The truck: Your basic, pristine, Jersey-plated metal trailer, stationed at the same corner since 1989. The deal: Go elsewhere for truffled, cold-pressed, organic what-have-you. This truck's culinary treasures are the couple making your homemade hoagie: Anna and Rafi Barassatian, who arrive every weekday at 5:30 a.m. from their home in Brigantine, N.J.
Wake-up call: OMG, these Insomnia Cookies are so good! They're warm and gooey. We just remembered that we didn't eat lunch. But it doesn't matter. We're just going to eat all these cookies until there are no more cookies. There is chocolate all over the place. You should get some cookies for yourself.
The man: Jihed Chehimi, probably the only food-truck owner in the world with a doctorate in viral immunology, serves up healthy global dishes with a smile. Make sure you smile back, because he'll probably snap your photo for the Chez Yasmine Facebook page.
The truck: Mike Sullivan, owner of the Cheese E Wagon, has built a new truck called Smooth Cow. You can see it on Drexel University's campus from the other end of the block. The paint job features yellow dripping into pink, dripping into purple, with fruit on the bottom and a crazy-looking cow holding an ice cream cone. So, yeah, you shouldn't have a problem finding it.
The truck: If you're a motorcyclist - or just a red-blooded American - you'll appreciate the look of M.A.T.T.'s Gourmet Sliders, a/k/a Matt's Food Truck. All black with chrome fenders, whitewall tires and a Harley-Davidson-style logo. We weren't even looking for a place to eat, but this truck caught our attention a couple of weeks ago at 33rd and Market streets. Turns out, it was only its second day on the road.
The truck: Our mouths started watering as soon as we saw Ricardo Barbosa's Casa Brazil on 33rd Street, on Drexel University's campus. The truck, which opened in June, features a photo of juicy meat over an open flame - basically the only two things you need in life, when you really think about it.
What to eat: Cupcakes? Pshaw! Wonderland Cakes offers "cake shots," an unusual, delicious alternative. These perfect parfaits come in a plastic tumbler with a spoon - layers of cake, mousse, syrup, frosting, fruit, preserves, liqueurs and even surprises like breakfast cereal and candy.
So, uh, what's a Foowich? Imagine that the noble burrito was invented on some bustling Asian side street instead of in Mexico, and you pretty much have your answer. The guys at Foo take your choice of protein, lay it over a bed of aromatic jasmine rice, add some vinegary carrot-daikon slaw and cucumber slices and fold - not wrap - it all up in a flour tortilla.
Every other Thursday, Truck Stop visits a local food truck.