Not sure how I never realized this, but there’s actually another cookie tuck on campus other than Insomnia Cookies. Cookie Confidential seems to be a relatively new truck on Temple’s campus and can be found on 12th Street, right between Norris and Berks. I’ve got a pretty crazy story to tell you about this truck.
So the other day, I just walked up to it to it to simply check it out, but obviously that isn’t what happened. I looked at their list of cookies to see what all they had and immediately thought to myself, “What. The. Hell?” Check out this list of cookies: peanut butter hot dog, cheesesteak, chipotle chocolate chip, peanut butter bacon, bacon chocolate chip, maple bacon oatmeal. What is this, Epic Meal Time? I knew I had to try at least one of these because no matter how weird they sounded, I knew I just had to try it.
I decided to give peanut butter bacon a try. It was only 95 cents so it’s a little cheaper than Insomnia Cookies. The taste was rather interesting and weird but I still enjoyed it. I had a nice sweet and salty taste to it, haha. No matter how strange or disgusting these sound to you, you should try at least one of these.
Cookie Confidential appeals to some weird tastes but still offers regular cookies like snicker doodles, chocolate chip, and sugar cookies. This truck has some great deals too like $5.50 for a half-dozen and $10 for a dozen. They also serve some other interesting creations like cupcake push-pops and cupcake jars. The issue with this truck is they’re not open late like Insomnia Cookies, which I think could hurt their chance at competition. However, I like their creativity and uniqueness so I’m gonna give them an 8 out of 10. I wonder if we’ll ever have some crazy competition between the two cookies trucks in the future.
For some reason I haven’t reviewed any of the Mexican food at Temple so I think it’s about time I did. I’m sure you’ve all seen the Wingo Taco truck on 13th and Norris, especially with its sheer size and flashy colors. This might be the only Mexican food truck on campus so I wanted to see what they had to offer.
Photo taken by Jim Davanzo
I’ve been looking for a place on campus that serves Mexican food that isn’t as expensive as Qdoba. This truck didn’t look too crowded and seemed to serve their customers really quickly. I decided to give their beef tacos a try and luckily they weren’t too expensive. I was served pretty quickly so I was excited to give these a try. Unfortunately, I was pretty disappointed.
The tortillas were really undercooked and I had a difficult time picking up the tacos to eat. Despite the fact that the tortillas were thick, the tacos continuously fell apart and I don’t know about you, but I don’t eat my tacos with a fork. Even though there were plenty of toppings to choose from, none of them had any taste whatsoever. I like my salsa hot but it literally tasted like nothing.
I’m starting to think this truck is mostly for show. Sure it’s the only Mexican food truck on campus, but there really isn’t anything else that makes it more special than the other trucks. Sure there’s plenty of variety in what to order, but I wasn’t all the impressed with their tacos. Some people seem to like this truck and others do not so maybe it’s just hit or miss. Wingo Taco didn’t really impress me so I’m only giving this truck a 6 out of 10.
So I think this is the only place on the Anderson Food Strip that I have not yet reviewed so I figured it was about time I did. I’ve actually eaten here quite a few times and overall I’d say it’s probably one of my favorite places on campus. Whether you come here for breakfast or lunch, there’s always something good to order.
Photo taken by Jim Davanzo
When I came here the other day, I decided to go with the grilled chicken gyro and sweet potato fries. I think anyone who’s ever had sweet potato fries would agree that they’re always delicious and Adriatic Grill is no exception. Their fries are always cooked to perfection and they always hook you up with a lot!
What I really want to talk about though is their chicken gyro. First of all, any one of their gyros are amazing and you can have them prepared just about any way you want. Their staff is really friendly and always seems to willing to prepare your food however you please, which is always a plus. The chicken is always very juicy and the wrap absorbs the flavor really well. Plus, these gyros are huge so they’re definitely worth the price you pay.
While Adriatic Grill’s prices might be a little higher than some other places, you’re definitely getting a lot of food so don’t be turned off by the price. What’s really amazing about this place is that they’ll pretty much serve you whatever you want, whenever you want, even if it isn’t on the menu. How many places can say they actually do that? I’m giving this place a 9 out of 10. Check it out!
When I first saw the Cha Cha truck, I knew this had to be some type of Chinese/Korean truck. There are so many places on campus that already serve this type of food, and I’m pretty curious to find out which one is the based on price and quality of food. I figured it was definitely worth checking out.
Photo taken by Jim Davanzo
One thing I immediately noticed about this place is that it’s always crowded, especially around lunchtime. I even came here around 2:00 and it was still packed, but I figured any place this popular had to be pretty impressive. After waiting in line for a while, I figured I’d give their Pork BBQ Platter a try. I obviously still had to wait a while for them to serve my order, so I was hoping the food was going to be worth it.
The food was relatively good, but nothing I was too crazy about. The pork was great but their rice was just OK. I think I could’ve made rice better than this and I’m a terrible cook, haha. However it only cost $5.50 and compared to some other places, that’s a deal.
Overall, I’d say this place serves average food, but since you’re not paying a whole lot for anything it isn’t that big of a deal. The most annoying thing about this truck is the fact that you have to wait forever to place your order and then you have to wait even longer for them to finally serve you. Do your research before ordering anything here though since I’ve heard some people complain about some of the food. Based on my overall experience though, I’d say this place deserves a 7 out of 10.
This truck seems to be a classic on Temple’s campus and I’m honestly surprised I haven’t tried it until now. As you’ve probably guessed, this truck specializes in Japanese and Korean food and has plenty of different options to choose from to customize your orders.
Located on 12th Street, this truck always seems to have a crowd around it, but then again, so do most trucks on campus. Let me start by talking about what all you have to choose from. First, you can choose between noodles and rice. Second, pick your protein. You’ve got beef, chicken, shrimp, and tofu to choose from so even if you’re a vegetarian, there’s still something for you to try here. Finally, they give you plenty of vegetables including broccoli, carrots, cabbage, onions, and bean sprouts.
Photo taken by Jim Davanzo
I decided to go with shrimp and noodles. The noodles were great. The noodles were thick and absorb the sauce really well. The shrimp was cooked perfectly as well. Not overdone, but still very warm and crisp. You can tell this truck has been around for a while because of how well everything is cooked and prepared.
So overall, I’d give this truck a 9 out of 10. If you haven’t tried a lot of Asian food and are looking to expand your horizons, definitely check this place out. They have so many options to choose from so you’re bound to find something you’ll like. They also have plenty of other options including soups, dumplings, and even chicken wings. Definitely check this place out; you won’t regret it.