Well, it’s been forever since I last wrote any kind of review. Been out of town all the weekends and busy in the week, so I failed to write a lot in September.
So, here on this predicted possible likely (I think unlikely) first snow of the season in Denver, it’s time to huddle over the laptop, open a can of beer, tune into the most boring primetime NFL matchup of the year, and write up a quick overview of the highlights of my food truck eats in the past month.
Mikes 2 Kitchen – Wells Fargo on 17th & Sherman – September 13, 2013
Big fan of Mikes 2 Kitchen, and hard to resist at lunch when they are only a few blocks away from the office. Pleased to see that they were offering one of their specials, a Gyro Po boy. Normally I eat the Shrimp Po boy from Mikes, which is fantastic.
Here’s a look at the gyro:
This is basically a lamb gyro on a po boy bread. Nice, fresh roll, with tomatoes, onions, lettuce and tzatziki, which was quite zesty. The lamb is layered on and the rest of the fixings sits on top. Very tasty. If you are a gyro lover, this might not be up to your standards due to the use of a roll. But I did like it quite a bit and I liked the po boy format.
I also ordered a side of gumbo from Mikes, which has a nice shrimp on the top and is chocked full of sausage, chicken and other goodies. Nice brown roux, a touch of medium heat. Always worth the extra calories from Mikes.
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Quiero Arepas – Civic Center EATS – September 24, 2013
The 2nd to last Civic Center EATS and the final Tuesday down there. Still can’t understand why it doesn’t run into the fall as long as the weather is nice (the spring too for that matter!) Some type of park “management” decision no doubt, but come on… like anyone in the business community downtown would step foot into that park during lunch hour if not for the EATS…
Went to the Quiero Arepas truck, one of the most visible and popular food trucks in Denver, and for good reason. The grilled and then baked corn shell (bread) for the arepas served here are top notch. They come with a variety of fillings. I ordered the pabellon, which consists of stewed, shredded beef, black beans, sweet plantains, and cheese.
This was a filling, savory lunch treat that is also served with a tangy green avocado sauce. I didn’t get too much of that sauce, to my disappointment (as you can see above). Super quick service at this truck, which is great for lunch. The pabellon arepa I got was full on meat, and didn’t have a lot of beans. The plantains were nice, but also paled compared to the strong stewed beef that is present here. The beef itself was tender and easy to eat, and had some slight spice to it, but overall, it was just a lot of stewed beef. As I was eating it, I started to really wish for more of that tangy green sauce! Here is a close up of the internals of the sandwhich, where you can see the beef:
All that being said, next time I visit this truck, I will go with the Queso, which is fresh mozzarella, plantains, and avocado and is my favorite there.
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The Biscuit Bus – Civic Center EATS – September 26, 2013
The LAST EATS of the YEAR!!! noooo… back to eating way too much Jimmy John’s. Crap.
Another classic food truck here on the streets of Denver is The Biscuit Bus. Serves up delicious creations on fresh baked biscuits. After having not tried this truck for 2 years or something ridiculous, I finally gave in early summer… and I’ve been back 4 times. This is basically where you’re going to get some amazing comfort food. At least that’s how it is for me, because I always get The Franklin! What I’m talking about is a fresh biscuit sandwich comprised of buttermilk fried chicken, bacon, and cheese, smothered in sausage gravy. Holy Heaven.
Fantastic. The cholula and extra OVER EASY EGG I added to this thing made it an extreme guilty pleasure, and ruined my afternoon. I ended up sucking down some black coffee in the office when I got back to make it through the rest of the day. What a way to finish the EATS for 2013.
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