On the way from Flagstaff to Amarillo, most teams planned, but some chose to sing. When in Texas, the Great Food Truck Race contestants first met with host Tyler Florence who presented a twist to tonight’s competition. That is, the trucks would be featured at a minor league baseball game. Additionally, teams would be allowed a 20 second commercial spot to try to draw spectators to their trucks. Lastly, each team was given $500 of seed money to begin shopping.
While shopping, Tyler would call the teams to give them their first Truck Stop. This would challenge the teams to create a “ballpark special” that would be judged by a ballpark executive.
At the game, Momma’s Grizzly Grub would feature tacos, Seoul Sausage fried balls, Coast of Atlanta catfish with a peach lemonade, and Nonna’s Kitchen a homemade Italian meatball sandwich. Pizza Mike’s would stick with their traditional Italian sandwich, and Pop-a-Waffle a waffle topped with dulce de leche.
The Truck Stop
When the judge stopped by the food trucks, he enjoyed most the ballpark specials from Coast of Atlanta and Seoul Sausage. This week, however, Seoul Sausage was deemed the winner of the Truck Stop. The reward was $500 to put in their till, and a key that would be worn around their neck. They were told they’d find out what the key was for later.
At the game, the teams really stirred up the fans to come to their trucks. Thus, they were really moving their food. Pizza Mike’s however would make a grave mistake by not having enough product.
The Following Day
The next day, the teams would have to find a place to park their trucks. Pizza Mike’s found a dog lover’s event in a park, Coast of Atlanta, Pop-a-Waffle, Momma’s Grizzly Grub and Seoul Sausage would all end up in the same place near a grocery store. Nonna’s Kitchen parked by a hardware. Starting the second day, five teams were separated by just $400.
For the speed bump, the teams would get a boot on their wheel. Thus, they would have to stay put the rest of the weekend and make the best of their location. Teams were informed there would be another baseball game that night but couldn’t remove the boot. That is, except Seoul Sausage who’d won the key to the boot.
Remainder of the Weekend
With Coast of Atlanta, Pop-a-Waffle and Seoul Sausage being grouped together, competition became stiff. In fact, Seoul Sausage seemed to draw most of the customers leaving Coast of Atlanta really worried. Nonna’s Kitchen also seemed to be faring well. With the dog event ending, Pizza Mike’s would struggle to find customers.
When things slowed down in the grocery store parking lot, Seoul Sausage removed their boot and headed to the baseball game. Nonna’s Kitchen sold so much in their location they’d have to go to the store to buy more ingredients.
At elimination number three, contestants were told they’d made over $21,000 in Amarillo. Each team did well but still one team would be sent home. In first place was Seoul Sausage, second place Momma’s Grizzly Grub, third place Nonna’s Kitchen and in fourth place Pop-a-Waffle. The bottom two this week would be Coast of Atlanta and Pizza Mike’s. In the end Pizza Mike’s was sent home and Coast of Atlanta would go on in the Great Food Truck Race. Next week the contest will take place in Fayetteville, Arkansas.