Ever since the food trucks took a life of its own and began to sprout all over the country, food truck owners have had a difficult time settling in. First, they had to deal with brick and mortar business owners who complained loudly about the loss of income. Then they had to worry about stricter laws and permits including zoning and parking which led to some pretty inventive marketing. Now, the challenge has come full circle with the immense competition among food truck owners for a piece of the market.
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Getting To Know The Fabulous Philadelphia Food Trucks
It’s food galore in Philadelphia nowadays not just with new restaurants but also with a growing food truck industry with inventive food choices that tempt the senses and entice foot traffic to buy and savor anything from cheesesteak sandwiches to cheese dipped in beer.
If you ever plan to travel to Philadelphia, prepare to spend on new food ideas, amazing flavors, and friendly entrepreneurs. Here are a few of the incredible food truck stops you should schedule while in the fifth most populous city in the country.
Philly’s Finest Samboni’s
One of the best places to get cheesesteak sandwiches is this food truck that belongs to 3 fine men who partnered and even joined the Great Food Truck Race – and almost won! They offer different variants of the cheesesteak sandwich and their bestseller is the stuffed cheesesteak.
Who doesn’t love waffles any time of the day? Foolish Waffles has sugary sweet waffle desserts or waffle meals with pork belly, fried chicken, or spicy glazed pork. They also have something for vegans and a create-your-own meal or dessert which is a consistent bestseller among children and the adventurous.
With a food truck business called Sugar Philly and a truck called Sheila, how could you not love the idea of buying gourmet desserts from 2 partners who worked out the business details over a dinner of fried chicken? Their specialties include crème brulee, blueberry or strawberry cheesecake, and French macaroons. They also have seasonal specials like spicy chocolate cake, pumpkin custard, and peanut panna cotta, among others.
It’s not every day that you find a brick wood-fired pizza oven and when it is put in a food truck, you know you need to sample the food. Pizza is really best when eaten fresh off the oven. All their pizzas are 11 inches or personal size good for one. They offer 6 choices from spicy garlic to one with roasted mushrooms, braised raddicho with a balsamic drizzle. Definitely a new experience to be enjoyed!
There are dozens of other food trucks roaming the streets of Philadelphia selling mac and cheese, pulled pork sandwiches, Polish sausages, burgers, Thai curry, tater tots, grilled cheese, beer cheese, and crepes, just to name a few. All these food trucks have suddenly made the city a lot more interesting!
Here Come The Big Guys With Their Food Trucks
A clear sign of a bustling industry is the entry of big business and this is exactly what is happening with the food truck business. One of the newest food trucks on the street today is the Starbucks food trucks. They are part of the campus scene at James Madison University (Virginia), Arizona State University, and Coastal California University (South Carolina). Arizona University has managed a special deal with the company that offers employee scholarships in the university’s online program
Are Food Trucks Profitable? How To Get Started
Food carts or food trucks have been around since the 17th century and this is a definite sign that it is a business idea that works – with the right business plan and menu. It was because of food trucks that the term “chuck wagon” came about. These were food trucks designed to feed cattlemen on the road. Also before the 1900s, dog carts existed that sold hotdogs and sausages to students of Yale, Cornell, Harvard, and Princeton. Fast forward to a few years ago in 2008, Kogi BBQ hit the roads in Los Angeles and help reignite cravings for more creative food for people on the move.
The Cost Of Selling From A Food Truck: Boon or Bane?
Before food trucks became high end and all-over-the-place, they were the places to go to buy a dollar sandwich. Today, food trucks charge as much as $9 for a hamburger or $17 for a sushi plate. In fact, the number of food trucks in the country has doubled since 2007 and bringing in revenues of over $716 million annually. This is one of the reasons why food trucks have become a popular investment for new chefs and established restaurants alike. The food truck craze has brought all kinds of cuisines to the street level making it very convenient for the meal on the run.
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: How To Find Your Fav Food Truck
One of the biggest drawbacks of the food truck industry is that you can never tell when your favorite food truck will simply vanish. With the growth in the food truck industry soaring in the past few years, local governments are working overtime to put some semblance of order to what they see as mayhem and to answer brick and mortar business owners’ outcry over the loss of income from food trucks.
One such food truck that feel victim to the interests of restaurant owners in the DC area is the Pinup Panini food truck. They announced their plans to close shop because the new government regulations were proving to be too much for them.
Pinup Panini is owned and operated by Cori Bryant and in the course of 12 months or so, he has had to undergo 3 extensive changes in his food trucks in order to comply with new city ordinances. Bryant simply said, she “just can’t afford the war on trucks.”
How then does one deal with looking forward to your favorite food truck meal and get shocked when it isn’t where it’s suppose to be. Aside from having to brush aside that annoying feeling that the meal you want is going to be a treasure hunt of sorts, you’ll also need to find alternative food in the meantime. Here are some suggestions on what you should do:
Look Up Alternative “Food Truck Friendly” Zones
Arlington is the new food truck stop for many food truck businesses out of DC. It’s a friendlier zone and it’s just across the river. However, Arlington officials are starting to discuss the implementing rules for food trucks concentrating mainly on operating hours and sites. The good news is that they are also thinking of opening new sites.
Check Social Websites, Apps
Another great way to find your favorite food truck would be through social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Majority of food truck owners have an active account in one or more of these platforms. You could also download apps that provide locations of food trucks. Then there are the food truck guides that are available online. Finally, look up food festivals in your area. There’s a pretty high chance of finding your favorite meal in these festivals.