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Monster Food Truck Festival, Framingham MA

Prav | Oct 11, 201110:01 AM

Located in the Shoppers World parking lot off Route 9, I checked it out this Saturday (as an excuse for sun and after hearing that Woodman's would be there).

Overall, not very impressive.

-Woodman's of Essex. They were selling "fried clam cones", $8 paper cones full of fried bellies. They were frying them in a small fryolator behind the truck. They seemed to lack that oomph, that briney chutzpah that makes clam bellies so delicious. I'm not sure if these are normally salted, but I felt they could have used some salt, just to open up the flavors. Sad to report that they were slightly bland.

-Spoon Barbecue. They ran out of pulled pork by the time I'd waited halfway through the line (this was around 3:30), so I didn't end up ordering the "Barbecue Bowl" which came with either pulled pork or bbq chicken, collards, and baked beans ($7). Instead, we got 2 individual pork ribs, and a side of baked beans.

My DC and I found the baked beans to be overly sweet. They were a tad too liquid and the beans had no definition nor firmness. I guess I like my beans to be a bit more "al dente". The ribs were unimpressive, too, unfortunately. Maybe we got dud ribs, but they were mostly fat and not much chow. Not very North Carolina vinegar-y flavor as advertised. Bummer!

-Snappy Dogs. By far the best thing we tried. Cute little truck, a two-woman team from Hopkinton, extremely friendly and fast! We loved the "Feisty, independent Rosie-the-Riveter" vibe we got from this truck, including the "Caution: Women Working" sign posted on the truck.

We split a small (i.e. decent sized i.e. totally surpassed both ends of the bun) chili cheese dog. Dog was indeed snappy (but not so much that the skin came off in one go, which I don't like), and was grilled to a NICE char. The cheese was grated cheddar, thankfully, as I'm not a huge fan of the orange liquid drizzle. Chili seemed homemade, out of a clay pot, and was fantastic. Beefy, and packed a good bit of heat. Not suuuuper greasy either.

Other trucks that were there included: "Fried dough", Lobstah Love (which had a perpetually HUGE line. See MichaelB's review of it at Harvard Square), a fish place "Go Fish" which I regret not trying, Firefly barbecue, CupCakery... oops, here's a full list: http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/f...

Anyway, it was a fun enough way to spend an Indian summer outside, but if you regret missing it, you didn't miss TOO much.

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