Food Truck Labor of Love
By Ashley Bennett
Tornado Potato brought fried potatoes with a literal twist—spuds sliced into a connected spiral and decorated with a variety of toppings. I chose a simple Garlic Parmesan Original Tornado but there is also choices such as chili-cheese and nachos, a sweetly coated cinnamon and sugar spiral and even a zucchini option. My order was only lightly coated in the tasty flavors of a garlic/parmesan mix but after it cooled, pulling each spiral off of the tornado “kabob” was simple and delicious.
But the problem was the heat. Even though my tornado potato was great, I needed something a bit more cooling— like Mustache Mike’s. To be clear, Italian ice is much better than your average shaved ice. That stuff is just plainly just a hunk of shaved ice covered in some terrible syrup that only sinks heavily to the bottom of the cup. Not this stuff. Mike’s ice is infused with flavor, resembling the form of ice cream but rolling on the tongue with a silky smooth texture. Of two flavors, my first choice was the Big Daddy—an amazingly sweet cherry orange and pineapple swirl was amazing flavor that both resembles and tastes exactly like a Big Stick Popsicle. Is that my nostalgia talking? Nope. My second flavor, the Juicy Rancher was also a refreshingly sweet with a sour zing (made up of watermelon, lemon and sour apple swirl). Best of all it’s completely free of dairy, fat, gluten, cholesterol—and it’s kosher!