Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Trying the Blend LIC Food Truck
A few weeks ago, I noticed the Blend LIC food truck parked just a few blocks away from my day gig. Happy to discover this little piece of LIC in downtown Manhattan made me excited to try it for lunch one day.
Clearly recognizing the Blend brick-and-mortar influences in the truck motif, it boasts the same color profile and a similar menu, although obviously simplified for mobile service. The truck itself is pretty tricked out, as it comes with a fancy sound system that blasts beats during lunch as well as a built in ATM machine. There's about 3 people that work inside the truck, including someone taking orders and two folks who cook and serve up the food.
Because I wasn't overly hungry, I went with an order of the crispy arepas with slow cooked pork and all the fixins such as guacamole, pico de gallo, lettuce and white sauce. The portion was small but surprisingly filling, especially due to the hearty arepas, which had a nice crispy texture on the outside. The whole dish oozed freshness and looked gorgeous with all those bright colors.
Service and Cost:
Unfortunately, the service at the truck was a total bust. What I thought would take about 10 minutes to serve up took nearly 25, which I think is unacceptable (especially for lunch). Even though the staff was nice, they didn't acknowledge the situation and that didn't sit well with me.
Costs are inexpensive and included $5 for those 2 little arepas, $6 for 3 tacos, $7 burritos, $3 empanadas and so forth.
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