Roaming around downtown Sacramento? Just got out of movie or waiting for a concert to start? Maybe it’s your lunch hour and you want something different. Well get out your smartphone, check out Twitter or Facebook and find the food trucks near you. If you don’t see one nearby, you can request its presence and often the driver will oblige. The food isn’t cheap but it isn’t expensive either, considering the quality and craftsmanship. Food trucks are giving restaurants a run for their money. How can a brick and mortar building hope to keep up?
Mama Kim on the Go
1616 Del Paso Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95815
Mama Kim, an executive chef focused on providing unique, locally sourced, healthy food, has taken her skills to the streets and offers them out of a truck. Besides health, her philosophy is one of creative freedom. This is reflected in her menu, which offers anything from cheddar chive biscuit sandwiches to falafel flat bread with sweet potato chips. Each meal is elegant in its simplicity and easy on the waistline.
Sacramento, CA 95816
Kombucha is a fermented form of sweet tea that aids in digestion and has many other purported health benefits. The Kulture truck, with up to seven taps on board, usually appears wherever there’s a street fair, a film festival and at certain restaurants downtown (by request). Each of the flavors are different, coffee being the standout original. Some “booch” is lighter, some more acidic and some sweet. Served like a small glass of beer, Kombucha is perfect for sipping after a meal. It calms the stomach and tickles the palate. This truck is worth chasing around town.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Simply Southern serves BBQ, plain old delicious BBQ. The BBQ sauce is just a little tangy, the chicken and tri-tip are tender and the bread is soft. Don’t get carried away eating the meat and forget about the corn cake, however, because that’s the real jewel of the menu. Simply Southern serves a large cube of cornbread that is super moist and on the sweeter side. It has a delicate dessert-like flavor and in Simply Southern’s words, “you’ll swear it’s corn cake.”
OMG! Yogurt and Shave Ice
6696 Lonetree Blvd.
Rocklin, CA 95765
It’s summer in Sacramento which means soon it will be scorching hot outside. When temperatures rise, you will crave something cool and refreshing for total mouth relief. Many snow cone businesses claim to have real Hawaiian shaved ice but they are big fat liars. Shaved ice is light and fluffy and doesn’t require chewing, unlike the crushed ice other establishments call shaved ice. At OMG!, you can get the real thing and better yet, you get to use the self serve flavor station and choose all the colors you want.
Sacramento, CA 95857
Got a sweet tooth? Then find the Volks Waffle. It won’t be difficult; just follow your nose. A regular at every food truck gathering, the caramel smell of Volks Waffle’s trademark dough-made waffles (not batter) can attract people from far and wide. And it’s not just any waffle, it could be a waffle dipped in chocolate, with strawberries, with ice cream or with whipped cream. The possibilities are endless and the stomach ache will be intense.
Laurel Hanson is a freelance writer uncovering Sacramento’s healthy food secrets in local restaurants, locavore havens, and even local foraging. Her work can be found on Examiner.com