Flipping through TV channels early last summer, I stumbled upon an episode of TLC’s Best Food Ever: Fab Food Carts. Intrigued by the intro, I decided to tune in. Fab Food Carts, part of TLC’s six-part Best Food Ever series which aired in May of 2010 took viewers on a “cross-country culinary tour”selecting the nation’s top 10 food destinations for each of the episode’s categories.
From authentic Mexican Cuisine at El Charrito in Connecticut, to decadent dessert waffles at Waffles & Dinges in NYC, hearty seafood bisque from Sam’s Chowder Mobile in San Francisco, to creative artisan ice cream from Sweet Republic in Arizona, the show featured a variety of unique food-on-the-go.
My favorite food truck from the show features local, organic, vegetarian fare: Clover Food Lab. The fresh juices & teas, colorful sandwiches, and amazing-looking rosemary fries were extremely appealing and when I saw that the truck’s main stop is in Kendall/MIT square in Cambridge (just a few T stops away from Tufts) I was determined to try it!
One year later, with graduation rapidly approaching, a visit to Clover Food Lab was still on my bucket list. Thanks my friends for taking an afternoon visit to MIT (and Amit for driving us!) I finally made it to Clover. It was wonderful!
Even the guys who were with me, who were a bit skeptical of a vegetarian meal, were thrilled (and full) with our food. We also LOVED the fresh-brewed teas and star anise lemonade. Clover is impressively high-tech, with its online menu updated daily and its convenient wireless credit card machine through a company iPhone. The truck is also known for its eco-friendly nature. According to an article written about Clover in MIT News, the truck “runs on biodiesel fuel made from used vegetable oil.” Nice. I will definitely be back next time I am around MIT!