Spring into summer is food truck season and as a downtown Cincinnati resident and foodie AND cheapskate, I couldn’t be happier.
I look forward to the trucks for so many reasons. While some of the trucks are outposts of restaurants I go to (Cuban Pete’s, for example) many are truck-only venues where the “restaurant” comes to me. Throughout the summer, Fountain Square, Washington Park, and other spots will have a variety of trucks and a wide variety of food. Rarely does anything cost more than 10 bucks which is super cheap for a downtown meal. Depending on the venue, there may be beer or wine available. One of my favorite downtown summer meals (and all-round great evening) is an Eli’s bbq sandwich and a Rhinegeist beer at Washington Park on Thursday nights when they have free bluegrass concerts in the park. With tip = $13.
Anyway, today I had my first food truck meal of 2017 at Bones Brothers Wings. I did not have the wings even though I could smell them and I wanted them. [4 for $5, 8 for $9, 12 for $13 which seems like a deal!] But, with food trucks you have to visualize when and how you are going to eat the meal. I was planning on eating on Fountain Square, but there weren’t any tables set up. Wings were out. I am not talented enough to eat wings, standing up, without a table.
The lady in front of me got the chicken skewers, boneless chicken breast on an 8-inch skewer, 2 for $4 or 4 for $6 covered with a choice of one of their five house sauces: classic (bbq-style), Asian, Bone Brothers original , or Bone Brothers spicy or hot. They smelled and looked delicious.
I decided on the Bones Burrito: Pulled chicken breast sautéed in Bones Brothers Sauce, cilantro lime rice, black beans and corn, pick de gallo, sour cream and cheese. I got the bowl instead of the burrito for 8 bucks. I think the container weighed 5 pounds.
The chicken was very moist and tender with nice flavor. There was plenty of it on a huge bed of perfectly cooked rice. The black beans and corn and the pico de gallo added color and texture (a little more of this, and little less rice would have been perfect). The bowl was topped with a good amount of cheese and sour cream. I ate what I could and finished the rest later as a snack.
Today’s menu also had a pulled chicken and muenster grilled cheese sandwich and grilled chicken with chips ($6) and chicken nachos ($7). Service was friendly and fast. They were steadily busy, but there wasn’t a line at about 2 pm when I walked up.
Bone Brothers is a food truck to look for in the summer of 2017.
Rating: 4 1/2 out of five stars.