Ok, ok, so we are a little slow to the party here in Brighton. Well, maybe not slow but fashionably late let's say. The street food frenzy that has been gripping the capital has begun to filter down to us.
Realistically, we only have two places you can call "street food". Leader of the pack was The Troll's Pantry serving burgers using Sussex produce and handmade buns which operated from a trailer in a wood recycling centre. Naturally. From the Hellfire to the Troll's Stinky Breath burger, these are top-notch and had Brightonians tongues wagging (and burning). Worth reading is owner Paul's Street Food Revolution. You can now find the Troll at the Hobgoblin Pub where he'll be serving Brit-Mex food from Wednesday-Thursday and Burgers Friday-Sunday.
So, not much out there so far, but we're going to have a WHOLE street food market, every Friday lunchtime from 11am - 3pm from 26th April. Although you won't have the adrenaline rush of chasing down the best burritos in the world from some adapted horsebox called Nigel parked in a random back street, it's location only divulged in a Tweet, you will get to sample food from emerging street food traders from Sussex. They bring with them both global and home-grown cuisine, using local produce wherever possible. Eats include gourmet Sussex burgers, Spanish paella, Thai curry, American BBQ and hotdogs, Middle Eastern meze, artisan cakes and French crepes.
If sitting in a comfortable chair is more your style, then you could opt for street food served in a restaurant setting. Try The Chilli Pickle at lunchtime for their thalis, dosa or roti or the increasingly popular La Choza for Tacos, burritos or quesadillas.
Brighton Street Food Directory
Street Diner: Twitter@streetdiner or on facebook.com/streetdinerbrighton Brighthelm Garden, just off of Queens Road
The Trolls Pantry: @thetrollspantry thetrollspantry.wordpress.com Hobgoblin Pub, 31 York Place, Brighton
Charlies Buns: facebook.com/CharliesBuns The Woodstore, Circus Street, Brighton (Check details for opening times)
www.thechillipickle.com 17 Jubilee St, Brighton
www.lachoza.co.uk 36 Gloucester Road, Brighton