Choice Streets Was An Opportunity to Try The New Rhong Tiam Truck (And More)

 Village Voice gathered over 20 trucks on the pier of the Intrepid last night for Choice Streets and those lucky enough to have a ticket got to sample some of the goods. This year, lines proved to be a big problem. One of the reasons for the huge lines might have been the absence of some originaly scheduled food trucks. Four trucks that were on the program (Gorilla Cheese, The Squeeze, Phil’s Steaks, and the Jersey-based French Quarter) were missing in action. There was still lots of food to go around…

I was most excited for the appearance of the brand new Rhong Tiam truck. This truck is affiliated with a restaurant in the Flatiron, but instead of serving rotis and noodles, they’re taking Asian flavors and putting them on burgers, empanadas, salads, and shakes.

The burgers are all $10, but some of the variations sound unique and delicious (general tso, korean bbq, spicy tuna sauce).

The classic burger they served was nicely cooked and seasoned, but aside from a good level of spice, it didn’t give a true sense of their fusion flavors. I’m excited to taste the other creations from this brand new truck. They’re launching today in the Flatiron District and will eventually be hitting up Midtown.

I also got to finally get a taste of the new Miami Food Machine (which used to be Bongo Brothers). Their guava bbq pulled pork tacos were smoky, sweet, and delicious. Glad to see the food has stayed consistently flavorful here.

Since Neapolitan Express (which I had some problems with a few weeks ago) was present, I figured I’d give their bufala pizza a second-go. The crust was cooked more evenly this time with a more prominent char, but it still had a doughy chew.

Despite the lines, I also got to try Souvlaki GR’s always spot-on chicken souvlaki and greek fries, and a surprisingly crunchy falafel flauta from Mike n Willie’s.

The dessert lines were a bit too much, especially my all-time favorite Wafels & Dinges (which I heard were serving a bacon waffle with Maker’s Mark syrup), so I just grabbed my first Kelvin Slush of the year and called it a night.

It was a beautiful night and it’s always fun to eat some delicious street grub aboard the Intrepid. Get your tickets early next year and let’s hope the lines are more manageable then.


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