The sun was shining, the crowds were ready, and the battle was on. On Saturday, May 4th, 18 food trucks gathered on the Rose Kennedy Greenway to duke it out over who has the best mobile fare in on the East Coast. Nine of Boston’s food trucks represented the Hub, taking on nine New York-based trucks in the second Food Truck Throwdown, one of the most delicious fights ever to grace the Northeast.
The Throwdown lasted from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and thousands of hungry Bostonians came out in droves to dine at their favorite Boston food trucks and sample bites from the New York visiting trucks.
Every attendee was granted a ballot and encouraged to sample as many of the 18 trucks as possible in order place their votes for their personal favorite fare.
Guest judges — Toro’s chef Jamie Bissonnette, Boston Burger Blog’s Richard Chudy, Tom O’Keefe of BostonTweet, and local Sports Producer John Albanese — also reviewed the dishes.
Pennypackers won the Best of Boston award as well as Best of the Festival for their porchetta sandwich.
Nuchas won best of New York for their basil beef empanada.
Paris Creperie won the Best of Maker’s Mark award for their bourbon creme brulee.
And, last but not least, Roxy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese snagged the award for the food truck fan favorite.
The event was hosted by Jenny Johnson of NECN and TV Diner.
Personally, Paris Creperie’s gooey, warm s’mores crepe stole the show, and in a close second place for me was Mei Mei Street Kitchen’s fried rice with egg. Overall, though, I left the Throwdown with a full belly, and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend my Saturday afternoon. Long story short, all of the food trucks were winners in my book.
Congrats to all the trucks who participated in Saturday’s Throwdown. For those of you who want to relive the magic, check out photos from the Food Truck Throwdown below.