Last summer, the population of Larkinville swelled into the thousands on Tuesday nights. People were drawn to a new gathering spot two miles east of City Hall, to hang out with friends, quaff a beverage or two and soak up live music. But mostly, to eat.
Food Truck Tuesdays is the city’s most diverse open-air buffet. A rotating cast of mobile kitchens – more than 25 at Larkinville headquarters (745 Seneca St.) and six more at Flying Bison (840 Seneca St.) – will feed you well. Here’s my favorites from last year. Always check social media to confirm truck locations, if you’re looking for one in particular.
Lloyd Taco Truck: Tricked-out nachos
My No. 1 Buffalo truck eats when I’m not feeling adventurous. Everything but the chips is housemade. That means cheese sauce that’s better than the canned orange stuff, husky salsa roja, and those pickled onions. Choose your protein. I choose pork. $6.95.
Amy’s Truck: Margie’s Meal
Vegetarians have lots to choose from here – the legendary lentilberry and veggie wet shoes are justly popular – but I go for the Margie’s Meal. That’s souvlaki-like grilled chicken, tomato, garlic spread and hot sauce, plus a whack of fajita fries wrapped up in pita bread. $8.
The Whole Hog: Pulled pork sandwich
Part of the Food Truck Tuesday calculus is judging the lines. I’ve headed for this sandwich mostly because it’s a tasty handful – sweet, tender, pork, albeit not smoked – topped with fresh slaw by request. But partly, I must confess, because I’m always surprised by how short this truck’s line is. $7.
OG Woodfire: Pick one
If you like your pizza Neapolitan style – that is, thin in the middle and crispy-puffy around the edges with almost-burned leopard spots – then Jay Langfelder makes the best pizza in Buffalo. Get your beers before you find his truck, so you will be prepared to wait for your classic Margherita ($8) or the Killer Bee, with hot soppressata and Calabrian chile honey ($9).
The Meatball Truck: Pork meatballs in Thai yellow curry
A couple of slick operators from Rochester add flavor to the stew. This one has a concentration in meatball hoagies, but the one that would park me in line was a cup containing two tender, rich ground pork spheres in an exotic, spicy coconut gravy. Served with a thatch of green watercress, it was worth the wait. $7.
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