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.
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
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.