Monday, March 2, 2015

What's hot in the food truck scene

They began decades ago on the Penn and Temple campuses as unglamorous providers of cheap sustenance for starving collegians. The scene has exploded in the last 18 months.

What's hot in the food truck scene

Philly's food trucks, which began appearing decades ago on the Penn and Temple campuses as unglamorous providers of cheap sustenance for starving collegians, have come a long way.

As Craig LaBan reports in The Inquirer, membership in the Philadelphia Mobile Food Association has ballooned from 34 at its founding in 2012 to 104 a year later, with 40 of those members not yet selling to the public, according to George Bieber, the group's treasurer and membership director. 

Everything from braised duck buns to arepas, cassoulet, and Korean cheesesteaks has appeared on menus.

See his article here.

More coverage
Philly's first Hawaiian-themed food truck
Twitter feeds from the best trucks
Food Truck Friday on Camden's waterfront
The scientist who runs a food truck
The latest in Philly food trucks
Food-truck salad; what's cooking in burbs
What's new from the 'old-time' trucks?
Your favorite Philly food truck? Vote for your #1.
Bui's Food Truck
Buttercream Cupcake Lady
Chez Yasmine
Christo's Falafel Truck
Cloud Coffee
The Cow & the Curd
The Créperie at Temple
Cucina Zapata
The Dapper Dog
Delicias (aka Philly Delicias)
Farm Truck
Foo Truck
HUB BUB Coffee
Jamaican D's
King of Falafel
King Kabob
Kung-Fu Hoagies
La Dominique Créperie
Lil' Dans Gourmet
Little Baby's Ice Cream
Local 215
Lucky Old Souls
Mac Mart
Melange Tea Cart
Magic Carpet Foods
The Mini Trini
Mojo Gourmet Coffee Truck
Pitruco Pizza
Poi Dog
Pure Fare
Rival Bros. Coffee
Say Cheese Philly
Sexy Green Truck
Spot Burger
Street Food Philly
Sugar Philly Truck
Sunflower Truck Stop
Sweet Box Cupcakes
Taco Mondo
Tacos Don Memo
Yumtown USA
Zea May's Kitchen
Zsa's Ice Cream

LaBan also checks back with some of the relative old-timers in the food-truck game and believes that some are putting out even better food now. Read that article here.

Your guides to where the food trucks roll

  • "Lunch in LOVE": LOVE Park is ground zero for trucks. See the busy schedule here and here.
  • The Porch at 30th Street Station hosts 'em Wednesdays and Fridays. See here.
  • Ten-hut! Trucks stop at the Navy Yard on Thursdays. Read here.
  • Catch the next edition of the Vendy Awards, a showcase of the city's top trucks, on June 8. Read here.


Reviews: The "Truck Stop" column

Poi Dog: Philly's first Hawaiian-themer

Sexy Green Truck: Temple's friendliest truck

The Cow and the Curd: Fried cheese curds (!)

Other previous columns


There's a Ph.D. behind the wheel

Scientist Jihed Chehimi leaves the lab and boards his Chez Yasmine food truck at Penn, serving global fare with a mission: to educate about food. Read here.


Camden gets trucks on Fridays

"Food Truck Friday," as it's being called, is drawing interest, including the three that will start next week: deli-on-wheels Reuben on Rye, Cupcakes 2 GoGo, and Lil' Trent's Treats. Read here.

Michael Klein
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