Friday, February 12, 2016

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
  12 (1.0%)
Buttercream Cupcake Lady
  26 (2.3%)
  6 (0.5%)
Chez Yasmine
  96 (8.3%)
Christo's Falafel Truck
  23 (2.0%)
Cloud Coffee
  31 (2.7%)
The Cow & the Curd
  20 (1.7%)
The Créperie at Temple
  27 (2.3%)
Cucina Zapata
  34 (2.9%)
The Dapper Dog
  12 (1.0%)
Delicias (aka Philly Delicias)
  111 (9.6%)
Farm Truck
  13 (1.1%)
Foo Truck
  23 (2.0%)
HUB BUB Coffee
  12 (1.0%)
Jamaican D's
  19 (1.6%)
  3 (0.3%)
  29 (2.5%)
King of Falafel
  16 (1.4%)
King Kabob
  6 (0.5%)
  6 (0.5%)
  6 (0.5%)
Kung-Fu Hoagies
  11 (1.0%)
La Dominique Créperie
  7 (0.6%)
Lil' Dans Gourmet
  12 (1.0%)
Little Baby's Ice Cream
  20 (1.7%)
Local 215
  13 (1.1%)
Lucky Old Souls
  19 (1.6%)
Mac Mart
  52 (4.5%)
Melange Tea Cart
  2 (0.2%)
Magic Carpet Foods
  27 (2.3%)
The Mini Trini
  27 (2.3%)
Mojo Gourmet Coffee Truck
  4 (0.3%)
Pitruco Pizza
  38 (3.3%)
Poi Dog
  13 (1.1%)
Pure Fare
  4 (0.3%)
Rival Bros. Coffee
  51 (4.4%)
Say Cheese Philly
  20 (1.7%)
Sexy Green Truck
  14 (1.2%)
Spot Burger
  22 (1.9%)
Street Food Philly
  15 (1.3%)
Sugar Philly Truck
  13 (1.1%)
Sunflower Truck Stop
  143 (12.4%)
Sweet Box Cupcakes
  20 (1.7%)
Taco Mondo
  14 (1.2%)
Tacos Don Memo
  18 (1.6%)
  24 (2.1%)
Yumtown USA
  15 (1.3%)
Zea May's Kitchen
  1 (0.1%)
Zsa's Ice Cream
  4 (0.3%)
Total votes = 1154

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.

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