Last Friday, I finally got to attend, and eat at, the Night Market at H(udson) & 8th street.
This was a first for me, as my previous attempts had ended with me getting there too late in the evening and everyone being sold out already.
H & 8th is a monthly meet-up for food trucks from around the Oklahoma City area, hosted by Elemental Coffee.
The event takes place on the street outside of Elemental’s shop, and combines drinks and coffee from them, with food from several trucks, live music, adult beverages, and a chance to enjoy the outdoors.
Originally plagued by legal problems, stemming from the inability of the Oklahoma City government to issue proper permits, and a surprise raid by police and health inspectors after the city informed the police of their own mistake. All of those issues have since been resolved, out of court, and the relationship is much more amicable.
You can be assured all of the food here is safe to eat thanks to a health inspector that attends each gathering, and you will be safe now that the city police provide officers to maintain the street closure and safety of patrons.
Now it’s just good, wholesome, family fun.
I suggest getting there early, because as I have found out in the past, they can sell out quick.
This is also a good way to keep up on local food trends as many of the new trucks popping up in town have made this a proving ground for their businesses.
The April event hosted a total five food trucks, a fairly average gathering, so there is definitely something for everyone, no matter how picky you are.
Wild Al’s Barbecue, Roxy’s Ice Cream Social, and Wok Stop all made appearances, along with an egg roll truck and a Nathan’s Hotdogs vendor.
Wok Stop provides a broad selection of Chinese food favorites, simple and quick; they give you a lot of food for your money.
For ease of preparation on their end, all of the dishes are made with chicken so they can mix and match sauces and ingredients at will.
Be aware that some of their dishes, like the Kung Pao Chicken, can be pretty hot, so be sure to tell them if you prefer your food a bit less spicy.
Wild Al’s brought a whole different experience, providing some totally different dishes than what you would expect from a barbecue truck.
We had to try both the Pulled Pork Sundae, and the Southwest BBQ Quesadilla.
The sundae was made of two large dollops of mashed potatoes covered in pulled pork and a pork gravy, served with artisan bread. As the first meat and potatoes sundae I’ve ever had, I have to say it was a rousing success and definitely one of a kind.
The quesadilla was also tasty; a mix of spicy pulled pork, onions, bell peppers, and jack cheese, topped with a chipotle sauce.
Unfortunately, we missed out on the “Italian” Sandwich, roast beef and au jus with Italian seasonings on a baguette style roll, but it looked pretty good as well.
Roxy’s was the hit of the party for my son.
A very distinct truck, you know right away that Roxy’s is bringing the home-made ice cream and ice cream sandwiches. Even my two-year old son could tell, and we were the first in line when they opened, because he might have died if he hadn’t gotten some of the ice cream soon.
We managed to try the pecan, coconut, and strawberry ice creams, and we were impressed by all three. not only was it good quality ice cream, it actually contained the ingredients for which the flavors were named.
The event takes place on the last Friday of each month, with a slightly different line of vendors every time, so you have to keep coming back. There is no charge to attend and hang out, but be sure to bring food money.
Also, be sure to come on inside Elemental Coffee and give a try to some of their lattes, cappuccino, espresso, or plain old black coffee. Elemental roasts all their own beans and blends in-house for a taste that is unique to Oklahoma City.
Some of the best coffee around and definitely better than that Starbucks joe.
If you are looking for something a little more serious, adult beverages are provided by a number of different vendors, with regular appearances by locals Coop Ale Works and the Belle Isle Brewery.
Just around the corner at H & 7th is Ludivine, with both their restaurant and full service bar open every evening and warmly welcoming all Night Market visitors.
I also want to give a special shout out to Chris Morrison for providing live music, keeping my son entertained, and evening adding his name a song.
In all, a lot of fun for me, my family, and my friends. We will definitely be going back, and I encourage everyone to attend the next market on May 25th.