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MoGo BBQ Truck at Palo Alto’s Edgewood Eats (9/13)


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MoGo BBQ Truck at Palo Alto’s Edgewood Eats (9/13)

Melanie Wong | Sep 16, 2010 10:48 PM

On Monday I took a break off 101 in Palo Alto to check out the inaugural “Edgewood Eats” event --- four food trucks spread out in front of an abandoned Albertson’s store.

“Turning asphalt into opportunity”
Crescent Park resident organizes Sept. 13 'foodie' event in Edgewood Plaza parking lot

Organized to help build community ties, I’d say it was quite successful and I hope that another will be in the works. In my time waiting on the asphalt, I saw many happy reunions among old school friends and long-lost work colleagues brought together in search of street food. I also witnessed hungry kids squalling and parents dumbfounded by the long, long lines. One mother said that she had planned to just drop by and pick up something to take home. Palo Altans were not deprived of the full urban standing-in-line experience.

Since I was already familiar with Hapa SF, Curry Up Now and Roli Roti, MoGo BBQ truck got my business. Here’s MoGo’s menu,
and there was another flyer posted on the window promoting rib eye tacos.

After waiting 18 minutes in line to place my order, I was informed that rib eye was not available that day. I suggested to the order taker that she should remove or cover-up the flyer so that customers don’t waste their time waiting for nothing. But after having invested that much time in line and not wanting to start over at another truck, I ordered a pork taco, $2, and a short rib slider, $6. My order was ready for pick-up in 22 minutes, a little longer than the 15-estimate by the order-taker. I reached for my order, and just touching the barely warm cardboard boats cradling my items, I was already let down. Waiting 40 minutes for lukewarm food is not my idea of a good time. Also, both items were wrapped up in excessive plastic wrap, not very green.

The pork taco featured a pile of shredded lettuce and a paucity of pork, as shown here. The cubes of pork were on the dry side with little character. The gummy tortillas were not sweated properly, staying stiff on one side and too wet on the other. Ugh.

Next, the slider, which looked more like a lettuce salad with a little bit of cheese dropped on a New England-style hot dog bun.

With the first bite, I figured out that this was a slab of Hawaiian sweet bread, nicely toasted, light and fluffy. The bread broke in half when I tried to pick this up. The taste was more of ham or some other cured meat with nothing beefy hitting the palate. I pushed aside the lettuce to see what was under there . . . pink cubes of mystery meat and some dried-out, hard and tough crumbs of what might be the short ribs. I went back to the truck to study the posted menu to see if it gave any clues to the contents . . . nada. Looking at the truck’s website, I discovered that the online menu describes the slider as including Spam. The website’s photo of a trio of sliders looked nothing like what I was served.

Waste of time, waste of money --- I can’t recommend either item from MoGo BBQ Truck.

Mogo BBQ Truck
3000 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95051

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