Keep on Truckin': H-Town Streats

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Each week I'll be visiting a different food truck and reviewing one of their items. Know of a particular food truck I should move to the top of my list? Let me know in the comments section.

Today we've got H-Town Streats and their pork barbecue quesadilla. It took me a while to decide what item I wanted to order here. The tacos sounded good, the meatloaf slider looked interesting, and the green chili cheese steak certainly whet my appetite. But the pork was calling to me. And since they change their menu so often, who knows when I'd be able to order it again?

This is certainly not the snazziest-looking of the food trucks out there, but it did have a pretty diverse menu, and each plate comes with an H-Town Streats temporary tattoo, which is just plain fun. Plus, the gentleman taking our order was extremely friendly.

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The pork itself was very tender, so no complaints there. The quesadilla could have used a little more barbecue sauce and a little less cheese. It was quite tasty, but the cheese somewhat overshadowed the smoky barbecue flavor of the pork.

For $5, you get a pretty decent-size portion. However, you can probably get the same amount (if not more) for less at a variety of Tex-Mex joints in town. The quesadilla was served alongside some green tomato corn relish which I was excited to try. It sounded like a good accompaniment but turned out to be a little bland. I'd have much preferred some good, old-fashioned ranch dressing. Or better yet, a blue cheese dressing.

In all, I thought this dish was good, but not great. Would I seek it out again? Probably not. But if I see H-Town Streats on the street, I'd most likely stop by, as many items on their menu piqued my interest. Have you been to H-Town Streats yet? What are your thoughts? Don't know yet? Find the truck through Facebook or Twitter and give it a try.



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H-town strEATs
H-town strEATs

Not the snazziest? Our truck is all about the snazz!

Scarwars
Scarwars

@ Kevin and Stacy: seems a little biased that you both write for the same blob... err blog and both are getting rather defensive of other peoples opinions. you should allow other people the courtesy of thinking whatever they want, just as you do of strEATs items. I will suggets that next time, you order more than one item, just like you did at Good Dog and other trucks and just review one of the items. Just mah humble opinion.

PS: Guys, Stacy isnt a food critic, shes a blogger who has an opinion and is entitled to her own (somewhat infantile) taste in food. She's allowed to have her opinion and who knows, maybe the quesadillas were a bit over cheesed, tho i dont understand that concept. But i digress. If you all wanna see an epic battle between two gourmet food trucks, come to Pearl Bar on Sunday evening and watch the awesomeness unfold. Proceeds will go to Red cross Houston.

Size34dress
Size34dress

PSS: Scarwars isn't just a food critic, she's also a professional eater. Nom nom nom...

Kevin Shalin
Kevin Shalin

Stay classy Scarwars.

Scarwars
Scarwars

Classy is how i roll. Also, I found a quesadilla for $3.75 at Chiloso's on 20th st, but didn't try it out because the Chappell Hill sausageNpeppers taco was calling my name. It was effing delicious.

PsS to 34: I'm not a critic nor prof. eater, i just crush a lot.

Kylee Reece
Kylee Reece

Based on these comments, I think Houston Streats may have an internet mafia of some sort. I hope they aren't about to take a hit out on Stacy!

Duckface Free America
Duckface Free America

Stop making that duckface. Thank you.

Kylee Reece
Kylee Reece

I'm not sure what this has to do with my comment, but thank you for the unsolicited advice.

LoverofGoodFood
LoverofGoodFood

I appreciate an un-biased review so that I can make an informed decision when eating from a truck.  I have been making my way around to the trucks in Houston too and have been pleasantly surprised by Oh My Pocket Pies, Phamily Bites, Off the Hook Catfish & Shrimp & H-Town Streats.  Everyone working the trucks have been VERY friendly and the food choices I made have been delcious!  But, it seems that some trucks seem to get more press & reviews than others..I think that is unfair but am glad to be reading more blogs/articles lately.  Keep up the good work Stacy! 

Michael Rodriguez
Michael Rodriguez

I have been to Htown StrEATs several times and have loved every delictible morsle of food. Jason and Matt serve up new dishes every time I have the pleasure of stopping by the truck.  I hope you get the chance to try some more menu items, because I think you will fall in love like I did.

Greenway Customer
Greenway Customer

This truck is a must try!  The parmesan truffle fries are addictive, and they are almost always on the menu.  I must agree with everyone else that the balls are delicious, especially the Monte Cristo balls.  I have visited them many times, and I am never disappointed.  You may be able to get a quesadilla somewhere else for $5 or a little more, but I guarantee that it will not be made with as much care and with as high quality ingredients as you'll get at H-town Streats.  I also would have to argue that you could never have too much cheese in a quesadilla.I know the author was there for only one meal, but maybe ordering a few more items to sample their menu would have given a better perspective of what all the truck has to offer.  Just a suggestion!  :o)

Hugh Ramsey
Hugh Ramsey

Agree with this, I'm not a huge truffle fry fan, but these, with Valentino hot sauce added, well, it didnt suck.

Vvalka13
Vvalka13

Where is it located?

Greenway Employee
Greenway Employee

Check them out on Facebook - mostly in The Heights type area, but sometimes in Greenway when we're lucky!! :-)

Stacy Zane
Stacy Zane

It's not really about everything the truck offers. I'm one girl, trying a food truck each week. But generating a discussion on what else is offered and what other people like IS a part of it. So I welcome the comments, suggestions, etc. That's what it's about. This was MY take on one item. As I said, the diverse menu would bring me back. But these quesadillas might not. 

Greenway Employee
Greenway Employee

Stacy - understood. We get all excited and defensive of these guys when we don't think they're getting their props! Can you tell?? :-) Anyway, guess that is a good excuse for you to hit them up again. You know you want to try those Monte Cristo balls. They're like crack, but legal.

Jessica Bolaños
Jessica Bolaños

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Mhubbard1
Mhubbard1

H-Town's tacos and balls can't be beat.

T.L. Hamilton
T.L. Hamilton

Oh man. H-Town Streats is amazing. Maybe it was a bit of bad luck that day; every time I've eaten their food it's been like manna from heaven.

Clumsy Plumsy
Clumsy Plumsy

I had their korean cheese steak sandwich once, it was the bee's knees.

Ruthie J M
Ruthie J M

I like the new food truck feature. However, it's misleading to write about these trucks based on a single dish alone. Why not grab a few friends so you can ate least sample their choices, too? I've tried the risotto balls, parmesan fries, falafel taco, short rib taco, frito pie hot dog, and popcorn creme brulee from this truck, and all have been wonderful. The guys who run it are super friendly. It's a great one to support, and I'd hate to see people avoid it based on a gross-looking barbecue'd quesadilla.

Kevin Shalin
Kevin Shalin

Ruthie...I am curious...how is this misleading?  Her first line of the piece states she is reviewing one item.  How is this any different than most On the Menu pieces on this blog?  She didn't write a review on the truck, nor should she.  She wrote a review on the quesadillas.  And I agree, the guys are super friendly, but what does that have to do with the quesadilla she ate? As a reader, I see this as they missed the mark on this particular dish on this particular night, and nothing more.

Ruthie J M
Ruthie J M

OK, perhaps "misleading" isn't the right word. But I didn't want to write the word lame. Just because she says she's only reviewing one item doesn't make it a solid/valid post. Love the idea of going to one food truck each week -- that's great -- but how would anyone know if they'd like to try it based on one item? Food truck, brick-n-mortar restaurant, caddyshack, whatever. That's incredibly hit-or-miss. A lot of places suck, but she might find the lone rockin' item. And this place is great, and she finds the one sucky dish. Like I said, I'm not looking for anything major -- but why not grab some friends and get a better snapshot? Plus, if like the "On the Menu" posts, it's just on one item -- why is the title: "Keep on Truckin': H-Town Streets"? That implies a look at the entire truck.

Sunny Bogden
Sunny Bogden

I agree with Ruthie.  One item isn't enough to really get an idea of what a truck/restaurant is really like.  Also in the case of H-town Streats, they don't even have the same items all the time so reading about an item only to find out that it's not there when you go can lead to disappointment.  On the otherhand, it is nice to know which items stood out.  Perhaps if the approach were to try several dishes and report back on the one standout, it would keep inline with the short format but still infer a broader outlook. Reviewing more than one item is especially useful in regards to this particular truck, I've visited several times to carefully persue the menu and patiently wait in line only to have someone in front of me order the last portion of my choice.  I heart the risotto balls and the monte cristo balls and the boudain balls  Pretty much anything in ball form is good and I don't think I've had a bad dish there. Thanks for the review!

Ruthie J M
Ruthie J M

Kevin and Stacy -- I'm not trying to offend, and I apologize if it sounded that way. Blogging on multiple dishes is not "Shilcutt territory." Katharine visits a place 3+ times (and samples, I'm guessing, 10+ dishes) before writing a review; I'm not looking or asking for that. However, anytime I (as a blogger) write about a place, I try to give a complete picture and let readers decide for themselves whether or not they'd like to visit. I'm not saying that's the best/only way, but it's just my preference. I don't get that here, which is why i pointed it out as something to consider. To your point, it's well stated that Stacy will only talk about one dish... I just personally don't enjoy that tactic. I'd rather have a tiny bit more. I'm not asking her to go more than once. But again, if she grabbed one buddy -- I'll even volunteer myself as an olive branch -- and they sampled three dishes among them, that's much more indicative of whether or not someone might want to eat there.  I'm sorry I missed your point about the guys being nice -- of course that has nothing to do with the food, itself. But as I said, I'd hate to steer people away from this truck, which is well run by nice folks, based on a single dish.

Stacy Zane
Stacy Zane

Ruthie, I can see your point about how the title could be misleading. Perhaps we'll work on that. But as I said before, these are about my experiences with the dishes I choose to order at whatever food truck I visit that week. Then it's up to the readers to generate some discussion. What are the other good items? What should I have ordered instead? And so forth. I would never write a whole food truck off based on one item. And I don't believe I did here. 

Kevin Shalin
Kevin Shalin

Ruthie, way to take the high road with your use of "lame".  I've stated my stance on most of your issues, so I won't re-hash that. Reviewing multiple items from one place is getting dangerously close to Shilcutt territory.  That's not Stacy's job, and you of all people should know that.  But, you never addressed one of the main issues I had with your initial comment...what does the guys being nice have to do with the quesadilla?  I agree that they are, but am still curious.  Also, I've eaten at H-Town Streats once...refer to their FB fanpage for my straight shooting comments.  I am very supportive of the Houston food truck scene and wish nothing but the best for their ventures.

Frank
Frank

Your blog is great!  I love getting new lunch ideas from it, and your food choices are unique and adventurous.  A pork bbq quesadilla, yes please!  Blending two of my favorite foods is an awesome idea, and sounds delicious!  And who doesnt love ranch?!  It makes everything 10x better!  In fact, I think there is a joke about a Texas girl and ranch dressing.  Keep up the great work, I am excited to try out H-Town's Steats.  

Ray
Ray

Blue cheese and ranch? Did you used to work at Hooters? And where is a five dollar quesadilla in town? And how could you pass up the green chili cheese steak and go with the quesadilla?

Keith Freitag ©™2011
Keith Freitag ©™2011

you should've tried the grilled cheese with roasted red peppers and proscuitto.. OMG it was awesome! The mexican cheese steak was OK but the boudan balls were awesome.

Stacy Zane
Stacy Zane

Not on the menu that day either. But again, that sounds good! I love anything with proscuitto. 

Guest
Guest

Try their short rib grilled mac n' cheese. And, I rather like the trucks funky decor.

Stacy Zane
Stacy Zane

Now that sounds good. But it wasn't on the menu that day :-(

Hugh Ramsey
Hugh Ramsey

Where can I get quesadillas inside the loop for less than $5?

Stacy Zane
Stacy Zane

Well I wasn't only referring to inside the loop. Sorry about that. But at Ruchi's, you can get a huge serving for just $1.19 more. 

Sam
Sam

I've tried H-Town a few times and have never been disappointed. I love the diversity of their menu and that they offer a varied combination of food that I wouldn't have sought to try myself.  My favorite is the risotto balls and the parm truffle fries. I look forward to trying other things on their menu.

CameronByars
CameronByars

I haven't tried H-Town Streats yet... but I highly recommend Bernie's Burger Bus!

craig
craig

When the food truck trend dies can you start reporting on which Quickie Mart has the best five day old sandwich?

Kylejack
Kylejack

Speaking of good food at quickie marts, check out the gyro at Al's.

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