Food trucks: A Baltimore staple
At this point, Baltimore’s food truck community is no longer a fad or a growing trend. Whether you’ve grown tired of the eateries near the office or just need a break from the usual brown-bagged lunch, food trucks have become staples in our lunch options. We even go to food truck “Gatherings” to mingle, drink and sample the city’s many varieties of meals on wheels.
As we have done the past two years, the b staff visited every regularly touring food truck in the Baltimore area. Some, we had no desire to visit again. Others surprised us with incredible favor. After some deliberation (and unavoidable food comas), we came up with this year’s list of the city’s 10 best food trucks. We hope you’re hungry. (Karen Jackson / Baltimore Sun /August 9, 2013)
The Baltimore Sun
3:49 p.m. EST, November 26, 2013
Baltimore’s traveling food-truck rally has found a winter home — inside the Gameday Warehouse, a 2,500-square-foot facility near MT Bank Stadium that is normally only open on Ravens home games.
The first Gathering Underground on Dec. 13 is being billed as a preview party for a planned schedule of monthly winter rallies. The family-friendly event will include a coffee bar, a cupcake bar and beer and wine for sale, as well as live music, a disc jockey and vendors from Bmore Flea, Baltimore’s new Saturday flea market at Penn Station.
Gameday Warehouse is at 1400 Warner St. B, across from the LOT J at MT Bank Stadium
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Admission to the preview party is $10.
Chinatown (Seventh and G sts., NW), where you’ll find Neat Meat.
Farragut Square (17th and I sts., NW), where you’ll find Far East Taco Grill.
Metro Center (12th and G sts., NW), where you’ll find Carolina Q, Chick-Fil-A Truck, DC Ballers, El Fuego, Far East Taco Grill, Kabob Palace, Kafta Mania, Kimchi BBQ Taco, Pars Kabob, Yellow Vendor, and Yumpling.
Navy Yard (First and M sts., SE), where you’ll find JMC Curbside.
Northern Virginia, where you’ll find District Taco and Lime Tree (Ballston), Seoul Food (Courthouse) Spitfire, Tasty Kabob, and The Wagon (Reston) Baba’s Big Bite and Korean Taco Box (Rosslyn), Capital Kabobs, Fava Pot, Red Hook Lobster, and Tasty Kabob (Tysons).
West End (24th and M sts., NW), where you’ll find South Meets East.
José Andrés has a new food truck, but this one is in Puerto Rico. The restaurateur has launched a truck at the golf club for the Dorado Beach Resort and Club. The chef also runs the Mi Casa restaurant at the same resort.
On the menu right now: breakfast items like Spanish tortilla, as well as snacks, lobster rolls, salads and hot dogs. Future plan include hole-by-hole food cart offerings and cocktails. The truck started service last Friday.
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Food Truck Highlight of the Week: Cajun Tailgators
Owners/operators/husband-and-wife team Ann Keady and Jason Key met in college at LSU, tailgated to all of the football games, graduated, and continue their passion for all things Louisiana and LSU. Cajun Tailgators started rolling in February 2012 just after the initial wave of Dallas food trucks started. Cajun’s menu includes standard fare that you would expect: jambalaya, gumbo, red beans and rice, and beignets. By far, the best on their menu, though, is the crawfish pistolette. Start there and you won’t be disappointed.
Cajun Tailgators is planning on a soft opening a brick ‘n’ mortar this week, Cajun Tailgators Cafe, in “old Plano” at 1112 E. 15th Street, with opening on December 13. The menu will include everything on the truck, with an expanded menu of po’ boys, according to owner Ann Keady.
Here’s your schedule for the week. Lots of trucks are off this week, and be careful about weather. Check Facebook and Twitter feeds before going out.
MondayMonday LunchMonday Dinner
MondayBombay Street FoodDallas Art District Winspear Opera House
MondayCrazy FishKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas 11a-8pKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas 11a-8p
MondayEat Jo DawgsTruck Yard 11am 2pm
MondayFour Seasons12:30 to 1:45, Chase, 1111 Northpoint Coppell
MondayGandolfo’s #1Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
MondayGandolfo’s #2Truck Yard @ 5624 Sears St, Dallas 11-3Truck Yard @ 5624 Sears St, Dallas 3-9
MondayTBS 1Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
MondayTBS 2TBD – Weather
MondayWhat’s Da ScoopKlyde Warren Park 11-4
TuesdayTuesday LunchTuesday Dinner
TuesdayCajun Tailgators14651 Dallas Pkwy 11-218207 Midway @ Frankford 4-8
TuesdayCrazy FishKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas 11a-8pKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas 11a-8p
TuesdayEasy SliderThe Truck Yard (5624 Sears) 11a-9pThe Truck Yard (5624 Sears) 11a-9p
TuesdayFour Seasons12:30 to 1:45, Chase, 1111 Northpoint Coppell
TuesdayGandolfo’s #1Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
TuesdayGandolfo’s #2TBD – Weather
TuesdayLab5950 sherry ln 11-2
TuesdayParrotIcceOffice Service (11:00am – 2:00pm) Westlake
TuesdayPompeii Truck Yard 5624 Sear St 11-9Truck Yard 5624 Sear St 11-9
TuesdayRockn’ Rick’sDallas Arts District Winspear Opera House (11-2 PM)TBD
TuesdayRuthie’s Grilled CheeseWatermark Church
TuesdaySimply DosaDallas Art District Winspear Opera House
TuesdayTBS 1Klyde Warren Park, DallasThe Porch @ Watermark 5:30-9:30
TuesdayTBS 2Truck Yard @ 5624 Sears St. Dallas 11-9Truck Yard @ 5624 Sears St. Dallas 11-9
TuesdayThe Pickled Carrot11am-2pm @ Earthwise Produce 728 N. Elm St., Denton, Tx. 76201
TuesdayWhat’s Da ScoopKlyde Warren Park 11-4
WednesdayWednesday LunchWednesday Dinner
WednesdayBobaddiction11AM-2PM, Doctor Eyecare, 4414 Lemmon Ave
WednesdayBombay Street Food17300 North Dallas ParkwaySigels 5757 Greenville Avenue Dallas Tx 75206
WednesdayCrazy FishKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas 11a-8pKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas 11a-8p
WednesdayEasy SliderDallas Arts District (2403 Flora) 11a-1:30pPrivate Event
WednesdayFour Seasons12:30 to 1:45, Chase, 1111 Northpoint Coppell
WednesdayGandolfo’s #1Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
WednesdayGandolfo’s #2Truck Yard @ 5624 Sears St, Dallas 11-3Truck Yard @ 5624 Sears St, Dallas 3-9
WednesdayNammi #2Truck Yard, 5624 Sears St. 11am-9pm
WednesdayRockn’ Rick’sAAFES National HQ 3911 South Walton Walker Dallas TX -(11-2PM)Truck Yard 5624 Sears Dallas TX(5PM-9PM)
WednesdayRuthie’s Grilled CheesePrivatePrivate
WednesdayTBS 1Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
WednesdayTBS 2TBD – Weather
WednesdayThe Pickled Carrot11am-2pm @ Earthwise Produce 728 N. Elm St., Denton, Tx. 76201
WednesdayWhat’s Da ScoopKlyde Warren Park 11-4
ThursdayThursday LunchThursday Dinner
ThursdayBobaddiction5PM-6AM, Best Buy Black Friday, 9378 N Central Expy
ThursdayBombay Street FoodDallas Art District Winspear Opera House (TBD)
ThursdayEat Jo DawgsArts District, Dallas 11am-2pm
ThursdayGandolfo’s #1Off – Happy Thanksgiving!
ThursdayGandolfo’s #2Off – Happy Thanksgiving!
ThursdayLabThanksgiving square 1627 pacific ave 11-2Klyde warren park 2012 Woodall Rogers 4-10
ThursdayRockn’ Rick’sTruck Yard 5624 Sears Dallas TX(11-9PM)Truck Yard 5624 Sears Dallas TX(11AM-9PM)
ThursdayTBS 2Off – Happy Thanksgiving!
ThursdayWhat’s Da ScoopOff – Happy Thanksgiving!
FridayFriday LunchFriday Dinner
FridayBobaddictionPrivate EventPrivate Event
FridayBombay Street FoodDallas Art District Winspear Opera House
FridayCajun TailgatorsTruck Yard 5624 Sears 11-4TBD
FridayCoolHausKlyde Warren Park 11am-4pm
FridayCrazy FishKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas 11a-12mKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas 11a-12m
FridayEasy SliderPrivate EventPrivate Event
FridayEasy SliderAddison Tree LIghting (Vitruvian) 6p-9p
FridayGandolfo’s #1Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
FridayGuava TreeThe Truck Yard – 11am-11pmThe Truck Yard – 11am-11pm
FridayJack’s ChowhoundVitruvian lights -Vitruvian Park Addison – 6pm-10pm
FridayLabKlyde warren park 2012 Woodall Rogers 11-3Klyde warren park 2012 Woodall Rogers 4-10
FridayNammi #1Dallas Klyde Warren Park 11am-6pm
FridayParrotIcceShop at The Parks (12:00am – 7:00am) Dallas Black FridayCD Universe (7:00am – 10:00pm) Dallas Black Friday
FridayRuthie’s Grilled CheeseKlyde Warren ParkAddison Vitruvian Lights
FridaySimply DosaFort Worth Food Park 2509 weisenberger stFort Worth Food Park 2509 weisenberger st
FridayTBS 1Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
FridayTBS 2Truck Yard @ 5624 Sears St. Dallas 11am-12amTruck Yard @ 5624 Sears St. Dallas 11am-12am
FridayThe Pickled Carrot11am-2pm @ Earthwise Produce 728 N. Elm St., Denton, Tx. 76201
FridayWhat’s Da ScoopTBD
SaturdaySaturday LunchSaturday Dinner
SaturdayCajun TailgatorsPrivate EventPrivate Event
SaturdayCoolHausKlyde Warren Park 11am-4pm
SaturdayCrazy FishKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas All Day till 10:30pmKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas All Day till 10:30pm
SaturdayEasy SliderSmall Business Saturday at Community Beer Co. 11a-6p
SaturdayEat Jo DawgsTruck Yard 11am 2pmPrivate Party 6pm 8pm
SaturdayFour Seasons12:30 to 1:45, Chase, 1111 Northpoint Coppell
SaturdayGandolfo’s #1Klyde Warren Park, DallasKlyde Warren Park, Dallas
SaturdayGandolfo’s #2Truck Yard @ 5624 Sears St, Dallas 11-3Truck Yard @ 5624 Sears St, Dallas 3-11
SaturdayGuava TreeDesign District Market – Community Beer Company
1530 Inspiration Drive
Dallas, TX 75207 11am-6pmDesign District Market – Community Beer Company
1530 Inspiration Drive
Dallas, TX 75207 11am-6pm
SaturdayJack’s ChowhoundDesign District Market- Community Brewery 11am-6pmPrivate Event
SaturdayLabKlyde warren park 2012 Woodall Rogers 11-10Klyde warren park 2012 Woodall Rogers 11-10
SaturdayNammi #1Dallas Klyde Warren Park 11am-8pm
SaturdayNammi #2Dallas Design Market, 1530 Inspiration Drive, 11-6pm
SaturdayPompeii Deep Ellum Brewery 2823 St Louis St 12-3Truck Yard 5624 Sear St 5-10
SaturdayRuthie’s Grilled CheeseKlyde Warren ParkTour of Lights Farmers Branch
SaturdayTBS 1Klyde Warren Park, DallasKlyde Warren Park, Dallas
SaturdayTBS 2Private Event
SundaySunday LunchSunday Dinner
SundayCoolHausKlyde Warren Park 11am-4pm
SundayCrazy FishKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas All Day till 9pmKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas All Day till 9pm
SundayEasy SliderThe Truck Yard (5624 Sears) 11a-9pThe Truck Yard (5624 Sears) 11a-9p
SundayGandolfo’s #1Klyde Warren Park, DallasKlyde Warren Park, Dallas
SundayLabKlyde warren park 2012 Woodall Rogers 11-10Klyde warren park 2012 Woodall Rogers 11-10
SundayNammi #1Dallas Klyde Warren Park 11am-8pm
SundayPompeii Truck Yard 5624 Sear St 11-9Truck Yard 5624 Sear St 11-9
SundayRuthie’s Grilled CheeseKlyde Warren Park
SundaySimply DosaFort Worth Food Park 2509 weisenberger stFort Worth Food Park 2509 weisenberger st
SundayTBS 1Klyde Warren Park, DallasKlyde Warren Park, Dallas
SundayTBS 2Truck Yard @ 5624 Sears St. Dallas 11-9Truck Yard @ 5624 Sears St. Dallas 11-9
The state Board of Equalization has approved a regulation designed to make food pricing and sales tax calculating easier for food truck operators.
Currently, food truck operators must post signs stating that tax is included in their listed prices, although BOE said many do not. They are then required to pay the tax rate that applies to their listed prices. That can be difficult to figure out, though, since food trucks may sell their fare in different cities and counties on the same day.
The newly approved regulation will allow food truck operators to charge the same price no matter where they are, and later calculate how much tax they owe for the locations where the sales were made. BOE has created an online mapping tool that enables food truck operators to enter the address where they are parked to determine the tax rate they should report to BOE for sales made in that area.
“Hopefully, this simple change will help make life a little easier for California’s growing mobile food industry,” said BOE member George Runner.
BOE said it expects the new regulation to become effective July 1, 2014.
Call The Bee’s Mark Glover, (916) 321-1184.
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — “Rolling restaurants” and their tasty, cheap treats are taking over the streets of many cities and towns across Rhode Island, but Eyewitness News has learned only a fraction of them are regularly checked by health inspectors.
Commonly known as food trucks, the popularity of these rolling restaurants have skyrocketed over the past few years, especially in big cities.
In Rhode Island, food trucks are crowding city street corners in record numbers. According to the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH), the total number of active food trucks in the state has nearly tripled in the last eight years, from 105 state-registered rolling restaurants in 2005 to 350 in 2013.
As the food truck industry continues to boom, Eyewitness News discovered a high percentage of licensed food trucks are not being inspected annually.
Each new truck or cart is required to submit to an initial inspection from the Health Department before the owners can obtain a license to serve food. But records obtained by Eyewitness News found most food trucks are never inspected again. Of the 350 food trucks registered in the state, only 63 were inspected by state health officials last year.
“We obviously would like to see it higher,” said Ernie Julian, the Director of Food Protection for HEALTH, about the 18% inspection rate. He said the department inspects restaurants as often as its resources will allow, and that inspectors focus on following up with those restaurants with previous violations.
“We look at what’s the highest risk for causing illness,” he said. “Would we like to be there more often? Absolutely.”
Although health officials say most food trucks are clean and up to code, some of the 63 inspections performed last year yielded reports of unhealthy practices.
These violations included:
- Food stored on the ground
- Food truck lacking hot water
- Failure to sanitize equipment and utensils
- Raw beef stored over cooked food
Julian told Eyewitness News HEALTH recently hired 10 additional health inspectors, which he said will help ensure more restaurants and food trucks are inspected in the future.
Additionally, health experts urge food truck visitors to always check their food before eating. They say to make sure the food is “steaming hot” and cooked thoroughly, and that the person preparing it is wearing gloves.
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – With the cold weather, conditions are perfect for ramen. Bob Jo recently brought back this soup noodle dish on their winter menu.
There are a lot of goodies in ramen, and you can get beef, chicken, spicy pork or tofu to go along with everything else. We went for the spicy pork.
It was $9 for ramen alone, and $10 for a Ramen Combo, which comes with 4 dumplings. How can you say no to 4 dumplings for $1? (Hint: We can’t.)
The dumplings were fried and crispy, with a ground meat and chive filling. They were small, and came with a small salad (but were only 25¢ each).
As we said, there are lots of ingredients in Bob Jo’s ramen. This includes carrots, bean sprouts, cabbage, scallions, noodles, cilantro, and our favorite part of the dish, half a hard boiled egg. (Don’t know why they can’t give you the whole egg.)
Our second favorite part of the dish was the spicy pork, which had a tiny bit of sweetness (from a mirin marinade probably) and a nice kick. It wasn’t too spicy, but just right.
The noodles were on the soft side, but served as an ok base. We would prefer the noodles a little firmer.
The broth was tasty, especially after the spicy pork bathed in it on the way back to the office. Without spicy pork, the broth would not have been spicy.
With winter well on its way, we’ll try to bring you more cold weather dishes, like Bob Jo’s ramen noodle soup.
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Flying Stove food truck gets national attention
Though the list is not definitive, says author Karsten Strauss in the intro, its a collection of some of the finest and more successful food trucks in the land.
Jeff Schauf, who owns the truck with his chef brother Rob Schauf, said he had absolutely no idea how the truck made the list. He heard about it like everyone else did on Facebook.
Its pretty cool when you work hard and someone notices, even if you dont know how they noticed, he said.
In other Stove news, the boys and their food truck buddies plan to gather Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for their monthly Food Trucks at the Fountains event at WaterWalk, 515 S. Main. Its supposed to be cold outside, so this months installment wont have any outdoor extras, but several trucks will be there serving lots of hot food.
Larry Buds going Duck Dynasty
The night before Thanksgiving is always a big night for Larry Buds, said owner Will Harmon. People are in town visiting their kinfolk and need to lube themselves up for family interaction with some beers, etc. The bar is always packed.
This year, Harmon decided to add a twist to the Thanksgiving eve festivities and took inspiration from his favorite show Duck Dynasty. On Wednesday, Larry Buds two Wichita locations will be putting on Duck Dynasty parties and are asking attendees to come dressed as characters from the show. Camouflage is encouraged, and prizes for the best costume include a session of machine gun shooting.
I like Duck Dynasty. I like to blow things up. I like to shoot things. And I like to dress in camo, Harmon said, explaining how he came up with idea for the event.
The evening will include live music, costume contests for individuals and groups, Duck Dynasty prizes from Gander Mountain and more. The parties will happen at both Larry Buds at 2120 N. Woodlawn and 6200 W. 21st St. and should last from about 9 p.m. until 2 a.m.
HOUSTON (KTRK) —
The food truck revolution is kicking into high gear in Houston, with many new restaurants-on-wheels hitting the streets each month. But one Houston woman and her business partners say they’re out thousands after hiring a company to build a food truck for their new business.
The deposit was put down and contract signed. But when it came time to building out the actual truck, they ran into problems. Now, they want their money back.
Back in August, Melissa Duarte with her business partners hired Food Group of America to build a food truck for a new business venture.
“We picked out at that time all the different kitchen equipment that we were going to need for the truck,” Duarte said.
To get the project started —
“The young lady that was there with us told us, ‘I need $5,000 down right now,’” she said.
Duarte says they paid the deposit and were promised to see a truck after the weekend, and the company would then build to their specifications after receiving another payment. That’s when they say the problems began.
“Monday and Tuesday turned into, ‘Come on Friday, well then come on Saturday.’ And then the following week started,” Duarte said.
According to Duarte, it was three weeks later Food Group of America brought in a truck from out of state. Duarte says the truck was too small to accommodate all of the features they asked for in the contract.
“For the next four weeks, there was somebody in Louisiana every single weekend per her text messages, or her phone calls. But yet no trucks were being produced,” Duarte said.
Duarte tells us they decided to break ties with the company and ask for a refund. After that request, she received a letter stating, “The project preparation for your project totals $4,500, leaving a store credit balance of $500.”
Now according to the contract, it states no refunds of fees are given, only store credit. However, the People’s Lawyer Richard Alderman says Duarte should be entitled to a refund.
“A company has the right to limit somebody’s remedies in the event of a breach, in a contract. But it doesn’t matter what the contract says; if you pay a deposit, and a company just doesn’t perform, you are legally entitled to the return of the deposit, and you may have damages under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act as well,” Alderman said.
After numerous calls to Food Group of America, they did not return our requests to appear on camera or give us a formal statement. However, they did tell us they believe Duarte is not entitled to her refund.
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