By Jonathan Winslow | Orange County Register News
Once a week, near the Irvine Lanes bowling alley, a plethora of scents and sounds dance through the air, as some of the finest food trucks in Orange County gather to dish out their best to hungry Irvine residents.
Every Tuesday, a different set of food trucks converge at what’s known as OC Din Din A Go Go. Frequent visitors include fan favorites such as The Lime Truck and The Burnt Truck, as well as many others.
Even fairly picky eaters should find something that appeals to them, as the variety of trucks offers an array of options. Customers can take their pick from the different trucks, with options ranging from steak tacos, pulled pork and carnitas fries, to chicken, waffles, barbeque, funnel cakes, and lobster corndogs, just to name a few.
What’s more, those looking to enjoy these tempting morsels won’t have to worry about breaking the bank. The average order runs about $10 or less, which means there may be money left over for seconds.
Many of the trucks have TV monitors attached, giving customers something to watch while they eat. Some even play music, going the extra step to set up an enjoyable atmosphere for those enjoying their meals.
One such truck is the Tailgate Truck, run by Amish Dani. The extra effort toward a comfortable atmosphere tells customers “Don’t just come and eat, come and hang out,” said Dani.
Food truck gatherings such as OC Din Din A Go Go pull in all kinds of patrons, including those curious to try food trucks for the first time.
What’s more, gatherings aren’t formed out of a sense of competition, but rather out of a spirit of companionship amongst food truckers.
“It’s good when you have more than one truck in a location,” said Dani. “It gives people variety, it gets more people to come out, it’s like strength in numbers, I guess you could say.”
The enthusiasm of the food truck workers is matched by the clientele, some of whom bring their own chairs and set up mini picnic areas to enjoy their dinner.
“Almost every time, it’s amazing,” said Keith Hickson, 20, who frequents the gathering. “They don’t mess around.”
Those who are curious about checking out OC Din Din A Go Go should be advised that though the food selection is vast, seating is a bit more scarce.
Many customers simply take their food and eat in their cars, so if you’re looking for a comfy place to sit, you may have to provide a seat for yourself.
The gathering can be found every Tuesday from 5:30 to 9 p.m., just across from the Irvine Lanes bowling alley.