The Yumbii taco truck makes you think of Los Angeles-style street food: if you crave it, they will come. The “street” is a multi-directional vector.
The Fry Guy brings to mind Portland, Oregon, and its street-food scene. While this guy and his portable fryer may show up at an event or a festival, what you really need to know about him is that he has a corner — N. Highland and Blue Ridge Ave. — where you can reliably find him on weekend afternoons, dispensing cones of Belgian-style frites.
The “street” for this street food is a place marker, a thoroughfare that defines a neighborhood.
The neighborhood in question, Poncey-Highland, appears to be taking its first baby steps toward establishing itself as Atlanta’s street food ‘hood.
Across the street, Hector Santiago of Pura Vida Tapas also sets up a mobile kitchen on the weekends, and turns out fantastic chicken and tofu burritos (as well as a few other goodies) from his Burro-Pollo Burrito Stand. Just down the block, the King of Pops is a fixture during warmer weather. Wouldn’t it be nice to a see a couple more join the party?
But for now, check out the Fry Guy. Particularly when you’re the mood for an indulgent afternoon snack. Andy Long is the the chef at neighborhood restaurant Cafe 640 (formerly Cafe di Sol), when he’s not on the street.
You choose from among the many sauces available:
I opted for the spicy, tasty red curry ketchup. He drops the fries, you hand over your $5, you choose to make small talk or not, and then he tosses the hot fries with salt before piling them into a cone:
These have a great potato flavor and are a little on the greasy side. Of course, an indulgent afternoon snack is all about the grease. Check the Fry Guy’s Twitter feed (linked above) to make sure he’s out on the street before you go.
- By John Kessler, Food and More blog