Sept 07, 2014
This was an exciting day as Michael and I had some big plans. We’d heard quite a bit about the food truck scene in Halifax and had ambitious plans of hitting up each of them. Lucky for us, as it was a Sunday, only 5 of them were open – otherwise we may have gone into a food coma 😉 If you’re interested in seeing what food trucks are in Halifax and their times and places of operation, visit Street Food Halifax.
First up, Cheese Gypsy! Actually, we cheated, we visited this truck the day before 😛 CLICK HERE to visit their Facebook page and HERE to read more reviews!
Limited, but definitely tantalizing menu!
Great service! Thanks Mike (and Robin) for your friendliness and even offering a sample of plump and sweet local blueberries 🙂
Due to its seasonal ingredients, we decided on the Blueberry Grilled Cheese Sandwich with fresh blueberries, wild blueberry jam & brie cheese. $8 for the sandwich only or $11 for the combo (served with hand cut fries or homemade soup with a can of pop or water). Rustic tomato soup was appealing, but we couldn’t say no to fries 😛
Fries were delicious! Easily some of the best food truck fries we’ve had. Perfectly crispy and golden!
We weren’t wowed by the visual packaging as the sandwich was simply wrapped in tinfoil, but it certainly made up in taste!
Not greasy at all with a generous amount of gooey melted brie and blueberries – so good! I really wish we had tried more varieties!
Halifax Press – a second grilled cheese food truck, CLICK HERE for more reviews!
After weeks of hearing about Halifax Press serving up delicious grilled cheese near the hospital but too busy with work to visit – I finally had my chance!
Bright green truck with a distinctive HP logo, you can’t miss it!
Take a look at the menu
I ordered The Sou’western ($8) with That Dutchman’s smoked gouda, tex mex jalapeno & corn bacon jam with creamy avocado. The description sounds like there’s too much going on, but all the flavours blended wonderfully together!
Looks like a hot mess, but dang tasty!
Mike couldn’t pass up the daily special called Brunch at Bishops ($8) with Foxhill cheddar, smoky bacon, chili frizzled onions & fried egg. One word, yum!
The presentation was simple, but definitely had an edge over Cheese Gypsy as it displayed the sandwich. Both trucks had delicious sandwiches, Cheese Gypsy offered simpler blends of ingredients while Halifax Press offered more complex options. Definitely inspired us to be more creative with our grilled cheese sandwiches at home in the future!
We also couldn’t pass up the opportunity for homemade cookies – Reese’s pieces chip chocolate – 2 for $1.50!
Certainly not the best cookie we’ve ever had, but pretty darn good!
Next up, Halifax Footlongs!
We were surprised not to see a truck, but don’t be fooled by its simplistic set up!
“Finest hand rolled Nova Scotian Sausage and Montreal Hotdogs – Roselane Footlongs, Sweet William Smokies, Montreal Steamies and Veggie Dogs – Farm fresh local condiments & sauces prepared daily weekends at the Halifax Seaport Market.” CLICK HERE for more reviews!
Jon, the owner, is obviously very passionate about the food he serves. He only cooks the hotdogs and sausages in small batches to ensure they are freshest at serving. As a result, we had to wait a few minutes (a large group of children were ahead of us) for which he apologised a number of times. Really, a few minutes of waiting, especially when you’re being told exactly how many minutes – is no problem!
The exciting part about waiting is looking at and thinking about what sauces and condiments you are going to try – and there are plenty to choose from!
With a few minutes in between each customer, Jon happily gives you ‘the tour’ of his sauces and condiments, offering suggestions along the way. Interesting sauces include Sweet Horseradish, Scotch Hot Sauce, Southern Gold, and Nova Scotia Peculiar, while toppings consisted of local brine pickles, garlic balsamic tomatoes, and Montreal Poolroom Slaw (which wasn’t available).
When we received our Roselane Bavarian (snappy Vienna footlong weiner, $5), we were proudly told that it was made with 100% lean pork shoulder, no fillers or additives. It was also mentioned that although served on a bun, many people eat their footlongs on its own without bread and we were welcomed to do so as well 😉
We ended up keeping it simple with pickles, horseradish and mustard – delicious and allowed the meat to stand out more!
Definitely recommend a visit if you’re by Halifax Seaport Market!
We’d been looking forward to the next stop all day – Ol’ School Donuts! And what made it even more fun? Christine came out to join us!
Started by 17 year old Noah Connolly, Ol’ School Donuts serves delicious piping hot mini old-fashioned donuts out of their bright red short bus. Click HERE and HERE to read more about the business venture.
You can enjoy your Ol’ School Donuts 3 ways, each $5:
- A dozen of one traditional option (plain, sugar, or cinnamon)
- 10 donuts of 1 flavour
- Split order of 10 donuts with 2 flavours
More importantly, check out the available flavours – how incredible do they sound?
After a few moments agonizing over the options while waiting in line, 😛 we eventually decided on 2 split orders…
Strawberry Shortcake & Peanut Butter Cup
Toasted Coconut & Caramel Apple
The donuts were made to order – crispy on the outside, fluffy and moist on the inside. The toppings were great and much more extravagant with so many more components than we expected, what a nice surprise!
Finally, our last stop of the day, The Battered Fish!
For a food truck, we found the menu to be quite extensive, perhaps with too many options.
We like it when appropriate garbage disposals are available to customers!
Mike got Fish Tacos ($2.75 each) with 7″ flour tortilla stuff with Haddock tips, crisp lettuce, fresh salsa, and their house made white sauce. Although it can certainly look more appetizing, he found them very good!
I ordered the Fish Burger and Fries ($6.50) Battered Haddock, baby spinach, tomato and signature sauce on a fresh kaiser bun. I also substituted my fries for sweet potato fries. The fish was nice and fresh and their signature sauce was delicious. Unfortunately, that was overshadowed by a cheap, flaky, stale white bun – certainly not a kaiser bun like advertised. Too bad.
The sweet potato fries were good but a little overdone.
Christine got Haddock Tips & Fries (Sm $6 or Lg $9), which she thoroughly enjoyed.
Overall, good food at very reasonable prices. There are also a number of picnic tables to sit at which is great. Try their different sauces! The wasabi is too mild for our liking, but the tartare, curry, and signature sauces are all good. The one disappointment was the quality of my fish burger bun! Would definitely order a bread-less option next time.
Thanks for joining us Christine! Great seeing you on our Food Truck Adventure!
A fantastic day filled with great food – love food trucks! And don’t worry, we didn’t eat all day… we interspersed it with some productive shopping 😉