It’s race weekend in Long Beach, which means a number of things: Downtown is going to be really loud and will likely smell of burning rubber as cars hug the turns of the course that stretches from the Pike Outlets to Alamitos Beach.
But the huge quantity of food trucks that will be at the event over the weekend will guarantee that rubber isn’t the only smell hanging over Downtown.
The Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach can be a chaotic atmosphere. Super trucks and Global Time Attack cars zoom all around the race expo with the roar of engines and the backfiring from exhaust pipes making it hard to hear the person next to you. But eating any of the many varieties of food offered at the race can eliminate the need for words.
There is the typical event food like hot dogs loaded with peppers and onions and staples from restaurants located in the city like King Taco, one of the race’s sponsors, California Pizza Kitchen and Afters Ice Cream. But race weekend also provide opportunities to indulge in culinary delights from vendors outside of the city.
Here are some of the more interesting things we found:
Bertz Waffles, located near the entrance closest to the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, serves Hong Kong-inspired bubble waffles. For the event, Bertz is focusing on a breakfast-themed version of its traditional egg waffle.
The bubble waffles use a Belgian waffle base and you can top them with fruits and sauces for about $13. We opted for the combination of blueberries, strawberries, cream and Nutella. The waffles are shareable and come with forks but each individual bubble can be broken off and eaten by hand.
If you’re not feeling breakfast, Bertz also offers açaí bowls and a cone version of its bubble waffle that it can stuff with ice cream. Bertz will be at the Grand Prix all weekend and is located to the left of the fountain after you enter the gate on Ocean Boulevard.
Pulled pork fries
Taste of Soul on Wheels is a Los Angeles-based food truck but for the next few days it will be located outside the main entrance of the Long Beach Convention Center on Pine Avenue. The truck sells a variety of brisket- and pork-themed dishes but the placing of meat on top of French fries is always a solid combination.
For $16, Taste of Soul piles a generous portion of pulled pork slathered in a balanced barbecue sauce that adds sweetness and spice to a bed of cheese-covered fries. Or you can get a similar dish made as nachos. The truck specializes in Soul Food and Mexican cuisine.
LA Donut has been serving customized donuts and coffee for over 15 years but their Donut Sundaes dominate the truck’s social media feeds. The sundae starts with a donut of your choice (glazed, pink sparkles, maple, etc.) and then you add ice cream and toppings like brownies, fruity pebbles and chocolate sauce.
The sundae ($14) is a perfect family treat that can literally feed the whole family. It comes with four healthy scoops of ice cream that completely eclipse the full-sized donut at the bottom of the bowl. It’s LA Donut’s first time at the Grand Prix and they’ll be on site Friday and Sunday.