Location: Cambridge, MA
The Foodie: Strongly Recommends
Four wheels, cheap meals, innovative nom noms. What’s not to like about food trucks?
Inspired by my recent night of mobile gluttony at the Boston vs. NYC food truck throw down, I’ve been ardently seeking truckin’ munchies.
This quest most recently brought me to a quiet side street in Kendall Square here: http://goo.gl/maps/tJ9tc
Lured by the sound of revving engines, the queues of smart kids, and the clank of portable food stuffs – I stumbled upon a veritable cornucopia of food trucks. Here’s the lunchtime lineup in Kendall:
- Momogoose (M-F, 10:30AM-4:30PM)
- Clover(M-F, 8AM-8PM)
- Your mandatory halal truck
- José’s Tacos
Let’s start with Momogoose. These guys have several trucks posted up around the Boston area and sling some mean Asian dishes served in four formats:
- Twelve inch baguette
- Rice bowl
- Noodle bowl
- Salad bowl
Just choose your delivery mechanism and add proteins like Korean BBQ, bulgogi, spicy pork, chicken teriyaki, and more.
I tucked into a humungo spicy pork baguette sandwich (basically a banh mi) and enjoyed every bite. Observe:
Now, on to Clover. If you haven’t heard of these guys yet, then you are not truly up on your local food game. Clover runs a few brick ‘n mortar locales in Harvard Square and Inman and have a small army of trucks serving up their ever-famous chickpea fritter and a host of other rotating inventive vegetarian health-conscious specialties.
Though I love their chickpea fritter, I branched out and tried their seasonal Fall sandwich of roasted turnip, fresh spinach, apple spread, and sharp cheddar in a wheat pita. Washed down with an iced sweet hibiscus drink in the late-day sun – I could have melted into the loving arms of motherhood and apple pie. Observe:
I scoped out José’s Tacos and the Halal truck and was less impressed both by the lines and the look of their vehicles, but think they’re probably worth a shot at some point. It will be hard to pull myself away from Clover and Momogoose though.
So if you find yourself in Kendall for work, for school, or for play on a weekday, be sure to hit up one of these excellent meals on wheels and support your local truckers.