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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%)
Chewy's
 
  6 (0.5%)
Chez Yasmine
 
  94 (8.2%)
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 (3.0%)
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 (1.7%)
Kachi
 
  3 (0.3%)
Kami
 
  29 (2.5%)
King of Falafel
 
  16 (1.4%)
King Kabob
 
  6 (0.5%)
Koagie
 
  6 (0.5%)
Koja
 
  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 (1.7%)
Mac Mart
 
  51 (4.4%)
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%)
Vernalicious
 
  24 (2.1%)
Yumtown USA
 
  15 (1.3%)
Zea May's Kitchen
 
  1 (0.1%)
Zsa's Ice Cream
 
  4 (0.3%)
Total votes = 1151

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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