May 11th, 2011

H-Town Showdown: #4 The Food Truck Fad vs. #5 The Live Music Scene

Welcome to our H-Town Showdown series. Our brackets are seeded and the contenders for the title are ready to go. On a bi-weekly basis we’ll present a new match-up. There will be four weeks of voting for each competition in each round. So rally up your friends, followers and fans. This will be a true test of attrition.

This week we continue to round out our “Random” quarter of the full bracket. It’s a very evenly matched fight to be waged. The #4 seeded “Food Truck Fad” has been gaining a lot of steam recently and it is pitted against the underrated “Live Music Scene” at the #5 seed. This should be an interesting battle. Can you choose just one?

Seed #4: The Houston Food Truck Fad
We know that just because The Loop Scoop hasn’t even hit its “Terrible Twos” yet that just because something is happening in Houston now doesn’t mean it wasn’t happening before we were birthed by the interspheres. But let’s all recognize that outside of the taco trucks of yester-year, the food truck craze that has struck the Bayou City is a new fad and a delicious one at that. More magnetic than any restaurant front we can think of, a food truck sitting out front of a favorite watering hole calls to us like a alpenhorn. Houston has given its streets up to the likes of Zilla Street Eats , H-Town StrEATS, Ashka’s East Meets West, Good Dog Hot Dog, Hubcap Grill, Melange Creperie, The Rolling Thunder, 3 Cajun Pigs, Eatsie Boys, Bernie’s Burger Bus… Honestly, we can’t go on. We’ve tried to keep track via a twitter list and even that’s difficult to use because on any given night we could see ourselves waiting patiently at the side of the truck to be served our dinner in a cardboard boat. And, look, we haven’t even delved into the established taco truck scene… Our bellies are full just thinking about all of it.


Seed #5 The Houston Music Scene
We will readily admit that in years past we were not very good at keeping up with local music. If we weren’t reading about it in a national paper then we weren’t buying tickets. Boy (or girl), were we wrong. In the last year and a half-ish, we’ve been introduced to bands that call Houston home that deserve a national audience. Even the ones that haven’t refined their sound to the point of demanding a national tour show us the promise that inspires us to embody the same spirit in our website. The music festivals that have sprouted up supporting the local acts have been just as amazing. Spring Forward Music Festival, Main Street Block Party, all of the free gigs that Fitzgerald’s hosted as SXSW geared up in Austin and, let us not forget, Free Press Summer Fest (2009 and 2010). Ours has always played second fiddle to our state’s capitol, but the pieces (the bands, venues and festivals) are in place to make Houston’s live music scene nothing to scoff at.

[Voting Closes June 1st at Noon]
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— The Loop Scoop


Alexander — Wednesday, May 11, 2011 7:25 pm

3:1 Food trucks?
What is uniquely Houston about our food trucks?

How do our food trucks further represent Houston outside of Harris County?

Maybe on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs food trucks might seem more important, but then I’d argue that music is more likely to lead to sex, which, per Maslow, is equal to food.

Alexander — Wednesday, May 11, 2011 7:26 pm

P.S. seeding the tags with food trucks but not venues or bands?!

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