The Beehive’s Joshua Tehee, right, during the tofu vs. bacon pancake-eating contest, next to winner Richard Franco.
After a night of gluttony and conflict, the world is in balance again. Last night’s bacon vs. tofu throwdown at the Grizzlies proved that both hardcore meat lovers and hippie tofu lovers can peacefully co-exist. Bacon won the popular vote from the crowd — 107 to 84. But in a surprise upset, the panel of five judges chose tofu as their winner.
Food truck Benaddiction entered its “heartbreaker” sandwich, a whopping grilled cheese sandwich with bacon, pulled pork, ham, fried egg, four kinds of cheese, hollaindaise sauce and barbecue sauce that Beehiver Joshua Tehee described as “pure gluttonous glory.” But it was the invention of Joe Davis from Eat Street Bistro that wowed the judges. The “chicken” drumstick served on a tofu waffle was made with tofu, garlic mashed potatoes and paneer cheese formed around a baby corn “bone,” rolled in corn flakes, deep fried and topped with a sweet chili sauce. The judges — including some loyal meat lovers — were thoroughly impressed with how delicious the dish was and the originality and presentation.
The heartbreaker is a regular on Benaddiction’s menu and Eat Street plans to keep the tofu dish on the menu for a little while. Blame the heat for our choice if you want, but you can hear an explanation of why tofu won on the video below (and please excuse our sweaty selves). The judges’ panel consisted of me, Josh, Liz Sanchez from Casa de Tamales, “Wild Bill” Shipley, who is co-owner of Clovis’ Scoops, Soups & More and the Old Hotel Bistro, and the bistro’s general manager John Grady.
Now on to the pancake-eating contest. Ten people competed, challenged to eat five, 5-ounce pancakes from Batter Up Pancakes. Five ate pancakes made with bacon in them, five ate tofu pancakes. That’s our our Josh in the photo above — looking like an appetizer, as someone on Facebook said – next to winner Richard Franco. Franco was also the winner of the Ultimate Fair Food Feast-off last year. Since he was eating the tofu pancakes, he wins a free yoga class and an indie-rock CD.
Tonight’s the night! The bacon vs. tofu throwdown happens at the Grizzlies game tonight at Chukchansi Park. This evening of gluttony will allow you to vote for which food you think should reign supreme: bacon or tofu. Read all about it here and here.
Game goers are encouraged to tweet or Instagram their votes — #teambacon or #teamtofu — (and tag your Instagrams #Instagrizz_fg too). Here’s what you’ll be judging. Keep scrolling to see the scrumdiddlyumptious photos. First is the Heartbreaker from Benaddiction. It features ham, pulled pork, fried egg, barbecue sauce, hollandaise sauce, gruyere cheese, gouda, parmesan, cheddar and Jarlsberg and lots and lots of bacon.
Fresno’s newest food truck, Benaddiction, is rolling. Keep an eye out for the black truck serving breakfast food with a rock n’ roll twist.
It serves breakfast food redesigned to be portable, including the French toast bites that are dipped in pulverized Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal before cooking. Benaddiction’s specialty is the eggs Benedict sandwich, and the truck has several takes on the dish, all with musical names like “The Clapton,” a fried egg, bacon and hollandaise sauce sandwich served on a fresh-made English muffin. See its breakfast menu here and its lunch menu here.
Founder James Caples, a former restaurant manager, and chef Jason Valencia, are behind Benaddiction. You can find out more about the truck at its website here, or its Facebook page here.
Benaddiction is still building its schedule, but keep reading to see its schedule and some photos from the Manchester Center farmers market stop on Fridays.