Our weekly bite explores the city's food trucks, one at a time, highlighting our favorite mobile dishes and snacks.
The Truck: Voodoo Van
The Cuisine: Rock and roll cuisine
Specialty Items: Alcohol neutralizing sandwiches and fried goodies
Worth the Wait in Line? Possibly the only truck where waiting in line is part of the fun.
The recipe for a successful food truck is simple: have a focus, a signature dish, and most importantly have fun doing it. By combining rock and roll attitude (they're bandmates in FlexXBronco) with a food truck, Phil Stefani, Guy Thunderbird (aka Kevin), and Seth Stowaway turn the sass and fun level up to sidesplitting eleven.
With a selection of tasty sandwiches with names like the Skirtlifter (Niman skirt steak, cole slaw, ciabatta bun) and its vegetarian seitan version Mister Sister described on their menu as "none of the meat, all of the balls," you can tell they have a good time. Thankfully you will too, especially if you order the Juju Balls (three for $6, five for $8; potatoes, mint, lemon zest, orange zest, cream cheese, served with pickled onions and housemade aioli).
The crisp handball-sized potato croquettes are creamy and crispy, not greasy, with enough citrus zest to liven them up like an effects peddle. You might be tempeted to cheap out and just get three, but trust me: you need a full order. Stefani attributes the success of the juju to one thing: "We keep it simple and awesome with some mint, lemon and orange zest, cream cheese and olive oil... panko, deep fry and top with habañero pickled onions and dip in our aioli."
Also, don't be shocked by the way the trio call out orders. "If when you order a chicken sando with a side of juju balls we call out 'cock n balls'," said Stefani. He adds "Some people get offended by some of the names on our menu and the way we call things out but this is street food, not a 4 star establishment. Have some fun!"
When this van's a-rockin', you better come a-knockin'.