Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Street Food


I don’t know about you, but I have never seen someone selling food on the street, as in a food vendor that drives and parks places to sell food. I think Minnesota is lacking some serious stuff—well at least in my neck of the woods! So I decided to round up some of the best known food vendors across the US in hopes that one day I can have the opportunity to buy something off of the street =) Maybe some of these are in your town, or you’ve eaten from one or more—let me know!

[[Madison, Wisconsin]]

Ingrid's Lunchbox


Ingrid’s LunchBox is a mobile food establishment and caterer located in Madison, WI. Ingrid’s LunchBox appears at the top of State Street serving breakfast on Saturday mornings at the Dane County Farmer’s Market. Ingrid’s LunchBox can also be found many weekdays during the lunch-hours on the Memorial Library Mall in downtown Madison, Wisconsin. Throughout the year, Ingrid's serves Midwestern home style entrées, salads, and soups from her hand built trailer.(Location here.)

[[Charlottesville, Virginia]]


Patrick Critzer is a student of great global street food. At his cart he sells a wide range of locally sourced and organic dishes, from grilled Moroccan chicken and masala curry to teriyaki tofu. This being the South, he also makes a mean peach iced tea as well.

[[New York]]


The latest high-end New York street food trend is sweets. At the DessertTruck, co-run by a former Le Cirque pastry chef, the specialties include bomboloni(cream-filled, deep-fried brioche dusted w/cinnamon sugar) and chocolate bread pudding.

[[Los Angeles]]

Let's Be Frank

Our SF Shop

The dogs from this food cart run circles around most franks. No surprise considering they’re made from grass-fed beef and humanely raised pork and homemade condiments are on the menu; and one of the owners is the former meat forager for Chez Panisse restaurant.

[[Portland, Oregon]]

Garden State

At this shiny cart, manned by Kevin Sandri, you’ll find Sicilian and northwestern Italian specialites, including mozzarella-stuffed arancini, potato fritters, and chicken alla diavola. Most are made from organic, locally sourced ingredients.

[[Austin, Texas]]

Flip Happy Crepes

Nessa Higgins and Andrea Day Boykin flip and fold crepes savory(shredded pork with caramelized onions and Gruyere) and sweet(brownie crumbles topped with dark chocolate sauce and Chantilly cream) inside their Avion trailer.

[[Seattle, Washington]]

Skillet Street Food

Take a culinary school graduate, a hospitality veteran, and a few Airstream trailers, and you’ve got the idea behind Skillet Street Food. Have maple-braised Oregon pork belly, a fried egg, and a cornmeal waffle for breakfast or a lemongrass pork “sammy” with cabbage and ginger slaw, and hand-cut fries for lunch.


These all sounds street-licious to me!

*Adapted from June 2008 Bon Appétit Article


Lexi said...

Not a big street vendor fan, but could be in the future! We'll see what I find! Cool stories behind the vending businesses!

Jenny said...

oh there's this seafood vendor in my town.. sounds sketchy but I have never had a better salmon burger in my lifeeeeee!

Anonymous said...

Why is there not a crepe truck here in LA? So sad! I've never heard of the hotdog truck though, I MUST seekit out! Oh, but you forgot Kogi, the sensation here in LA!

Anonymous said...

We have a Lunch vendor selling sandwiches and lunch items that parks up outside my place of work everyday. We have hundreds of staff so he gets lots of business.
We also have an ice cream van that drives round my estate (in summer)
I think we have a lot of vendors here in the UK.


Erica said...

VERY cool post! We don't really have any food vehicles as well- but they look so cool!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

How cute! Crepes from a trailer :)

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Sounds like it's time for a road trip!

Healthy Beach Bum said...

mmm i do love me some ice cream! :)

Anonymous said...

Truck vendors are getting all the buzz now-a-days. Part of the fun is hunting them down on twitter.

david ross said...

Here in Santa Barbara there are laws prohibiting mobile food vendors so there is only one called "The Burger Bus". Its an old bus converted into a food truck, they only park on private property and sell their burgers. My boss wants to start a food truck that sells our french pastry pizzas and, french pastry empanadas with a side salad. its really fancy. does anyone think that would work? im skeptical. . .
look at the website.