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I love these new food trucks. I know a few people think of them as a fad that will eventually pass, but I think there is something to be said for being able to get really great food on the go for a price that equals or is lower than some fast food chains. Because, let’s face it, if there is anything I am it’s in a rush, hungry and broke.

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On just such an occasion of being hungry, broke with a bazillion things to do, I stopped at Urban Cowboy (Bank Street and Glenn). Being the bad vegetarian I am, I had already decided that there was no way there was going to be a veggie option at a Texas street food truck. WRONG. They may not have many options (most days there are 3 entrees and 2 sides to pick from) but there is usually one veggie! And one fish, if you are one of those I don’t eat meat but I eat fish kinda folks.

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Not just any fish either… but Ocean Wise certified fish. Yep. Even this food truck does it’s best to make sure that any seafood you are putting in your gob has been sustainably fished so that there will be even more tastiness for years to come.

I tried the Portobello mushroom sandwich – BBQ sauce and goats cheese were a super delish combo. But the star of the show wasn’t even something I ordered. By some fluke, I ended up with sweet potato fries instead of the grilled corn side dish I had asked for. But again, hungry and in a rush I didn’t mind. It’s like someone saying – oh we’re out of salad… can I give you a chocolate bar?? The answer is always “Yes, hell yes!! Gimmie Gimmie!!!”

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And I’m telling you… BEST. Sweet potato fries in Ottawa. Maybe the world. My exhaustive search of the word’s sweet potato fries is still ongoing.

Why are they so good. The answer is three fold.

1. They are wedges… not matchsticks. So when you bite in you actually feel like you are eating a sweet potato not just something vaguely sweet with a delightful fried crunch. For a moment I actually felt healthy eating fries. Not something easily accomplished.

2. They are tempura battered so they have the most amazing crunch. Each and every fry.

3. The dipping sauce is so good I would bathe in it. Seriously… or at the very least happily put it on every other food in the world from now on.

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So if you find yourself on Bank and Glenn can I kindly ask you to grab me an order of fries. Extra sauce. Thanks.

 

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Mmmmm Dosa. Basically an Indian crepe stuffed with all kinds of fillings. The traditional is crispy and has a masala spiced potato mixture. They do a really great version of it here.

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A spinach, walnut and goat cheese stuffed dosa called ‘The Californian’ topped with crispy plantain chips!

The Dosa food truck, located on Somerset just beside Dundonald park across from the Beer store, is serving up a soft version of these delectable pancakes stuffed with all kinds of traditional and un-traditional offerings!

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The yummy list of offerings from Dosa on the day I visited.

I think the best part of this truck – minus the great food – is its location. Right next to a park with lovely shady seating, even a table or two if you are lucky enough to grab one.

There isn’t much more to say – this is a definite must try for anyone looking for a quick, tasty lunch that wont break the bank.

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Angry Dragonz?? Is that anything like Angry Birds you might ask.

No. It’s not. What a dumb question… me.

Angry Dragonz is a food truck on Gloucester and Lyon serving up some of the best Asian fusion food in the downtown core period. Not best for a food truck. Best. Period.

My friend Shirley, who has become a fixture at this truck, took me for a visit. I really wasn’t sure what to expect but was happy to find many veggie and vegan friendly options.

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I went with a veggie, tofu pad thai, egg roll and drink. For $10 – it was a hell of a deal. Especially since I got 2 meals out of the wicked awesome thai noodle dish.

To say I was delighted, impressed and all around in love with the dish is a bit of an understatement. I dare say it is some of the best pad thai I have ever had. Including all the stuff I ate in Thailand. Was it authentic. No. It was fusion. But I think that’s why I liked it more. The tofu was so well done, crispy and flavourful, I was actually seeking it out in my dish. Never, have I ever, thought tofu was the star of anything before now.

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And don’t skip the egg roll. For an extra dollar you will be thrilled with its yumminess. Though it does have meat for all of my strict veggie friends.

This is a truck worth seeking out…. and with their brand new, and I’m sure MUCH quieter, generator – you will not regret it. And if you fall as deeply in love with them as Shirley and I have, I accept egg rolls as thank you gifts.

And just look at all the other dishes I still get to try and fall in love with… life is good.

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Like every other food lover in the downtown core, I’m slowly but surely trying to make the rounds to all the new food trucks in town! While on an errand for my Mom in the Glebe (picking up some fabu spicy olive oil and espresso vinegar at The Unrefined Olive) we stopped off for lunch at the Red Roaster. 20130704_130904

Located on Bank right across from the LCBO as you enter the Glebe – you might have heard about this truck. Originally the city had it on a one way street, but the direction of the street meant that their window was facing traffic instead of the side walk. Brilliant planning City of Ottawa.

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The menu changes regularly, but focuses on great rotisserie. Chicken, pork and beef sandwiches were on the menu when I visited… but the siren call of the pulled pork grilled cheese was too much for me to resist. Melty yummy cheese, with BBQ sweet and tender pulled pork on the most perfect seed bread for a great crunchy contrast. Couldn’t have been better.

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Along with a side of wedgie potatoes that are cooked under the rotisserie chicken (all that awesome chicken goodness dripping on the potatoes make them extra delish), I was one very happy lady.

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If you find yourself in the Glebe… make sure you seek this truck out!

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