Dessert ruled at Trucktoberfest.
Hoboken-based Waffle de Lys nabbed Top Truck and Most Seductive Sweet honors at the food truck event at Monmouth Park today, while The Outslider won Best on a Bun and the Peoples’ Choice award.
”In Europe, when I would go skiing, I used to see all these waffle stands,” said Olivier Dunan, co-owner of Waffle de Lys. “I said, ‘I have to bring this to America.’ ”
Trucktoberfest, the fall version of the Jersey Shore Food Truck Wars, the state’s pre-eminent food truck event, drew about 10,000 people to Monmouth Park on a picture-perfect fall day.
El Lechon de Negron won the Ethnic Excellence award for their roasted pork with Spanish rice and peas and maduros (soft sweet bananas}.
Freezy Freeze won Cutting Edge honors for its German chocolate cake ice cream – chocolate ice cream with shaved coconut, sweet and spicy pecans and caramel.
And the Morris Grilled Cheese truck, which earned Top Truck honors at Jersey Shore Food Truck Wars over the Memorial Day weekend, won the Guiltiest Pleasure Award for its Delicate Cheese grilled cheese sandwich.
The Outslider’s Black Forest burger, the Best on a Bun winner, was perfectly cooked and seasoned, drawing raves from the judges.
The Newark-based truck is fairly new to the food truck biz – it’s been operating since March. Owner Bob Leahy built the truck himself, from an unusual platform.
“It’s an old RV,” he said. “We kept the bathroom.”
Other trucks included the Surf & Turf Truck; Hibachi Heaven, the Empanada Guy, Pizza Vita, Ahh! La Cart, Fork in the Road, Bacon on Wheels, Tony’s Sausage, Dark Side of the Moo, Amanda Bananas and Cupcake Carnivale.
Judges included Michele McBride of 90.5 The Night, Justine Ma of the Little Miss Local food blog, Munchmobile alumnus Meredith Schwarzber, and Munchmobile driver/reporter Pete Genovese.