#938 – Zesty

There are some odd places that serve food in this world. The ones that stick out in my mind are the mobile food truck/van establishments. Someone can stand in the back of one of those and take your money and cook your lunch while barely swiveling at their waist. Where’s the weirdest place you have acquired a meal?

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  1. PsychoDuck says:

    The weirdest place I ever acquired a meal was actually several different places, all scattered about a big store named Costco. Probably the only time it’s a good idea to go shopping while hungry.

    The Duck Has Spoken.

  2. Space Butler says:

    As long as the bungee cord isn’t made of pasta.

  3. Ziggy Stardust says:

    Man, I don’t know what’s considered normal food consumption. I eat food that is handed to me from windows in the sides of buildings while sitting in a moving car going at speeds of up to 70 mph, and I hardly notice. I have snacked upon munchies whilst crouching at the sides of highways in what would otherwise be an entirely featureless, neverending plain. It’s crazy!

  4. Martinel says:

    I once had a paper plate filled with cold beef and broccoli handed to me in the turret of a humvee, ten minutes before a patrol. Nothing quite like breakfast with a machine gun.

  5. Enlyn says:

    On my way home to Pennsylvania from North Carolina after saying goodbye to my boyfriend before his deployment. I was incredibly sad and shaken up, and then came across a roadside pancake stand where a man and his wife woke up every day to make pancakes on a grill griddle by the side of the road for work commuters to buy. I bought some pancakes, and then they gave me free coffee after they asked why I was out so early in the morning.

  6. Take care not to confuse your own brows for noodles.

  7. Beaumains says:

    sat eating a bacon and egg sandwich wearing chain mail before a day of raping, looting and pillaging (on a movie set) listening to the girls argue over who “got” which of us soldiers; desperately surreal

  8. sco3tt says:

    Lunch from a guy with a cut-in-half 55 gallon drum grill parked next to the curb near where I used to work. That guy made the best dam ribs, I swear. Oddly, there were never any homeless persons anywhere near there, but I bet that was just a coincidence.

  9. Nighkali says:

    I ate a bowl of Cerial today. Most dangerous breakfast ever.. I mean, what if it got caught in my wind pipe! I would be majorly inconvinienced for a good few seconds.

  10. Me says:

    I think we’re missing a key factor here.. he jumped without the garlic bread!
    Where I live; we have a million of the ‘van’ styled lunch mobiles. They make some serious money; very popular. (And probably very fattening 😉
    No food is weird for me so long as it’s delicious! 😀

  11. tristessa says:

    My kitchen is very similar in size to these food vending vans. I think this is probably bad for my posture, though I hope more edible things emerge from it.

  12. Croc says:

    Well, the most appropriate weird food experience I can share is…

    No, nevermind. I guess buying burritos from the ladies in the Wal-Mart parking lot, but those are delicious and they’re like 50 cents a pop.

  13. Julie says:

    Why are there sausage stands in front of the Home Depot?

  14. Chris says:

    @Julie – You would be less likely to see them if they were around back.

  15. Andrew says:

    I’ve often foraged for meals from the trees around campus.

  16. kingklash says:

    During the warm months, I have occasionally bought tamales and/or meat pies from people who walk into my workplace. Hot, greasy, spicy food fresh from the wheeled Igloo cooler, now that’s a good lunch. If i’m lucky, they may have some big pieces of frybread to sell as well. It’s a small town, so usually the people selling are relatives, I can trust the food.

  17. Dustin says:

    I bought the best fish tacos in the world from a very badly beaten up 60’s delivery van in Providence RI that simply had the word “foode” spray painted on the side. $1.00 for three tacos and 20 minutes listening to Babu talk about fishing and as often as I could I would find that van!!!!!

  18. i.half4 says:

    They recently discovered a fifth taste bud which detects MSG. So now we can taste sweet, sour, salt, bitter and umami, the word Japaneese already used for the taste of MSG. Recently I was driving down a road taken over by strip malls. There was this fancy looking restaurant called Umami’s. Would you eat a place called MSG’s? Now that’s weird.

  19. Libramen says:

    Heard of “Ice Cream truck”? The one that goes around the neighbor with pop goes the weasel rocking through the air? The one with solemn 6″ vendor who will smile creepishly and scream “Hi, what can I get you little kiddies?”

    Well, while I was living in Wichita (waaay back), we had a Pizza truck that did almost the same exact thing, maybe minus the music as far as I remember 😐

    On side note, mobile Greek restaurant had provided such delicious food that I almost cried when I found the next day they weren’t there. :'( Oh how I miss the chicken, yellow rice, and generously spiced pita bread.

  20. mad mule says:

    i have made it an art finding really good but not very noticable eat establishments my personal favorite was lunch at a hole in the wall mexican resturant that my father and i saw from the public transport
    very good price and excellent food

  21. JippenFaddoul says:

    My wierdest was going to Safari West ( http://www.safariwest.com/ ) and having a gourmet meal after a lovely tour seeing the cheetahs and other animals. It was odd to have French Onion soup, perfectly cooked ribs, etc in a 4 course meal, then to walk 25 feet and watch cheetahs run about.

  22. calliopejane says:

    After Hurricane Katrina, there was a large influx of Hispanic workers to help with the rebuilding. And with them came….Taco Trucks!! Yay!!! A lot of them (both the workers and the trucks) have stayed, adding one more flavor in the cultural/culinary gumbo that is New Orleans!

  23. calliopejane says:

    Oh, and Libramen, I assume you meant a 6′ (six-foot) vendor. Unless you really do have tiny little 6-inch people serving you food from a truck, which would be kind of fun!

  24. Baughbe says:

    Two Stories for this: First was standing on the edge of a giant field in a full war kilt buying some unidentified meat-on-a-stick from a guy dressed as a jester while watching about 5,000 guys (and gals) in various bits of armor charge across at each other screaming. Second was the Restaurant that never was: Me and four friends were renting a house when we got a door hanger from a place called “Roller-Chicken”, a delivery chicken place. We thought it was a great idea (being a bit tired of pizza) and ordered. It was Great! A few days later we called again, and the person on the other end of the line informed us the restaurant wasn’t open yet and to call next week. We called the supposed day of the grand opening, no answer. Again the next day, and again a few days later… no answer. In short the place closed before it ever opened. And we ate food from a restaurant that never really existed.

  25. Jackson says:

    @i.half4 According to my English-Japanese dictionary, umami means flavour/taste. Wikipedia says it’s used to describe savouriness, another basic taste in Eastern cultures. Flavour enhancers like MSG increase the savouriness (-ness?) of a given food, however savouriness does not necessarily equal MSG. Also, umami is not used solely to describe savouriness (used by itself, as in a name, can mean simply “Good Flavour”).

    The Japanese equivalent of monosodium glutamate is “ajinomoto”.

  26. zan says:

    Two contenders:

    First, mountain restaurants. On popular mountain trails in South Korea, there are occasionally little shacks that sell sort of fried savoury pancake things, quite literally 3/4 of the way up the mountain. No car access, so one wonders how they get their supplies, short of hauling it up on their backs.

    Second, sidewalk restaurants – there is no wall, no real tables, only little plastic stools, no kitchen – only a portable gas burner and a giant pot. God only knows how they clean the dishes after you’re done with them.

  27. silversaraph says:

    Around here in Michigan there’s a restaurant called “The Pi”. I’ve never actually gone in, but they have a big “Pi” symbol on the front, and apparently the food has nothing to do with the number whatsoever. they sell European cuisine… (in my website.)

  28. Scarfington says:

    Food carts are pretty common in Portland. There’s one or two city blocks that are just completely filled with them. They usually have pretty good food. I get stuff from them whenever I can.

    The weirdest place I’ve ever gotten food was this waffle stand, not ’cause of the placement or anything, but because I had been totaly unaware of the existance of waffle tacos before that point.

  29. Libramen says:

    @calliopejane
    =P He may be small, but he can claw your eyes out. His war cry sounds so much like Dr. Evil’s mini-me ^_^

  30. Daniel says:

    There are more than one or two city blocks in Portland filled with food carts. At last count, there are at least 6 different city blocks full of them. Many of them are owned / operated by gourmet chefs. The cost of opening a cart is significantly less than opening a restaurant and allows for greater flexibility (menu / hours / prices). Plus, the chefs get to see their customers.

  31. Radical Edward says:

    I remember eating at a place called Todai. It was weird because it had everything I could ever want out of a Japanese restaurant.

  32. Shannonanon says:

    ahah umami is a flavor enhancer.
    Also, in Japan they make(made?) these huge blocks of basically pure MSG from seaweed, i believe. Yes, a sophomore in HS has just read a chemistry cook book thing.

    ARENT HIS EYES BURNING?? or wait, has it cooled off?

    Also hmmmmmmmmmmm

    perhaps a weird place to eat would be……….at those after funeral things. where everyone is decidedly happier than before, at the funeral. I just got back from one. Damn that was good mac n’ cheese. and steak. ahah

  33. AdmiralChaos says:

    I recall seeing a restaurant on top of a mountain that you actually have to climb up to get to…in a picture.

    2 places tie for craziest from where I’ve actually been…#1: Rainforest Cafe, #2: The Melting Pot (A Fondue Restaurant).

  34. anther says:

    Some of the little restaurants they have in disney world are pretty wacky. I remember one that purported to be a tiki bar… It was closer to a snack bar honestly, but you could sit there and watch an animatronic show featuring Iago from Aladdin while you ate.

    There was another one like that with an animatronic alien that would sing for the customers. They also had all the staff at that one in futuristic-looking uniforms, even the janitors. Kind of cool, really, but sometimes Disney just doesn’t know when to stop.

  35. maxmike says:

    Weirdest meal/place: Midnight at a street vendor stand made out of an old bus in the middle of Rio De Janiero, eating unidentified broiled mystery meat on skewers, washing it down with Brazilian sugar cane white lightning. Man. Tasted great and somehow I escaped getting food poisoning or worms or something.

  36. Ducky says:

    I once got Chicken Marsala from a gourmet restaurant attached to a Conoco. They also had things with duck in them. Great food.

  37. Arcan says:

    When eating spaghetti, does Biff ever find himself slurping on an eyebrow?

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