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Back by popular demand: San Diego food trucks to reconvene Friday at Boomers

SAN DIEGO -- Over 5,200 people flocked to one of three Boomers locations throughout San Diego for their Food Truck Festival in May.

The event was such a booming success that 13 San Diego food trucks will return to the Clairemont location on Friday, June 24.

The first time around, San Diego foodies had three nights to sample all of the delicious options; however, local sales and marketing coordinator Jessica Brandon tells San Diego Gay & Lesbian News that moving forward, the food extravaganza will only take place on one night, but now on a monthly basis.

"Our initial goal was to test the waters for a monthly event and 2,600 people attended the event in Clairemont," Brandon said. "It also makes sense for us to host it at this location because it’s the most central."

Although the previous event featured 10 trucks from Los Angeles and 10 trucks from San Diego, this time around Brandon says Boomers is going to focus on showcasing our city's own growing talents by keeping things local.

"New food trucks are popping up in San Diego every day and we want to give people a chance to discover them," Brandon said, adding that she was quite impressed with the diverse options offered by the various trucks at the first event.

"It is pretty amazing that off these little trucks, you are able to get such gourmet, quality food that you would normally expect to get at a sit-down restaurant," she said. "Last time Chop Sooey had these amazing fries with Gruyère cheese and Tabe BBQ also had some fantastic options."

Eight of last month's 10 trucks will be returning to the Boomers parking lot on Friday, joined by five new additions. "Some of the trucks sold out at the event and most are eager to be back," Brandon said. "We are also happy about newcomers like Two for the Road, who will be making some really unique things, like their Captain Crunch Crab Cakes. We are also adding Mangia Mangia, and a brand new Perogi truck."

Food Junkies owner Brett Doogan agrees with Brandon that the event was a very big success. His food truck, painted to look like a classic Woodie car, is an extension of his catering business. Doogan has spent the last nine years catering to the food needs of military units training nearby and productions crews in town for a film or photography shoot.

His Food Junkies truck menu options vary on almost a daily basis, because he has an extensive culinary list available for every celebration imaginable -- from work functions to weddings -- they have done it all.

“We don't really have to stay within a food ‘genre’ so we have a lot of flexibility to serve different items,” Doogan said. “Our staff inspires our menu selections, and we are always willing to give their different ideas a try, like the Sloppy Jose Tater Tots and the Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner menu options.”

Both of those choices will be available on Friday. The Sloppy Jose Tater Tots were their biggest sellers at the May Food Truck Festival.

"We simmer ground beef in a spicy tomato sauce, then smother our seasoned tater tots with it, and top that with sour cream, a variety of shredded cheeses and jalapeños," Doogan said.

The Chicken Dinner is an entire meal served on a warm buttermilk biscuit; it includes a layer of garlic smashed potatoes, a grilled chicken breast, topped with peas and corn and smothered in brown gravy. Additionally, Doogan also plans to serve his Gourmet Beer Battered Bratwurst, which was also a big hit at the previous festival.

"San Diegans should come out to support us, it is the best value in town," Doogan said. "Boomers charges a $5 admission, but you don't lose that money, because they give you game tokens for the same amount. It's a win-win situation for everyone."

It is worth noting that other recent food truck festivals around town have charged as much as $15 just for the price of admission. Boomers charges $5, but in addition to receiving the same value in game tokens, they also provide an ample amount of tables and chairs and are adding a DJ to the mix on Friday.

If you were among the 2,600 attendees last time, you already know parking is going to be tough. With that in mind, Boomers has secured extra parking near the Wal-Mart, but it is highly advisable that you arrive early.

Some food truck lines were 50 people deep during the festival's peak hours, so in addition to your appetite, be sure to bring some patience. Some lines took almost an hour to get to the window to order food. Also make sure you bring plenty of cash, as not all food trucks accept credit cards.

The 13 food trucks will be on-site at the Boomers in Clairemont from 5 to 10 pm. Late arrivals should be aware that some trucks run out of their most popular items. Additional information is available here.

The food truck lineup

    New additions
  • Mangia Mangia: The city's first gourmet Italian food truck serves up daily specials featuring pastas and paninis, as well as salads with fresh salmon and cage-free chicken.
  • Food Farm SD: Organic and sustainable options like their Grass-fed Sliders, topped with blue cheese, mixed greens, and mustard marinated onions, or their soyrizo chili fries.
  • Pierogi Truk: The first Polish and Eastern European truck serving hand-made Pierogi with many different stuffings, Hungarian pancakes, blitzers, and original grilled Polish sausages.
  • Two for the Road: This family crew serves up American classics with a twist, like their Captain Crunch Crab Cakes (pictured); they also offer New England lobster rolls, which are a crowd favorite.
  • The Gathering Spot Bistro Truck: An assortment of gourmet street foods, like their Slidertini - 100 percent Angus Beef served on a whole wheat bun with dill aioli and bruschetta mix spread, sauteed mushrooms and onions, and topped with a cheddar cheese cube (pictured).

    Returning favorites

  • Chop Sooey: Culinary creations like BBQ pulled pork and riblets with baked beans alongside other menu items, like Jerk Chicken, Ahi tacos and Tempura yams.
  • Sweet Treats Truck: This is not your ordinary ice cream truck. In addition to childhood favorite ice cream options, you can also find local desserts from vendors such as Cupcake love.
  • Kalbi Q: Features items like spicy pork and chicken fused into Mexican burritos, tacos, and carne asada fries. They also serve up some custom rice bowls unlike any other (pictured).
  • Food Junkies: In addition to the options mentioned above, they have a few extra surprises in store.
  • Devilicious: Try sinfully delicious options, like fried yumminess in various forms and special creations like butter-poached-lobster grilled cheese, featuring lobster butter, mozzarella, caramelized onions, oven roasted roma tomatoes sprinkled with herbs, and served on sourdough (pictured).
  • India on Wheels: Get your authentic India street fix with a twist. Options include Tandoori Tikka grilled cheese and traditional classics like Chanaa Masala.
  • Super Q Food Truck: These guys boast having the best hickory-smoked BBQ culinary elements from North Carolina, Texas and St. Louis.
  • SD Street Eats: Culinary creations from around the globe, like seared Ahi, braised short ribs, and slow roasted pulled pork for under $10.