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Friday, July 6, 2012

Food Trucks: Cuisine With Curb Appeal

Trendy food trucks boasting creative menus and devoted Twitter followers have been rolling through town since 2008, and I am embarrassed to admit I placed my first order through a truck window only last week...a truck stop virgin, so to speak. Well, better late than never.

For decades fun loving foodies have craved a side order of convenience when it comes to drive-in's (1950s) and drive-thrus; more recently, however, food trucks are the drive-by eateries of choice dishing out exactly what consumers are hungry for: meals, wheels, and a feisty, entrepreneurial spirit in a down economy. It's old-fashioned American ingenuity at its best.

 Annika Stensson, spokesperson for the National Restaurant Association told Costco Connection that food trucks are sure to be more than just a fad in the fast lane. "I believe they're here to stay" says Stensson, "and will keep growing in the years ahead." If you park it, they will come.

At the urging of a friend (more hip than myself), I corralled the family and headed to a neighborhood gathering of gourmet food trucks. We needed to make up for lost time. 

We LOVED the Lobsta Truck! Lobster rolls, whoopie pies and chowda! 
 I expected long lines and a crush of people. What I didn't count on was the camaraderie and sense of community that made standing in line part of the experience. Bonding over buttery lobster and bisque at the Lobsta Truck, oh, yeah.

 As first timing newbies, we decided to sample from all the trucks to get a taste of what was on board. I have to apologize, I got a bit carried away and forgot to take photos of the food...which sort of lets you know how delish it all was...

The Lime Truck touted street-credentials including winning the Great Food Truck Race on the Food Network, and Best New Restaurant (2011) by the Orange County Register. We liked it for the fresh, affordable tacos and limeade. Worth the wait!

The Tornado Potato truck became an instant family favorite. Spiraling spuds on a stick, deep fried and rolled in your choice of seasoning -what's not to love. We tried Cajun spice and garlic Parmesan. Yum! With an enthusiastic thumbs up for the Cajun spices! (Worth noting: I was able to photograph these beauties because they were served scorching hot and couldn't be immediately devoured. Although we tried...you can see the partially eaten top of the stick...)

 We bought drinks, eyed an extensive menu from the Hungry Nomad Truck and sampled (i.e., wolfed down) banana and Nutella crepes from Crepe'N Around, a charming truck that recently earned a spot as one of  Zagat's top 10 food trucks in Los Angeles for 2012. After tasting firsthand, I can see why it's a winner.

To find food truck routes and schedules in your area, sign up to follow trucks individually (via Facebook or Twitter); or download an app to your smart phone. Also, if you have a favorite truck I should try, I'd love to hear about it!

Truck Tracking Apps:

TruxMap Lite - free
Eat St. -free
Roaming Hunger -free
Food Truck Follower -.99 cents

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