With my ridiculous love of all things food truck related, I planned to head to Cromer's on my lunch break and finally try 2 Fat 2 Fly. I've been wanting to try them for months, but I just haven't had the chance, so this was perfect. As it turns out, I wasn't the only food blogger in town with this thought. The lovely Elizabeth over at Gastronomy (By a Wanna-Be Chef), emailed me and asked if I was going, and if so, did I want to meet up. I said absolutely, and suggested that we write a joint blog entry about our experience. She agreed, we met in the Cromer's parking lot, and here I am writing about my experience. Make sure you go check out Elizabeth's blog - her post is up here. Also make sure you check the Columbia Convention Center's blog as well...Elizabeth was interviewed by their food blogger.
|Two happy food bloggers: Elizabeth and me.|
|Pawley's was quite the popular spot.|
I've run into the same problem as Kelley with Bone-In. The food is just so good, but it takes forever to get your meal. I certainly appreciate the fact that the BBQ folks take the time to prepare everything to order, but that doesn't work too well when there's a huge crowd. Something that they could definitely work on. But until then, I'll just make sure I only hit up the truck when I have the time to wait. I think it's worth it.
And now to talk about my lunch. I went to 2 Fat 2 Fly (2F2F), a place that has been recommended to me several times. It's one of those "I really want to try it, but haven't had the time to get there" spots. I finally made it yesterday.
The menu changes daily, but here's a general overview. I decided to go with one of the lunch combos - 4 wings and 2 sides. The only sides are fried okra and french fries. I can't stand okra, so I asked for just fries. They turned out to be waffle fries, and they were tasty, though they could have used a little more seasoning. Unfortunately, by the time I got to eat my lunch, my fries were a little cold. But I think that's partially my fault. Moral of the story? Eat your meal right away.
|This was my complete meal. Great amount of food for a great price.|
|This was the inside of the jam rock wing. My jambalaya wing picture didn't turn out.|
I go to food trucks because I want a quick bite to eat. If I wanted to take my entire hour lunch break to wait on food and eat it, I'd go to one of the myriad restaurants downtown. I ordered wings and fries. Even if you're making them to order, it shouldn't take more than 15 minutes. And yes, I realize it was crowded and that it was probably overwhelming. But all of the other trucks had the same lines and the same crowds. While Bone-In took quite a long time to get orders out as well, both Pawleys and AlfMob were pretty speedy. It is imperative that food trucks have fast service, especially with large crowds. I certainly don't want to see anyone losing business because of how long it takes (and I did see a few people cancel their orders and ask for a refund). The food is good, and definitely worth the wait, but the wait seems unnecessary. Just make sure you find a way to deal with the large crowds. As for me, I'll be back when I know I have some time to spare, just in case.
Final Rating (for 2 Fat 2 Fly)
Anyway, I hope everyone is a little more prepared for the next FTFC that should be happening on August 31. You should follow FTFC Columbia on Facebook for updates. You can also follow Cromer's on Twitter for updates. As for the various trucks, you can find them all here:
Alfresco Mobilista: Twitter or Facebook
|Columbia's newest truck...can't wait to try them!|
Bone-In Artisan BBQ: Twitter or Facebook
|See how crowded it was?|