Street Eats Food Truck Festival 2014, Advice from Day One: Get the Lobster Roll, Bring Cash, Prepare for Lines
In its third year, New Times' annual Street Eats Food Truck Festival has become a must-attend event for the food truck fan and novice alike. I've attended (and written about it) every time. After a warm, filling Day One at this year's Street Eats, I can tell you that this year's festival is a good one, but I do have some advice for you if you're heading out tomorrow.
Evie Carpenter The lobster roll from the Maine Lobster Lady is a must-eat if you're in for quality over quantity.
As always there were some delicious bites, but long lines and confusion over payment methods made the first day of the festival at Salt River Fields a challenge.
Evie Carpenter Plenty of people showed up of the first day of this year's Street Eats Festival.
The first thing you'll need to know this year is that you need to buy tokens in order to be able to buy food at all of the trucks. Some will also take cash and others will take credit/debit cards, but there are quite a few that will only accept tokens. And it's a real bummer to find that out when you've already waited in a long line.
Warning: You can only buy the silver food and drink tokens at two tents set up at either end of the event. They cost $2 each and can be bought only with cash -- which is also important to know before you wait in yet another long line to get them. Good news: There are ATMs available on site.
As far as the food goes, if you're going for the quality over quantity then The Main Lobster Lady should be your first stop. But you won't get in on this delicious lobster action without a substantial investment of time and money. We waited for an hour and forked up nearly $20 for a Traditional Style Maine Lobster Roll.
We had no regrets. It was easily the best thing we ate all day. It's a simple sandwich but features impressive chunks of Maine Lobster inside a warm buttered roll. The lobster is remarkably fresh and if you close your eyes you might even be able to pretend that you're dining seaside. When we left the fest around 4 p.m. the truck still had a huge line but unlike in years past hadn't run out of food.