Mister Softee

FullSizeRender-5Mister Softee is another food truck that I visited when I went to the Ventura Food Truck Friday. As some of you can guess, this food truck serves soft serve ice cream. They serve other things as well, of course, like milkshakes and sundaes, but the ice cream is their main item they serve. They have chocolate and vanilla flavored ice cream, that you can add tons of toppings on, from chocolate dip to butterscotch. A lot of this is classic ice cream stuff, but as a truck, it’s a perfect place to go for a quick sweet treat.

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Mister Softee is a chain that is spread all across the US. Despite this, and because of the way that there is no easy way to find food trucks, they’re still fairly unpopular and unknown, in a large-scale. I only found out who they were while on a short trip out-of-town, and looking for a truck for this blog, and even then there was no way for me to know if they were even open and if I could visit them, we ended up having to pass on them, which is why I’m writing now, instead of a couple of weeks ago.

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When I went, with my mom, we both got a cone of vanilla ice cream, one with chocolate sprinkles, and one with rainbow. This was the softest ice cream I had ever had in my life; despite the fact that it was a cold night, (for Santa Barbara) it still began to melt as I took pictures, which took no more than a couple of minutes. Despite having to eat it somewhat quickly, it was still delicious and a perfect way to end a day of food truck eating.

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On yelp, these trucks have 4-5 stars, but I’ll focus on the SoCal truck, which has a rating of 4.5 stars, out of 11 reviews. Every review but two are 5 stars, and only one is a 1 star, which is because of (what seems to me) a specific encounter about a certificate and having them cater a party. Let me know below what you would rate them, or what your favorite topping on ice cream is! I’ll see you next week, and remember,

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Kona Ice Trucks

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Kona Ice of Central Pasadena

Kona Ice is a food truck, or a food cart (depending on where you are) that is stationed all around the state of California that sells shaved ice, or sno cones. Originally, I was planning on have a post or two about the different trucks I have been to, but after visiting three different ones, it has come clear that once you’ve seen one of them, you’ve seen all of them. These trucks essentially have a place to shave ice, and some of them have an area where the employees can flavor the shaved ice, but most of them seem to have a place where buys can personalize their own flavors.

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Kona Ice of Ventura

The first one I went to was, surprisingly, not in Santa Barbara, but in Ventura, at the Ventura Food Truck Friday. This was the first place that I saw the personalized flavor, which was a very creative and good way to make their sno cones unique in a town that gets flooded with ways to cool down in the hot, touristy summer. As for what they have to chose from, it’s very basic flavors, like cherry and tiger’s blood, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not good.

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I like Kona Ice not only because of it’s interesting way of standing out from the rest, but also because of the fact that it’s such a classic sweet treat, and that you can never go wrong with a sno cone. It was a really good idea to have a truck that goes around and sells cold sweet treats, especially in the summer, on the west coast.

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On yelp, all the Kona Ice trucks have between a 4 and 5 star rating, out of at least 4 ratings, and at most, 15. The high ratings say that the owners listen to the customers and try and personalize whatever they can, especially if they are going to be attending an event. The low ratings, on the other hand, mostly are critiquing very specific problems that they encountered that were mostly likely just a group of things that lead to them being inconvenienced.

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Let me know down below what you would rate them, and what your favorite flavor of shaved ice is! I’ll see you next week and remember;

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Midtown Ventura’s Food Truck Fridays

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Every third Friday of every month, in the parking lot of the Pacific View mall, in front of the Trader Joe’s, a ton of food trucks come for a night of food and fun. This was my first time going and it was such a unique and fun experience. There was about 15 trucks, a lot of which came down from LA, and they all were different and had their own quirks. From Baby’s Burgers, to Okamoto Kitchen, everything about each of the trucks was creative.

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This event goes from 5-9pm, and includes more things than just food. At the one I went to, not only did they have a live band playing music, but they also had face painting for kids and free balloon animals. Clearly, it’s very kid friendly, but it’s not an event only for kids, as most of the people that I saw there were adults.

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When I went, me and my mom went to 4 different trucks to try as much as we could, and I hope to go again to try more in the future. We went to the Grilled Cheese Truck, Cousin Maine’s Lobster, Belly BombZ, and Mister Frostee. We got mostly appetizers and small foods since we would be having a lot; from the places in the order I listed above, we got a plain original grilled cheese, two lobster rolls, a “mom’s recipe” order of boneless wings., and a vanilla soft serve.

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My favorite thing was the chicken wings, because they were such a different approach at the classic idea of what chicken wings “should be”. They weren’t spicy but they had good flavor, which is good for me. It was interesting and something that was restaurant-worthy, which is sometimes unexpected from food trucks as they have to make food quickly and have a lot of it pre-prepared.

All in all, this event is a good way to spend a Friday night, and I would highly recommend that you guys go to this if you’re in the area, since you will be able to find a whole bunch of new, amazing food trucks to go to.

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Below, comment what the first food truck you went to was! I’ll see you next week and remember,

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Neighbor Tim’s BBQ

Neighbor Tim’s BBQ is a food truck that is settles in Goleta; they are consistently at Happy Harry’s Produce Market (7020 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93117), but can also be found occasionally at UCSB events, like the farmers market. This truck sells Texas style barbecue meat as part a meal. The meal includes your selection of meats, which is usually a choice between brisket and pulled pork, a choice of a side, between mac and cheese, baked beans, and coleslaw. You also get some Hawaiian bread rolls with the meal, and they occasionally sell baby back ribs as well.

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Neighbor Tim’s BBQ truck with Neighbor Tim & wife

After discovering them via Instagram, my mom and I stopped by for a quick lunch, since we were in the area anyway. Their food was so good! I have never had BBQ like that before, and the meal it came as was a perfect amount of food! We have gone back multiple times and I am so glad that we managed to discover this amazing place! I have, so far, tried their pulled pork, and their ribs, along with all of their sides, and my current favorite meal is the ribs with baked beans, even though it’s all delicious.

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Ribs + brisket to go with sides.

Their venue is great, too; Happy Harry’s has a small backyard with two picnic tables surrounded by grass and greenery, which creates an adorable area to sit and enjoy your meal. Also, since Neighbor Tim’s doesn’t sell any drinks, it’s great to have a place right next door to be able to grab something to have with lunch.

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Two meals, with a glimpse of the eating area

Even though it took me a while to write a post about Neighbor Tim’s, this food truck is probably my favorite that I have been to so far. The owners are so nice and polite, and they’re what gave me the inspiration to make this blog in the first place. Neighbor Tim was talking about how he has to be situated in Goleta now because of the new regulations. I had no idea about these regulations, and after looking into them, I decided I should do something while I could.

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A meal with pulled pork and baked beans

All in all, Neighbor Tim’s BBQ is an amazing and delicious food truck that I believe everyone should go to and enjoy. Be sure to rate them below, or comment your favorite type of BBQ food. I’ll see you guys next week and remember,

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Jerky Junction

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Jerky Junction From Front

Over the spring break, I was in Truckee, a little town on the border of California and Nevada; while I was there I tried to find a food truck, since I want my blog to eventually go beyond Santa Barbara, and this was a good start. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find one that fit the exact term “food truck”, but I did manage to find a store converted from a train, and since it used to be a mobile vehicle, I decided it was close enough. This store was Jerky Junction, a store that, clearly,  sells beef jerky.

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Jerky Junction from Side/Front

They don’t only sell beef jerky, though. They also sell jerky from plenty of other animals and not even the common ones, like salmon or turkey, they have jerky from sharks to wild boars. They also have plenty of candy, almost a whole wall of it, along with local, raw honey, along with mixed nuts, and “got jerky?” tee-shirts.

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From left to right; Ahi Jerky, Snapping Turtle Jerky, Wild Boar Jerky, Kangaroo Jerky, Whiskey Rabbit Jerky

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When I was there, I got a bag of the kangaroo jerky, since it was interesting and I had never heard of that before. Before I ate it, I decided to look at what other people thought of it, and saw a mixed opinion, some people thought it was disgusting, while others felt it was delicious. For me, I was kind of in between; for the most part it tasted just like beef jerky, which is something that I really enjoy, however, it had an aftertaste that was hard to put my finger on. It was the type of thing where I wasn’t sure if I liked it or not, which only encouraged me to take another bite; I can see how some people could love it.

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Kangaroo Jerky

The Jerky Junction, all in all, was a very fascinating and creative place, that I would highly recommend you check out if you ever find yourself in Truckee. I am not the only one who thinks this, as they have a 5 star rating on yelp, out of 11 ratings. Tell me what you would rate them below in the poll; I’ll see you next time and remember,

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Where Are All The Trucks?

Over the past week, while trying to find a food truck for (what was supposed to be) this week’s post, it occurred to me just how difficult it is to find a food truck, especially if it’s in a city you don’t live in or know very well.

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Side view of the bus

It seems to me that you can only find food trucks via word of mouth, which is incredibly frustrating. There is no organized and inclusive way to find food trucks, and those websites or apps that are close, are generally largely outdated, and, at least in Santa Barbara, about half of the trucks are completely out of commission.

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Churro Truck from the back/side

I was going on a small trip over the weekend, so I had a couple of cities that weren’t SB to look for food trucks at, to post about for this week. After over an hour of research about two different cities and around 10 different food trucks, I found a single food truck that was open on Sunday, but might have been at an event that you needed tickets to go to. They might have also had another food truck open, but I’m not sure.

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Burger Bus cheeseburger

Even with the bare amount of information that I got, I still wasn’t even sure if it was all true and accurate. This is not exactly a problem that’s caused by the owners of food trucks, but it certainly doesn’t help that none of them seem to post very often of social media. From what I’ve learned, though, they do respond, to the best of their ability, impossibly quickly and succinctly to any questions you may have.

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Neighbor Tim’s BBQ

All in all, it is way more difficult than it should be to find food trucks in cities that aren’t big or don’t have a huge food truck community. Of course, I might be totally wrong about this, so if any of you know of a good, effective way to find food trucks, I would be so thankful if you commented what it was!

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Dave’s Dogs hot dogs

Sorry for the lack of relation to the photos, it’s hard to find a photo that fits with this post! I’ll see you all next week and remember,

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Beefhearts

Beefhearts is a popup and catering restaurant that specializes in gourmet meat dishes. They most commonly show up at M Special Brewery and Draughtsmen Aleworks, in Goleta. When I went to eat there, they were only serving one thing, their pork sliders, so my view of their food is very limited. Since they are a pop-up, it could be debated that they are not really a food truck, but also, I would argue that they are a mobile food service, that have no official business front, that they are at least similar enough to count.

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Front table, with chef Nick Bodden

From what I can tell, when they do a pop up, they usually only bring one food to serve that has already been pre-prepared, so they only need to assemble the food. Sliders, which is something that they commonly serve, is one example of a way to do this. This isn’t the only thing they sell though; on their website they show items such as Creole Cassoulet, a dish of prosciutto, chicken, and pork with white beans, pickled sweet peppers, cilantro and scallion creme served over Fritos chips, Nashville hot chicken, served with coleslaw, pickles, cornbread and honey, and many others!

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Sliders from top
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Sliders from side

As for the sliders; they were stuffed with pork belly and coleslaw, with a Habanero tomato sauce, on a Hawaiian roll. This was so delicious! The flavors all complimented each other and worked impossibly well together. The spicy sauce played with the sweet bread and the savory pork created a large arrange of flavors; the coleslaw keeps everything in the slider fresh, too.

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Individual pork slider

They don’t have any ratings on yelp as of yet, but they seem to be fairly popular, and are getting lots of catering jobs, and with what I tasted of their food, I can see why. The chefs, too, were very nice and let me take lots of pictures. All in all, this pop up is so good and I would highly recommend it to anyone who finds themselves in Santa Barbara for a couple of days.

I’ll see you next week and always remember,

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