Hi! Last week on The Great Food Truck Race…okay, wait a second. I’m going to call it Food Truck Race. Easier for me to type and the “Great”-ness has yet to be determined. You cool with that? So, last week on Food Truck Race, we lost Sky’s Gourmet Tacos, which on one hand is a big ol’ shame, because I would have loved to have seen more of their food. On the other hand:
Maybe less “Outside the Bun” and more “Outside the Whine Bucket”
This week, Tyler welcomes us to Salt Lake City and we see the trucks heading into town. We visit with the Seabirds (Vegans) first. They are asking each other what they know about SLC. They know it is cold there, so they’re going to do soup. Ahhh…this explains why ice cream trucks are sadly unrepresented on this show. I’m your ice cream man, stop me when I’m passing by…Oh my, my… Ahem. So, Seabirds are also researching the best place to set up shop. They find a huge pet adoption event and yahoo! Problem solved. Except for our [probably virgin] boys in Lime. They also want to do the pet adoption place.
The Korilla truck is really excited to introduce Korean BBQ to SLC.
What in the world makes you think these aren’t Korean BBQ afficionados?
Hodge Podge has found a festival called Earth Jam and they figure with the weather being cool, the festival goers will want hearty dishes and hot food. We next check in with Roxy’s and James tells his group he has a “pretty good” friend he just met who has a coffee shop and maybe they can hook up with him. Wow, sounds like a shoe in there!
If I can get all my Mafia War friends to get back to me, we’ve got this thing won!
Café con Leche does a hugely intelligent thing here and contacts the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and they get hooked up with a popular Hispanic restaurant. Devilicious…well, they just mainly talk about their gourmet menu and how they do twisted comfort food and they can do anything.
Can you top Illinois State Fair chocolate covered bacon? I think not.
They all meet up with Tyler and he’s standing next to a table with ingredients on it. Yeah! They’re going to cook something. But before we start on that, Tyler tells them that this city will be a little different. Their starting money is only $100.00. Yikes. Devilicious tells us that changes anything. OMG—are they going to have to do cheap ass tacos too??? Two words, my friends: chocolate. Bacon. Problem solved. But back to the challenge. Tyler tells them they are at their first truck stop. Which doesn’t look like any of the truck stops I’ve seen. Where are the community showers and porn and dreamcatchers? Where are the skull candles and hood ornaments and Samurai swords? Most importantly, where are the lot lizards???
A real truck stop
Truck Stop Fail
Here’s the deal: Each team has 90 minutes to race to a sausage making place and make their own sausage, then come back and pick 5 ingredients to make a dish. There will be a great local chef who will do the judging and the winners will get a great advantage. So, sausage making?
Hi, have we met? My name is CORNHOLED!
So, are vegan friends are the first ones to show up at the magical meat factory and can’t even get past the front area because they can’t stand the smell. So, they head back and decide to use garbanzo beans instead. Korilla makes a pretty decent decision in blowing off this entire challenge and just taking the meat, so they have more ingredients than the starting money of $100.00 can provide. Shouldn’t there be a rule against this or something? Spoiler Alert: there is no rule against this. Hodge Podge is at the factory and Chef Chris is being a complete jerk, yelling at his two teammates to get out of his way and let him do it. “I’ve got this! I know how to make sausage!”. He’s wailing away at his meat and one of the poor girls says it was like being in a pork shower. Which would be amusing and maybe a little hot if it was anybody but this tool.
That noise you hear are millions of knees snapping closed simultaneously. Blech.
Roxy’s battles with The Lime Truck again, by blocking them in on the parking lot and words are exchanged. I think Roxy’s calls the lime boys the “slime truck.” Oooh…intimidating. Everybody heads back to make their dish. Except Korilla, who is just keeping the ingredients for the real challenge and are probably just hanging out in their truck, watching videos and stuff.
Have you guys seen “Secrets of a Sausage Factory: Revenge of the Pork Shower” yet?
The group is finished and our big mystery judge is some guy named Ryan Lowder who is the owner of The Copper Onion Restaurant, which is a very popular restaurant in SLC. He greets the teams weakly, “Hi guys.” Hey, try and calm down there, Ryan. Roxy’s is up first and they do okay. Then the Lime guys.
Can we really take these guys seriously as chefs? Or as guys?
Hodge Podge does okay as does Devilicious. Then we get to see Café con Leche’s dish.
Hey, who left their truck keys?
I really don’t understand why there are dominoes on their dish. Don’t people usually send stuff back with big chunks of plastic in it? They’re just weird. But at least it looks like something you’d get at a real truck stop. And then they serve the judge a coffee shot. The Seabirds come up and the judge is all, “Where’s the beef?” And they’re all, “OMG—where did it go?” Chuckle, chuckle. He likes their dish and waits patiently for Korilla’s dish. After a little fake-out, they explain they didn’t make a dish and decided to keep the ingredients for the actual race. Tyler thinks that is super clever.
I am oddly turned on by your stereotypical Asian intelligence
Judge Ryan picks Hodge Podge as the winners and they win another $100.00 for ingredients. Café con Leche doesn’t understand how they didn’t win. They had game pieces on it, for the love of Pete! So, now that all of this is over, it is time for the actual race portion to begin. Tyler warns the teams again to keep their phones on because he will be calling them with a speed bump.
The Lime Truck decides not only to go to the pet adoption event the Seabirds were planning on doing, but because they have limited funds, they’re skipping meat and going vegan too! Korilla calls a local Korean restaurant and asks if they can buy food on credit, which works out well for them. They have to pay for it the next day. I’m starting to be pretty impressed by these guys, actually. Devilicious finds some kind of low end commissary and they start talking about how cheap they’re going to go. Please. Taco Bell has that market cornered. But hey, it is been too long since we’ve checked in with the jerk of the show! Chris from Hodge Podge is busy telling us and his team that he doesn’t shop, he cooks and people do the shopping for him. And he has all these great connections across the country. Then we seeing him buying meat out of a trunk.
My apologies, sir. I had no idea how high end you really are.
Seriously? Don’t eat anything bigger than your head and never eat meat out of a trunk. Those are solid lessons. Roxy’s also has a connection and they buy lots of bread and cheese. Café con Leche really walks into a gold mine. The Mexican restaurant they got hooked up with actually hires them to cater a party. Which is really nice, but why can’t the Mexican restaurant cater it? Is “restaurant” just someone’s last name? They have food, right? Why is this show making me think ?
When you confuse the domino guy, you really have issues.
The Seabirds go to an Asian market for their ingredients and spend everything but $3.00. They call their pet adoption place to find out the bad news. The Lime Truck signed an exclusive contract with them, so the Seabirds are out. They are so enraged they start running over cats and dogs. Okay, not really. I’m kind of starting to like this team. They didn’t throw a huge hissy fit over the sausage challenge and it doesn’t look like they’re going to slash The Lime Truck’s tires, so vegan = calm.
They’re like the Gandhi of food trucks.
They find another spot outside a coffee shop and start cooking and selling. See what calmness can do? Each team now has their prime spots. Hodge Podge is at the Earth Jam. Devilicious is headed to a popular furniture store. Roxy’s is teaming up with another truck. Korilla is headed to the Gateway Mall. Seabirds are doing well at their new spot. So well, they run out of ingredients and have to order more produce to be delivered right to their trucks.
I would never guess this guy worked at an organic produce store. Weird.
The Lime Truck is doing well at the pet adoption site.
Mommy, can I have that one??? He even comes with a collar!!
Devilicious has a huge crowd forming and because they’re not ready, they start offering the customers discounts for waiting. Does everyone in SLC go furniture shopping on the exact same day? Is there only one furniture store in SLC? I am so bewildered by this crowd.
Sleeping on floors makes us so hungry!!!
Every one of the trucks has a nice big crowd and now I’m starting to think none of these people have kitchens either. Everybody’s doing great it seems. Some lady is yelling, “We want grilled cheese!”. I don’t even know what to say to that.
Furniture and food in one day…I can’t stand it! Aaaahhhh!!!
Roxy’s runs into a snag. They get a phone call from the property manager who tells them to get off his property. So, they ask the crowd where they should go instead. They head to a recommended park and crisis averted. The next day, we meet up with the teams and a couple of them are downtown, Seabirds and Korilla are both outside the coffee shop, etc. Then Tyler calls. He tells the groups they have to pick up and move at least a mile away. This is their speed bump. Hodge Podge does not have to move because in case you hadn’t heard, Chris is the sausage king, or head hot dog or something. The Lime Truck heads back to the pet adoption place and for some reason, Devilicious follows some creepy dude who has a private parking lot. Um, okay? Café con Leche just stops because their crowd was following them.
If you want to have a crowd, create your own. Instant traffic jams can bring out the Cuban food lover in all of us…
Roxy’s ends up at a crowded Ferrari dealership. WTH? This is the weirdest town. No one cooks or has furniture, but they are all in the market for a Ferrari. Devilicious is still discounting and Korilla is still kicking butt with their truck. Angelina Jolie absolutely loves them.
Before Korilla BBQ came to SLC, my life was empty. Brad and the kids just weren’t enough.
My gosh, they were right! And it is time for Tyler. Let’s see who got eliminated. First, let’s crown a winner and that winner is Korilla BBQ with a whopping $5665.00. Café con Leche came in second at $3709, which I was happy to see. Tyler gives Hodge Podge a hard time about not coming in first or second, but Chris tells him he had to lower his prices to serve to the hippie crowd. Whatever. Hodge Podge earned $3646.00Whatever. The Lime Truck came in 4th at $3281.00 and Seabirds earned $3036.00, putting them in 5th place. So, it is down to Devilicious and Roxy’s. Tyler tells the two bottom teams it came down to $159.00. Roxy’s is safe and the heavily discounting Devilicious is outta here. Wow, that’s pretty tough, but apart from Korilla—everyone was pretty darned close. It was anyone’s game to lose.
Until next week when the remaining six trucks hit Denver!!
Thanks for joining me!