El Grito a Success!

by Sarah on September 16, 2011

A fun and tasty night out on 10th Street tonight, at the west steps of the Capitol. An awesome El Grito (Mexican Independence Day) celebration, with food organized by our favorite mobile food organizers, SactoMofo.

There was a wide variety of trucks and vendors, and the lines–while lengthy at times, moved quickly.  Below is Tacos La Piedad, where we sampled a ceviche tostada and cabeza (literally, head–or cheek) and carnitas tacos.

Finally got to try out Wicked ‘Wich, specializing in monster sandwiches that include your choice of meat, fries and coleslaw piled onto soft Italian bread. These are a take on the famous Pittsburgh sandwich from Primanti Brothers.  Shown is the special “Deliverance” sandwich, with backwoods sausage, cheese, fries and slaw, the chili-cheese fries, and a sandwich with chipped ham, bbq sauce, and of course fries and slaw.

There were a few unlicensed vendors hoping to cash in on all the revelry, and Guido couldn’t resist the siren’s call of a black market chicken torta. Hey, it was only $3.

My good friend Wendy sampled the wares over at Mama Kim’s On The Go–she ordered a barbeque tri-tip sandwich which she gave a thumbs-up. Note: This sandwich usually comes with coleslaw, which Wendy opted out of.

Below is the thing I’ve been waiting weeks to try…“It’s Corn Cake”! Yes, that is what it’s called. I was excited because the pictures of the corn cake look a LOT like Nana’s Golden Corn Bread Supreme. It was similar, but sweeter and more dense like real corn bread. The jambalaya knocked it out of the park though it was a teensy bit pricy for the small container ($7).

I wasn’t really in the mood for waffles but I couldn’t even think about resisting the darling bright red VW bus called Volkswaffle. And I’m glad I didn’t, it was one of the best things I ate all night! Made with special dough imported from Belgium with little pearls of sugar stewn throughout that made pleasant little crunches as you ate it.

A really fun and relaxing way to end a busy day. And all those cute kids dressed up and waving banderas? Ridiculous. I wanted to go hug them all. Except that would be weird.

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