The collection of food trucks at Larkin Square on Tuesdays might be the wildest outdoor buffet in Western New York.
Trucks from Rochester join their Buffalo brethren to offer everything from corn dogs and fried dough to pork meatballs in yellow Thai curry and Paleo Diet-friendly protein plates. All you have to do is find a place amid the Larkin Square crowds to put your food down so you can eat. As far as problems go, it's a good problem to have.
Also, you have to be brave when you see clouds:
Marty's Meats is a Rochester truck that specializes in satisfying carnivores. We passed on a crispy pork belly banh mi ($9) and went for a crispy buttermilk fried chicken breast sandwich on a big, fresh roll ($9). With pickles and ranch dressing, it made god on its promise of crispiness, with a spicy crust, pictured at top.
The food truck collection even includes paleo-centric offerings now, in the case of the Effortlessly Healthy truck:
Here's the sausage paleo plate with sweet potatoes and avocado sauce ($8). It was tasty, fresh and filling, with welcome crunch from the cabbage, though it left an oily impression.
Buffalo's The Whole Hog truck had a couple different ways to get your pork fix. We chose both the mac and cheese with chipotle pulled pork ($6) and porchetta sandwich with arugula salad ($7), plus a quinoa asparagus salad for a bit of veg.
The mac and cheese was terrific, firm and adequately cheesy, with some aged cheese in there for flavor. The pork was sweet and tender.
The porchetta sandwich included both loin and pork belly, well seasoned and a balance of fatty and lean pork:
Here's the cross-section:
Another Rochester truck I've never met before was the Meatball Truck Co.:
These folks serve some of the best french fries I've had this month ($6), crispy, not limp, well-seasoned with salt and a restrained amount of truffle oil:
Besides Italian meatballs, in a cup with bread ($7) or as a double-meatball bomber ($7), it offered pork meatballs in yellow Thai curry with watercress. It was the hit of the night, with real curry depth in the coconut milk broth that made it a fine sop for the rest of the french fries. (Photo added belatedly):
The best part is, they're doing it all again at Larkin Square tomorrow, starting at 5 p.m.