Downtown the place to be for Food Truck Friday

Nate Bailey and his son, Graham, enjoy lunch on Friday during the second Garden City Downtown Vision Food Truck Friday.

By SCOTT AUST

Nate Bailey and his son, Graham, who turns 2 later this year, enjoyed a hamburger in the shade Friday during the second Food Truck Friday in downtown Garden City’s Stevens Park.

“My wife told me about it. She’s busy getting a haircut so we decided to come stay for lunch,” Bailey said as his son looked on.

People line up at the Ole Cook Shack truck during August’s Food Truck Friday.

Sponsored by Garden City Downtown Vision, Food Truck Fridays bring a variety of food offerings downtown on the first Friday of the month. The first event, in July, saw more than 1,500 people come downtown for the festivities.

Jose Rodriguez and his wife Candice own and operate the Pinky’s food truck. Currently living in Ashland, the two are Garden City natives and would like to eventually return to the community.

“We’re on a little bit of a mission, I guess, to get back to Garden City and bring our business to Garden City,” Rodriguez said, adding that they have been gone for about 11 years.

Jose Rodriguez is pictured in front of the Pinky’s food truck. He and his wife Candice are Garden City natives who currently live in Ashland.

This is the fourth season they have operated the Pinky’s trailer in Ashland. A season is typically from May through October.

Rodriguez and his wife go back and forth about what to call their cuisine.

“It’s kind of a debate between a grilled cheese and bistro-style sandwiches. So we call ourselves a ‘grilled cheese-stro,'” he said. “We couldn’t decide. We have 35 or 36 different sandwiches we can do, and when we go to an event we usually try to take three or four.”

But they always take their top-seller, the Twisted Cristo, which has turkey, pepper jack cheese, cream cheese and roasted jalapenos served on French toast and dusted with powdered sugar, with raspberry chipotle dipping sauce on the side.

Rodriguez said they want to move the truck and trailer here, and hope to move into a building in Garden City at some point in the future.

In addition to Pinky’s, other food trucks include Bubba’s Grub Kitchen from La Crosse, The Ole Cook Shack from Syracuse, Burger City, Natalie’s Aguas Frescas Deliciosas and Nature’s Way.

People sit in the shade during Friday’s food truck event at Stevens Park.

The trucks will be at Stevens Park until 7:30 p.m. tonight, and Food Truck Fridays are scheduled to return Sept. 1 and Oct. 6.

In addition,tonight from 5 to 7:30 p.m. the Garden City Area “Business After Hours” is offering a beer garden that is open to the public in Stevens Park.

On Saturday, the Downtown Summer Sidewalk Sales are happening with lots of sales from various downtown merchants. Plus, don’t miss out on the free community watermelon feed and the Garden City Arts Sidewalk Chalk competition. The sidewalk sale begins at 7 a.m.