Saturday, May 14, 2011

Lunch at Clover Food Truck

On Thursday, I crossed a Boston food experience off my to-do list.

Clover Food Lab has five trucks in Boston and Cambridge and I went in search of the Government Center truck. It's tucked to the right of City Hall between two Asian food trucks: a little foodie enclave in an unlikely location. The Government Center and State Street areas are tricky for lunch and, having had more than my share of Midtown Manhattan deli salads, I was delighted to steer clear of the sandwich-and-salad shops and to order the $5 chickpea fritter sandwich instead.

It's a fresh, colorful sandwich: chickpea fritters (lighter and smaller than your usual falafel), carrots, tomatoes, cucumber, onion, shredded cabbage, hummus, and yogurt stuffed in a whole wheat pita and wrapped in tinfoil. All together delicious and, since I arrived just after the lunch service began, the fritters were also made-to-order.

As I sat on a bench near the Old State House, a woman wrapped up in a long, black raincoat stopped, eyes wide, to ask me where I got the sandwich. Between bites, I pointed around the corner.

So, a heartfelt thank you to Clover. Thank you for saving us from deli salads.

* For more on the Boston food truck scene, check out the May 11th - 24th issue of The Improper Bostonian, page 10. The short profile maps out some food carts and trucks along the Rose Kennedy Greenway. I'd love to spend a day working my way down the Greenway, cart by cart. The Cupcake Cart sounds good....

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