souvlaki gr

Out of many food trucks at the Vendys, Souvlaki GR made a real lasting impression and I’ve been wanting to come back.

Within the past month, they opened up a brick & mortar location on the Lower East Side and I stopped in for dinner a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, I became vegetarian for lent, so I had to forego the souvlaki and went with the Greek fries. They came out pretty quickly (not complaining)! Fries were cooked well and topped with feta, oregano, salt, and pepper. Damn, were they good!

I started to feel a little sluggish towards the end and went with a frappe. I’ve always heard Greek coffee is strong and I learned that quick. The waitress brought out the frappe and I took that down within 15 minutes. She laughed at me but also gave me a jaw dropping look. She then said, “You’re supposed to finish that within an hour or hour and a half!” Yikes. I started to shake soon after. Totally worth it though, that frappe kept me up for LCD Soundsystem’s second to last show at T5!

Since they just opened, there were some things that weren’t available yet. The owner (?) told me that they should have four Greek beers on tap within the next couple weeks. Also, they have loukomades on the menu! Not ready when I went, but soon! The only time I’ve ever had these was at a Greek church festival in the Lehigh Valley. They’re incredible, deep fried honey balls! Not many Greek restaurants serve loukomades too, so definitely try this when they offer it! The owner told me he didn’t want to serve the loukomades until they were perfect! Totally understand. I hope to be back to try them! The loukomades and Greek beer might be available now! Go get some!

Souvlaki GR
116 Stanton Street
New York, NY

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taim mobile

Late last year, Taim started to offer falafel on the streets of NYC in addition to their brick & mortar location in the West Village. I’ve been wanting to get Taim falafel ever since that day. One of the corners of the truck reads the definition of the Hebrew word taim, “highly pleasant to the taste, delicious.” I agree completely.

Since I was in the city during the week it was my goal to order the harissa falafel sandwich this time since I had green last. The sandwich comes with the falafel, hummus, Israeli salad, pickled cabbage, and tahini. Fantastic. It was even better than what I remember! Falafel had a crisp outside with a just spicy enough center and wasn’t dry.

The truck unfortunately only has the green falafel daily. The harissa was on special when I went and this week it’s spinach & jalapeno falafel! It sure sounds pretty good!

You can see their weekly schedule on their website or follow them on Twitter!

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a&m halal

I’m a huge falafel fan, and after hearing about A&M Halal from three sources (friend of mine who went to Drexel, Foobooz, and Food Network’s ‘Best Thing I Ever Ate’), I wanted to try this when I got a chance.

falafel sandwich

Luckily for me, I was in University City to check out a bridge recently and my partner was more than happy to try another falafel place for lunch. He ordered the falafel sandwich, which had falafel, lettuce, tomato, onions, and sriracha wrapped in a pita. It may have had some tahini or hummus as well.

falafel omelette sandwich

The falafel omelette sandwich is what I read about and what sparked my interest in the first place. I love eggs and falafel individually, but together? This could be interesting.

Nestled in a fresh hoagie roll was an omelette, falafel, tomatoes, peppers, onions, and sriracha. I took one bite and was impressed. Definitely tasty. I still prefer the traditional pita falafel sandwich, but this is definitely a delicious alternative and worth coming out to try if you haven’t had it!

Best part besides being good eats? The woman is super friendly and gives you samples of falafel while you wait for your food to be cooked AND both sandwiches were only $4 each!

A&M Halal
Drexel University Campus
Corner of Ludlow Street & S. 31st Street
Philadelphia, PA

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2010 vendy awards!

I was a volunteer at this year’s Vendys in New York City. You’ve probably read all about the Vendys already since I’m posting this a couple weeks after.

vendy cup

This year’s Vendy Awards were held at Governors Island. Several NYC food trucks were nominated for three categories, Vendy Cup/MasterCard People’s Taste, Rookie Vendor of the Year, and Dessert. The nominees for the Vendy Cup/People’s Taste Awards were: King of Falafel & Shawarma, Bistro Truck, Schnitzel & Things, El Rey de Sabor, and Patacon Pisao.

patacon pisao

schnitzel & things

king of falafel & shawarma

The nominees for Rookie Vendor of the Year were Souvlaki GR, A-Pou’s Taste, Mexicue, The Cinnamon Snail, and 99% Vegetarian.

souvlaki gr

Lastly, the nominees for Dessert were Guerrilla Ice Cream, Big Gay Ice Cream Truck, Dessert Truck, Yao’s Dragon Beard Candy, and Kelvin Slush.

yao’s dragon beard candy

kelvin slush

A couple of Philly food trucks made the drive up! Honest Tom’s Taco Shop was among three Philly trucks to serve at the Vendys. The other two were Chester Spring’s Birchrun on a Roll and Denise’s Soul Food Restaurant.

honest tom’s taco shop

Now, without further ado, on to some food photos!

bistro truck – lamb tajine, rustic lentils, and dijon chicken (cw from bottom)

schnitzel & things – veal schnitzel & schnitz lolli w/ sides (potato salad, cucumber salad, sauerkraut, chickpea salad, and roasted beet & feta salad)

king of falafel & shawarma – falafel

the cinnamon snail – korean bbq seitan, porcini hempseed crusted tempeh, and ginger island grilled tofu (cw from left)

yao’s dragon beard candy – long tzi tang (pulled sugar around crushed peanuts)

guerrilla ice cream – libertacao (72% chocolate & port wine ice cream topped w/ brueleed frozen banana & cashews)

guerrilla ice cream – 8888 uprising (mango, lemongrass & palm sugar sorbet topped w/ shredded coconut and lime zest)

patacon pisao – tres leches

There was an abundance of food and I pretty much got to try everything sans Kelvin Slush. I knew I shoulda gotten a slush when the line was short! The line grew 10x in size as the day went on.

At the end of the day, there were a couple dishes/desserts that were my favorites. I still think about them to this day, wondering when the next time I can eat it will be…

souvlaki gr – pork souvlaki (pork, tomato, red onion, french fries, and tzatziki in a pita)

patacon pisao – chicken patacon (plantain sandwich)

king of falafel & shawarma – shawarma & rice

big gay ice cream truck – salty pimp (vanilla ice cream w/ dulce de leche, sea salt, and a chocolate dip)

The winners for the Cup, Rookie, and Dessert categories were King of Falafel & Shawarma, Souvlaki GR, and Kelvin Slush, respectively. Sigh, really wish I tried some slush! I’m just gunna have to make my way over one of these days.

I left Governors Island extremely full but content. It was a fantastic day of eating, enjoying the gorgeous weather, hanging out with RK, and meeting some great people (Amy Cao of Amy Blogs Chow and Dan Cohen of Danny Macaroons). Thanks for the macaroon, Dan! It was delicious!

In more local news, it was announced that Philly is set to have a Vendys of their own next year! Can’t wait!

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honest tom’s taco shop

Since I had an early morning, (I had to make it on time to spectate/photograph the Philly Half Marathon) I did not get to eat much, if anything at all. It was a good couple hours until it was finished and thanks to Twitter, I found out that Honest Tom’s was nearby at the Callowhill Whole Foods!

breakfast tacos

I’ve been following them on Twitter for quite some time and have constantly read about them, so there was definitely some excitement built up already. It was still brunch hour, so they were offering breakfast tacos. They consisted of scrambled eggs, home fries, tomatoes, onions, cheese, and guacamole. Delicious.

Next mission: Try their fish tacos!

Honest Tom’s Taco Shop different locations, check twitter!
Philadelphia, PA

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