2nd Tampa Food Truck Rally

We came ready and left with full stomachs. Our second experience at the Tampa Food Truck Rally was much better than the first and most importantly we got to explore, well, the food! This time around, the weather was nicer, we arrived earlier so the lines weren’t too bad, and we got everything we wanted to try. Not only was the location bigger, there were several more trucks showcasing their food. It is really exciting to see just how the food truck craze is rapidly growing in the Tampa Bay Area.

Here are our favorites:

The first stop was the La Creperia Cafe truck. We wanted to get a head start at the dessert before it got too busy. They had both dessert style and savory style crepes. We didn’t go wrong with the banana nutella filled crepe ($4), and hope to try out more crepes from them.

Their homebase:

1729 East 7th Ave
Tampa, FL

The crab filled empanadas ($3) from the Mr. Empanada (http://www.mrempanada.com/) truck were also a hit appetizer.

Fire Monkey Food Truck won as our favorite truck. This was one of the first places we tried as we didn’t get a chance to last time. They offered a very unique selection of food that we really can’t categorize into one type.

We got a wrap filled with grilled chicken, wasabi sauce, mozzarella, and plantains. What a crazy combination of sweet and spicy… we loved it! Also, the fried plantains with spicy aioli sauce was delicious. (total $10)

Fire Monkey FB page: http://www.facebook.com/FireMonkeyFoodTruck

Our first Food Truck Rally post: here

1st Tampa Food Truck Rally

Both our secret dream of owning our own food truck and bringing something we love from the West Coast to Florida contributed to our excitement for the 1st Tampa Food Truck Rally. Our first experience taught us to 1. Come early 2. Be prepared for staying out in the sun. We arrived around 1 pm, just in time for the lunch rush. Because more people came out than expected, lines were long (as expected) and food ran out quickly. Some of the food trucks there were Wicked Wiches, Fire Monkey, The Cuppin Cake, Fat Tortillas, Coconut Bo’s, 3 Ballers, Killer Samich, Michelle Faedo’s, Nelly Nel’s, and Buddy Brew Coffee.

We did get a chance to grab a Tuna and Roast Beef sandwich from Michelle Faedo’s before they ran out.

Roast Beef

Tuna Sandwich

Our lovely food friend for the day!

Nevertheless, we can really tell this is a big hit for the Tampa area. We are excited for the upcoming Tampa Food Rally Events. Next event will be October 22, 2011.

Yummy House

Tampa’s hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant, Yummy House, is equivalent to San Francisco’s Chinese food flavor. Known for their food (not so much the atmosphere), we found out about this place by word of mouth through friends. Although we avoid the usual heavy Chinese takeout and buffets, this restaurant has exceptional flavor on even the most traditional dishes. Here is what we got this time around:

Walnut Shrimp – A favorite dish, especially if you are into the coconut sweet, breaded shrimp.

Sesame Chicken

Seafood with XO sauce

Beef and Eggs

Location: 2202 West Waters Tampa, FL

Crazy Cajun – Tampa

We recently tried this place since we got back to Florida and we’ve been hooked since. Located near the USF Tampa campus, Crazy Cajun focuses on cajun/creole which you would typically find in New Orleans. The main two things that quickly became our kryptonite has been the crawfish and ribs. The ribs are extremely tender and packed with flavor. Our first thoughts, we didn’t have any it was just mind blowing. By far some of the best ribs we’ve ever had. The crawfish are well seasoned and you can pick how spicy you want them. They’re pretty fresh too. I’ve been to some places that cooked them when they’re dead and the taste isn’t pleasant. Crazy Cajun also has a food challenge for crawfish if you’re up to the task. Finish 6lbs of crawfish plus a 1lb of corn and potatoes in under 15 minutes and end up on their wall of fame or shame.

We’ll probably end up doing an updated review if we can get away from the crawfish and ribs to sample some of their other items, until then suffer with these pictures.

Crazy Cajun

1406 E Fowler Ave
Tampa, FL 33612