Food trucks are no fad.
More restaurants on wheels continue to pop up around the Salt Lake Valley, hoping to emulate the success of the Chow Truck, which made its first appearance in 2010. SuAn Chow’s Asian fusion truck is so successful, she’s looking into a brick and mortar spot.
Food truck stops
Gallivan Center » A rotating list of seven trucks park each week from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
University of Utah » Several food trucks park east of the Marriott Library, weekdays from around 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The trucks — Cafe Trang, Bento Truck, Lewis Bros., Rubadue’s Saucy Skillet — set their own schedules.
Don’t forget these trucks
Here’s how to find other food trucks.
Cruzin’ Sushi, @cruzinsushi
Happy Food Truck (burgers and ribbon fries), www.facebook.com/HappyFoodTruck
This new generation of food trucks aren’t always as mobile, as their predecessors. Some have found regular spots to park from the University of Utah to Wasatch Boulevard.
While some food truck owners have been successful enough to quit their day jobs, others have recently closed, including the Peruvian Como Lomo truck and the creperie On a Roll.
The Salt Lake Tribune checked out 9 new trucks that have opened within the last year, serving everything from sweet and savory crepes and waffles to gourmet grilled cheese and mouth-watering barbecue.
Bjorn’s Brews: Coffee
Owner/vibe » The mobile coffee van is an extension of the brick and mortar shop at 2358 S. Foothill Drive, Salt Lake City. The van serves the same locally roasted beans from Meridian Coffee Co. Owner Grady Kohler named the business after his dog, an Australian shepherd, whose tongue-wagging face is pictured on the van and coffee cup sleeves. Ten percent of the proceeds go to pet charities, and the coffee house hosts a "pet of the week" contest online. Every beverage comes with a complimentary gingerbread "bone" pet cookie.
What to try » The van serves the basics, from Americanos and ice teas to au laits and cappuccinos. Cold drinks include Italian sodas, frappes and smoothies that can be made with ice cream. Look for specials like the Heath Bar mocha and pumpkin pie latte.
Prices » $1.75 for 12 oz. coffee to $5.75 for 24 oz. mocha frapp.
Cafe Trang: Vietnamese
Owner/vibe » Cafe Trang, has been one of Salt Lake City’s favorite Vietnamese restaurants since it opened in 1987. Now the family-owned business has branched into mobile food. Unlike the sit-down restaurant, which has a massive menu that makes your head spin, this food truck keeps it simple with only about a dozen traditional items including meat and tofu dishes served over rice, egg rolls, noodle soup and lo mein
What to try » The lemongrass chicken or lemongrass tofu served over rice is one of the more popular items and when we visited recently both were sold out by 1 p.m. The honey glazed pork sandwich — or bahn mi — was a worthy second choice with crisp vegetable and a bit of kick. And for $3 it’s deal.
Prices » $3-$5
Follow » The truck is parks at the University of Utah’s Marriott Library plaza.
Food Cartel: Crepes
Owner/vibe » Kit Krajeski, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, sells crepes with sweet and savory fillings, including Utah-made cheeses, condiments and produce. For now, the truck parks at the University of Utah’s Marriott Library plaza, but Krajeski hopes to set up at festivals and eventually sell breakfast and late night meals.
What to try » The mushroom and caramelized onion crepe is made with Utah-grown button and oyster mushrooms and Wasatch Mountain Gruyere. The owner makes his own raspberry jam and uses Shepherds Dairy chevre for the creme fraiche. Cucumbers in the lemonade is a refreshing twist
Prices » $3-$5
Follow » www.foodcartelslc.com.
Green Apple Juice Co.: Juice drinks
Owner/vibe » The folks running this colorful little trailer — owner Jessica Seegmiller, her brother Jeremy and his friend Chad Barrett — spent their winter serving skiers at Snowbird — she is in the coffee shop, the guys in the pizza concession. Now they hope to make fresh-squeezed juice drinks a year-round business, based on recipes the three have developed over the years. "We’d take whatever was in the fridge," Barrett said.
What to try » The apple-ginger-pear combo is one of the company’s most popular drinks, as is the apple-lemon-blueberry-strawberry. More health-conscious folks may want to try the Green Machine (apple, lemon, kale, celery, spinach, ginger) or the Mega Green (apple, celery, cucumber, kale, spinach, romaine, lemon, ginger).
Prices » $3.50-$5.50
Follow » greenapplejuiceco.com.
Sean P. Means
Little Blue Bistro: Sandwiches and salads
Owner/vibe » This may be the smallest food truck in Salt Lake City and the one with the simplest menu — just three sandwiches, two salads and a soup of the day. But what it lacks in size, it makes up for in taste with the food made-to-order. On most days, you’ll find the blue truck parked between Red Butte Gardens and the Natural History Museum of Utah. Although it does makes stops at the Gallivan Center for the Thursday food truck rally.
What to try » The truck’s serves a version of Philly cheesesteak with chopped steak in a balsamic glaze, sauteed red onions, peppers and cheese on a ciabatta roll. Other sandwiches includes a southwest chicken and an Italian turkey melt.
Prices » $4.50-$7
Off the Grid: Waffles meet sandwiches
Owner/vibe » Trevor Fuchs and Vinny Mannello recently left their jobs at a graphic design company to run this food truck, which sells savory sandwiches using waffles instead of bread. The name is a play off the waffle pattern as well as Salt Lake City’s unique street system. The truck also is wrapped in a map of the capital.
What to try » It’s tough to choose between the grilled cheese — sharp cheddar, Beehive’s Barely Buzzed and sweet basil ricotta — and the Queso Con Awesome, a mix of Beehive’s habañero cheese, cream cheese, avocado and cilantro. For diners who want a wrap, the Buffalo Blue with chicken breast marinated in house-made buffalo sauce, is a popular choice.
Prices » $6 for either type of sandwich.Next Page >
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