Eat St. with James Cunningham, a Cooking Channel show dedicated to street food, comes to Houston this week to document the city's thriving food truck culture. Beginning tomorrow and continuing through Tuesday, the show will film the goings-on at six of Houston's most popular trucks. Food truck fans are encouraged to attend the tapings, because, as a representative from the production company told Eater, a big turnout makes for a better shoot.
Peter Waal, Eat St.'s executive producer, tells Eater "We shot in Houston a couple years ago, but there wasn't much happening and it was a bit of an underwhelming trip, to be totally honest. When we checked again a couple of months ago we found more good vendors than we can possibly shoot. So clearly something has changed in Houston for the better, and whatever it is that's sparked things, we're happy to be coming back."
Thursday May 24, 12:00 p.m.: The Modular at Grand Prize Bar, 1010 Banks Street. Dishes include lobster risotto, bone marrow, shrimp and kimchi grits, coconut curry mussels and tuna poke tacos. Joshua Martinez, The Modular's owner, tweeted last night that all food will be free during the taping. Anyone who's never tried that risotto should consider that a sufficient reason to blow off work and attend the filming.
Friday May 25, 5:00 p.m.: Phamily Bites at Liberty Station, 2101 Washington Ave. Dishes include Pho Tai, the Vandelizer sandwich, Spam Musubi and Garlic Noodles. The Vandelizer is Phamily Bites' bo luc lac bahn mi that combines chunks of filet mignon on a baguette with all the trimmings.
Saturday May 26, 11:30 a.m.: The Waffle Bus at Bo Concept, 4302 Westheimer Road. Dishes include Strawberry Irish Cream Creme Brulee Waffle, S'mores Waffle, Chicken and Waffle Fritters and Smoked Salmon Waffle. With its bright paint job, flat screens and sound system, the Waffle Bus might be Houston's most telegenic truck. If you're only going to attend one taping, brave the limited parking around Bo Concept, because it should be quite a show.
Sunday May 27, 11:30 a.m.: The Rice Box at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston Sculpture Garden, 1001 Bissonnet Street. Dishes include General Tso Chicken, Kung Pao Chicken, Sesame Chicken and the Golden Doomba Special. The Golden Doomba Special, taken from Rice Box owner John Peterson's nickname during his time in the Houston import car scene, is a box full of fried chicken drumstricks and wings.
Monday May 28, 12:00 p.m.: Stick It at Inversion Coffee House, 1953 Montrose Blvd. Dishes include Grilled Beef Tenderloin, Grilled Korean BBQ Pork Belly, Texas Beer Battered Fish and Funnel Cake Battered Brie with Fruit Compote. As the name implies, this truck serves everything on a stick, which makes eating it more fun. Would be an entertaining Memorial Day alternative to lazing by the pool.
Tuesday May 29, 11:30 a.m.: St. John's Fire at Bo Concept 4302 Westheimer Road. Dishes include Cajun Eggroll with Guava Mustard Dipping Sauce, Shrimp Corn Dog, Tortilla Crusted Fish and Seafood Martini. A relative newcomer to Houston's food truck scene, St. John's Fire prides itself of bold flavors and restaurant style dishes.
Photo: Rice Box Truck Out and About. [Rice Box Truck/Facebook]