On the Road: 5 Fusion & Sushi Bar (Bend, OR)

I'm not a professional.  I've said it time and again.  Usually it's to remind the people reading my ramblings.  I do it a a defensive measure.  You don't like my use of profanity?  The fact that I spend so much time writing about places that are out of town?  That so much of my writing is focused on things like burgers and Asian food?  Too bad!  I'm not a professional writer.  I'm sure as hell not a professional food critic.  I make no money doing this (notice the lack of ads on my blog?).  Sometimes I get an invite to a soft opening, or a free bottle of a condiment in the mail, and that's about as lofty as it gets.  I'm the one spending my own time and money, burning gas, putting wear and tear on my car, and so I go to the places I want to go and order the things I want to eat.  This whole thing is meant to be informative to those who want the information.  But every once in a while I get someone who accuses me of trying to ruin a business, or schill for another one, or complains that I write about taco trucks so much, and I feel the need to remind them that I am not a professional.

A few nights ago, I was the one who was reminded of just how non-professional I am.  That's karma for you.

5 Fusion & Sushi Bar


Bang on the Wall Burgers

Okay, this is going to be such a quick one that usually I'd go back for a second visit to pad it out, but it's a means to an end so bear with me.  Tonight from 5-8 pm is the second weekly installment of Food Trucks in the Park at Ann Morrison Park downtown, courtesy of Idaho Food Truck Coalition.  I went last week, when unfortunately the weather wasn't welcoming and the turnout was kind of sparse.  As I walked the line of trucks, they were pretty evenly split between trucks I had already written about and trucks I hadn't yet visited.  However, there was only one truck I had visited but had not yet written about, so it seemed like a good time to remedy that.

Bang on the Wall Burgers


Even Stevens

The sandwich is a wonderful thing.  From the majestic simplicity of the grilled cheese or the PB&J to the iconic BLT, torta and Cubano, cramming stuff between two hunks of starch results in everything from comfort food to art form.  The Valley certainly has been seeing a boom in sandwich joints lately, and while many are admittedly chain eateries, not all chains are created equal.  A couple of days ago I had the pleasure of attending the soft opening of Boise's newest entry in the sandwich scene, Salt Lake City-born Even Stevens.

Even Stevens

Bowld Over

Yesterday, I wrote a review of a new truck on the local street food scene called Mad Mac (spoiler alert: I wasn't a fan).  What I didn't mention is that the same owners brought two trucks to Boise when they moved here.  That's right, the mac and cheese truck has a sister truck that I visited the very next day at the very same spot.  I'm sure at least one or two of you are thinking "Come on, give these people a break!", but hear me out.  You just might be surprised.  I was.

Bowld Over truck

Mad Mac

Ah Spring, when the food trucks are in bloom.  The Southern Idaho Food Truck Feast is still going strong on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  The Idaho Food Truck Coalition is becoming a great source to keep track of which trucks are where on any given day, as well as arranging for a gathering of vendors at Ann Morrison Park on Thursdays.  And the old reliable Food Truck Rally peeps are having their first two events of the year this month on the 15th and 29th.

While we have lost a few trucks and had a few others who have evolved into brick and mortar locations, others are popping up to take their places.  One of the newbies, Mad Mac, transplanted here from Utah at the beginning of the year.  As you might expect from the name, they specialize in macaroni and cheese concoctions.  And since they're one of the regular trucks on Slanted Rock's rotation, they're in my neck of the woods fairly often, and I took advantage of a particularly nice day a few weeks back to check them out.

Mad Mac truck