It was another weekend of food truck dining for me when I went to the Battledish: Beta Tasting event in San Mateo yesterday.
“Battledish” is a new event from the people behind Dishcrawl, a foodie night out dining at mystery restaurants in one neighborhood. Battledish, as far as I can determine, is a battle over the month of October where chefs and cooks alike compete in a day in cities around the country and win titles for five categories: Most Delicious, Most Creative, Most Authentic, Best Modern and Best Cocktail.
The San Mateo event was dubbed a “beta tasting” and instead of James Beard Award-winning chefs, the battle was among chefs from 15 Bay Area food trucks. The trucks were parked in a closed street in Bay Meadows, a planned community.
After a couple of windy days in Oakland, I was ready for some warm weather, and it was definitely summery yesterday in San Mateo, with temperatures in the mid-80s. And it was fun checking out some new food trucks, which offered up its competition dishes for $5 each.
These were my top three dishes:
- Lobster taco from We2Sushi. This really pink truck had the longest line all day, and it was probably because of its lobster taco — few chunks of lobsters in a lobster salad with avocado-lime cream with tobiko and kaiware with salted cucumber, all on a fried tortilla chip. (The BBQ albacore tacos also looked delectable.)
- Pork pibil tamale with achiote sauce from Tina Tamale. Tina Tamale makes the rounds in Oakland, but this was my first time trying her tamales. I should have eaten them earlier. Nice, tender cornmeal with tasty pork and a wonderful achiote sauce that screams Mexico.
- Dynamo Donuts Sandwich from Frozen Kuhsterd. I’ve been a fan of the Frozen Kuhsterd truck and its frozen custard since I tried it the first time last year at Eat Real in Oakland. And now they’ve taken their custard another level with sundae-type creations like this ice cream sandwich using a mini maple bacon donut from the popular Mission doughnut makers Dynamo Donuts with Frozen Kuhsterd’s Blue Bottle Coffee flavored frozen custard and drizzled with burnt caramel.
I tried a few other dishes that were also satisfying and some that weren’t. Not sure who went home with the titles, but there were a lot of worthy entries on a beautiful Indian Summer day.
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