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(Al Hartmann | The Salt Lake Tribune) Cupbop owner Jung Hun Song yells out orders for Korean barbecue during the weekly food truck rally at the Gallivan Center Thursday June 19.
Food trucks continue to roll into Salt Lake City’s food scene

Roundup » Since 2010, mobile fare options in Salt Lake City have gone from one to 36; here’s a look at a few and on how they are making themselves visible.

By Kathy Stephenson

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Jun 24 2014 09:57 am • Last Updated Jun 26 2014 05:08 pm

Food trucks along the Wasatch Front continue to roll along, with new offerings hitting the streets all the time.

No matter what you’re craving — Korean barbecue, Canadian poutine, Mexican-style fresh fruit or American grilled cheese — there’s something to satisfy a hunger for street food.

At a glance

Food truck favorites

Bjorn’s Brews (coffee) » facebook.com/bjorns.brew, @bjornsbrew

Chow Truck (Asian fusion) » facebook.com/chowtruck, @Chowtruck

Bento Truck (Japanese) » bentotruck.com/, @bento_truck

Better Burger Truck (hamburgers and fries) » betterburgertruck.com, @BetterBurgerUT

Food Cartel (crêpes) » foodcartelslc.com

Happy Food Truck (burgers and ribbon fries) » facebook.com/HappyFoodTruck

Lewis Bros. (fine fast food, Vietnamese, Middle Eastern, fries and kimchi) » facebook.com/LewisBrosFoodTruck, @Lewisbrosfood

Off the Grid (waffle sandwiches) » facebook.com/OffTheGridSLC, @OffTheGridSLC

Pogi’s Pizza Truck (pita bread pizza, salads) » pogigrill.com

Q4U (barbecue) » facebook.com/Q4UBBQTruckSLC

Rubadue’s Saucey Skillet (sliders and more) » sauceyskillet.com/foodtruck

Saturday’s Waffle » facebook.com/saturdayswaffle, @saturdayswaffle

So Cupcake (cupcakes, ice-cream) » socupcake.com, @socupcake

Submarino’s (sandwiches) » facebook.com/submarinostruck

Surefire Pizza (wood-fired pizza) » facebook.com/surefirepizza, @surefirepizza

Waki Paki (Pakistani) » facebook.com/wakipakifoodtruck, @wakipakifood

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Chow Truck, Salt Lake City’s first food truck, arrived in 2010; since then, the field has grown. Today, 36 mobile food trucks are licensed to operate in Salt Lake City alone, said Jessica Thesing, the city’s economic development manager.

Maybe the best indicator of the popularity of food trucks is the Thursday Food Truck Rally at the Gallivan Center in downtown Salt Lake City. Every Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., hundreds of people fill the street between 200 and 300 South to savor street-style foods.

It’s so popular, new food trucks that want to participate in the event sometimes find it difficult to get a spot.

Every week, 15 to 20 trucks apply for the seven available spaces, Thesing said. "We try to rotate them through, so that everyone gets a turn."

But the competition is so fierce that some trucks don’t even bother to apply, opting instead to have weekly spots at area farmers markets or businesses near the airport, the University of Utah or industrial parks where food options are scarce.

The city ordinance that was developed in 2011 to govern mobile food vendors would allow for the creation of another "food court" somewhere else in the city, Thesing said. "But no one has come forward to do that yet."

The best way to find these trucks is by following them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Here are seven food carts that have rolled into Salt Lake City recently that are worth finding:

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Cupbop » After working for an advertising company, Jung Hun Song started this food truck that specializes in Korean barbecue served in a to-go cup. Offerings include beef, spicy pork, chicken or a meat combo served over rice and vegetables. There’s also noodles and mandu, Korean-style potstickers. The meat marinades and sauces are family recipes, said Jung, whose energetic attitude when taking orders — he calls himself the "sexy hot boss" — is part of Cupbop’s charm.

Prices » $7.50 to $8.50

Follow » facebook.com/CupbopKoreanBBQ or Twitter: @cupboptruck.

Georgia Boy » As the name suggests, this cart serves Southern comfort food and is run by a former Park City chef. The signature dish is pork belly corndogs, which sell out often. Other main dishes include lamb sliders and fried chicken — served alone, in a sandwich or sometimes with waffles. The rest of the menu includes regular and sweet potato fries, pickles, sweet tea and moon pies for dessert.

Prices » $7-$8; drinks and desserts $1.50-$2

Follow » facebook.com/GeorgiaBoyFood or Twitter: @GeorgiaBoyFood

Gravy Train Poutinerie » Poutine — the ultimate French-Canadian indulgence — is served in all its variations here: the traditional french fries, topped with a brown gravy and cheese curds; the all-American with tater tots, sausage gravy and a fried egg; and the Philly topped with steak, grilled peppers, caramelized onions and cheddar. With all the offerings, the hot fries and gravy melt the cheese, turning all the ingredients into one gooey melange that can only be eaten with a fork.

Prices » $7-$8

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