One of the great perils of switching purses (or for the gentlemen, bags, in general) is the inevitable failure to transfer at least one important item--usually in the vein of one's wallet, sunglasses or chapstick-- to the new carryall. This oversight is how I found myself at the ESPN Match Truck with an iPhone as my only means of taking photos. Woops.
In any case, in celebration of the World Cup, ESPN and Chef Roy Choi of Kogi BBQ have teamed to create the ESPN Match Truck to meet all your soccer needs. The truck not only serves street food inspired by teams competing in the World Cup but also broadcasts the games on hi-def flatscreens.
Here's the mini-TV that sends the feed of the game to the huge flatscreen sitting atop the truck.
Chef Roy has created a menu divided into breakfast and lunch. After all, who wants sliders at an early morning game?
After ordering our dishes, J and I rushed home so that I could snap some non-iPhone pictures of our dinner.
We began with the Italy-inspired seared rice balls served with a mixed greens and bean salad ($4.00) as an appetizer. Although the pan-sear endowed the rice balls with a nice crunch, their too-mild flavor left something to be desired. The cheeses and beans in the salad were fresh and enjoyable, but I ended up picking them out, as the scarce amount of dressing left the salad as a whole unappetizingly dry.
We also ordered the carne asada burrito ($5.00), which celebrates the Mexican soccer team. Although the skirt and flank steak marinated in lime, garlic, cilantro and beer was wonderfully tender and flavorful, the overall dish again suffered from poor construction. The burrito's cheese was placed in a solid sheet instead of being spread throughout, rendering each bite overpoweringly cheesy.
Finally, we ordered the lamb gyro (go Greece!) ($6.00). In a Roy Choi twist, the gyro featured candy-sweet pickled onions and a spicy, lemony "gutter-style" tzaziki, which made the dish both surprising and delightfully flavorful. Again, however, the dish's potential was limited by poor construction; our gyro was positively drenched in the tzaziki.
The ESPN Match Truck has finished its run in Los Angeles but can still be found roaming the streets of New York until June 29th.
ESPN World Cup Match Truck