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Boston is the largest city in Massachusetts but more importantly, the people of Boston love their food. The cuisine in this beautiful city is known for its use of seafood and dairy products. However, it offers a wide range of international choices from Asian to European food.
This year, food trucks in Boston just got more interesting with the introduction of 5 extraordinary food trucks. The food truck season which started this April brings with it a diversity in food selection and concepts.
North East of the Border
This food truck is offering authentic Mexican food using locally sourced produce. It was set up by 2 men who met and became friends while in the Bahamas. One is a chef born and raised in Mexico while the other is an expert in business and management – a dream team. They offer 8 kinds of taco, salsa, beans, rice, and guacamole.
Fresh Food Generation
This is a farm to plate food truck with a Latin-American and Caribbean menu. Fresh Food Generation is known for its catering so has an advantage over the other new food trucks. At the time, expectations are higher that this food truck is going to bring the best in quality local goods.
Finally, something that isn’t just about food in a food truck is this new juicer + healthy food snacks. They serve dehydrated chips and homemade granola bars aside from the nutritious drinks. They also have a fruit and vegetable breakfast which is available starting at 6:30 in the morning.
Hawaiian food is not something you hear about everyday but Bostonians are now enjoying this unique cuisine as it parks in different areas across the city from Mondays to Fridays. Most interesting about this food truck is their amazing marketing which includes new freebies every day like alcohol-free piña coladas and desserts.
Finally, this food truck is making a name for itself as a food truck with its flavorful burritos. It already has a brick and mortar place in Downtown Crossing so what they have, Bostonians may have already sampled and liked. They also serve other Mexican fare like tacos and quesadillas.
The City of Boston has approved its 2013 program for food trucks and 56 new food trucks are now allowed to offer their goodies in Boston’s streets. Compared to 2 years ago, Boston had 4 times less food trucks so the choice this year is going to be amazing.
The city council has approved food truck permits for an incredible gastronomic experience for Bostonians and visiting guests. Almost if not all food cuisines and combinations are going to be available. Walking the streets in Boston is definitely a food trip you are not likely to forget in months.
The full 56 fleet of food trucks hit the streets of Boston last April 1 and were seen all over from Copley to Dewey Square. There are 18 sites that have been assigned as food truck territory with a maximum of 3 food trucks per location. Some of the food trucks sites to visit are Dudley Square, East Boston, and Charlestown.
Some of the new food trucks that will be plying the streets of Boston are Fugu Foods, Mother Juice, Area Four, Jimmy’s Ice Cream, Taco Party Truck, Pasta Post, Sweet Tomatoes, and Biryani Park.
Biryana Park is Sri-Lankan vegetarian cuisine while Sweet Tomatoes is a pizza brick and mortar chain which decided try launching their own food truck. Area Four is another brick and mortar with a new food truck which really is a clear sign that brick and mortar restaurants are starting to throw in the towel and join the party!
One other interesting launch will be the craft beer in cans which is a product brewing with local beer company, the Sly Fox Brewing Company located in Pennsylvania. The beer is called a topless beer because its packaging has a unique solution to it and has spawned the nickname the 360 Limited.
Also, don’t forget that the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy has its own food truck program known as Greenway Mobile Eats. Their 2013 program offers 22 food trucks and food bikes in 6 different locations in the Greenway. Last year, they made quite a bundle with an increase of 74% from 2011 sales and are expecting a banner year again this 2013 with estimated earnings of about US$ 260,000. How’s that for grand income spikes from a low $26,000 in 2010!
Boston is a great place to be if you’re in search of new food trucks ideas or some of the best food trucks in the country. In 2011, there were only 8 food trucks during the first Food Truck Festival but a record number of Bostonians came to sample the food. Over 4,000 people were milling around these 8 trucks and some of them decided to join the businesses.
Today, there are over 200 food truck businesses in Boston and the Food Truck Festival has never been more popular. In 2012, they have hosted 7 festivals each one more successful than the last.
Some of the more popular food trucks in Boston are Boston Super Dog, Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, Bon Me, Jamburritos Cajun Grille, and Lefty’s Silver Cart. The overall concept in food trucks for Boston is either classic food done extremely well or something new and delicious like the Vietnamese food from Bon Me or the vegetarian sandwiches of Lefty’s Silver Cart.
The Boston Super Dog has a wide following and many of their loyal customers will swear loudly and with extreme conviction about the lusciousness of the dogs. However, the hotdog sandwiches are not cheap but definitely something worth buying again and again. It is found in an industrial area which can be difficult to access because of the number of trucks that park there. It was originally called Speed and the creator of the hotdog recipe was 90 years old at the time the Speed food truck business started. He eventually sold the business to his manager who was responsible for changing the business name.
Jamburritos Cajun Grille Express is owned by Chef Brown and the food truck is usually around during the Food Truck Fridays or plying the streets of Boston. The specialty is the jamburrito which is affordable, loaded with flavor, and very addicting. It isn’t a food truck for kids but adults love it so much that latecomers would race to catch the truck as it drives away.