Weekend Recap: Street Food Festival Edition

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Photos (counterclockwise from left): Sunset photo from Walk on Woodburn; Franklin eating dinner at Lucky Dog Grille; fried chicken biscuit sandwich with fried egg from Son of a Preacher Man

This past weekend we got to eat a ton of great food and do a lot of fun things, which included having dinner with Franklin at Lucky Dog Grille in Mason; Walk on Woodburn with live music, Listermann beer, and a U Lucky Dawg hot dog; pimento cheese fritters and a fried chicken biscuit sandwich with a fried egg and bourbon cocktails at Son of a Preacher Man (where we don’t eat often enough and can’t wait to try brunch); beers and an epic 90s playlist on the jukebox at The Growler House; walking the PurpleStride 5K to raise awareness for and benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network; the Fourth Annual Cincinnati Street Food Festival (details below); more 90s jams and hanging out with friends at The Growler House; chicken tikka masala (his) and paneer makhani (hers) at Ambar India; volunteering at my first Stray Animal Adoption Program adoption event (more on SAAP later this week); and a weekend finale by way of dinner (including cheese fries and ranch) at Bacall’s Cafe in College Hill.

The Cincinnati Street Food Festival has become one of my favorite events in the city. Food trucks, live music, dancing, local beer, and friends — all in Walnut Hills. What more do you need?! Doing the “Cupid Shuffle” while in line at Empanadas Aqui, that’s what.

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Photos (counterclockwise from top left): The Bad Girl (with white and pink sauce) from Empanadas Aqui; taco and quesadilla combination from Red Sesame (because of course); and general shot of the Street Food Festival on McMillan

I’ve been very vocal about my love for food trucks, and really love this event. And, even though I could have gotten something (or many things) from one of the many food trucks I know I love, I decided to instead try something I’d never had. Enter Empanadas Aqui, from where I got The Bad Girl, an empanada stuffed with shredded chicken, peppers, onions, and cheddar and jack cheeses. And if that wasn’t quite enough, there were condiments sitting outside the window: a pink sauce, which was a ketchup and mayo combination; a white sauce, which was a garlic mayo with “secret stuff”; and a third, which I honestly don’t remember because the first two already had me drooling and three seemed excessive (click here for more menu info). It was just as awesome as I was expecting. Anything deep fried has my heart (unfortunately, that can probably be taken literally), and when paired with a great condiment (or two), I’m head over heels.

Other food truck fare that our group got were smoked wings with chipotle sauce from Renegade Street Eats; salmon BLT from Harvest; street chef burger from Street Chef Brigade; and — of course — a taco and quesadilla combo from Red Sesame for “dessert” (one of our favorites).

Street food is such a simple pleasure and so delicious. Which is your favorite?

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