The Second Annual Jersey Shore Food Truck Wars at Monmouth Park was held this weekend. We went on Saturday and braved some driving rain showers and fierce wind. The only good thing about being there early on Saturday was that the lines were nearly non-existent. Pictures from Twitter from Sunday verified that the lines were extremely crazy once the weather got a little better so we’re glad we decided to go Saturday even though we got a little wet. We ate so much that we skipped dinner that night and we weren’t even very hungry on Sunday!
The Gouda sandwich we had came with lots of melty Gouda, bacon and baked apples. The salty bacon and sweet apples were great together and the Gouda gave great strings of cheese with every bite.
The People’s Choice Award which the customers got to vote on went to Bacon on Wheels.
Our vote went to The Empanada Guy for both his lobster and chicken empanadas. Those things were amazing. Light and flaky outside and meaty inside. The lobster empanada was especially delicious.
Here’s a rundown on more of what we had and where you can find most of these items when the food trucks they came from are traveling around New Jersey and New York. Our other favorite truck was the Cinnamon Snail. They had all organic and vegan food.
We were lured in by their doughnuts. The cake doughnuts were impossibly moist and the raised doughnuts had a really great chewy bite to them. All the flavors were amped-up, too. Every one we tried was better than the next. Here are the Maple-glaze Toasted Coconut on the left and Pistachio and Cardamom Crusted doughnut on the right.
These second two are Meyer Lemon Glazed on the left and Blueberry Hibiscus Glazed doughnut on the right. The Blueberry was crazy good.
Our other favorite dessert truck was Wafels and Dinges.
Two types of wafels and many toppings choices (or dinges) made for a fresh hot dessert that was simply delicious. We got the soft and chewy Liege wafel with spekuloos spread that tastes a little like gingerbread in spread form and fresh strawberries. The spekuloos spread got all melty on the fresh hot wafel and made kind of a sauce that oozed over the wafel and strawberries.
Another favorite truck of ours was Tony Boloney’s Mustache Mobile.
They had so many great pizza topping combinations that we a hard time deciding what to get. But, we were dangerously close to being full so we chose carefully. We got a slice of the Yenta pizza which had homemade thousand island dressing swirls, pastrami, caraway seeds, kraut and muenster cheese. The crust was pretty thin but nice and chewy still and not cracker-y. Ed almost voted for Tony Boloney just for this slice. It was fantastic!
Two other very good trucks were the Rickshaw Dumpling Truck:
and Ortley Beach’s own, Max’s Famous Dogs. This is the Big Piggy hot dog from Max’s. Let’s start by saying that Max’s makes their own dogs which you could tell as soon as you bit into this giant hot dog. It’s got bacon AND pork roll on it. Holy moley that’s a good dog. Trust us when we say that we’ll be hitting Max’s for the YDKJ Hot Dog Tour this year. We need to explore Max’s more.
Here are all the pictures from the Jersey Shore Food Truck Wars. We already can’t wait for next year’s!
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