The weather is warm and that means food trucks are back out in force! I made my trek out to The Porch at 30th to find the Lulu Cafe truck parked there. I remember seeing this truck parked on Temple’s campus back when we had the Royal Tea Truck also parked nearby, but alas now both have left us. This is mostly a bubble tea truck specializing in all kinds of fancy flavors, but I was happy to see they had some lunch items available as well.Continue reading
I had never heard of the Local 215 truck when we decided to visit the new brewery in town, Love City Brewing, but I was excited to try it. The truck’s website had mostly catering information, so I had no idea what to expect going into it. It appeared that they didn’t have a set food truck menu and used local, seasonal ingredients for events. With a large pig on the logo, I was expecting some pork dishes, but there were vegetarian items to suit my veggie loving friends as well. Between all the members of our group, we tried every one of the menu items they had that day:Continue reading
School is back in session, so the trucks are back! Some of them have moved locations, including this halal cart which used to be located on 13th Street in front of Speakman Hall. This, along with The Mexican truck and the two NY halal carts that were on the corner in front of Tuttleman are now located across the street from the Student Center, in front of Ritter Hall.
Now I must post a disclaimer here: I have started grad school at Temple so I won’t have as much leisure time to write these blog posts, but I’ll there are still places I haven’t visited so I’ll be sure to post semi-frequently. On to the review…
Things have been pretty busy around here for the last week, so this post is going to show some other things I’ve tried from trucks I previously reviewed in this blog: Chicken Heaven, “Sexy” Green Truck, E&E’s Gourmet Express, and the Creperie.
First up is in the photo above, the Chicken Rancher wrap from the Green Truck. It is featured on the lunch board to the left of the window. The chicken is breaded and comes wrapped in a toasted tortilla with lettuce, tomato, bacon, and ranch dressing.
There is no shortage of choices here at E&E Gourmet, where photos of and menu signs surround the entire truck with everything from burgers to wraps to breakfast to rice platters and Middle Eastern selections. One morning, I was not feeling my usual breakfast of oatmeal or yogurt, so I stopped at the truck to check out the omelette choices.
This popular truck always seems to have a line of eager people waiting. Chicken is prepared in almost every way possible – chicken fingers, chicken panini, salads with grilled chicken, crispy chicken sandwiches, chicken salad sandwiches, wraps, chicken cheesesteaks, the list goes on. The menu also includes breakfast menu items like egg sandwiches, omelets, bagels, french toast, and pancakes. Burgers, hoagies, and cheesesteaks round out this varied menu.
Go early or call in to get your order faster. Today I had planned on getting their spicy crispy chicken sandwich and the wait was 20 minutes.
Location: On Montgomery between 13th Street and Broad Street
Phone number: (215) 763-7343
Pay: Cash or Credit
Cuisine: American, Greek
What I tried: Grilled Chicken Salad, Chicken Broccoli Panini
A friend recommended the humongous grilled chicken salad. The chicken is marinated in herbs and lemon, and grilled until perfectly tender. This sits upon a mountain of lettuce, cucumbers, and tomato with a sliced hard boiled egg. A large side of dressing is the perfect amount for the portion of salad. The veggies were fresh and crisp and the meal was filling. Overall, a pretty good deal for $6.75.
I have had so many people recommend the crepe truck to me, I finally ventured over to 12th and Norris to try one. I was amazed at the number of combinations available! The Creperie truck lived up to its reputation, with quality ingredients. You could probably eat here everyday for a month and not get have the same thing twice. You can change up toppings and sauces, meats and veggies, and cheeses.
Location: In front of the Tyler School of Art building on 12th and Norris
Phone number: (215) 778-4771
Pay: Cash or Credit
What I tried: Sirloin with blue cheese, all veggies; Peach, strawberry, and caramel
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/crepetruck/Continue reading
The week of Christmas at Temple was pretty much a ghost town. It was rainy and the students and faculty had all vacated the premises. Many of the administrators and support staff also took the days off preceding the Christmas holiday to extend the Winter Break. So as you could imagine, there was very little open on campus for food choices. Luckily for me, those hardworking fellas in the halal carts were still around and happy to serve.
Choosing a halal cart is difficult for a newcomer at Temple, being that there are at least three on Montgomery Street alone. Two of the carts are parked on Montgomery, just past 13th, in front of the Tuttleman Center. The third cart is parked next to the Bagel Hut on Liacouras Walk. That one claims to have higher prices due to inflation, so it costs a dollar more for platters than the other two.
On my first week at Temple, before I started this blog, I ate at the one on the corner of 13th and Montgomery. It was delicious, but after I told my coworkers I had eaten there, they told me I had eaten at the wrong halal cart. They said the one next to it was the best one. I was skeptical because the food I had was pretty good, and you get a platter of food and a canned soda for only $5. But I am humbled to say that they were right.