Ona warm June evening, I got a text from my husband that there was some food truck thing going on downtown. Those words excited me. The morning Farmers’ Market on Saturdays largely lacked finished food vendors like food trucks, and I missed those most from Burlington. That little town was blessed with such great food trucks and a special farmers market.
We arrived at the riverwalk to find the area up and down Main Street filled with a myriad of vendors, food trucks and art vendors mostly. It was the first I had seen the food trucks physically in town. To me, the food truck is the ultimate delivery system for these summer events. I’ve had some of my best meals come out of a little square window. High hopes were immediately established as we walked down the middle of the street.
I was attracted to the Mr. BBQ food truck parked right along the riverwalk. Any indulgence I make in meat has to be well worth the tummy ache that comes later. Their menu was promising and appeared to be a worthy reason for stomach suffering. Chili cheese fries, for example. Mmmmm… And cheese curds? On the east coast?
Okay, maybe that's more cheese than meat. Still, the draw of chili proved difficult to fight, and there I was in eighty degree weather with a boat of chili cheese fright and another of cheese curds. Heaven on the riverwalk despite the high temperatures.
The best part about the fries is the chili over top: chunky, mildly spiced, and soaking the fries. This makes the dish for me no matter who I get it from. Mr. BBQ makes a chili full of chunky tomato which is all I want, really. Rob’s distaste for tomato makes every bite I get of it twice as special.
The cheese curds lived up to what i used to get in Iowa. The fried shell was nice and crispy, as it should be. The curd inside had softened just enough to get a bit of a stretch out of it when I took two bites from a single curd. They served it with a nice chipotle sauce to give it a little heat, necessary to cut through the richness of fried cheese. I’ll be checking them out again.
What’s awesome about this event is choice. Don’t want food truck food? Georgia House is right there to get you out of the heat. You can shop both the vendors and the stores themselves on main street. There was an ice cream truck during my stay down toward city hall, and it was delicious.
If you need something to do on Thursday, July 19th from 5-8 PM, visit Milford, Delaware’s downtown block party! Local vendors looking for a gig that night can still sign up until July 12th. See their event page for more information.
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