Curb Side Dining
We share our top five foodie producers who have taken their feasts to the road.
Published 11/04/2014 | 08:42
Sidewalk scoffing has long been popular in London and the street food savvy boroughs of New York but Dublin does not run short of scrumptious meals on wheels either.
Well accustomed to dining by the curb, below we share our top five foodie producers who have taken their feasts to the road.
K Chido Mexico
Chancery Street, Dublin 7
Real deals Theresa and Gustavos Hernandez have been zipping around in their Citron HY for almost a year, now curbing it on weekdays in Smithfield in Dublin dishing out authentic Mexican street food to pathway diners.
Recently we laid our eyes (and our gobs) upon their smashing breakfast burrito (€5), holding the toasty tortilla in our fingertips as we tucked into the gooey egg, bean, rice and chorizo combo, cross-legged in the passenger seat of their mobile heaven.
“Mexicans have breakfast too, you know,” said Theresa when asked what inspired the somewhat unorthodox morning treat being lapped up by early risers down that neck of the woods.
One of the only food trucks independent of Dublin’s farmers’ markets, K Chido Mexico is the inspiration of the wonderful street food culture across the waters.
“Location, location, location has always been very important for us and our business and what we do is inspired by the great street food available in cities like New York from so many great street food vendors.
“However, Dublin City Council has yet to see the light where street food is concerned so it is harder in Ireland to get out there with a food truck like ours and be independent,” said Theresa.
“But getting where we are now has been very rewarding.”
Don’t be misled into believing that the burrito is the only delicious thing on offer from the window at K Chido. Pulled pork dripping in citrus marinade is the filling within soft corn tacos and juicy prawns are just one of the ingredients doused with cheese inside their quesadillas (€4.50). A belly full of K Chido’s magic will cure any weekday blues.
Four other foodies that bring a whole new meaning to meals on wheels:
Sweet teeth on the look out for a guilt free fix need search no further than the Froberry’s whipped frozen yoghurts. Mark Sexton and his pretty pink van regular the Dublin market scene even popping to the old swimming baths in Dun Laoghaire on Sundays but not if rain is on the cards.
Play it deliciously safe with a regular cup (€2.50) of the award winning original flavour or try your luck with his green tea or mango delights.
Dave’s Wood Fire Pizza
Eyebrow scorching heat entices market revelers to Dave’s Wood Fired Pizzas, a solid lunchtime fixture at The Irish Village Market. Thin sourdough bases are formed with an exciting three-year aged natural yeast mixture and topped with an array of quality local ingredients. As well as the traditional pizza offerings, true pie adventurers flock for the special, which changes each week depending on what excites this season. With 9” pies ranging between €5-€7 depending on your chosen topping, it’s hard to go wrong.
If you’ve never been to India a stroll near Kerala’s fragrant motor will quickly transport you there or at the very least give a taste of the exciting food culture down that corner of the world. The elephant emblazoned food truck encourages visitors to smack their gobs with local favourites like Keralan coconut curry and Punjabi samosas all inspired by owner Lewis Cummings’ travels through the south.
A great Fish’n’Chip can be the supper of dreams and Say Fish certainly makes ours come true. The thoughts of fresh haddock dipped in panco breadcrumbs and fried until golden makes mouths water upon remembrance.
Served alongside hand cut chips and lathered with an exciting fermented black garlic sauce (€7) we wonder if we could hit the road with these Jacks.
Do you know of a local food producer who has taken to the road? Let us know here, and we will add them to our list....