SoPhiE, which is short for South Philly East, is a shared food truck sponsored by the Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Associations Coalition (SEAMAAC). More about that later. On this particular night my friends and I stopped for drinks at Love City Brewing, and the food truck was run by Chef Zing Thulai, offering Burmese fusion options. My first order for the table was two sushi rolls, the Chinland Roll and the A Chai Roll. I say “first” because I went back for seconds, it was THAT GOOD.Continue reading
I took a hiatus from this blog over the summer because a lot of the trucks were closed, but the fall semester has commenced with a few changes in locations for the trucks. Temple Now, the weekly publication put out by the university, just released an interactive food truck map, even accessible by mobile. I will be using this new tool to try out the many trucks I have yet to visit!
The map can be seen at this link: https://news.temple.edu/news/2016-08-31/campus-food-trucks-relocated
The Insomnia cookie truck appears to have closed in favor of a brick & mortar store on Cecil B. Moore and Broad Street, sandwiched between the (not yet opened) Honeygrow and the Temple Gear clothing store. No more cookies to tempt me outside of the Student Center.
Over the summer I’ve been frequenting Blaze Pizza, Crisp Kitchen (a sort of Honeygrow knockoff), Pot Belly Sandwiches, City Pizza, and Qdoba. They are not “mobile munchies” but definitely worth a try. Draught Horse is also undergoing a remodel, as well as Saxby’s coffee on Liacouras Walk. The latter now offers cold brew selections, but lately they have tended to run out by the afternoon.
I am thinking of adding a section to this blog that reviews non-mobile munches, as I’ve been asked by some of my readers. They claim that they still qualify as “mobile” since they are eaten on the go. I think that’s a bit of a stretch, but I can maybe tag them as “non-mobile” when I run out of trucks to visit? What are your thoughts…? Leave a comment or send me a message!
I must preface this post by saying that I spent fifteen years of my youth living all over California. Mexican food has to be exceptional for me to gush about it. That said, I thought Mexican Grill Stand was decent. The food was freshly prepared and the prices were excellent. Service was friendly and quick, and the portions were sizeable. Plus you get a free canned soda with any entree order.
Location: On 13th Street across from the Paley Library, outside of Speakman Hall
Pay: Cash Only
What I tried: Tacos Al Pastor, Grilled Chicken Burrito
The tiny cart has all the Mexican staples: tacos, burritos, quesadillas. Various toppings are available for any of these: chorizo, ground beef, chicken, pork and pineapple, fish, or veggie. Veggie tacos have a mixture of corn, tomatoes, and zucchini. The gargantuan burritos are overflowing with rice, black beans, salsa, lettuce, and chipotle mayo, and the tortilla is toasted on the grill until slightly browned. I tried the al pastor tacos and they were super spicy and tender with the flavor of annatto and guajillos.