The heat of the day could not keep the hoards away from Second Friday at Abacoa's Food Truck Invasion. The amphitheater lawn was filled and there were lines at nearly every truck as folks carried away everything from churrasco beef and Cajun sweets to teryaki chicken and Veracruz-style tacos.
Here's the best of what could be seen and heard at Second Friday:
- The crowds was big, but not so much so that parking or seating was lacking. You could still snag a spot in the shade, on a bench or on the grass. This event draws students from FAU Honors College, the after-work crowd from Scripps, Abacoa residents and folks who drive in from surrounding cities. You're bound to see someone you know.
- The music was lively and all-inclusive: you won't find twerking teens or screaming wannabe pop queens. Instead, you'll see toddlers hopping, kids doing cartwheels and adults sitting and enjoying the sounds. You can hear the music all over the venue, but it's not intrusive.
And of course, there's the food. You want it, you'll find it:
- The bargain of the night had to be the shrimp poppers from Monte's Country Cajun Cookin' - $4 for a basket of fresh, hot and crispy shrimp with a mayonnaise-based sauce drizzle. The portion was more generous than most brick-and-mortars. Don't miss the apple crumb bread pudding with rum sauce. This truck hits all the important food groups: a little fruit, mostly fried and really Cajun.
- The Farmhouse Food truck did make to Abacoa, and speaking of fruit, the grilled Vermont Cheddar cheese with apples and a side of truffle fries brought the childhood favorite into adulthood. Using the apples in the sandwich keeps the cheese from oozing and the bread from sliding, and the slight sharp-sweet taste works perfectly.
- You think you've had tacos, but not like these. Tacos Veracruz are true Mexican tacos - smaller and more delicate than those overstuffed Tex-Mex messes. You get real flavor with these, whether you choose beef, chicken or chorizo.
- The line in front of the Miami Press truck had to mean there was something good. And there was: a macaroni and cheese ball made with eight types of cheese. Proof positive that there is no end to the number of things you can do with an endless supply of cheese.
Miss this event? It comes up again Friday, Oct. 11 from 5 to 9 p.m. in Abacoa Town Center at the amphitheater at Town Center Drive. Bring friends, share plates, dance and drink (responsibly).