I think by the crowd you can say the Philly Night Market in Chinatown was a crazy success. If you don’t know what I am taking about the streets of Chinatown were shut down Thursday night and every food truck you can think of (except for my beloved Honest Tom’s and the ever so snotty Coupe de Taco) opened up shop.
I can’t wait to do it all over again next year and this is how I would do it. I would go early. The event started at 6:00 put not all the trucks were set up so I will make sure I am parked and ready to eat by 7:00 pm. We got there around 7:30-7:45 and the lines were already intimidating. I saw a lot of brave parents with kids in strollers and they were having a tough time. I mean when it came to people deciding whether to let a stroller go by on get an early jump in line…they chose the line. People in wheelchairs were also shown little compassion.
The heavy hitters were the Jose Garces Guapos food truck, the dim dum trucks and local Northern Liberties favorite Dapper Dog and Foo Truck. I would like to make a special shout out to Renisance Sausage from South Philly. That spiced pork patty sandwich that I split with my friend was so good I almost slapped her half out of her hands. I told you it was an aggressive evening.
All in all it was a cool, quick night out with some gawking at some really, really cool food trucks. The Nomad brick oven pizza truck was a gorgous thing to see but the crowd totally fell in love with the look of the Zsa’s Gormet Ice Cream Truck. Too sweet for words! Oh and I wasn’t kidding about those lines…our night ended with us pulling up a table at one of the local Chinese restaturants. Next year if they can actually get the food out to people and get rid of those never ending lines I would take this over Rittenhouse Row Festival any day of the year!
For now with the help of twitter and my love of combing the city I see no reason why all my family dinners can’t be prepared by the closest truck del giorno! No?