The food truck industry can be traced back to the years after the Civil War. According to the History Channel “Chuck wagons and pushcarts served cowboys and urban workers…” The wagons served breakfast, lunch and dinner on vehicles designed to prepare, cook and store food. Pushcarts served cheap and on-the-go lunches to construction workers, delivery boys, busy newspaper reporters and anyone who would enjoy a cheap but nourishing meal.
The 1920s brought us the first motorized food vehicles – while the Henry Ford-led automobile industry expanded, Harry Burt Jr. invested in 12 refrigerated trucks for distribution of Good Humor ice cream bars in the city of Youngstown, Ohio. By the 1960s, thousands of ice creams trucks became part of communities across the country.
Since the 2008 recession, the food truck industry has grown in popularity, and the most devoted foodies love the convenience, the quality, and overall experience street food has to offer. To enjoy this finger-lickin’ experience, you must step out of your comfort zone – support our local entrepreneurs and try delicious street-side cuisine from these mobile eateries in the Western North Carolina region.
For many, food trucks are often associated with fast and poor quality food which is simply not true. Over the years, food trucks stepped up their game and just like a regular restaurant, operating a food truck involves regulations and licensing. From cupcakes to locally-sourced and gourmet foods, food trucks cater to all tastes, offering diverse food to people looking to try something new and different. The ethnic variety of these mobile kitchens provides unique signature dishes with a combination of creativity, value and speed. The food truck culture is absolutely contagious even for people who had second thoughts about them, such as myself.
Tip: check social media to know exactly the daily locations of these food trucks.
Hola Arepa, it is SO nice to meet you! One year ago, the Western N.C. culinary landscape cherished the arrival of Urban Flavor. Often parked at 2501 Northwest Blvd. in Newton, this special mobile eatery serves authentic and fresh South American flavors such as empanadas, tacos, quesadillas, sopes and the star of the show: arepas. A culinary staple in Venezuela and Colombia, the arepa is a flattened corn cake that is griddle-grilled, sliced in half and stuffed with meats, cheese, vegetables and what your heart might desire. The garlic salsa is a must – each bite of the arepa seems to call for more and more of this salsa, until you’re finally satisfied.
The chorizo tacos are probably the best on this neck of the woods. If you are craving for a great taco, Urban Flavor is the right place to go; they make you hungry just by looking at them, and expectations will exceed at first bite.
Everybody loves a perfect wing or a drummie, and some might claim they taste even better during football season. If you are a wing aficionado, you must visit Wingz On Wheelz to have a taste of their fantastic wings. Perfectly seasoned and soaked in a sauce of your choice, the spice blend pushes them to the top of the “best wings” discussion. The hand breading gives the dish that wonderful outside shell and if you want to add a creamy note, try the delicious homemade ranch or blue cheese dressings. The wings are likely to be consumed in a fraction of the time it took to make them.
With a Floribbean-inspired menu focused on boldly flavored tacos, quesadillas, bowls and burritos, this food truck is as festive as it is convenient – vibrant hues and the mix of colors the truck displays is both random and playful. Street style tacos are on the smaller side but they are packed full with ingredients, offering traditional and gringo favorites. Choose from steak, pork, chicken, vegetables ($8) or the day’s special (prices vary) in three styles: Mexican with salsa verde, chili lime slaw, queso fresco, cilantro and Mexican crema; Island with signature mango salsa, pepper jack, cilantro and pineapple guava aioli; or Southern with guava BBQ sauce, chili lime slaw, cheddar cheese and chipotle ranch.
If you are in search of a superior donut, Granny’s Old Fashioned Donuts might be the answer to your prayers. With only three menu items (Yeast glazed donuts, coffee and lemonade), Granny’s yeast donuts are made from scratch and cut by hand into a ring shape before being fried to golden, dough-y perfection. They’re light and airy, but have a chew and a slight yeast flavor, swaddled by the sweetness of a delightful glaze. The mobile eatery is a grin-inducing throwback and just one gigantic ring of goodness will satisfy you for hours. Let’s have a donut for lunch, shall we?