May 13th, 2011

Haute Wheels Houston: A Loopster “How To” Guide

Haute Wheels Houston has titillated the interest of the street foodies recently. We must admit, we’re on the bandwagon. The idea of hunting down our meal is generally appealing to us as men (and women.) It brings a bit of adventure to each time our collective belly growls. You know, bringing us back to our hunter/gatherer origins. But this weekend we’ll be treated to having a bunch of culinary cruisers all in one place. More or less, you’re getting a chance to shoot a fish in a barrel.

Saturday, May 14th from noon until 7:00PM and Sunday, May 15th from noon until 5:00PM, you’ll get a chance to take your shot at some of Houston’s best mobile cuisine. I’m not saying you should bring a gun. That’s figurative. But I would definitely advise you to have a literal fork ready. Get your wallets ready as well. This ain’t free. Why? Don’t ask us.

Since the food truck (and Houston music) scene has been a bit of an obsession of ours over the last few months, we decided to put together an unofficial guide to the event. Below you’ll find the trucks we’ve conquered and the ones we’re most excited to try. We’ve paired that with a list of the bands that will be performing and highlighted our favorites and the ones we are most looking forward to seeing.

Where We’ve Eaten:

Bernie’s Burger Bus – Justin Turner is churning out quality, slightly more “fancy” burgers and sweet potato fries. The burgers may be a little more fancy than you’re used to but that makes them no less tasty. Get yourself “The Principal”, a cheeseburger with bread and butter pickles, and an order of the fries and your mouth will thank you. Or, if Justin is doling out specialty burgers, “The Field Trip” with applewood smoked bacon and sundried tomato with goat cheese is a fantastic choice.

Good Dog Hot Dogs – The dogs they are creating speak for themselves. From the Zapata Dog, a kind of all-in-one dog with muenster cheese, caramelized onions, bacon, and jalapeno relish, to the simplistic but flavor packed Corny Dog, we can’t be anything but overjoyed when we drive by Beer Island and see the Good Dog Hot Dogs truck outside. There is nothing like a hot dog with a Slow Dough Bread Co. bun. Sorry James Coney Island, you’ve got nothing on these guys.

Zilla Street Eats – What happens when you mix your favorite foods together into one heaping dish? Magic, my friends. That’s what it’s like to look at the menu of Zilla Street Eats on any given night. Mac n’ cheese comes on or with just about anything you can imagine. Want it on a burger? Want it smothered in pork barbeque? Maybe on a hot dog? Sure. I don’t see why not.

Eatsie Boys – If you’re going to have a truck (or a trailer in this case), why not load it up with food and pop culture puns. For Eatsie Boys, they’ve ventured into territory that makes you want to Check Your Head (see what I did there?). Why would you want a cheeseteak sandwich. That’s bland and unexciting. I’d rather have a “No Sleep ‘til Philly.”

H-Town StrEATS – Being the last of these trucks that we’ve tried, H-Town StreEATS is still on a bit of a pedestal. While the title will be up for grabs on Saturday, until some new challenger unsEATS them, we’ll still hail them as having the best of the menus we’ve seen and tasted. StrEATS talent knows no bounds. We’re pretty sure that they’ll take a swipe at creating something in their truck that you’ve never considered. Though it’s usually hard for us to order something different at a place we enjoy, we know that pretty much anything that gets handed over to us from this truck is going to be exciting. But that’s where the new places come in…

Where We Want to Eat:

Bullbutter Bros. Barbecue – It’s a mouthful to say but I have high hopes for this mobile provider of all things smoked. The trailer is huge and is a conversion that used to be for sale on Shepherd/Durham. Houston needs more BBQ options and I’m hoping Bullbutter Bros. is an answer to that calling.

Tacqueria La Luz – The concept is really interesting, American classics with Mexican flavors. It’s like a role reversal for your mouth, with eaters in Houston usually receiving Mexican classics drowned out by American flavors. Fajita burger? Yes please.

The Rolling Hunger – A truck with Vietnamese, Korean, and Mexican food on-board? What else could you want? It’s the perfect bar truck and I’m wanting to see how the “keep it simple” concept works for all of the different foods.

Who We’ll Be Listening To:

Two Star Symphony (1:00PM – 2:00PM) – Seen at TEDxHouston 2010 – We think its safe to say that you’ve never heard a symphony that performs quite like this one. Consider this a reminder to get your application in for TEDxHouston 2011.

Roky Moon + BOLT (2:30PM – 3:30PM) – Seen at HoustonTXSW – Roky Moon + BOLT have had a busy year with their “album in a day” project and trip to Austin for the Houston South By party. Time to start paying them back in devoted ears. [Photo above by Imelda]

Kimonos (4:00PM – 5:00PM) – Seen Never – Here’s our musical reason to be at Haute Wheels Houston on Sunday. We’ve never heard Kimonos, nor heard about them. It’ll be all new to The Loop Scoop.

The Tontons (5:30PM – 6:30PM) – Last Seen at Main Street Block Party – Ah, Houston’s indie darlings. We’re awaiting The Ton Tons newest project/album, but for now we’ll settle at seeing them live out in the wide open.

Ancient Cat Society (12:30PM – 1:30PM) – Seen Never – The trio is going to be performing a Tuesday Night Acoustic set up at Leon’s Lounge soon, but it’s never too early to experience the Buxton offshoot.

Peekaboo Theory (2:00PM – 3:00PM) – Seen Never – Sunday is apparently the day we need to be at Haute Wheels Houston to catch up on the bands we’ve yet heard. I accept your challenge, coordinators.

Sideshow Tramps (3:30PM to 4:30PM) – Seen at Summer Fest 2009 and 2010 – We’ve never hidden our love of the Sideshow Tramps. We’ve just been terrible at catching up with them recently. We’ll see if we can break that streak on Sunday.

— The Loop Scoop


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