Caribbean Food Truck
The evening for the October Food Truck Friday in Rock Hill was just about as good as you could ask for. The weather was clear and cool, 64 degrees or 18 for the Celsius crowd. The attire varied from shorts and t-shirt like myself to people wearing honest to God coats and beanies, not jackets mind you but full on coats. To each their own but I thought it was great.
As per usual I grabbed a beverage, in this case a NoDa Brewing Premium Roasted Breakfast Coffee stout. It was smooth and like a lot of breakfast blends a hint of coffee flavor. I walked the area enjoying the weather and band looking for something that called to me. I thought about the vegan burrito food truck because this is about trying new things but these folks always get started late so I passed them by without a tear.
After strolling and perusing I chose to go with Marlie Q’s caribbean food truck. They had some decent looking options and while the stewed ox tail was tempting the jerk chicken with some beans & rice sounded like the way to go.
I’ll say up front the sign clearly said this was spicy and they were not lying. It had a great jerked spice flavor and it was. The rice and beans were scalp tingling, nose running, brow sweat producing hot as well. One thing though was you could taste the pepper flavor and not just the heat so it was well done. The chicken breast was good sized and cooked tender enough it came off the bone easily.
As this was not a meal that lent itself mobile dining I shared a table with a couple dining on something from another truck. I didn’t pay much attention until the lady said, “Wow you left me a lot of mac & cheese” and the guy said “that’s because I’m a great boyfriend”. I chuckled and they both took notice and the guy said, “I have to get points where I can since I’m usually called an a-hole” and the lady straight faced said “It’s true”. We all laughed and I finished up before they wanted to be friends.
I swung by the beverage tent and since everyone else was doing it I got a Dogfish Head Punkin Ale to enjoy while I listened to the band. Pumpkin ales I’ve tried in the past have been hit or miss and often cloying with the amount of pumpkin spice. This one did it well. There was enough pumpkin and pumpkin spice to make you reminiscent for that last slice of pumpkin pie you had rather than hitting you in the face with the pie.
The band was quite good, Chunky Daddy played a varied set list that included, rock, soul, country and ranged from 70s to more recent stuff like Wagon Wheel. I also saw a guy who I think was unintentionally cosplaying David Tennant’s Dr Who. Dude looked just like him from clothes to haircut to glasses.
Overall it was a good second to the last FTF of the year and the fountain was looking great in the evening light.