Anita and I just returned from the 2016 Union Centre Food Truck Rally. Over 40 of the most amazing food trucks in one place just north of Cincinnati, Ohio, the rally was enough to bring tears to this foodie’s eye. Truck after truck, cuisine after cuisine. It’s hard to describe, but I’ll try.
I should start by saying we were at the rally for lunch. The event actually goes on through the night, culminating in a fireworks display. Beer and music are available all day. Me, I was there for the food trucks, so we got there early so I could get some pictures, but the crowds got big and got big fast.
The trucks were arranged down three streets, noted as green, blue and red. There’s something for everyone. I’ll start by highlighting some of the trucks we ate at, and then follow up with pics of the other various trucks (not all of them). You can’t go wrong at the food truck rally. Great food, great folks.
So for starters we grabbed some fried crushed potatoes at the Street Chef Brigade truck. Buttery yellow potatoes cooked then crushed and (I think) flash-fried. Topped with the best combination of cheeses, truffle oil and fresh herbs. Addicting.
Next, I grabbed an Italian sausage dog at U-Lucky Dawg (fantastic), and headed on down the line of trucks. I grabbed some churros and Anita grabbed some ice cream.
I could not go to a food truck rally without getting chili from my favorite chili truck, the Chili Hut. I didn’t care that it was 104 out with the humidity, I was getting a few 3-way chilis. I first ate at the Chili Hut at a cluster truck that Jungle Jim’s put on years ago and I’ve been jonesin’ to return ever since.
Then, more truly amazing goodness at the Quite Frankly truck. I had (and devoured) the Darth Reuben, which made any other Reuben pale in comparison. I could sit down with a bowl of their homemade kraut right now. Anita had the Granny Brie, a crazy good combination of smooth brie with apple butter and Granny Smith apples. Like a dessert sandwich. Well, not like one, it was one.
The food was too much to describe, with so much good stuff that you just have to go to experience it. Here are just a few of the other trucks that were at the rally. Don’t let the lack of lines fool you. We got there right at the moment the rally started. Minutes later it was busy as busy can be. So don’t be surprised to wait for your food for a few minutes. Take the time to chat with your fellow eaters or the great folks in the trucks (about the nicest people you’ll meet).
You can follow the Union Centre Food Truck rally on their Facebook page, here. You’ll get notifications of the trucks that will be attending (so you can plan your food truck dining!).
I also recommend the short drive from West Chester up to Springfield, OH, for their yearly food truck competition.