I love beer. I am done denying it. Sorry mom. Oh, and I love a good food truck.
Growing up I remember getting the best tacos and burritos at the Sunnyside Swamp Meet from the food trucks across the street. Just like beer has become much more sophisticated, so has the simple taco truck I used to love back in the day. Gone are the days of a simple selection of bud light and a carne asada taco. Now we have craft beers from around the world and Korean BBQ and wood fired pizzas offered. Who would have thought? Well, Gazebo Gardens on the corner of Van Ness and Clinton did. Bless them.
When I saw a few months ago that Gazebo Gardens had started putting together some of my favorites and mixing in people, music and atmosphere, I thought what I always do when I see a good idea. Why didn’t I think of that? Right?
So this last Saturday I finally ventured down the street from my home to Gazebo Gardens to experience this new gathering place. Awww …how I love happy people.
I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this evening. People were just so darn happy here. Granted it could have been the large selection of beer that was being offered, but I would like to think it was more than that.
[pullquote]I talked, laughed, and danced with a few people I never even met! Sorry Mom[/pullquote]I moved to the small bar that was set up among the different pots and garden decorations that Gazebo sell. Michelle poured me a oh so delicious Rogue Hazelnut Brown Ale into my red solo cup, and off I went oddly hearing that Toby Keith song as I walked away from the bar. Then I looked up and saw the food trucks in the back, and I became instantly focused.
On my way I stopped and talked to a few people sitting on the various tables and chairs set up I grabbed a watermelon lemonade ice pop from Ooh De Lolli. Yes I still had my beer in one hand and the ice pop in the other. Don’t judge.
I came upon the TakoBBQ truck ordered a short rib burrito and waited like a little girl at Christmas to get my food. Oh it was so yummy and that spicy red sauce that came with made it even better. If you are keeping count I am carrying three food items at this point. Yep, professional status here!
I found my space nestled among the roses to eat my burrito and drink my yummy beer. The music started by the Kings of Blackstone and the atmosphere was complete. I talked, laughed, and danced with a few people I never even met, totally forgetting the advice that my mom used to tell me about never talking to strangers. Again, sorry mom.
So am I coming back? Definitely and you should do the same. It is wonderful that a business not only has done something great for themselves, but for their community. There are not enough moments in life when communities come together just for the sake of being in good company.
Gazebo Gardens is located at 3204 N. Van Ness Ave.
They hold these events Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Every night this event starts at 5 pm and ends at 9 pm. On Thursdays I am told there is a great open mic night. So come on down and share your poems, music and voice and most importantly the moment. It is definitely family friendly and you can bring your own chair to sit back and listen to the tunes.
Oh and by the way you can still get a taco from a truck and a bud light if you really can’t change from your old school ways here at Gazebo Gardens.