Last night Evanston's Starlight Concerts
included a Food Truck Festival, with 9 trucks. When we got there about forty minutes after they opened, 5411 Empanadas was just about out, and left a few minutes later. We sampled offerings from Pierogi Wagon, Tamale Spaceship, Sweet Ride Chi (Cupcakes), and Baby Cakes.
Baby Cakes was a disappointment: Mushroom/Gorgonzola pancakes were pre-made and kept warm in a hotbox. If they'd been fresh off the griddle, I might have been impressed, but the gorgonzola wasn't particularly melty, not a lot of mushrooms. 3 mid-sized pancakes for $5.
Pierogi Wagon's offerings were very good (but a really slow line -- bring cash, people!). By the time I got to the front, they were down to just cheddar/potato and spinach/cheese (and they closed up a few minutes later). The potato ones, topped with onions, bacon and sour cream were outstanding. $8 for 6 doesn't seem to be too bad a price, except that I could have wolfed down a couple servings of this (instead of sharing with SueF). They also served a very good lemonade ($2).
Tamale Spaceship's Luchador servers were just barely faster... and they had the longest line after the Empanadas left. Two very tasty, large beef tamales with a tomatillo salsa. $8 for two big tamales with a separate tub of salsa -- an outrageous price compared to pushcart vendors, but a good deal for a downtown lunch.
Sweet Ride Chi's salted caramel cupcake was only OK at $5.
Other vendors included Chicago Cupcake, Grill Chasers, Hummingbird Kitchen, Taquero Fusion (there was one more to total 9, but I don't remember who it was). I think only Grill Chasers and Hummingbird were cooking on site, but I'm not sure even they were -- it looked like mostly precooked food all around.
What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
-- Lin Yutang