Foods and drinks priced individually. (Some are cash only.)