For the second year in a row, Cameron Davies is gathering all of his friends for a food truck extravaganza at the Boardwalk on Bulverde. And if you like food trucks, consider yourself a friend.
Davies, a true food truck pioneer in San Antonio, owns both the Boardwalk and the Cruising Kitchens garage next door. Not only does he build food trucks, he promotes and supports them as much as possible. That's why he's hosting the 2nd Annual Food Truck Throw Down this weekend.
The event is for food lovers and families. The kid-friendly event features an arcade, air hockey, a moon bounce, a mechanical bull and live music.
- QUICK BITES
- 14732 Bulverde Road
- Free admission
- Friday through Sunday, noon to midnight
- 17 trucks to choose from
- Moon bounce, mechanical bull, arcade
- 10% proceeds to Susan G. Komen
- Adult beverages $3-$4 (no BYOB)
Although everyone is out just to have a good time, there is a little competition involved in the Throw Down. After sampling as many of the 17 trucks as they can, attendees will vote for their favorite via text message, unlike last year's sticker system.
Ten percent of all proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen foundation -- plus whatever crumpled up bills make it into the Susan G. tip jar.
Meet the trucks! (Click the truck's name for a photo)
One of the heavy hitters in the San Antonio food truck world, Rickshaw Stop entices passersby with heavenly wafts of traditional Pakistani street food. The beef bihari and chicken boti tikka kebabs are unlike anything you will find anywhere else. Their samosas are equally as satisfying. Maybe that's why the Cooking Channel's 'Eat Street' is filming the Rickshaw Stop on Sunday? This Friday and Saturday only, Sameer Siddiqui and wife Meagan will be serving special nihari tacos, or, as Sameer described it, "Paki-asada."
Secret Weapon: "Our uniqueness and food and our superior customer service," Sameer said.
Craving a big juicy burger? Can't go wrong with Toastie Buns! And as the name suggests, all burgers are served on a perfectly crisp white or wheat bun. But really, it's what's between the buns that count. So, "What's in between your buns?"
Secret Weapon: Build Your Own. Pick from a portabella mushroom, ground angus 80/20 or turkey patty and load it with your choice of cheese, sauce, toppings and extras.
One thing is certain: This weekend is going to be hot. Cool off with a snow cone from KC's! Treat yourself to some Wicked Watermelon, Crazy Coconut or any of their other creatively-named flavors. Do you dare try the Tiger's Blood? An 8 oz. "A Cup" is only $2, so why not? And if you really need to cool down, add a scoop of ice cream.
Secret Weapon: "It's going to be hot out. We have something that's delicious and cold," Kaycee Davies said.
You may find yourself walking around the food truck park, not really sure what it is you're hungry for. Then you stop at Guilty Pleasures. Their homey menu will make you miss grandma and her cheesy mac n' cheese and her bread pudding and succulent pulled pork. You can never go wrong with comfort food this good.
Secret Weapon: Triple Chocolate Bourbon Bacon Brownie. Take one bite and you'll be wondering if they're hiding a drunk and hungry Paula Dean in their truck.
This bakery has nothing left to prove other than it can get it done on wheels. The award-winning Dallas-based bakery expanded to San Antonio in its cherry red truck. As if the bakery doesn't already have enough "As Seen On" tattoos, the Cooking Channel's 'Eat Street' will be shooting an episode with the Society Bakery SA at the Boardwalk on Monday, July 23. Try any of their 11 cupcake flavors, their famous M&M cookie and their red velvet whoopie pie.
Secret Weapon: "We bake with love and customer service," said baker and GM Chris S.
I can't help but laugh at The Meating Spot's name. I imagine that all of the animals I love to eat are gathered around a table, waiting for me to arrive to the meeting to finally figure out the question of utmost importance: What am I going to eat tonight? The Meating Spot boast the best burgers in town, but may be better known for their deep fried Twinkies and Snickers.
Secret Weapon: Seared ahi tuna lettuce wraps, served with soy ginger sauce, spicy mayo and Asian slaw.
The home-made sauces alone are worth the trip. Owner Barry Fourie has brought flavors from around the world and parked them inside his food truck. Really hungry? Go ahead and order a sandwich. My favorites are the pulled pork and the South African spiced braise. Just want a little teaser? Order a pocket. But be warned, you will want another.
Secret Weapon: Jamaican jerk pork ribs served with a jicama mango slaw.
Being "on wheels" seems like a great idea for anyone on a mission to share authentic Columbian food to South Texas. It's way easier to track down Sabor Columbiano at the Throw Down than it is to jet to Columbia! Load up your plate with their empanadas, plantain chips, oven shredded brisket and corn cakes. Fanny Valdez says, "All my food is completely fresh and done right there in the truck."
Secret Weapon: The first day of the Throw Down just happens to be Columbian Independence Day (July 20). However, Sabor Columbiano on Wheels is celebrating all weekend long with its special Tamales Columbianos, made from corn flour, pork, chicken and beef, wrapped in plantain leaves. "It's a whole meal," Valdez warned. "It's not small like a Mexican tamale. It's big!"
Still the baby of the Boardwalk, Primo Passo Pizzeria is quickly winning over faithful feasters with its artisan pizzas, antipasti and salads. Owner Brian Hindert put his mission simply: "Make straight up great pizza. That's all were trying to do." I've got my appetite set on the Pork and Peas, made with San Marzano D.O.P. tomatoes, mozzarella, parmigiano, applewood bacon and English peas.
Secret Weapon: "David, the chef," Hindert said. "He is awesome. He's just good. He's like an artist with food, and he won't accept any inferior product."
They give you fair warning in the name. Fat Bellies serves some killer Cajun food that's very hard to resist. Owner Earl Styles said they're pulling out all their favorites for the Throw Down, including a huge muffaletta, fried boudin balls, soft shell crab on Texas toast, cajun chicken salad sandwich along with other tastes straight out the Bayou.
Secret Weapon: Blackened quail with an orange-blackberry chutney glaze.
So you thought waffles were a breakfast food? Well then, please step up to the Belgian Waffle Co. truck. Choose either an original, cinnamon or chocolate waffle. Next is an even bigger decision: Will it be sweet or savory? Add your choice of bananas, Nutella, peanut butter s'mores topping or bacon, sausage, cheese and much, much more.
Secret Weapon: Blue Bell Ice Cream. They said it: "There's only one was to make authentic Belgian waffle in Texas, and that's with Blue Bell Ice Cream!"
The pizza artists at Stout's are out to prove that everything tastes better out of a truck. The popular pizzeria at US 281 and Loop 1604 has gone mobile, and customers couldn't be more thrilled. For the good of science, order a pie from the truck and let them know how yummers it tastes.
Secret Weapon: The dough. "It's just like our restaurant; we make all our dough in house," said owner Jason Stout.
Hot out of the garage, Slush Works will be debuting it's cool treats at the Boardwalk's 2nd Annual Food Truck Throw Down. Wish the slushy sultans well before they hit the road for Fort Worth.
Secret Weapon: You get the first taste!
So it's not really a FOOD truck, but... nobody will complain about that. Along with Braman wine by the glass or bottle, Winery on Wheels also serves mean margaritas, strawberry daiquiris, sangria, tube shots and Jello shots. For a good laugh, check out their "Trailer Trash Specialties," including the Trashy Stash, served with a silly mustache straw.
Secret Weapon: "We're not just about the products," said owner Dee Braman. "It's more about the experience at W.o.W."
Don't be fooled buy size. This little trailer packs some seriously tasty tacos served on handmade flour and corn tortillas. A Boardwalk mainstay, the Taco King has been said to have the best carne asada in town.
Secret Weapon: Although it's the "Taco King," it's Queen Suzanna that makes the food fit for royalty.
Anything from this truck is sure to be a winner. Just look at the namesake dish: a jalapeno buttermilk-marinated chicken tender with a crunchy coating of cornflakes, almonds, chili flakes and sesame seeds, served on a homemade flour tortilla with raspberry chipotle coleslaw and slices of fried avocado. Owner Adrian Guerra says, "We absolutely adore our customer. We have a love for food and a love for the people, and I think that shows in everything we're trying to do."
Secret Weapon: The never-before-seen What What Chicken Burger, made from 100 percent pure ground chicken, cheddar jack cheese and served with a special avocado and roasted tomatillo sauce.
Claiming San Antonio's best wings, R&R has been a mainstay on the Boardwalk for a year and half. Need something for the kids? Order some scrumptious chicken strips or corn dogs.
Secret Weapon: R&R stands for Roland and Roland -- the owner and his 14-year-old son. The little guy is the mastermind behind all the recipes.