Buffalo Food Truck
Often out for lunch and dinner in Buffalo.
The Flaming Fish Food Truck, a vibrant red, orange and yellow truck owned by Deanna and Shonell Johnson first started appearing on the streets of Buffalo in the summer of 2014. The name of the game is delicious fried seafood. I know what you might be thinking. Seafood from a truck? I’d rather not test my luck. And we understand. Last year when we reviewed Chowder Up, it actually took a little bit of talking ourselves into it. The same happened here. After months of secretly avoiding FF and then seeing their long line at Larkin’s 2015 Food Truck Tuesday debut, I went for it. See, you’re not the only one that needs convincing sometimes. Unless you’re Anthony Bourdain, everyone has a reservation or two. Fish from a truck is apparently mine.
The Flaming Fish food truck fills a gap in the food truck scene that went widely unnoticed (by me) before they came along with their batter and seasoning and flakey tilapia. Now I consider it a must have. It’s not groundbreaking cuisine. It’s familiar, fried comfort food with a local family’s personal twist. These guys know how to fry seafood and compliment it with sauce, sides and toppings. Perfect for summer months when you’re craving seafood and a good sandwich.
The menu consists of all things seafood, which makes sense coming from a truck named “Flaming Fish”. The day we visited, (and possibly most days) they offered a Steak Hoagie ($9) which I hear on Twitter is really good. They also offer Chicken breast ($7), but we were here for the promising aroma oozing from the truck and all signs pointed to fried seafood. You’ll find menu items like Fried Haddock Fish Fry ($10), Fried Shrimp ($12), Grilled Tilapia Tacos ($6) and a Fish sandwich ($6).
In the past specials have included things like Smoked Salmon on grilled flatbread and Cha Cha Escovitch, whole marinated fried red snapper with yellow rice and beans and pickled veggies. I must say, a whole fish, head to tail seems like a curious choice from a mobile truck. It could be the seafood thing or the just the question of how one eats a whole fish standing up, but in the end those concerns are silly (yes, silly). We recommend just going for it.
As we neared the front of the good sized but quick moving line, I started to chat with the people picking up their food. One lady that looked like she’d be friends with my mom had a burrito. Actually, it was the “Fiesta Taco”. “It’s very good” she said, “you will not be disappointed.” Right then and there my expectations sky rocketed.
- Fiesta Fish Taco ($7) – Fried Tilapia, corn, black beans, tomato, cilantro, special sauce, cheese and lettuce.
This was our favorite. More like a burrito than a taco, it packed a lot of flavor. The crunch of the batter was the perfect ying to the fresh veggie yang. The sauce was indeed special with just a tiny kick of spice but hardly anything to sweat over.
- Fish Samwich ($6) – Tilapia on a roll with onions, cheese, lettuce and tomato.
The fish was delicious. Love the seasoning in the batter. Came with fresh lettuce and tomato. Only thing that was a bit overpowering and somewhat unnecessary was the cheese – but that’s more of a personal preference. The batter is good enough on it’s own – who needs cheese.
The Flaming Fish’s Twitter profile says it all… “Good Food + Good People = Good Times”. Also – try the tarter sauce. It’s really…good.
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