The taco trucks have arrived en masse. For more than a year now, a growing number of San Antonio’s empty parking lots have been visited by mobile food trucks selling everything from tortas to cupcakes. Now, the first park filled with airstream trailers and portable kitchens, Boardwalk on Bulverde, has opened. (Jason Dady’s DukTruck has hit the road, and Andrew Weissman’s Luxury Trailers are expected in the next few weeks.)
Many of the units on Bulverde Road will be familiar to those who have frequented the Pearl Brewery Farmers Market. They include Saweet Cupcakes, Toastie Buns with gourmet hamburgers, Tin Cup Tacos with burritos as well as tacos, Wheelie Gourmet with Mediterranean fare and Bistro Six with crabcakes and more delicacies. There’s also a barbecue unit with ribs, chicken and brisket.
I love this truck food, which is usually given careful attention by the cooks before being served to the hungry lines. So much, in fact, that I jumped at the chance to join a friend there for lunch this week, despite the cold and wet weather.
Several of the units were closed that gray day, and there weren’t too many people wandering about. But the folks who braved the Arctic chill were rewarded with some really good treats.
The promise of a cup of hot soup was too irresistible, so our first stop was G&G Mobile Bistro where the day’s offering was Split Pea with Potato ($3). (When I told my colleague of this later that afternoon, she went into the kitchen and created her own.) In addition to being comfortingly warm, the silky smooth soup scored because of the way the split peas and potato complemented each other.
We also ordered a sausage, lettuce, tomato and fried egg sandwich ($7) from G&G. It’s a big messy treat. The yolk exploded on first bite, sending streams of yellow across the rest of the sandwich, my fingers, my coat and most everything else in sight, except, thankfully, the cucumber-tomato salad on the side. The eggy bread just sopped up what it could, leaving me happy indeed.
We also stopped by Tin Cup Tacos for a pair of fresh fish tacos ($5) topped with a red cabbage slaw, cheese and a lively dressing. The fish tasted great, well met by the corn tortillas and the tantalizing textures, and both disappeared in seconds.
We finished off the meal with a trip to Saweet. My friend had a carrot cupcake ($2.75) that somehow, in hindsight, I don’t recall her sharing. That says a great deal. She did enjoy a bite of my white cupcake topped with strawberry-mango butter cream frosting, a touch of spring on a cold gray day.
Bear in mind: Most of the trailers at Boardwalk on Bulverde only accept cash, so you may want to hit the ATM before showing up. And bring an appetite. You’ll want to sample your way across the lot before you’re through.
Boardwalk on Bulverde
14732 Bulverde Road
11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday (ideally)