Food trucks, food carts, street vendors; why are they a thing y’all? The trendy version of street food (that’s the one we’ll be talking about today, not roadkill) really started on the West Coast. The constant good weather and the laid back people were probably the perfect climate for this food movement. But why did it take NY by storm? New York where the most brutal restaurant goers and food writers can take an eatery down in days and your competition is probably eating at your place right now, studying your menu. Well, here’s my theory.
Although we do like the occasional breath of fresh air, the biggest reason is probably that we don’t like to wait. As shiny as that celebrity chef’s new restaurant is, I’m hungry NOW, and don’t always want to wait for the tabel to be set. Sometimes restaurants are out of the question, and yet the idea of going to McDonalds again makes you
puke sad. What to do? Food trucks are first come, first serve and sometimes quite gourmet. No reservations, no favoritism, no waiter talking on his cell phone while you wave like a fool.
The second reason (only second by a little) is that street food is cool. These days, many of these mobile eateries have a cult following, a pop following, or a zagat rating. New Yorkers love to be on the cutting edge of everything. Let’s face it what’s more indie than yummy nomadic food establishments that can only be found by loyal followers and savvy gourmands? So let’s get with it guys! Every chance I get I will write the best trucks or carts into my ‘Been There’ section for you. If you have any favorites you’d like to share then please let me know about them. I can’t wait to hear from you. In the meantime my twitter feed will tell the locations of the best trucks daily. Because I care about your taste buds, that’s why.