Local street eats

In case you missed it, my column in last Thursday’s Go! section of the Monterey Herald included a round-up of some local street food vendors worth checking out. I’ll be reposting my reviews and stories from my weekly column for the Herald here on my blog along with extra photos that didn’t appear in print.

Slowly but surely, more street food is rolling onto the Monterey Peninsula. Farmers markets give a peek into our emerging local street food scene.

The farmers market is a great spot to grab a strolling dinner on these sunny summer afternoons, especially now that the Tuesday Old Monterey farmers market has moved to expanded summertime hours — the market stays open until 8 p.m. now.

The vibrant Babaloo truck always attracts a crowd of hungry foodies for its famous pressed Cuban sandwiches.

Monterey’s resident food truck, Babaloo, was absent from Saturday’s street food festival. (The truck was previously committed for another event.) But chef/owner Gladys Parada brings the colorful truck to the farmers market on Tuesdays.

The Lucy Lucy with chicken and avocado is my favorite on the Babaloo menu.

I’m a big fan of the Lucy Lucy ($7 correction: $8) — a pressed Cuban sandwich with juicy chicken and sweet mango and avocado salsa. It’s perfect when paired with an order of tender grilled sweet plantains ($3).

Last week, I also spotted a couple new vendors to the Tuesday farmers market.

Newcomer Three of a Kind serves up great artisan sodas at market.

If you’re feeling thirsty, check out Three of a Kind, a new craft soda company based in Pacific Grove. Owner Kate Appel serves up artisan sodas made from scratch.

The menu last week included lemon lime cilantro and tamarind cinnamon.

The menu changes week to week, but last week’s grapefruit rosemary soda was my favorite.

But the grapefruit rosemary soda ($3.50) was my favorite. It was so refreshing! The grapefruit was sweet, with a touch of tart, accented with the savory hint of rosemary.

Wolffman’s Barbecue is a new partnership with Britannia Arms to serve up barbecue fare at the farmers market.

The chili was hearty and filling, though a little heavy for such a sunny summer afternoon.

I sampled some of the hearty and filling signature Wolffman’s chili ($5).

The burger was a generous portion for the price.

I also tried the barbecue cheeseburger ($6) — a half-pound burger topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and barbecue sauce. The sauce was sweet and tart, slightly tangy on the tongue.

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