BY ERIN PALISIN
Wafels & Dinges
It seems over the past year the term “street food” has evolved from quick, cheap eats on the go to sophisticated and gourmet snacks, treats and even meals. The food truck industry has been booming everywhere, as evidenced by the popular show “The Great Food Truck Race” on The Food Network channel, and is celebrated each year here in New York with the Vendies Awards that honors our local food truck favorites. (Wafles and Dinges was a Vendy Awards Dessert Finalist in 2009.)
With winter (hopefully) behind us and sunny skies and sandals on the horizon, now is the time to get to know our local food truck vendors. Wafels and Dinges, a Belgian inspired, desert focused food truck, serves up gourmet treats that will make you feel as if you are walking down the streets of Brussels instead of 7th Avenue.
Unfortunately for my friends and dining companions, menu anxiety is something I regularly suffer from. How will you know if you ordered the wrong thing and missed out on a potentially life changing culinary experience? When I am stuck on what to order, the most natural thing to do seems to ask the experts; in this case my Wafels and Dinges cook/server. My friendly vendie recommended the “de Throwdown Wafel” that challenged Iron Chef Bobby Flay to a wafel throwdown. I was not disappointed, and did not suffer from menu buyer’s remorse as I often do. The spekuloos spread was the perfect topping to the chewy wafel. It looked, tasted and smelled very similar to peanut butter with a hint of cinnamon. It is no doubt why Time Out NY called this the “Best Condiment of 2010”.
Other menu items that sparked my interest were the BBQ Pulled Pork wafel, de bacon + syrup wafel and the de verdekke (their version of an ice cream sandwich). Also make sure to take note of the special of the day like I did my second time visiting the Wafels & Dinges food truck. This time I feasted on a wafel topped with Mascarpone cheese, fresh raspberries, honey sauce, whipped cream and powdered sugar. I chose to go with the liege wafel, which is a chewy, light wafel made from dough as compared to the Brussels wafel which is on the crispier side made from batter. (this being a fun fact learned from my vendie server, Steve. Thanks, Steve!)
Although prices are somewhat higher than you might expect at a food truck (i.e. $6 for my de throwdown wafel), menu options, welcoming vendies and quality treats make it worth the stop. The Wafels and Dinges truck is on the go throughout the city. Either call the toll free number or reference the Food Truck schedule on their website, both listed above.