BBK Barbeque Trailer


I mentioned in my post on the Red Lake Coffee Co Truck, that on Canada Day, I had also eaten at BBK Barbeque trailer and that I’d include a review of that trailer shortly.

BBK has been around for quite a few years now. It’s more of an event trailer than a street truck, so I don’t see it out that often. I have though, over the last few years had a chance to try several of their items.

BBK sauces

BBK offers a wide variety of sauces to their customers.

This is a comment I made on one of my earlier visits to the truck.

I started my weekend in the early afternoon. I had already had lunch, but still had enough room to stop at one of the trucks. I decided on the Beef Brisket from BBK. BBK is the upscale partner truck to Extreme Fries.* In ordering I went with the plain sandwich and didn’t add any condiments. The brisket itself was tender and fatty in a very good way.

*Extreme Fries is now under new ownership. 

So here’s my typical food truck breakdown on BBK:

Value:

As I said in the above quote this trailer is an upscale version of a typical burger/hot dog truck. Continue reading

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Canada Fries Food Truck


Late last summer, early in the fall, my friend and fellow food lover Cory Boehm asked me if I had seen the new fry truck which was parked across from Holy Trinity. I think it showed up between Wednesdays, which are the days I’m at Holy Trinity to Celebrate the Eucharist.

Canada Fries Truck

Back of the Canada Fries truck.

The day after I got the message was Tuesday, so the next day I headed over across Smith Street once my Eucharist was ended. As things worked out, Cory was there as well and we both had an order of fries. I made the mistake of ordering the large order of fries. I say it was a mistake because that was more food then I could handle.

I went once more, but before I got around to writing a post, the truck disappeared for the winter. Figuring there wouldn’t be much interest in a truck that was nowhere around, I decided to hold off and see if they returned again this year. Continue reading

Tamale Time – Salvadoran Food Truck


With the new year, there are once again new food trucks. As the food truck activity in Winnipeg increases, the truck themselves are covering a wider area of the city. This means I don’t always catch them when they are new. Tamale Time is one that I am aware of, because Wendy Elias-Gagnon posted about it shortly after it hit the streets.

Tamale Time Truck

Judging from the logo on the truck, it’s always Tamale Time.

Wendy is El Salvadoran, so I figured if she’s liking what she sees I need to give it a try. My first stop by I was a little bit early but I’ve managed to make it by for a couple of visits since then. If you read the blog regularly you know I use a different for of review for the trucks. This is mainly because there is no dine-in element to the experience.

Menu at the Tamale Time truck.

The Tamale Time Menu

Value:

This may be a reflection on the general increase in food prices or on the increasing popularity and specialization of food trucks, but you won’t get a meal under $10;00. There are individual items ranging from $4.50 to $7.00, Continue reading

Ukrainian Comfort Food – Estellia’s


Last weekend was ManyFest. This year the weekend was a busy one for me. As a result I didn’t get to take much of the festival in. Of course, I visited some trucks for Food Truck Wars.  Although I tried several dishes, Estellia’s Ukrainian Comfort Food was the only truck I managed to visit a second time.

Based out of Dugald, MB, Estellia’s is offering traditional Ukrainian Comfort food. The location in Dugald is a retail store, and they also have a cart along with the trailer they brought to ManyFest. The business is named in honour of the owners’s mother. You can read more of her story on their website.

The trailer’s paint job features the colours of the Ukrainian flag. This makes it stand out from many of the trucks on the street. Unfortunately, the picture of the truck I took didn’t turn out the way I hoped it would. Here’s my experience of Estellia’s.

Estellias messy cabbage roles.

Estaellias messy cabbage roles are a real treat.

Value:

Most of the main dishes cost $8.00 for vegetarian or $9.00 with meat. When I ordered the Messy Cabbages rolls I was a little disappointed when I saw the container I was about to be handed. Then I took hold of it, and my hand dropped about 2 feet. The container is stuffed to the gills. The perogies are a good size, and they come with piles of onions and loads of butter. There are also a sort of mini perogie, that is $9.00 for 10 or $18.00 for 20. Drinks are reasonably priced. 4.5/5

Selection:

Not a huge selection, though having both vegetarian and meat options is good. It would nice to find Kulbassa on offer at the trailer.  4/5

Quality:

I found everything here well prepared. The tomato sauce is quite good. I understand there are some arguments about whether or not perogies should ever be deep-fried, but I really enjoyed the golden crisp pastry on my perogies. Plus, they drench the perogies in real butter. 4/5

Estellia's Deep-fried Perogies

Translucent onions on Deep-fried Perogies

Portability:

Estellia’s Ukrainian Comfort Food scores really well here. The perogies come in a deep dish container. The Messy Cabbage Rolls come in a container with a closeable lid. Plus they appear to be compostable. 5/5

Service:

I happened to visit twice when the lineups weren’t very long. Both times the service was friendly and I received my food quickly. They advertise that good food takes time, but they seem to have the process down quite well. 4/5

Estellia’s Ukrainian Comfort Food Overall:

I quite like this truck. It is certainly a good truck to visit if you wish a really filling meal. This food will definitely leave you feeling comforted, and perhaps a little comfortable as in needing an after lunch nap. 4.5/5

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J Curry – Japanese Food Truck


Yesterday marked the beginning of ManyFest. The highlight of ManyFest is the Food Trucks war. I’ll be writing more on the trucks I tried in the next few days. One truck I didn’t see was J Curry. J Curry, short for Japanese Curry, is a new truck that is out on the streets in the last few weeks. I first encountered this truck when it parked at the MB Hydro Farmers Market.

J Curry Beverages

Japanese beverages on offer at J Curry.

Then it seemed to disappear off the streets. Fortunately I took a wander down Provencher last Friday. It turns out that one of the places J Curry has been is at the Provencher Farmers Market. Without further ado, here’s my thoughts.

Value:

The prices here are pretty good. It’s $8.50 for vegetarian curry and $9.00 for the Chicken version. The sizes are also quite good. Although, I think I’d rather pay a little more and get a little more of the substance to go with the curry. The Edamame at $2.50 is a good portion. 4/5 Continue reading