Food Truck Friday: Vegan Extremist

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Name of your food truck?

The Vegan Extremist

Owners names?

Jeff Merkel

Why did you start a food truck?

Ambition and opportunity.

What do you serve?

Curry. Vegan curry. Curry is our specialty and our selling point. Our mission is to introduce people to vegan food that is beyond boring veggie burgers.

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Your favorite items on the menu?

We’ve done a lot of cool things this summer, but my favorite has to be the Singapore Rip & Dip. I grew up in Singapore eating Roti Prata, so to recreate it as a vegan dish and introduce it to Canadians was a great experience.

The most popular item on your menu?

Our signature dish is the Indian Chickpea Curry. It’s a crowd favorite, and although we rotate our menu often, we always have this dish on the menu.

Most underrated? Which do you wish people would take a chance and try?

The spicy pickle! Although it is just a side to be added to your dish, it adds a whole new dimension to the experience. Salty, sour, and hot – if you haven’t tried it yet, add it to your dish next time.

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Craziest food truck story/experience?

Probably when we just started and were doing curbside in Hamilton, trying to pull into the only legal parking spot, blocking traffic and driving on the wrong side of the road. We definitely had some crazy days back then.

But nowadays, we’re so used to working 50 hour weekends that I’d say the entire food truck experience is a crazy story.

Where can people find you?

All over the Toronto area at festivals and events, and we will soon be rolling up curbside in Toronto!

Do you have a store/restaurant etc. as well?

We will soon! Keep your eyes peeled!

Food Truck Friday: Burgatory

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Name of your food truck?

Burgatory

Owners names?

Kristen and Alexei Van Peteghem

When did you start a food truck?

2014

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What do you serve?

Gourmet burgers and fries named for the seven deadly sins.

Your favorite items on the menu?

Our Sloth burger is an amazing cheeseburger. Gooey, run down your arm delicious!

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The most popular item on your menu?

The Greed Burger because of the bacon.

Most underrated? Which do you wish people would take a chance and try?

Our hand cut Parmesan Truffle fries are so decadent.

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Craziest food truck story/experience?

One gentleman said our burger saved his marriage.

Where can people find you?

Online at burgatoryfoodtruck.com. On Twitter or Instagram @burgatorycanada.

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Do you have a store/restaurant etc. as well?

We have a restaurant located in the heart of Little Italy at 719 College St. Which in includes a broader menu including Original and Mortal Sin Poutines and gourmet salads named for the Virtues of course.

Food Truck Friday: Heirloom

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Name of your food truck?

Heirloom Food Truck

Owners names?

Steffen Marin, Ami Dpasquali

Why did you start a food truck?

Our initiative starting the Food truck was to bring a different twist on Toronto street food. We wanted to pursue the challenge of showcasing real Ontario Food and further helping local farmers as we push sustainability within our community.

What do you serve?

We serve a wide variety of dishes. Our menu changes every event/festival we are at, changing the menu based on the type of crowd we are serving, also based on what is in season in Ontario. We have some staples like our Fried Chicken Sandwich, Duck on a Truck, and Pork Belly. These will always be found with different sauces and garnishes as we love to change it up.

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Your favorite items on the menu?

One of our favourite items is our Duck. We are very close to our King Cole family and it has been a very big hit. The Fries Szechuan Chicken Sandwich & Pork Belly Banh Mi Sandwich are both some of the fan favorites.

The most popular item on your menu?

Our most popular menu items would have to be Duck Tacos, it’s something very different from what the regular Food Truck offers. Also a twist with our Fried Chicken Sandwich.

Most underrated? Which do you wish people would take a chance and try?

It’s not what I wish people would try more as we usually sell out at all our events, it’s the fact I wish people didn’t just think every food truck sells poutine as they should really understand in trying something new.

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Craziest food truck story/experience?

Wayhome might have to be up there in the craziest experiences we had on the truck. Serving over 6000 people in 2 1/2 days was quite an experience as our line lasted 50 deep for a good 9 hours.

Where can people find you?

We are all over the GTA. The best place to find us would be on www.heirloomtoronto.com as as have our scheduled events laid out. Molson Amp is also one of our regular spots for concerts and also many nights at Evergreen Brickworks.

Do you have a store/restaurant etc. as well?

We are looking for the right location now, we should have a brick & mortar by Mid October under Heirloom with a more finer dining twist than just the Food truck scene.

Food Truck Friday: Me.n.u

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Name of your food truck?

Me.n.u Food Truck

Owners names?

Bryan Siu-Chong, Allen Tan, Joe Tillo

Why did you start a food truck?

When we graduated from McMaster University in 2011, we wanted to start a business together, and do something new and exciting. Back then there wasn’t too many food trucks in Toronto, but they were super popular in the US. So we made it our mission to start a food truck and here we are, three years later!

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What do you serve?

We serve Asian Fusion Street Food. Every winter we travel to Asia to eat amazing street food and learn how to cook these authentic flavours. Then we come back to Toronto and fuse these flavours together with North American concepts. Our original menu consists of fried riceballs, roti tacos, Asian poutines, and rice boxes.

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Your favorite items on the menu?

The one that started it all: Fried Riceballs!

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The most popular item on your menu?

PEKING DUCK POUTINE

Most underrated? Which do you wish people would take a chance and try?

Our fried riceballs are popular amongst those who follow our business, but they are underrated to people who haven’t heard of them before. “what is it, just rice in a ball?” But once they take the chance to try them, the usual response is “WOW!”

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Craziest food truck story/experience?

Last year when we won the People’s Choice award at the annual AWEStruck event. That makes it two years in a row!

Where can people find you?

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When we are not doing special events or private catering, people can find us at University and College, in front of the Toronto General Hospital. We post our location on our website.

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Do you have a store/restaurant etc. as well?

Not yet 😉

Food Truck Friday: Urban Smoke

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Name of your food truck? 

Urban Smoke Food Truck

Owners names? 

Scott Danyshyn and Martin Buckingham

Why did you start a food truck?

A few years back, our owners were inspired by the amazing food truck scene on a staff trip to San Diego for the National BBQ Association Tradeshow. That spurred the launch of our Urban Smoke Food Truck later that year. Urban Smoke is an extension of our Gourmet Group and BBQ Gourmet brands. The goal of the truck is to build brand awareness and expand our BBQ offering even further.

What do you serve? 

Southern Style and Fusion BBQ Cuisine

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Your favourite items on the menu?

My personal favourite is our feature on Saturday at this year’s CNE “The Royal Yorkie”. It’s a homemade Yorkshire Pudding wrap stuffed with our Slow Smoked Beef Brisket, Candied Brussel Sprouts and our BBQ Gravy.  It’s amazing!

The most popular item on your menu?

That would likely be a tie between either our Beef Brisket Poutine or our new Pineapple Express which is a sundae with grilled pineapple spears, scoops of pulled pork, crispy bacon mashed potatoes, chopped coleslaw, topped with our homemade BBQ sauce and shaved coconut.

Most underrated?  Which do you wish people would take a chance and try?

Hands down that would be our Eddie Vedder Portobello Mushroom Sandwich.  It’s not just for vegetarians….and it is excellent!

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Craziest food truck story/experience? 

Probably our first year at The Ex.  We had a line up from 11am till 11pm each day.  The Food Truck Frenzy was brand new and it was insane. The people of Toronto love food trucks and BBQ!  That’s great for us!  Another amazing experience was being featured on The Food Network’s Eat St. show.  The whole film/production process was intense but so much fun.  The phones wouldn’t stop ringing after our episode debuted.

Where can people find you?

We run concessions at a variety of large scale festivals across the GTA each summer and also cater many private and corporate events.

Do you have a store/restaurant etc. as well? 

No, but Urban Smoke is part of The Gourmet Group of Companies which also includes full service catering with The BBQ Gourmet and The Breakfast Gourmet. Visit us online at www.thegourmetgroup.com.

Food Truck Fridays: Taco Queso

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Name of your food truck?  

Taco Queso

Owners names?

Dawn Larsh and Armando Vega Ruiz

Why did you start a food truck?

Well, we’ve always wanted to have our own restaurant because we love food, so last year in the summer we had a little bit of extra money and decided to go crazy!

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What do you serve?

Authentic Mexican flavours

Your favorite items on the menu?

hmmm I think it’s a tie between the mushroom tacos and the flautas

The most popular item on your menu?

Our marinated then fried portobello mushroom taco,

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Most underrated? Which do you wish people would take a chance and try?

Huevos rancheros, holy crap its good!

Craziest food truck story/experience?

Well when we got the trailer we had a minivan, a chevrolet venture, wonderful car if you have a rock band, but turns out not so much to tow a 8000 pound commercial kitchen. So we got our trailer from this crazy guy in Windsor, ON and we live in hamilton, about a 3 hour drive if you take the 401 but around 6 hours if you’re avoiding highways. So we’re coming back home, and it’s kind of late (around  midnight) and we’re towing this monstrosity with our venture and suddenly a big thud and the trailer starts limping. It turns out something happened between the trailers right wheel and the fender that the wheel just kinda ate part of the fender and just burst. We got out and tried to change the tire but we didn’t have a spare, long story short we called CAA, opened an account with them and they came to save our lives. Later that night we got pulled over because the trailer’s lights had suddenly turned off and I was driving on my G1 very late at night, towing this thing. The officer was awesome though. All this happened the very first night we had the trailer. Haha a good initiation. We also had our first gig the next morning.

Where can people find you?

They can find us on instagram!! @feedmetacoqueso, also twitter and facebook, there we post where we are!

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Do you have a store/restaurant etc. as well?

Nope, but you can buy us one if you like our tacos.

Food Truck Friday: Fidel Gastro’s

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Name of your food truck? 

Fidel Gastro’s

Owners names? 

Matt Basile

Why did you start a food truck? 

After doing pop ups across the city, landing a food truck just made sense.

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What do you serve? 

Crazy globally inspired street food sandwiches and pad thai fries

Your favorite items on the menu?

The porknado sandwich and the Captain Belly

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The most popular item on your menu?

Pad thai fries

Most underrated? Which do you wish people would take a chance and try?

It’s pretty even, but maybe the Gorgeous Jorge (peanut butter, pulled pork and bacon jam)

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Craziest food truck story/experience?

I ran out of gas at Dufferin & Dovercourt and blocked the intersection for 2 hours!

Where can people find you?

Twitter and Instagram for details @fidelgastros

Do you have a store/restaurant etc. as well?

 Yes, Lisa Marie at Queen and Bathurst

Food Truck Friday: feasTO

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Name of your food truck?

feasTO

Owners names?

Ada Mok and Cameron Pounder

Why did you start a food truck?

We have been in business since 2012, but only part time as a pop-up at various flea and food markets around the city. In 2014, we applied and ended up being casted on AND winning the truck from the Food Network’s ‘Food Truck Face Off’! We couldn’t resist such an amazing opportunity and so we quit our day jobs and started feasTO Food Truck.

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What do you serve?

We mainly serve handmade dumplings, but also other various types of Asian street food, depending on the event.

Your favorite items on the menu?

Dumplings wise, it’s gotta be the OG Pork Dumplings – these are our traditional Original Pork and Bok Choi Dumplings from the family recipe. We also LOVE our Shrimp Wontons, they are deep fried, light and airy shrimp dumplings with a tomyum infused aioli drizzled on top.

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The most popular item on your menu?

Pho Beef Dumplings – it’s like eating a bowl of Pho in dumpling form – fun!

Most underrated? Which do you wish people would take a chance and try?

Chilled Sesame Ramen – it’s not a dumpling but one of our faves, and it’s finally starting to catch on in our second year. We serve it as a side when we do lunch combos, and on its own on longer festival days. It’s a cold noodle dish, delicious and fresh and healthy (and vegetarian!), but a lot of people associate ramen with a hot broth or with Mr. Noodle.

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Craziest food truck story/experience?

Every day is crazy – that’s why we love it! Last year at the Toronto Food Truck Festival in Woodbine Park, we sold record numbers on the first day, but on the second day there was a HUGE MASSIVE thunderstorm that came out of nowhere, and everyone was drenched in a torrential downpour. We ended up letting all our loyal customers who were getting soaked in line squeeze under the awning and onto the truck to get out of the rain, and we all stood inside and chatted and hung out until the storm subsided – it was definitely fun for the customers to be in the truck, and just a crazy way to end one of our biggest events of the season.

Where can people find you?

All over! We do weekday lunches – usually on Bloor, University, King or in Liberty Village. On weekends we are at various festivals and events. We update our daily location on the Toronto Food Trucks app, and post on our Instagram/Twitter/Facebook – @feasTOronto. Our events are also posted on the app and social media but also on our website – www.feasTO.ca

Do you have a store/restaurant etc. as well?

Not yet! We work out of a commercial kitchen right now, maybe in the future ;)!

Food Truck Friday: Gotham Grill

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Name of your food truck?

Gotham Grill

Owners names?

Hamed Sayah, Nima Kompani

Why did you start a food truck?

We love food! And the idea of having a kitchen on wheels was just too interesting to us!

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 What do you serve?

  • Gotham Burger (Specialty top sirloin beef burger, 100% Hormone-free)
  • Chicken Burger (100% hormone-free Chicken Breast)
  • Veggie Burger
  • Polish Sausage
  • Steak Sandwich (AAA Grade Top Sirloin 100% Hormone-free steak)
  • Chicken Wrap (%100 Hormone-free chicken)
  • Chicken Wings and Fries
  • Popcorn Chicken and Fries
  • Mozzarella Sticks
  • Poutines
    • Regular Poutine
    • Gotham Poutine (Specialty poutine)
    • Steak Poutine (Specialty poutine)
  • Gotham Fries (Specialty poutine)

Your favorite items on the menu?

Very difficult to answer. My personal favourite items are our Gotham Burger and our Gotham Poutine. I can’t get enough of them.

The most popular item on your menu?

Gotham Burger, Gotham Poutine, steak sandwich,

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Most underrated? Which do you wish people would take a chance and try?

Chicken wings. I think the reason for it is that it’s a little messier to eat. And yes, beer is a must on the side which we unfortunately can’t serve.

Craziest food truck story/experience?

The entire journey so far has been crazy. Both Nima and myself went to Ryerson University for engineering in 2008 and graduated in 2012 with Mechanical Engineering degrees. We started working in the construction industry right away and after 3 years we felt like there was something missing and that was accepting bigger challenges and taking the entrepreneurial path to make a difference even if that difference is very small.  Once that decision was made, it wasn’t long until we knew it was going to be a food truck, considering we are both foodies. Networking in the food industry began to ensure the food brought to the people has the highest quality. Thanks to our friends for connecting us to the greatest chefs of the highest rated hotels, their ideas were implemented in the menu.

Now, that the business is up and running every day is a journey. Meeting with new people is exciting and even more exciting than that is seeing people coming back to us. Certainly they make us feel special.

Where can people find you?

Usually at Church and Bloor. We update our location on Food Trucks Toronto phone app. Also, we update our social media pages almost on a daily basis.


Do you have a store/restaurant etc. as well?

Not as of yet. But maybe in the near future.

Food Truck Friday: Fit To Grill

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Name of your food truck?

Fit to Grill

Owners names?

Alon Fuks

Why did you start a food truck?

To conquer the world one delicious sandwich at a time.

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What do you serve?

Nothing then the best this crazy mind has to offer, I like to reminisce about my youth and taking from what I enjoyed to eat as a kid and just hitting it with a lil Southern twist. If you want to sum it up in a few words, it’s as our saying goes FOOD WITH ATTITUDE…F.W.A 4ever

Your favorite items on the menu?

That’s probably the hardest question you can ask, it’s like asking which one of your kids do you love more. I’ve put in a lot of hours to make sure every dish that leaves the truck is a flavor extravaganza. They all have their moments where you just crave one of them. I would say the Wings have been a staple of mine for the longest time.

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The most popular item on your menu?

It’s a tossup between the Smoked Wings and the BBQ Pork Belly Po’Boy.

Most underrated? Which do you wish people would take a chance and try?

People have to start giving catfish more of a chance. I‘ve had people ask me with such weird looks on their faces “eww why catfish isn’t a bottom Feeder” I reply “Yes but isn’t lobster, and how good is that”. The Masses must order the Catfish Po’boy it’s delicious, kinda nutritious, and quite large if I do say so myself.

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Craziest food truck story/experience?

How can your story get any crazier than you being able to tell people that you won your truck of a food network show battling out others for the top spot on the podium. It took forever to film and sometimes grueling hours, but at the end of the day the right team came out on top with quite a few new scars to show for it.

Where can people find you?

All the Major Music Festivals, Food Truck Frenzy at the Ex, they can visit us at our sister restaurant Spedduci Mercatto.

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Do you have a store/restaurant etc. as well?

Not exactly as of yet, but it’s always a possibility.

Food Truck Friday: Great Canadian Food Truck

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Name of your food truck?

Great Canadian Food Truck

Owners names?

Danielle Musso

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Why did you start a food truck?

I wanted to take a truck across the Country and serve peameal/poutines to the 2010 Olympics. Everyone thought I was nuts. 5 years later I wanted to represent Canada and opened the Great Canadian Food Truck.

What do you serve?

Peameal Bacon Sandwiches, Braised Brisket Sammy, Moose Balls, Fish Tacos, Poutines, Breakfast (on occasion), West Coast Hippy (veggie meatloaf)

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Your favorite items on the menu?

Peameal/ Poutine

The most popular item on your menu?

The GCP. Great Canadian Peameal Sammy

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Most underrated? Which do you wish people would take a chance and try?

My soups. I love soup. Soup hasn’t really sold well from my truck. Mind you-it’s always 35 degrees those days.

Craziest food truck story/experience?

I have a lot of fun times with my crew.

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Where can people find you?

I pick events around my life. I’m a new mom and loving wife. Food Truckn’; serving good food to good people is an expensive hobby.

Do you have a store/restaurant etc. as well?

Nope. Just me and my truck.

Food Truck Friday: Vesta Lunch On Wheels

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Name of your food truck?

We are part of the Vesta Dinner (474 Dupont Street) Family. Vesta Lunch on Wheels is the mobile branch to give our customers around Toronto an opportunity of having our specials at different locations around the city.

Why did you start a food truck?

Vesta Lunch on Wheels started in order to satisfy our Dinner customers. We wanted to be closer to them in office hours, and we wanted to take it as an opportunity to grow to different locations and meet food truck lovers all over Toronto.

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What do you serve?

Chicken or Beef Tacos served with a spring veggie mix, cheese and our signature Vesta sauce.

Vesta Sausage with onions, ketchup, mustard and signature Vesta sauce.

7oz Ribeye marinated steak with mozzarella, red onions, spring veggie mix and Vesta dressing.

Chicken or Beef Vesta Burrito (spicy or regular) served with rice or fries, mozzarella, spring mix, tomatoes and our signature Vesta sauce.

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Poutine

Grilled Cheese with bacon and fries

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Your favorite items on the menu?

7oz Ribeye Steak, I am a big meat eater. One of my favorite moments of the week is when I prepare myself a juicy and cheesy sandwich.

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The most popular item on your menu?

Our cheesy and juicy 7oz Ribeye Steak Sandwich

Most underrated? Which do you wish people would take a chance and try?

It is hard to tell, we are very fortunate, because all of our items are valued by our customers.

Craziest food truck story/experience?

One night we where outside a bar in College and Bathurst and one customer came to us saying that because he was such a food lover he wanted to give away 100 grilled sandwiches to anyone at the street. We basically pumped up our production in order to have them ready in half an hour, after he did what he said, he just gave them away and kept a couple for himself.

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Where can people find you?

Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at King and John close to the Royal Alexandra Theater

Tuesday and Thursday night outside the Everleigh Club

Wednesday and Friday afternoon at Church and Bloor

Wednesday and Friday night at Wellington and Portland

We try to maintain our locations as much as we can, but if anything happens we make sure our page at http://torontofoodtrucks.ca/?s=vesta+lunch is always updated.

Do you have a store/restaurant etc. as well?

Yes, we do. Vesta Lunch Dinner, 474 Dupont St.

Food Truck Friday: Busters Sea Cove

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Name of your food truck?

Busters Sea Cove

Owners names?

Tom Antonarakis

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Why did you start a food truck?

I thought it was time. After 5 years in my St. Lawrence location it was time to venture into the food truck scene.

What do you serve?

We are strictly a seafood truck serving fish tacos, shrimp tacos, tuna tacos, and lobster rolls. Also a crab cake burger.

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Your favorite items on the menu?

Crab cake burger

The most popular item on your menu?

Lobster Roll

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Most underrated? Which do you wish people would take a chance and try?

Octopus taco

Craziest food truck story/experience?

The filming of Eat Street. 5 minutes takes 10 hours of filming with James Cunningham.

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Where can people find you?

All over Toronto, most events and Greater Toronto, Nathan Phillips Square

Do you have a store/restaurant etc. as well?

Busters Sea Cove St. Lawrence Market and Busters at 120 Bremner Blvd SFC Building Food Court.

 

 

 

Food Truck Friday: I Love Lasagna

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Name of your food truck?

I Love Lasagna

Owners names?

Efisia LaViola

Why did you start a food truck?

We are in the food business and since everyone loves our lasagna we decided to take it to the streets.

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What do you serve?

Traditional homemade lasagna and cannoli

Your favorite items on the menu?

Wild boar lasagna

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The most popular item on your menu?

Wild boar

Most underrated? Which do you wish people would take a chance try?

The Veggie its sooo delicious.

Craziest food truck story/experience?

Haven’t been in the game long enough this is our first season.

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Where can people find you?

Toronto Streets and festivals

Do you have a store/restaurant etc. as well?

Embassy Grand Convention Centre & Chateau Le Parc

Food Truck Friday: Gourmet Guyz

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Name of your food truck? Gourmet Guyz

Owners names? Matthew Fulton

Why did you start a food truck?

I’ve always wanted to own my own kitchen, the food truck offers the best of both worlds; I get to own the truck, I have the ability to create my own menus/dishes but the versatility to take my Kitchen wherever I need it.

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What do you serve?

Globally inspired creations such as Shawarma Bombs, Meatloaf Grilled cheese, Korean Pork Tacos, Paneer tacos.

Your favorite items on the menu?

The menu changes very often but one of my fav’s is the Sunday Dinner, Slow cooked Beef stew with Potatoes, carrots, peas, and fresh horseradish Stuffed into a Yorkshire Pudding.

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The most popular item on your menu?

Shawarma Bombs

Most underrated? Which do you wish people would take a chance and try?

Paneer Taco, Bombay Spiced Paneer (Indian style curd cheese) Pickled red onion, cilantro, curry yogurt, really a tasty dish.

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Craziest food truck story/experience?

We had a fairly slow and late start to our inaugural and our first event was Milton St. Fest Jun 6, 2015. The truck didn’t get wrapped in time so we had a temporary one showcasing the design to come.  My equipment had not even been tested if it would light and it was Friday at 4pm the night before. It was very stressful, food was ready to go, I was ready, and thankfully the truck lit perfectly, and we vended our first event without a hitch. Now I’ve done over 70 events!

Where can people find you?

I don’t do much curb side but private plated catering to Street Festivals to carnivals  is where you find me. Check us out @gastrofare on Twitter, gourmetguyz on Facebook and Instagram!

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Do you have a store/restaurant etc. as well?

No, that may develop down the road but for now I concentrate on building the brand, the food, and the truck.

Food Truck Friday: Che

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Food truck name : CHE

OWNERS NAME: Sebastian (CHE) Gallucci

Why did I start a food truck :

hmm good question .. Always grew up in the kitchen , always loved food , always loved cooking and wanted to show Toronto how amazing Argentinean food is . And obviously make the best CHORIPANNNNN IN THE WORLD

What do you serve :

We serve very fresh and healthy food off a truck. We are Argentinean with an Italian background so all are food is mixed with so much love. We use fresh produce and amazing meat to create dishes that blows your mind once you try it . I promise you will not be disappointed

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 What’s your favourite item on the menu :

CHORIPANNNNNNN

 

What’s the most popular dish:

CHORIPANNNN (but El gordo is very popular as well ( Argentinean steak on a bun with chimmi and salsa)

Most underrated item :

I would say our newest item which is El FLACCO (lamb spaducci ) it’s amazing !! Try it !!!

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 Craziest story :

Watched the movie chef , the next day drove to Parry Sound and saw this truck .. Decided to buy on the spot .. Drove it back home (my first ever car ( truck )  haha . Quit the bank after 6 years  the next day and boom that’s how CHE BABY WAS BORN !! Never looked back and never been happier .

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Where can people find us:

Check out our insta/twitter @chebabyTo and Facebook CHE FOOD TRUCK. We post where we are Everyday !

No store or Resto yet !! 😉

Thank you for this great post and hopefully you can come visit us on the truck !! Special shout out to EL GORDO, SAMMY G, El Franchy , Portuguese Thunder and El ponytail!! Long live the CHORIPANNNNNNNNNNNNN

Food Truck Friday: Wickedly Sinful

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Name of your food truck?

Wickedly Sinful

Owners names?

Andrew Tedford

Why did you start a food truck?

I was a PT college professor for almost a decade teaching in the Digital media and always enjoyed cooking. The food truck opportunity is a long story but it provided me the perfect storm of a bunch of stuff I can do and a wack-ton of stuff I had no clue where to begin.

What do you serve?

Wickedly Sinful serves award winning poutine. We have placed in the top three now 2 years in a row for the Best in Poutine title at the Ottawa Poutinefest. Each menu item has a backstory and each poutine has its own custom #hashTag to provide customers with easy access to Wickedly Sinful’s social media channels.Wickedly Sinful

Your favorite items on the menu?

We have some tacos and a few other items  we started with back in 2013 that I really enjoy creating and making. I may add some of them back to the menu for special events this season.

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The most popular item on your menu?

There are two items on our  menu that could hold the most popular title. One of the original fan of Wickedly Sinful would drive 20 minutes for the #SteakPoutine. One season she paid a gate fee at a live music event that we were at vending for the weekend.
#SteakPoutine Hand cut bifteck seasoned and seared, smoked garlic aioli, crispy onion & scallions.

The second item would be the #CowboyXpoutine its a fun poutine to make. My favourite review was this tweet
#CowboyXpoutine Seasoned steak, bacon, fried egg, smoked garlic aioli, maple sriracha, crispy onion & scallions. With a side of #sinfulMaple – a deep fried maple cookie.

My favourite reaction from a customer at the window as she ate the #CowboyXpoutine included a lot of F-bombs .

Most underrated? Which do you wish people would take a chance try?

The most underrated would be our Salted caramel #pulledporkSundae

Craziest food truck story/experience?

A high school buddy drove from Ottawa to help cook at big end of season Toronto Food Truck event. I blew the food truck transmission 10 minutes from the venue. By the time Heavy tow hooked us it was already 2 hours into service and Wickedly Sinful’s season was over. I was determined to make a Toronto debut in 2014 so Wickedly Sinful did a little pop-up collab event with Fall Tour Interactive.Wickedly Sinful

Where can people find you?

Social media – pick your poison Instagram Facebook  Twitter  for our next event or location. Google award winning poutine will also find us.

Do you have a store/restaurant etc. as well?

Wickedly Sinful  has no brick and mortar location but recently  started entertaining a few ideas designed for the retail market. So we’ll see as the 2016 season continues

Food Truck Friday : Fully Loaded T.O

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Name of your food truck?

Fully Loaded T.O

Owners names?

Amanda Louie & Kevin Green

Why did you start a food truck?

We love travelling and eating street food. Once we tried out a bunch of food trucks while travelling we just fell in love with the scene and the lifestyle. There is so much room for creativity to create fun dishes. After seeing the food tuck scene become more popular in Toronto we had to give it a shot!

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What do you serve?

We specialize in stuffed chicken wings.

Your favorite items on the menu?

Stuffed chicken wings with kimchi fried rice is one of our favourites.

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The most popular item on your menu?

The most popular one so far is our poppin’ jalapeños stuffed with jalapeño cheese topped with ranch sauce.

Most underrated? Which do you wish people would take a chance try?

Most underrated is our stay greeky which is stuffed with Greek lemon potato topped with tzaziki sauce.

Craziest food truck story/experience?

So far we would say while perfecting our menu we literally had stuffed wings every week for a year straight!

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Where can people find you?

We will be all over the GTA, most definitely follow us on our social media and we will be updating everyone on our day to day services and events!

@fullyloadedto

Do you have a store/restaurant etc. as well?

Not right now, maybe one day !!

Food Truck Friday: Bake Three Fifty

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Name of your food truck?

Bake Three Fifty

Owners names? 

Jenn Burko

Why did you start a food truck?

I started Bake Three Fifty because I have such a passion for baking. When people see one of our desserts and try them, their faces light up – I absolutely love that moment. For me, that’s how I know I’ve succeeded.

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What do you serve?

We serve build your own cupcakes & ice cream sandwiches. All decorating is done by our staff but from start to finish guests can design their very own sweet creation.

Step 1: Pick your Baked (cupcake or cookie)

Step 2: Pick your Iced (icing or ice cream)

Step 3: TOPPINGS! (select from 10 delicious toppings)

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Your favorite items on the menu?

My favourite item is The Works. It’s a crazy combination of cupcake, ice cream sandwich, and 6 toppings. Basically like a dream come true.

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The most popular item on your menu?

That would be our ice cream sandwich. It’s a scoop of ice cream between two big cookies and any 3 toppings you choose. It’s big enough to share but you won’t want to!

Most underrated? Which do you wish people would take a chance try?

I often try to recommend a combination I like to call “Chocoholic” – double chocolate cookie and chocolate ice cream, topped with chocolate sauce, crushed oreos and M&Ms. Some people think it’s too much chocolate, but I say there’s no such thing.

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Craziest food truck story/experience?

Winning the Golden Fork grand prize at Food Truck Festival Ontario was a pretty unforgettable experience. My whole family was there helping on the truck that day, and it was so special to be able to share that moment with them.

Where can people find you?

You can find us at some of the biggest festivals/events in Toronto. You can follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @bakethreefifty

Do you have a store/restaurant etc. as well?

As of now we don’t have a store. We’re just having fun living the trucker life and going to all these exciting events. Maybe down the line we’ll open a store… stay tuned!

Food Truck Friday: Chimney Stax

 

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Food truck?

Chimney Stax Baking Co.

You are?

Matt Lindzon and Zach Fiksel

Why did you start a food truck?

“To be honest, we weren’t a truck looking for a food; we were a food looking for an outlet. We knew we had a delicious product and when saw how amazing Toronto’s food truck culture was with adventurous customers and awesome truck operators – so we looked to the truck to help us get a Stax into as many hands (and tummy’s) as possible.”

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What do you serve?

“We serve a hand-rolled, rotisserie-baked, served sweet or savoury, with a dip, or stuffed as a sandwich. It’s a unique food experience that is also deliciously familiar. Everyone loves fresh-baked bread, and they love to see a different take on it.  We think that a food truck should offer something that’s different, something you can’t get everywhere else. A hand-rolled, rotisserie-baked bread is definitely something you don’t see every day, and everyone loves variety.”

Your favorite items on the menu?

“My personal favourite item is actually brand new to our menu: The Pulled Beef Brisket Sandwich.  It’s our Cheesy Garlic Stax filled with 24-hour slow-cooked pulled brisket, horseradish ‘slaw and sautéed onions. We are going to be serving up this bad boy all summer long. We’ve had an amazing response to it already, and the season has just begun!”

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The most popular item on your menu?

“Without a doubt the most popular menu item is a straight-up Cheesy Garlic Stax, usually accompanied with one of our dipping sauces (I encourage the marinara). It’s a great way to enjoy a Chimney Stax for the first time because the experience of eating fresh-baked bread made on a rotisserie is one that is truly unparalleled: the crunch of the crust contrasted with the hot and steamy pull-apart centre, the smell of roasted garlic… and a whole whack of melted cheddar cheese!! A truly amazing food adventure.”

Most underrated? Which do you wish people would take a chance and try?

“One of the best add-ons that we have at Chimney Stax is bacon – we will add bacon to any order for a couple of bucks.  Many people add it to their sandwiches, others add it to their Sweet Stax (like the Cinnamon Stax) to have a little salty mixed in with their sweet.  But, some people have discovered that adding bacon to our Caprese Stax is actually a delicious, full flavoured sandwich that is great for lunch.  We call it the “Confused Vegetarian” as it adds bacon to our meat-free option: baby arugula, sliced tomato, bocconcini cheese, basil pesto aioli and a balsamic reduction.”

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Craziest food truck story/experience?

“The craziest experience we’ve ever had on the truck was at a food truck rally last summer.  Attendance was well above expectations and just about every truck had a significant line-up as a result.  We were working hard to service the line as quickly as possible, and everybody in the crowd understood that it was going to be a bit of a wait for some great food – well, almost everyone.  As we are handing out Stax to customers, a woman walks up to one of my customers who had just been handed a fresh Stax, takes it out of her hand and says “that is my order”, and walks away.  Literally just took food out of another person’s hand.  The funniest part of the situation was that the next Stax order that came up was hers.”

Where can people find you?

“We are looking forward to an amazing summer! We will be at some great music festivals including Field Trip and Way Home.  We’re going to be at TD Echo Beach and the Molson Amphitheatre for almost every concert between now and September. We’ll be at all the local food truck rallies at the CNE, Whitby and Pickering.  Check out our website, chimneystax.ca for our full summer schedule.”

Do you have a store/restaurant etc. as well?

“We do not currently have a storefront that is not on wheels.  We do, however, do catering and special orders for holidays and events.”

The Top 5 Food Trucks and Craft Beer at the 2015 CNE

Smack dab between opening day and the air show is the what I consider the most productive weekend during CNE.  Yes any day you can ride the attractions, see the shows, and try the crazy new foods but it’s the weekend of Friday August 28 through to August 30th that you can add Food trucks and Craft Beer to you list of CNE accomplishments.

The Food Truck Frenzy is back, bigger and better than before and this time they joined up with the Craft Beer Fest to offer you everything you could possibly need on a hot summer weekend. Here is a list of the top 5 food trucks and top 5 craft beers I can’t wait to try this weekend.

1.Burgatory

Aptly named after the 7 deadly sins you cannot go wrong with a fancy gourmet burger.  Try a Greed burger with bourbon and bacon or spice it up with the chimchurri topped Envy.  And vegetarians can get in on the sin with Pride; a juicy, massive Portobello mushroom burger.

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2.Gorilla Cheese

Because you can never have enough carbs surrounding meat and cheese, this popular Hamilton based truck offers up decadent grilled cheese sandwiches oozing with fillings.  And if you feel even slightly guilty taking a messy bite opt for the Lumberjack with its cheese, bacon, Granny Smith apples and maple syrup.  It has fruit in it!

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3.Hank Daddy’s BBQ

You don’t have to go to just Hank Daddy’s if you want food truck BBQ. Several other truck’s like Hogtown Smoke and The Urban Smoke will be competing equally  for crowds of hungry CNE goers. I’ve picked Hank Daddy’s because truck just looks really cool and isn’t aesthetics important when stuffing your face?

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4. La Loteria

With 3 tacos for $10, cheap is always delicious.  And while taco availability is at an all time high at the Food Truck Frenzy I have a secret love affair with La Loteria and their pork carnitas.  Always flavourful and mid range on the messy scale. And you can mix and match.

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5.Texas Tornado

Yes these are the those weird spirals of curly potatoes.  I have seen them at every food event I have attend and they have either been sold out, or the wait has been atrocious.  These elusive chips on a stick are purely on my list because god dammit I’m going to try one even if it takes a lifetime.

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Honorable Mentions Fidel Gastro’s and I Love Churros

You can’t be in the vicinity of Fidel Gastro’s and not get an order of their Pad Thai fries.  If you have never had them, I am sorry for ruining your love of poutine forever. And of course Churros have to make the list cause who doesn’t like deep fried dough.  Plus have you ever seen people eat them? Meme creators dream.

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Craft Beer Fest

I am like a beer fest groupie. I go to them all and here will be no different. The list of breweries  at this event will be small, 11 confirmed brands to date, but surprising my top 5 are all new to me.

  1. Hockley Valley Brewing
  2. Old Tomorrow
  3. Railway City Brewery
  4. Sawdust Brewing
  5. Stack Brewing

A wide range of IPAs, wheats, seasonals and stouts are all available from this group of beer makers, perfect accompaniments to all that food you are going to be eating.

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For a complete list of Food Trucks and Craft Beer vendors can be found here on the official CNE website.