Eat the Street Garlic

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About 6,000 people turned out for Friday’s Eat the Street, the biggest crowd in the event’s seven-month history. Theme for the night: everything garlic. Almost all the nearly three dozen food trucks and street food vendors had at least one garlic dish on the menu — yes, that includes desserts — almost all were swamped with long lines, and by the night’s end, most had run out of food.

And the weather? Near-perfect, with a by-now-customary double rainbow arcing over the scene. Cool temps, light breezes. Which was lucky for Kakaako, because 6,000 people breathing collective garlic fumes made this a night to remember.

Here’s a look at the scene:

Eat the Street Garlic

From the 4 p.m. start to the 9 p.m. end, the parking lot was packed with peeps.

— Photo by John Garcia

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27 comments
M
M

The ETS is great but for me it's not worth my time waiting in looong lines for food. I have more important things to do with my time.

Annoddah_Dave
Annoddah_Dave

EO: to me the problem I have with ETS is that most, if not all, the vendors do not have a sampler size where you can quickly taste their best and try someone else. i mentioned this the last time i saw the organizers. They try to encourage this, but the vendors seem fixated on selling their normal size stuff. We ended up finding the shortest line and then got filled with a full sized plate lunch. Like you said, the best way to ETS is go with ten gadzillion friends so you can eat family style and try a bunch of different truck fare. But with so many people, it is hard to eat standing up. Next time will need to bring your own chair.

ElenasFilipino
ElenasFilipino

Fantastic Video Mari! I like how you came in like a NInja ~ snapped a quik vid and you were gone! Love it!

EurekaGal
EurekaGal

What's the date for the next Eat the Street? Great choice for a theme, too. Sweating from all the peppers will help folks cool off in the heat.

chopchopmedia
chopchopmedia

Good job on the video, @nonstopmari! Careful, we might put you to work editing videos for @chopchopmedia!

chicagoeatz
chicagoeatz

The Eat the Street event is only gonna get even hotter next month! What a great turn out and awesome video, it really did capture the essence of the event.(Considering we were too busy at Chicago Eatz to even know our own names. LOL) Wish you could smell the garlic thru my computer tho...

DianeSeo
DianeSeo

Great video, Mari. Really captures the energy of last night's event. Made me feel like I was back at ETS.

seantaketa
seantaketa

Getting too crowded for me! So, I'm glad the video captures the essence... well done. Now just need someone to pick up and deliver!

MyongChoi
MyongChoi

That's a gross pic of me! Look like I get hives on my tongue! LOL

808marv
808marv

I felt good for the ETS event itself as the turnout seemed to be the largest since the first one held at Kakaako back in March. Personally though it was frustrating as I only got to eat one of the many themed dishes I planned to try. I got there a little later than I wanted--just before 6:30--but still...I couldn't believe how many items were sold out by that time! There was no waiting for lines to thin out like previous Eat The Streets 'cause they never really thinned out until the trucks called no mas. Oh well it was good to chitchat with the usual foodie friends at ETS, some of whom came even later than I did and were *really* shut out! Till next time...if I can get off work early. ;-)

johngarcia
johngarcia moderator

Had a great time tonight. Huge turnout, weather held out until right after the event finished. Thank you all for coming out. Next month is "Heat the Street" — everything hot and spicy!

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

@Annoddah_Dave i've also said from the bgng i'd love to see smaller sizes, like at sf's off the grid or the great hawaiian lunch wagon fest. who knows? event is still young and evolving.

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

@chopchopmedia thnx shirley -- esp for the tricks i 'borrowed' from ur awesome eatthestreet video :)

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

@DianeSeo thnx. i'm hungry. wish i WERE back at ets. wonder which trucks are back on the street today?

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

@808marv how abt u coordinate w/ fellow tweeps, decide who's going to get what and share? i was relying on the ever-present spread at the nonstop booth, figuring i'd be too busy working to stand in line, but there was no spread. :( i picked at a leftover salad. thank god @onopops handed me a korean candied garlic fudgsicle, bc that was my dinner, and the supah garlicky shrimp plate from @ono4grandmags was our collective dessert :D

chant808
chant808

@johngarcia Mmmm, I'm so there. Glad ETS had a great night, even if I missed all but the end of it!

DianeSeo
DianeSeo

@nonstopmari Your appetite is getting more ravenous each month. You still want more food truck eats?

808marv
808marv

@nonstopmari Well I just didn't count on the *constant* waves of people from start to finish. I think if I concentrated on getting food I would have felt a little more satisfied, but like I said I did try to wait out the lines and that ended up being a mistake. I know what to do next time, just gotta re-adjust the game plan!

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