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10 great eats from the CNE's Food Truck Frenzy

Posted by Maggie Vourakes / August 28, 2012

StuftTorontonians are falling in love with food on wheels- even if the city's pesky bylaws make it hard. Fortunately the CNE doesn't seem phased by all the red tape. They opened their gates this past weekend for an official Food Truck Frenzy. Here's a list of 10 dishes that stood out from the rest.

Hot dog doesn't seem like the right label for such gourmet offerings. A Stuft sausage ($8) is made from restaurant-style dishes like pineapple fennel pork or spinach feta lamb. And instead of ketchup, they're topped with exotic sauces like wasabi Dijon mustard.

Urban Smoke
Urban Smoke is known for their barbeque, but this dessert is the definite standout: A mascarpone, grilled cheese sandwich that's layered with gooey Nutella and served on warm Texas egg bread, at a price you can't refuse: $4.

Blue Donkey Streatery
Who doesn't love a great tribute show? The calamari with ouzo-infused mayo ($9) serves up two of Greece's culinary staples on a plate.

Busters Lobster RollBuster's Sea Cove
The next time your craving for crustaceans hits, this lobster roll will be waiting. At $13, this sandwich has fresh Nova Scotia lobster with a summery dressing made from mayo, celery, lemon and chives.

Hogtown Smoke
Even on a sweltering day, comfort food can hit the spot. If you like nibbling on appetizers and sampling, the trio of sides has root beer baked beans, buttery corn bread and traditional slaw ($10).

Fidel Gastro
If you had to endure summer camp and its messy, fall-in-your-lap Sloppy Joes, you'll breathe a sigh of relief when taking a bite out of this sandwich. Made from tender brisket and smothered in a tangy barbeque sauce, it's more inspired by southern barbeque than camp.

Tornado Potato
Sometimes food just tastes better because it's fun. Sure the tornado potato is just a julienned potato, fried and seasoned. But the swirls of spuds are on a foot-long skewer. It's a head-turning dish that you eat off a stick. I'd say it's definitely CNE ready. ($4).

Gourmet Bitches WingsGourmet B1tches
Wings are such a pub favourite, but for some reason they're a rare truck find. So it's a real treat to find an entire half-pound of dry-rubbed Asian/Cuban wings served with a trio of spicy, homemade dipping sauces for just $8.

Gourmet Gringos
Traditional tacos never get tired, maybe that's why few people try and amp them up. But a beer-battered Mahi-Mahi fish taco doesn't just create an awe factor, it seems worthy of a knife and fork ($9).

Per Se
Food truck fare often gets mistaken for fast food. But this porchetta burger should clear up the confusion. It's de-boned, marinated pork shoulder that's slow cooked for 14 hours. It's then served with homemade pickled banana peppers and a granny smith, caramelized-onion marmalade atop a buttery brioche bun. ($8).

Photos by Jesse Milns



Fig / August 28, 2012 at 12:52 pm
Wow Maggie - my meagre lunch of tuna sandwich and coleslaw is so BLAH compared to the tasty items you described!
John / August 28, 2012 at 12:55 pm
Everything sounds amazing!!!
Silent Planet / August 28, 2012 at 01:59 pm
I wish I would have known about this.... everything looks so great.
More Mayo Please / August 28, 2012 at 02:39 pm

Erotic cover photo.
word police / August 28, 2012 at 03:25 pm
"fazed", not "phased"
Brad / August 28, 2012 at 04:04 pm
They should have had them longer, the Food Building is sad
love sausages / August 28, 2012 at 04:35 pm
that sausage looks so thick and juicy. Mmmm...
W. K. Lis / August 28, 2012 at 05:03 pm
The trouble that Toronto has with food trucks is the bureaucrats. Even if a TV chef (Gordon Ramsay?) would not be able to set up a food truck unless they follow their bureaucrat rules exactly without deviation. Meaning: blah food.
Monica / August 28, 2012 at 05:44 pm
You forgot to mention Hank Daddy Barbeque's Cowboy Fries - Pulled Pork with BBQ sauce and slaw over sweet potato fries. It was so delicious!
Rick / August 28, 2012 at 07:09 pm
We need more of these as opposed to the endless supply of Tim Horton's and Subway's.

They need to really change the bylaws for food trucks to be more successful -- Hot Dog Vendors are starting to grow old in Toronto.

Cristina / August 28, 2012 at 09:28 pm
Hank Daddy's BBQ should be on this list!!! SO delicious! Pulled Pork Parfait = heaven
Gabe / August 28, 2012 at 10:39 pm
Gourmet Bitches Wings.!! Had'em so goiood!!!
Todd / August 28, 2012 at 10:41 pm
Does anyone know a good recepie for Cream Cheese Salmon DIp? I'm craving it, have never made it but here its pretty simple. I have Cream Cheese and two cans of salmon. What should I do?
raymi / August 28, 2012 at 10:44 pm
so fungry
adventurefood / August 28, 2012 at 11:16 pm
It looks like Stuft sticks its sausages in the end of a hollowed out baquette like the fransk dog in Denmark
James husselester / August 30, 2012 at 07:01 pm
Im assuming nobody here is aware enough to realize that this debate about food trucks and the bureacrats is really a non-issue. This is because the places these food trucks want their vending locations to be, the same places with existing vibrant communities, are places where local buas do not want vending. It isnt an issue of city hall bs food trucks and by extension foodies as much as it is an issue of food trucks vs brick and mortar stores and their bias, after all there is a reason why the city for so long has only let fast food/classic-street faire to be vended on the streets and that is because it maintains the property value, thereby taxable source, of having a retail space.
Spiff / September 2, 2012 at 02:54 pm
Two words (ok three)... Mike's Dog House
shutupandeat replying to a comment from James husselester / September 2, 2012 at 06:37 pm
We are aware it is a non-issue, that's why no one commented. There's always some troll that has to divert from the fun and talk politics.
Please stop sucking the fun out and turning this post about tasty food into a rant on bureaucracy.

ANYWAY... does anyone have any good reviews on the cupcake trucks? I like the idea of a mobile bakery but food trucks strike me as more of a savoury food option.
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