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A FRESH DOSE OF FUNK

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Emblazoned with an eye-catching lime-green façade that includes a saxophone-playing octopus, Funkadelic food truck is hard to miss (artwork by Brian Barnard). Funkadelic's menu has fewer than 10 items, which makes for some tough decisions. Need help?

The panko-crusted fried shrimp sliders (3 for $8.50) with "funk sauce," Sriracha slaw, applewood smoked bacon and avocado slices on pillowy, sweet Hawaiian rolls are served as a trio, which makes them perfect for sharing.

My go-to is an order of the colorful ahi tuna poke nachos ($11.50). The crispy-fried wonton chips, loaded with a mountain of sushi-grade yellowfin tuna, diced mango salsa, wasabi aioli and avocado-and-wakame-seaweed salad, then drizzled with a sweet soy caramel sauce, are equal parts savory, sweet, crunchy and creamy. This fun play on traditional nachos is popular and tends to sell out quickly.

Funkadelic's gourmet grilled cheese ($8) makes a strong case for best GC in town. Pressed between slices of asiago cheese bread, the duo of muenster and provolone meets a flavor punch when coupled with a slathering of basil walnut pesto, avocado and thick applewood smoked bacon. Recently, a new spread – datil pepper jelly – made its sweet and spicy debut.

Remember when your mom told you over and over to eat your vegetables? Here's your chance to do just that: roasted beet fries ($5) served with a slightly spicy, creamy signature funk sauce and dressed with a smattering of chopped green onions. These sweet, red-hued gems are served warm.

Other recent meat-centric sandwich options include beer-braised pork belly, blackened striped bass, coffee-and-cola braised pulled pork, and pulled pork sliders. Sometimes there's a brisket, short rib and chuck burger that gives you the option to add a fried egg, bacon or pork belly (glutton overload)! Vegetarians need not fret – Funkadelic's marinated portobello sandwich, with herbed goat cheese spread and roasted peppers, is hearty and filling.

The pièce de résistance is cinnamon raisin bread pudding bites ($4) – yes, you read that right. Don't commit to sharing, though, because these bite-sized pieces of goodness, served with a syrupy caramel sauce, whipped cream and fresh strawberries, disappear too quickly.

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