The food truckers leave behind the big-city lights of L.A. and cruise east to Flagstaff, Ariz. There, Tyler greets them and warns of the challenges a new city presents. "You're going to have to figure out the rhythm of a very different town, with different people and a different pace," Tyler says. "Look at your strategies, your prices, your menu and adapt."
After a slow start last week, Momma's Grizzly Grub is determined to take their selling efforts to the next level. Adriene think it's best to team up with Seoul Sausage and Nonna's Kitchenette, last week's first- and second-place earners, to make their time in Flagstaff "more of an event" for locals, and both other teams agree to the partnership.
Before leaving the grocery store, Pop-A-Waffle's Scott notices how crowded it is on a busy Saturday. The team decides to sell right there in the parking lot, both for the convenience and visibility the location offers. Their plan proves disappointing, however, as they struggle to bring in customers.
Just when Barbie Babes starts selling, Tyler and Arizona chef Beau MacMillan call the teams to announce the first Truck Stop challenge: Each truck must feature a dish made with nopales, the edible part of the cactus and a staple ingredient in Southwestern fare. Beau will taste the plates and grant week-two immunity to the team with the best creation.
Coast of Atlanta is already serving fish tacos finished with peach pico de gallo, so Tawanaca recommends adding a nopales relish to their classic topping. The team is confident in their dish, and while Beau praises them for the way the flavors and textures "work together," he admits, "I wanted more cactus."
Unsure of what cactus tastes like, Nonna's decides to dress up an Italian-style hot dog with a nopales relish. Though Beau appreciates their effort, he's not impressed with the finished product. "In a cactus battle," he says, "I think you have to be a little more innovative. It's not a huge wow factor for me."
Though Beau especially enjoys Pop-A-Waffle's and Seoul Sausage's cactus-focused creations, he names Pop-A-Waffle's savory fajita waffle the best dish of the day, calling it "very, very tasty." Anthony incorporates the nopales into a slaw-like mixture of peppers, pinto beans and chives to win week-two immunity for his team.
The trucks spend the night at a campground only to wake up to a fierce battle for the lone water hose, which each team needs to use before it can leave. Though Seoul Sausage claims that it has been promised the hose by Pizza Mike's Carlo, Mike from Coast of Atlanta attempts to grab it, even before Carlo is through filling up his own truck.
On the second day of selling, Tyler catches the teams off guard when he calls to announce this week's Speed Bump. "Rethink, reshop. You're going vegan," he tells them, explaining that for the rest of the weekend, each team's menu must be wholly without meat, dairy, eggs and animal products of any kind. Though Pizza Mike's admits to being unfamiliar with veganism, the team finds vegan Italian sausage at the store, and decides to use it to top a vegan Italian pizza.
With the start of the vegan challenge, Seoul Sausage is forced to rethink their most popular offerings, like meaty burgers and cheesy nachos. "Everyone is freaking out, but we calmly readjusted the menu," Chris says. Despite their new dietary restrictions, the team serves up crowd-pleasing plates, including a "Manly (but Sensitive) Tofu Steak Salad."
After saving prime parking spaces for several teams, including Momma's Grizzly Grub, yesterday, Nonna's Kitchenette expected Momma's to return the favor today. The ladies from Alaska, however, take up two sizeable spaces with both their truck and their follow vehicle, leaving no room for Nonna's. "Momma's Grizzly screwed us up really badly," Jaclyn says. "I want nothing to do with them."
In the second elimination of the season, Seoul Sausage drives away with another win, earning $2,330, a profit of almost $2000. "We don't want to just skate by" Chris says. "We want to get first place every single week. This is how we roll." Tyler, too, is impressed by the team's two-for-two sweep, telling the guys, "It looks like you're the team to beat."
Though Pop-A-Waffle is this week's lowest earner, the team avoids elimination thanks to their first-place finish in yesterday's cooking-with-cactus challenge, which won them immunity. "We would have been going home," Bobaloo admits, "but Chef Anthony saved the day with his award-winning cactus salsa."
Momma's Grizzly Grub and Barbie Babes are both up for elimination this week, separated by only a $170 difference in earnings. Though Momma's made a potentially game-ending decision yesterday by choosing to stop selling before the end of the day, Angela tells Tyler, "Go home or go on, I have no regrets."
In the end Momma's survives to sell another day, which means it's the end of the road for Barbie Babes. Though Tyler recognizes that the ladies "fought like champs," Skye wonders if her team could have strategized better. "All I can think is if we only charged a couple of dollars more for our Aussie burgers, we'd still be in the race," she reflects.