Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Bon Me Food Truck

The food truck movement has been gaining momentum in Boston, much to the delight of residents and tourists seeking an alternative to the fuss of restaurant dining. They are quick, inexpensive, and have long been a culture embraced in New York City and Philadelphia. I think it's pretty cool that now Boston proudly joins the ranks, forgoing a previous reputation of hostility towards the locally focused meals on wheels.
Call it a trend, call it innovation, call it evolution; food trucks delight the masses and take pride in serving cuisine that satisfies the most discerning of critics.Too often I crave the experience of a sit-down restaurant, but this Friday I simply wasn't in the mood to linger. I had lots of errands to run, I was feeling productive, I was in pretty much the opposite of relaxation mode and that feeling needed to be embraced. Enter the Government Center Food Trucks, specifically the Bon Me Truck serving Vietnamese cuisine. Their name is a play on the specialty Banh Mi sandwich which is exactly what I decided to order. A Bon Me Banh Mi ($6) fuses Vietnamese staples including your choice of grilled meat with pickled carrots, pickled daikon, cucumbers, red onion and cilantro with French influences of mayo and pate, both housemade, and puts it all on a classic French baguette. I chose the BBQ pork for my filling. The carved roast pork is sweet and perfectly grilled complimented by the pickled vegetable and herb components. An almost foot long baguette was much crispier (and larger) than I expected! But the freshness of the bread is evidenced by a soft inside that strikes a harmonious balance with the brittle crunch of the exterior. This Vietnamese (infused with French) sandwich proves to be an awesome six dollar lunch option. I washed the Bahn Mi down with what looks like your typical unassuming cup of lemonade. Lemonade indeed it is, but a Spicy Ginger Lemonade ($2.50) to be precise. If you enjoy the kick of fresh ginger (think: one that is provided by well made Dark & Stormy cocktail) then this lemonade is for you. Bon Me does not hold back on the ginger component. Bon Me is located on City Hall Plaza serving food Monday through Friday from 11:30am-3pm, April through October, along with Clover and Momogoose. These three food trucks whose missions all support a healthy lifestyle were given the opportunity grace Government Center with their presence after winning a competition initiated by Mayor Thomas Menino. I think we can all appreciate the fact that our mayor is an advocate for food trucks in Boston; he believes in offering small businesses the opportunity to prosper while simultaneously enriching public spaces. I mean, how boring was this random brick patch of pavement bordering the steps at Government Center, anyways? Now it's a bright, bustling sectioned off place to eat lunch overlooking Cambridge Street and Quincy Market. Brilliant. I'm impressed on all Food Truck fronts - with our cities decision to support the growing culture, the dedication of the purveyors following dreams and sticking to a mission; and overall with the quality and value of the food I've tasted so far.
Bon Me Truck at Gov't Center on Urbanspoon

18 comments:

  1. I haven't tried their Banh mi but I have tried both the lemonade and the Thai basil limeade which is glorious and I highly recommend you get on your next visit.

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  2. I agree... their ginger lemonade packs a punch of ginger. soooo good.

    I love all 3 food trucks. I won a month of lunches from momogoose, I love Bon Me's noodle salads, and I constantly crave Clover's rosemary french fries. I'm so glad that Boston is getting on the side of food trucks.

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  3. Yum! I love banh mi and need to check out this truck asap!

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  4. I love Vietnamese and have really wanted to try banh mi for a while. I think this calls for a day of playing hooky and hitting up food trucks!

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  5. I love food trucks and I'm happy to see that Boston is getting more! I definitely want to try that banh mi soon!

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  6. I had the same thing when I went to Bon Me, I loved that sandwich!

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  7. Haha "gingery glory."

    That looks like a pretty epic sandwich, I might have to mosey on over there for lunch SOON.

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  8. i miss philly food trucks! and i need to get here. because i want ginger lemonade and a banh mi... drooling!!

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  9. New Haven has some really great food trucks...I think I've eaten my way through about half of them...

    xoxo ~ Courtney
    http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

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  10. Z has lunch at these food trucks almost daily, and I have been dyingggg to try them out!

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  11. the food truck trend hasnt hit Hartford yet but I hope it does soon. I loved picking up good fast food at food trucks in NY.

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  12. Sounds like another fun Friday lunch! Nice to know there are great on-the-go options like this!

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  13. Bret and I tried to go here during my last week of freedom before I started my new job and we were there way too early. I wonder where they park during the weekends?

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  14. Might have to take a small lunch break field trip to try this. The ginger lemonade sounds like it would be right up my alley.

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  15. They had a food truck festival in Plymouth a few weeks ago. It's taking over! Not a bad thing.

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  16. SO jealous of cities like yours that are awesome enough to have food trucks! Everything looks delish!

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  17. Love that ginger lemonade! Stripes wants to figure out how to make it.

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  18. I walk by this truck every morning on my way to work. Did you notice any vegetarian options?

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