Sunday, May 25, 2014

SoWa Sundays and food trucks in South Boston

The weather was finally cooperating this weekend so the Mo and I packed the dogs and headed to South Boston for the SoWa OPEN MARKET only open on Sundays from May through October.

There were no available spots for off street parking so we parked in one of the lots for $ 7.00, which I thought was pretty reasonable.

We crossed the street and was steps away from the SoWa Vintage Market which is an indoor facility featuring many vintage collections of clothes, accessories, art work and furnishings.  The website describes it as a "cool urban vintage flea market."

SoWa Vintage Market
Outside the doors, we walked through the Arts Market that had many vendors selling handmade arts and crafts.  There were many things that I've never seen before that were really cool and funky.  There were baby clothes, art works, mugs made out of beer bottles and herbal teas and soap.  Most of the booths accepted credit cards.  The area reminded me of the Indie Craft Show  in Seattle.

SoWa Arts Market
SoWa Arts Market Custom Art Work

After we browsed the goods, we walked through a little pathway and down a few stairs to the Farmer's Market.

The stands were a little underwhelming.  I was expecting much more produce than what was offered.  There were more specialty snacks like nuts, popcorn and donuts than fresh vegetables.  There were a couple of hot sauce stands and a really cool meat stand selling packaged bacon between $ 8-11.00.  The best seller seems to be the homemade donuts stand.

Chewie and Odie met some new friends at the open market.

After exploring the different areas, it was time for the real fun to begin! We headed over to the food truck court featuring 25 local food trucks.  Maybe it's still early in the season, but there was not 25 trucks present, maybe 20.  The popular trucks were present: Roxy's , MeiMei, Chubby Chickpeas, Stoked, The Chubby Chickpea, Bon Me and many more...

SoWa Sundays Food Truck Court
There was a food court dining area set up with chairs and tables on each side of the food truck area.  

Since it was around 1:00 PM, the lines for some of the popular food trucks were long.  We steered clear of Roxy's and the Chubby Chickpea as it looked like we would be eat dinner by the time we got our food.

I was disappointed that we just didn't wait because we settled for the lines that moved fast.  We started off with pork belly sliders from Fugu that was fatty and let much to be desired.  For $ 3.00 a piece, I could have gotten (3) tastier roast pork bun from China town.   I was under the impression that the pork would be crispy or braised in sauce to be more tender.  There were no scallions or garnish to dress up the dish.  It was plain and boring.

The Mo was in the mood for a hot dog so he went to the make shift trolley and got a Western all beef hot dog topped with cheese, onions and salsa for $ 7.00.

Trolley Dog at SoWa Food Truck Court Sundays
I headed over to MeiMei and got the "Double Awesome" which was actually pretty awesome!  The "Pita-like" wrap was actually a slow poached then fried egg topped with pesto and Vermont cheddar wrapped in a scallion pancake.  For an extra $ 2.00, I added the House Bacon.

The company just opened a brick and mortar location at 500 Park Drive in Boston.  The restaurant features a rotating menu  that includes similar things prepared on their food truck.

MeiMei Double awesome scallion pancake sandwich
We didn't have room for dessert but there were a couple of options that included made to order crepes and homemade ice cream.

We had a great time walking around SoWa Open market and saw many cool things.  We continued on our visit to Boston and headed to the Boston Common with the dogs.

Arts Market - Vintage Market - Farmer's Market - Food Truck Court

10AM- 4 PM

460 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02118

$ 7.00 Parking available 
Dogs Welcomed

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