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Food Truck Derby: The Sickest, Most ‘Go-Kart’-Esque Food Trucks Around

Decked out food trucks are like the little kids’ go-karts of the culinary world, and we can only imagine how much people would pay to see a few of them face off. But we’re not talking Great Food Truck Race, here. No, these “coolest looking food trucks” the guys at Thrillist rounded up deserve the full Little Rascals-treatment. You know, oversized aviator goggles, shameless sabotage, Reba as a celebrity guest judge – the works. I mean, they already look like a every twelve year old’s pipe dream. It’s only right we use them like it.

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Gastro Bomber – Dallas, Texas

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Aviation theme? Check. Shark mouth? Check. Potty humor name? Check plus. Their “green chile mashed potato-aided fried shepherd’s pie croquettes” are sure to turn you into a major gastro bomber.

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Grillennium Falcon – Fayetteville, Arkansas

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If these guys were to race, you just know the Grillennium Falcon would be the last to roll out. Probably will lasers, an epic soundtrack and way too much CGI.

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Roving Mammoth – Mammoth Mountain, California

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The Roving Mammoth apparently rolls up and down the slopes of Mammoth mountain, meaning it’ll be a virtual tank down here in suburbia. Monster food truck rally anyone? Now serving burritos.

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Jalopy Rotisserie and Press – Austin, Texas

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I’ll admit, I really only wanted to include this because I thought the teal menu board was a slide, but I guess the fact that this sandwich truck was painted by an “army of artists” is pretty cool too.

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Maximus Minimus – Seattle, Washington

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It’s a giant metal pig serving pork sandwiches, guys. Your argument is invalid.

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Check out the rest over at Thrillist.

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Food Trucks

OC’s Lime Truck Wins Great Food Truck Race

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After a full season of twist, turns, heavy competition and even a cheating Food Truck, Irvine’s Lime Truck rose to the occasion and won Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race and $100,000. Owner Daniel (@daniellimetruck), Chef and OC Restauranteur Jason (@JasonLimeTruck), and fellow Lime Truck teammate Jesse overcame numerous obstacles and truck stops in the season finale.

Host Tyler Florence set the competitive tone early by challenging the trucks to earn $15,000 as fast as possible. Lime Truck’s competitor, The Hodge Podge Truck consistently served a higher price point menu including various preparations of foie gras, lobster, shrimp, mackerel steaks and an assortment of $35 combination desserts. The high price point seemed to  have worked in their favor, but Hodge Podge just never came back from a $1500 Truck Stop win from the Lime Truck.

Lime Truck’s cuisine throughout the finale included ceviche (which is a Lime Truck staple now), philly cheesesteak fries, mussels with texas toast and even featured a mascarpone quesadilla for dessert. We had the chance to interview Daniel at the OC Foodie fest a few weeks ago before they could say anything about their victory, and our very own Rudy won the Lime Truck chili eating contest. Check out Jason’s chile chili concoction, Rudy’s triumphant victory and my interview with Daniel in the video below. And we’re also waiting for Jason’s new restaurant to open in Santa Ana, we’re already salivating.

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Hit-Or-Miss

The World’s Largest Lobster Festival Comes to LA (Sept 16-18)

If you’re on the “see food” diet, you’ll love this event. The 12th Annual Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival will be here in LA this weekend, September 16-18.  It’s famous for holding the Guinness World Record for the Most Seafood Served at any outdoor event. Last year over 32,000 geniune Maine lobsters were flown in and served. There won’t be any lobster impostors allowed at this festival! The emphasis here is the fact that they are only serving up MAINE lobsters, which are considered to be the creme de la creme of the crustacean family.

A $19 meal comes with a “whole steamed, pound and a quarter fresh wild-caught Maine Lobster, cole slaw, potatoes, sweet bread, lemon wedges, and a delicious buttery dippin’ sauce.” That’s a crazy good deal, but that’s not the only awesome thing to feast on at this event.

Great food will also be served from several of SoCal’s best food trucks. Grill em’ All Truck, the winner of the Food Network’s 2010 “Great Food Truck Race” will be there on Friday serving up their heavy metal inspired burgers. Fellow competitors, The Nom Nom Truck and Ragin’Cajun will also be there serving up their specialties. Other vendors include Lobsta Truck, and for those you are not seafood fans, there’s Cheeseball Wagon, Barbie’s Q grillin’ up ribs and roasts, and Coolhaus with award winning ice cream sandwiches.

Hope to see you all there for a weekend of great food, music, and…a PIRATE SHOW!

[Full Disclosure: Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival did purchase a banner advertising campaign on FOODBEAST.com. This is NOT a sponsored post]