We’ve been eyeing the Chowder Up Seafood food truck for a while now. Last week, we decided we couldn’t hold out on the seafood truck any longer and took the plunge. Hailing from Rochester/Upstate (I think), they come quite a ways to make Food Truck Tuesday.
Last week the line was long. People seemed intrigued, scoping out the window to see what was coming out. The truck is a little beat up, which is fine, but it’s also selling seafood, so hesitation from potential customers doesn’t come as a surprise. I’m here to tell you fear not. The items we tried were delicious.
The menu we were presented with was very small, consisting of only two soups and two main items if you will. They go for a “take a break from the garbage plate” approach to their menu. The food was refreshing thanks to the lack of crispy fried everything.
- Lobster Roll ($10)
- Large, Soft Fish Taco ($9)
- Clam Chowder ($5-$7-$9)
- Mixed Seafood medley – clam, shrimp, crab ($6-$8-$10)
Before even getting close to the window and eyeing what came out, we decided on the fish taco, no lobster roll. As we got close enough to see the lobster rolls handed out right as they were ordered (pre-made and wrapped up) I knew we had made the right decision. I can only imagine how soggy a roll would get if it was stuffed with lobster and left to sit. To be fair, I didn’t try it, or even see inside one of the wrapped bundles. These are purely assumptions.
Still open minded about the fish taco, we ordered one, completely unsure of what to expect size-wise except for that it cost $9 and the menu said large. How large is large when it comes to a taco? I was 82% sure it would be monstrous. I was right. More like an open-ended burrito, this thing was packed with tons of un-fried fish. It was delightful. Each bite provoked intrigue as to what could possibly be inside. Known for being picky when it comes to fish tacos, I was sure I’d hate this one after seeing the picture – it included all the wrong seafood taco ingredients (according to me). When it comes to fish tacos, I like simple. I like cabbage. I hate tomatoes, lettuce and cheese of any kind. In my opinion, they just don’t play well with the fish. WRONG! I stand one hundred percent corrected in this case.
There were funyuns (YES, FUNYUNS), chopped tomatoes, a saucy salsa, onions, finely chopped lettuce, some kind of white delicious dilly(?) sauce and a layer of melted shredded cheese. The crunch from the Funyuns is perfect. Somehow, I wasn’t turned off at all by the lettuce, tomato and cheese. The thin sauce had a superb, loud flavor and there was fish in every bite. The words “better than lloyd’s” were uttered, but I won’t go as far as to say they are true. The two fish tacos are very different. It’s a close call.
Next we tried a cup of the clam chowder, available in three sizes. We ordered a small packed with chunky ingredients like clams, potatoes, celery, and other vegetables. It was very good, not too creamy and like I said, very chunky. I would have liked a little more flavor to come through from all of the different ingredients.
While the chowder is good, and I’d go back to try the Mixed Seafood Medley, I’d have to say the fish taco was our favorite.
After trying and loving the taco, I was tempted to get back in line to see what their lobster roll is really like. Next time. After doing some research, I found out that sometimes they serve Soft Shell Blue Crab sandwiches. If I see that on their menu in the future I’m diving in.
Don’t be deterred by the old truck or mobile seafood thing, the fish taco it’s absolutely worth a try.