Many Houstonians traded in their typical Friday after work happy hour for the GO TEXAN Food Truck Challenge hosted downtown at the Houston Food Truck Park. Four food trucks were out to show and prove that their dish could reign supreme in a winner takes all bout. The friendly challenge required that all competitors utilize local ingredients in at least one component of their dish. In addition to the best use of their chosen ingredient, they were also scored on appearance/presentation, and of course, taste. We were lucky enough to judge this food truck challenge between Bare Bowl Kitchen, Zeapod Cakery, Snow Cone Angels, and Speers Rolling Bistro.
Bare Bowls Kitchen entered a tasty “Go Texan Bowl” that was filled to the brim with local goodness including grilled chicken, zucchini, spices, and steamed brown rice. The individually-sized bowl it was presented in was also made locally; we call that “going all out”. Zeapod Cakery’s entry was a “Caramel Pecan Tortuga” that had us immediately wanting to place a full order – no joke. The cake was moist and the locally sourced and caramalized pecans added the extra sweetness and crunch to the already delicious icing.
The “Pineapple & Habanero” snow cone from Snow Cone Angels was right on time for the Houston heat. Topped with fresh pineapple, it was refreshing, sweet and had a small habenero bite at the end. Last but not least, Speers Rolling Bistro’s entry was a super tender “Pork Taco with Peach Salsa”. Served in a corn tortilla, the sweet local peaches blended perfectly with the juicy pulled pork that made this one of the best summer tacos yet.
In the end, Chef James Ashley from Bare Bowls Kitchen stole the show and his “bowl of goodies” took first prize in the judge’s choice. Zeapod Cakery won the hearts of the people and took home the people’s choice award. We can truly say that all the entries were great and there is a reason why Houston has some of the best food trucks. If you haven’t been by the Houston Food Truck Park, go and check it out. And remember, support local whenever possible. To learn more about GO TEXAN, you can visit their website here.