You might have missed it, though a mobile food attention is flourishing faster than anyone would have guessed 5 years ago. It can be formidable to keep adult with a new trucks and carts as they cocktail adult via a world. Because of this, Mobile Cuisine assists a readers weekly by posting a names and information about these trucks, so if they occur to be in your area, we can start to follow them, or during slightest keep any eye out for them on a roads and transport pods.
This week’s new entries are:
Busia’s Kitchen Food Truck Serves a Wide Variety of Delicious Menu Items. Polish Cuisine is a Specialty 443-955-0867 (call or content us)
Wheyich Food Truck
Wheyich (witch) is a food lorry located in downtown Baltimore portion artisanal cheesy sandwiches. Our idea is to yield good tasting food with a smile.
We’re Jerk. – A Modern Jamaican Grill and a new mobile dining knowledge entrance to Chicago. Follow us if we adore a small Jerk!
Maui Shave Ice
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Sauzy’s Food Truck
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Food transport specializing in extraordinary duck wings!
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Le Camion Gourmand
C’est une histoire de copains très gourmands et passionnés standard la cuisine urbaine. Le Camion Gourmand est un food lorry proposant un menu de qualité.
The Honey Pot
A food transport specializing in honeyed and delicious pies.
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Linda’s Luncheonette is epicurean comfort food done mobile. It’s nostalgia on a image that warms a essence with any bite. Montgomery County’s newest food truck!
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Do you know the only thing better than a classic macaroni and cheese dish that everyone loves? Buying that mac ‘n cheese in order to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. That’s what is currently happening thanks to the Stouffer’s Mac ‘N Cheese Truck going around New York City from today until Thursday, February 14th–the day of love to send a “big hug to New York.”
I was lucky enough to attend the new food truck’s kick-off event, where Stouffer’s representatives served up free macaroni and cheese (traditional, chili mac and BBQ mac) to Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn, residents that were affected by the October disaster.
After trying the three different kids of macaroni and cheese (YUM!), I sat down with Master of Spice chef Lior Lev Sercarz (he created the chili mac while fellow chef “Grill Girl” Elizabeth Karmel is the one behind the BBQ mac) to talk about the launch of the food truck and why Stouffer’s is so dedicated to bringing delicious, cheap food to New Yorkers all for a good cause.
“They thought it would be fun to see how they could give their product a little twist,” he says of the much-loved Stouffer’s mac and cheese. Finding out that they actually make their own pasta and use 100 percent cheddar cheese, Chef Sercarz explained how “we came up with five toppings to show that you can have the plain, classic one but if you want to change it once in a while, you can do it.”
Stouffer’s and Nestle, the parent company, are donating all of the proceeds from the sales of the $4 mac and cheese which is currently driving around New York City and opening its doors from about 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Other than Chef Sercarz’s and Chef Karmel’s mac and cheese, Stouffer’s also invited six celebrity chefs to join in a friendly competition where they serve up their own take on macaroni and cheese–and the winner will have a $25,000 donation to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City in support of hurricane relief efforts.
Besides serving up the really delicious macaroni and cheese (the chili mac was my personal favorite), Chef Sercarz hopes that they will be able to raise as much money as possible and also interact with people to hear their own favorite versions of Stouffer’s mac and cheese.
If you’re interested in some yummy for-a-good-cause $4 macaroni and cheese, check out one of these locations:
- 1/28 Monday: 40th 5th/Bryant Park
- 1/29 Tuesday (Celebrity Chef Seamus Mullen): 26th bw 7 8 (Chelsea Television Studios)
- 1/30 Wednesday: 23rd Park (Madison Square Park)
- 1/31 Thursday (Celebrity Chef Amanda Freitag): 48th 3rd
- 2/1 Friday: Hudson King St (Tribeca)
- 2/4 Monday: 14 Irving (Union Square)
- 2/5 Tuesday (Celebrity Chef Lee Ann Wong): 4 World Financial Center, North End Ave @ Vescey St
- 2/6 Wednesday: 57 8th (Hearst Building*)
- 2/7: Thursday (Celebrity Chef Marc Murphy): 46 Vanderbilt (Grand Central area)
- 2/8 Friday: Hanover Square
- 2/11 Monday (Celebrity Chef Chris Santos): Varick Vandam (SoHo)
- 2/12 Tuesday: Water Wall -OR- Broad
- 2/13 Wednesday: 46 6th
- 2/14 Thursday (Celebrity Chef Sarah Simmons): 48th 3rd
(Images via Irina Gonzalez)
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An invigorated Sunny Singh springs up the steps of his new food truck Wednesday afternoon. In the coming days, he’ll have all the necessary permits in hand to take his longtime Wilmington restaurant India Mahal mobile.
Joining a growing legion of successful brick-and-morter restauranteurs who have embraced the food truck craze as a way to grow their business, Singh sees the new wheels as a chance to better serve the curry-loving community. He says the truck will be deployed to events, private catering in addition to parking on the curb for walkup service.
Able to prepare two or three entree dishes at a time, Singh says fans of his existing eatery will find the offerings familiar.
He’s not limiting the truck’s range to Wilmington either. “We can use it for anything,” he says. “We’re planning to go to Southport one day a week, Castle Hayne, small towns that can’t support an Indian restaurant.”
To follow the truck’s path through the region, Singh says the restaurant’s Facebook page is the best bet, or to book him for a catering event call (910) 799-2089.
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The new food truck Philly Mignon, a cheese steak specialist, made its downtown Baltimore debut on Monday. So did Darua.
Darua, owned and operated by Marcellos Salles, sells Brazilian street food. On the menu are things like feijoda, a stew of black beans and meat; espetinho, skewered meats; and pastels, which are like flattened-out stuffed won-tons.
We’ll have more on Darua a bit later, including its whereabouts and schedule, but if you see a truck that looks like a street mural, it’s Darua.
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A new food truck named Philly Mignon Steak Frites is debuting in Baltimore on Monday. Look for the “Green Machine,” at least on Monday on the corner of Commerce and Pratt streets.
The truck’s specialty, according to co-owner Wayne Abrams, is cheese steak, both Philadelphia and Baltimore-style. The steak is rib eye and the rolls are from Amoroso’s in Philadelphia. That’s a good thing.
As for the fries, they’re what Abrams calls Papas Fritas – fresh cut potatoes fried with onions and jalapenos, dusted with seasonings. Abrams introduced and developed Papas Fritas at the Harford Mall.
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The food truck debate in New Orleans is stirring once again. City Councilwoman Stacy Head has floated legislation to loosen regulations of food trucks, which at present are largely unchanged from the 1950’s. These existing regulations make food truck operations a nearly impossible proposition, with draconian restrictions on permits, operating times and locations.
Head wants to revamp and modernize these rules. Food trucks would be redefined under the city code to allow on-vehicle cooking. Instead of barring food trucks from operating 600 feet from restaurants, Head proposes reducing this restriction to 50 feet. Instead of only issuing 100 food truck permits, Head proposes increasing the number to 200. Food trucks would be able to park continuously for four hours and would be able to operate in previously banned parts of the Central Business District (CBD).
Of course, with the loosening of operating rules comes some responsibility. Thus, Head also proposes to increase permitting fees, create regulations for the suspension and revocation of permits, and pass rules requiring food trucks to clean up trash and keep clear from the front of residences. Essentially, food trucks would have a roadmap to safe and legal operation.
Who could oppose this? In true modern fashion, an on-line petition has already been started on Change.org. Local restaurateur Ruben Laws III started the petition last week in which he hysterically opined that “[r]estaurant owners in the CBD are about to have their sales invaded on by the food truck industry” even though they “have made great investments in their product and have worked hard to build a following of customers in their area.”
This is clearly the language of rent-seeking. No business owner is entitled to legal protection for their market share. Food trucks can’t “invade” anybody’s sales because those sales were never the anybody’s property to begin with. If the public responds to the availability of food trucks by abandoning certain restaurants, then perhaps those restaurants were not working as hard as they thought. Perhaps they’ve just been capitalizing off of laws to restrict their competition rather than serving the customer.
Frankly, I used to work in the CBD, and I never felt there was a surfeit of food options, and those that did exist often struck me as more complacent (re: poorer) than in other parts of the city. My impression was that an average restaurant in the CBD can limp along on lunch sales. Accordingly, the consumer would certainly benefit from more diverse food options that food trucks would provide.
As of writing this, Laws’ petition has 278 signatures. On the other hand, a previous petition by the New Orleans Food Truck Coalition for liberalizing food truck laws garnered over 1,300 signatures. This is obviously not a scientific sampling, but I wouldn’t be shocked if it reflected the actual breakdown of New Orleanians. Food trucks have been largely welcomed with open arms.
Instead of accepting pleas from restaurateurs spooked by any possible threat to their market share, we should embrace the roadmap to reform being pushed by Head. This is a culinary city and we should embrace the competition and increased options.
Some wise person once said: “If you love something, set it free. If it comes back it’s yours to keep. If it doesn’t, it was never meant to be.” This quote is usually invoked in reference to romantic relationships and not commercial transactions, but the same sentiment applies. The false perception of being trapped does not bring genuine fulfillment to anyone. CBD restaurants that truly value their customers should set them free and let them experience food trucks. If those customers don’t return, they were never really their customers to begin with.
Owen Courrèges, a New Orleans attorney and resident of the Garden District, offers his opinions for UptownMessenger.com on Mondays. He has previously written for the Reason Public Policy Foundation.
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When food trucks serving Korean pancakes, pierogi and hand-butchered pork sandwiches all open in the same city (ours!) within months of each other, something remarkable is happening.
Food trucks themselves are nothing new. But in 2012, chefs with serious culinary credentials decided to step inside cramped mobile kitchens, taking their skills to the streets.
And, luckily for you, they’re now easier than ever to find. Regular food truck pods, gatherings of some of the city’s finest mobile eats, popped up all over the city this year, from Grandview’s Zauber Brewing Co. to the Columbus Commons. Pioneered by food-truck trendsetters in Portland, pods bring a critical mass of trucks to one location and can draw sizable (and profitable) crowds to neglected corners of the city.
And for nervous toe-dippers into the truck scene, this year gave us Dinin’ Hall, the months-old truck canteen in Franklinton dreamed up by Tim Lai and Eliza Ho.
The concept is simple: a couple trucks park outside the space at lunchtime. Patrons order their food at the truck and pay at a cash register inside, and are then free to enjoy their meals at real tables and chairs.
Patrons see it a safe space to try out new cuisines, ask questions, and indulge their gastronomic curiosities, Ho says.
“Customers like that they get to have interaction with the chef,” she says. “They can ask what ingredients they use or where they’re from. They love the educational component.”
DININ’ HALL Head to the 400 West Rich art studios in Franklinton between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekdays, and you’ll find two or three trucks—regulars include standouts Swoop!, That Food Truck and Ajumama—set up outside. Place your order and dine in the shelter of the minimal-chic garage set up with tables and chairs.
400 W. Rich St., Franklinton,
FOOD PODS Congregations of food trucks make street food more accessible. This past year saw the rise of monthly themed festivals (Burger Wars, anyone?) at Zauber Brewing Co. in Grandview. Food Fort hosted a weekly food pod on Thursday evenings at the Charity Newsies headquarters in Clintonville, and the Thursday lunchtime Food Truck Food Court at the Columbus Commons was a hit all summer long.
Best New Food Trucks Of 2012
With a head-turning truck tagged with anime-inspired anthropomorphic food characters, That Food Truck is the sexiest addition to the scene. Sandwiches are stellar across the board; think chicken confit topped with a black mole sauce and house queso fresco, or roasted pork and ham with an amazing poblano harissa sauce.
Meanwhile, Swoop! Food Truck specializes in scratch-made (and slow-cooked) comfort foods. They make their own lamb bacon, for instance, and their tater tots have developed a devoted following. Go for the sliders, especially if they’re offering the glazed beef short rib slathered in horseradish cream.
This article appears in the January 2013 issue of Columbus Monthly
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At today’s New Orleans City Council meeting, council president Stacy Head introduced several changes to city ordinances governing mobile vending and food trucks. First introduced in 1956, the laws have changed little — Head’s proposals ease some of those decades-old restrictions. Head proposed to increase the number of available permits for vendors from 100 to 200, and remove banning vendors from within 600-feet of restaurants (changes to 50 feet while the restaurant is open).
An online petition from the New Orleans Food Truck Coalition (NOFTC) supports the legislation and makes recommendations of its own — it has gathered nearly 600 signatures.
Last week, restaurateur Reuben Laws gathered signatures for another online petition, one asking to halt the legislation, fearing restaurants will have their “sales invaded on by the food truck industry.” That petition has 250 signatures.
Rachel Billow, who runs the food truck La Cocinita and serves as NOTFC president, says she “understands some of the fears,” but, “the truth is, from what we’ve seen in other cities, food truck and restaurants thrive side-by-side.” The NOFTC has gathered support from dozens of restaurants, community groups and City Hall. “We’re glad to see the ball rolling and hopefully we’ll see those changes soon,” she says.
Head’s proposals will serve as a food truck “pilot program” with potentially stronger, more comprehensive ordinances in he future. City Council will likely vote on the measures next month.
Flickr Since it hit the road last fall Old Dixie’s Southern Kitchen, the food truck of killer Southern eats courtesy of Michael Babcock and Jenn Robinson, has been leading the Valley in the Southern food trend already happening in other parts of the country.
But thanks to a deal made with Welcome Diner owner Sloane McFarland, Babcock and Robinson have decided to park the truck and create their stellar Southern food brick-and-mortar style at the 200-square-foot Depression-era diner in Central Phoenix.
To start, the menu will be limited, but Babcock says they’ll eventually serve the entire Old Dixie’s menu (think boudin balls, buttermilk biscuit sandwiches, and shrimp Creole) in addition to brunch and diner favorites like burgers. And thanks to a liquor license, diners can have a craft beer or a rum hurricane along with the Southern- and diner-style eats.
In addition to the Welcome Diner’s tiny interior of nine seats, Babcock says there will also be patio seating and a take out window.
“We’re going to leave the Old Dixie’s truck parked out back to help facilitate the cooking process,” he tells me. “Kind of a secondary prep space.”
To start, Old Dixie’s will be open for dinner Thursday and Friday, brunch and dinner Saturday, and brunch only on Sunday, with expanded hours to come.
Although he helped open The Duce in downtown Phoenix, Babcock says opening his first restaurant is a scary thing.
“Jen and I wanted our own business, and we thought if it doesn’t work out, we’ll just sell it and move to a foreign country,” Babcock says. “But if it works, we’re going to go for it.”
Babcock says, for now, the Old Dixie food truck will stay parked at Welcome Diner until they can ramp up enough staff for both a brick-and-mortar location and a food truck.
For more information on Old Dixie’s, follow them on their Facebook page.
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