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Food trucks in SD...where are they?

Besides Mariscos German truck that shares a parking lot with a liquor store in Normal Heights and 2 other Loncheras...which has some of the best food on the planet.
Are there other food trucks out there in SD that I don't know about?
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  1. El Pescador http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/524846
    Although they have restaurants the best trucks are El Paisa and La Fachada

    1. There's one that goes to 25th and F on Sunday nights.

      1. Thanks Masa and beth!
        You would think that these trucks would be all over..
        I can't believe they aren't in North County..they would kick some serious a$$ here.

        1. Our backyard opens onto an alley that has no traffic. I always wanted to hire a truck for a party. Just open the back gates, have the truck park in the alley and let the guests order anything they want. Anyone know an owner?

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          1. re: Fake Name

            Try DM ing Alice Q on Twitter. I think a fried of hers, or a friend of a friend of hers knows how to hire a truck. They did it for a kids bday in a park. ;D

            1. re: foodiechick

              She actually had a catering service come to her house for a party - but there was no truck. I thought about doing a truck for a birthday party in Dec. - I was going to try to hire the La Princesita guy in Linda Vista with my friend's caterer as a backup. We also looked into having the Kogi truck come down, but they wanted 6K. Wound up throwing a fabulous dinner party at Farmhouse Cafe for 30 people instead, for about 1/3 that amount.

          2. Just ate Mariscos German on your tip.

            Excellent.

            Maybe best food in all of San Diego.

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            1. re: stevewag23

              Outstanding steve!
              Jonesing for it as I type..it's so damn good..there sweet as pie too!
              We need more of these fab food trucks out in SD..

              1. re: Beach Chick

                Yeah, thank you!

                I wonder why there aren't more.

                Must be zoning or something. Anyone know?

                1. re: stevewag23

                  Boy were you people right about Mariscos Germán. On a scale of 1 to 10, I give it a buenissimo.

            2. Any new food trucks out there?
              Did anyone see the great piece recently on CBS Sunday Morning on food trucks?..excellent.

              Thank you ipsit for the Indian truck tip at Black Mountain.

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              1. re: Beach Chick

                The La Princesita Taco truck in Linda Vista seems to have disappeared or they are showing up much, much later in the night. It was around sporadically a few months ago and I have haven't seen it at all the last few weeks.

                1. re: Beach Chick

                  I saw that piece. Daniel has a webcast he does called "vendr.tv" or the website http://vendr.tv/

                2. A Mariscos German (real? imposter?) parks at Balboa and Clairemont Dr in old gas station - yoga studio parking lot. Next to Sneak a Peak Bikini Barista Coffee Kart.

                  1. Here's the Sunday Morning on LA Food Trucks..wish we had them here..

                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1QwAE...

                    1. Let's Review..
                      Mariscos German truck was sold on 35th/University..is it still there?
                      MG is now in OB..where?
                      Toys R Us truck in CV..do they have sister truck up in the North County?
                      Copper Chimney..Mira Mesa and its not opened for lunch during the week?

                      Lots of grumblings on the LA board that the food trucks have lost their mojo..

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                      1. re: Beach Chick

                        The Mariscos German truck was sold several months ago. It is still at 35th and University and is still very good. In fact I liked it better than one of the trucks still owned by the company. They have an arrangement where they get to keep the MG name for 3 years or something and then they have to change it.

                        1. re: Beach Chick

                          Hey BC, Marisco's in OB is located on Cable, between Santa Monica and Newport (Apple Tree parking lot). As far as the truck on 35th I am always skeptical when new owners take over but, for a short ride and a few bucks you can't be burned too much. As far as the truck at Toy R Us, I don't think they have a sister truck in N. County. Have you tried the truck at Toys R Us, don't worry the hood doesn't bite.

                          1. re: cstr

                            I get to OB way more than CV..if and when I get out that way, I will definitely stop in!
                            No Food Trucks in the greater North County?
                            What's up with that?

                            1. re: Beach Chick

                              I know, I'm in Solana Beach and Mira Mesa all the time and there's nothing up here. You'd think something would pop up in Encinitas somehwere

                            2. re: cstr

                              The one in CV is on my weekly rotation - right after I hit the strawberry fields close by for the best berries in town. That's always my favourite day of the week.

                              1. re: phee

                                What street is the strawberry place lacated, I usually go to N. County for them.

                                1. re: cstr

                                  4th and Main in CV. It's a large field on the southwest corner. Take Main Street off-ramp, and you can't miss it. It's about a mile east of the freeway on your right. Beautiful ripe berries! They usually close around 4pm, but sometimes earlier if they run out.

                                2. re: phee

                                  Phee - do you know how late that truck is serving? I asked this in a separate thread, but it's gone ignored :).

                                3. re: cstr

                                  Marisco German is the best thing to happen to OB since Azucar. Seriously!

                                4. re: Beach Chick

                                  Copper Chimney food truck is Friday dinner and Sat/Sun lunch only. During the week they sell box lunches outside Qualcomm in Sorrento Valley (but no on-site cooking). As for their mojo, I cant figure it out. On the one hand they stopped coming out on mondays because things were too slow - on the other hand, on sunday they run out of food so quickly they sometimes are gone by 5!

                                  1. re: ipsit

                                    Is Copper Chimney at Qualcomm on Fri?

                                    1. re: cstr

                                      I'm not 100% certain but I believe so. I forgot to mention they sell outside the A/V building.

                                      1. re: ipsit

                                        hey ipsit,
                                        where is the A/V building at Qualcomm? I'm not having much luck with Google.

                                        1. re: Captain Jack

                                          I dont know that area well but found this address: Bldg. AV, 10160 Pacific Mesa Blvd off their website. I haven't checked out their box lunches. If you try them out, please report back!

                                      2. re: cstr

                                        I don't know if it is still true but when I ate there in Mira Mesa, the owner said that they serve lunch at Qualcomm every weekday.

                                        Yeah, most of the trucks seem to do well and I enjoy eating at them so it is too bad that there aren't more of them and that some of the higher end restaurants don't experiment with having trucks as has happened in LA.

                                        1. re: sdaints

                                          Copper Chimmney now has a restaurant at 9474 Blk Mtn Rd (next to Ashoka), in the Spice Court store. It's short on ambience, but good biryani. Will give it another try for the masala dosa.

                                  2. San Diego's not as food truck-friendly as L.A., Portland, Hawaii or other places. In L.A. they can park on the street for a half hour (two hours if they get a signed "endorsement" from a business in the area). In San Diego, all food trucks have to sell their stuff on private property. They're not allowed to park on the street. A couple of guys are trying to change the law. That's what they did in L.A.--got a lobbying group together and had the laws changed.

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                                    1. re: ohgodplease

                                      Heck, once established the trucks become highbrow and will soon start showing up in Riviera Magazine.

                                      Nawwww.

                                        1. re: Fake Name

                                          There goes the ambiance of Le Truck!

                                          1. re: cstr

                                            Let's keep the gussyness of our Food Trucks on the down low..

                                            Also, would someone PLEASE step it up and bring a Food Truck to North County..do you know how much coin could be generated..cash cow.. winner chicken dinner!
                                            ; )

                                            1. re: Beach Chick

                                              North County? Plenty of trucks right in your area- Irvine, Encinitas, Orange, DelMar, Anaheim, etc.

                                              Yes, LA begins just north of the 8.

                                          2. re: Fake Name

                                            So true, fakename. I wasn't going to cover the Gobernator at M. German because it's so, y'know, seafoody and they never polish the truck's rims. But I happened to be on my way to a pedicure for my toy poodle and I saw a late-series BMW parked in the dirt lot. So I figured I better jump on that 20-year-old trend before anyone else does. That's why it was in our Best Of Food last year.

                                            1. re: ohgodplease

                                              You do know you were being needled, right?

                                              1. re: Fake Name

                                                Maybe. But I can't discuss this further without seeing a bank statement or proof of villa ownership somewhere exotic.

                                        2. A taco truck has taken root at the intersection of Balboa and Clairemont Drive, the northeast corner with the defunct filling station. Called Jefecito's, it serves some excellent tacos - lengua, birria, adobada, carnitas, cabeza, buche, tripe, asada etc. - and also features huaraches and mulitas amongst other things. The lengua is particularly good, the birria tacos, strangely not so, and the other tacos are generally pretty good. Although it won't challenge El Paisa or La Fachada as preferred taco stops, it is an excellent opportunity for a good taco in an area that is generally devoid of them. It is only open at night and they close at 11pm - I'm not certain of the opening time.

                                          They offer up a nice cup of frijoles charros when you approach, the salsa's are very, very good, and the owner(?) is pretty gregarious and happy to see you.

                                          All-in-all a fantastic addition to the neighborhood.

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                                          1. re: deckape

                                            I thought I saw it a few times in PB next to the Broken Yolk in the gas station parking lot but, it's not longer there. I'll have to stop next time I'm drivng by.

                                            1. re: deckape

                                              Finally went to check out Jefecito this evening for a snack (it was around 9:30pm) and had two tacos: buche and lengua. Served with a grilled yellow pepper, the tacos were great. The meats were tender and moist and the buche was nice and flavorful. Tacos were $1.50 each and I also was offered the cup of frijoles. I asked what time they open and they said that they're there every day from 11am to 11pm.

                                              I can't wait to go back!

                                              1. re: deckape

                                                I just swung by the Clairmont Dr. and Balboa intersection looking for the Jefecito truck, but it was nowhere to be found. It was around 1pm. I was disappointed.

                                                1. re: Captain Jack

                                                  Bummer! I don't blame you Captain. Sorry about the "misinformation" but I swear that's what he told me last night. Maybe it was every day except Tuesday? My hearing ain't what it used to be.

                                                  1. re: hopkid

                                                    >Maybe it was every day except Tuesday?

                                                    I believe that is correct. I've been waiting for the Jefecito truck to come back to Clairemont & Balboa.

                                                    1. re: nileg

                                                      Anyone know what has happened to the El Jefecito truck? I went this past Saturday and it wasn't there but I figured it may have been because of the holiday weekend. Then I went by today and both it and the Sneak-A-Peak coffee truck were nowhere to be seen.

                                                      And I was so hungry...

                                                      1. re: hopkid

                                                        I never see it there on a consistant schedule. When it's there I stop.

                                                      2. re: nileg

                                                        I drove by the intersection on Friday and the truck wasn't there. Last time I talked to the server I was told that the truck had been temporarily out of service for repairs.

                                                    2. re: Captain Jack

                                                      CJ, just as an aside, the Marisco's truck in OB also serves a killer carne asada, although it's not on the menu you have to ask for them.

                                                      1. re: Captain Jack

                                                        Yes, I've noticed that they've become somewhat erratic in their hours - esp. closing early. The tacos continue to be good and to have a reliably tasty taco around these parts keeps me coming back.

                                                        By the way, the liquor store next door has an excellent variety of beers, some that may be rather hard to find.

                                                        1. re: deckape

                                                          I think they may close early because they run out of food. They have a steady crowd.

                                                        2. re: Captain Jack

                                                          I just at at the Jefecito truck about 5pm tonight (Saturday). They were out of some meats. Just FYI.

                                                      2. Last time I was at the dump (K.Mesa area) there was a great food truck serving street-tacos, etc. There's also a great one the meanders around between the junkyards in Chula Vista.

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                                                        1. re: mangiatore

                                                          Has anyone heard of or tried "Dave de Jour Street Food"?
                                                          He seems to have a rather "interesting" background. Looking at his twitter site he moves his truck around San Diego but does spend a significant amount of time in North Co. Coastal areas.
                                                          http://www.davedejour.com/street-food/
                                                          http://twitter.com/davedejour

                                                          1. re: Coffeehead2

                                                            Not sure if anyone mentioned this above, but Kabe is the Korean BBQ Taco Truck and their commercial kitchen is at the Chevron at Aero Dr. (carwash there) and the 15 FWY. They're open for lunch from 11-2, and then wherever they travel on weekends. This last Sat. they were at Bluefoot Bar in North Park, then AC Lounge in Abnormal Heights and then Rich's in Hillcrest.

                                                            1. re: Coffeehead2

                                                              sorry - I want to delete this post but don't know how

                                                          2. Anyone ever discover what came of the La Princesita taco truck?

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                                                            1. re: MrKrispy

                                                              answering my own question, but a few weeks ago all of a sudden it appeared again in the same spot on Linda Vista Road (behind the 99cent store). They have been there every night since.

                                                            2. Just had an excellent mixed seafood tostada at the Marisco's truck in OB. The tostada was so big I had to eat more than half of it before I could even pick it up. That and soup and I called it a great lunch.

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                                                              1. re: cstr

                                                                That 7 seas soup is awesome.

                                                                I recently tried the Marlyn taco and fish taco. The Marlyn was a bit heavy but very interesting and pretty tasty. The fish in the fish taco melted in my mouth -- the best I have ever had in a fish taco; the rest of the ingredients in the fish taco were pretty average. So far the Gobernador taco and the caldo are my favorites.

                                                                1. re: mangiatore

                                                                  I like the marlin and agree it's a bit of a heavier tasting fish. You should try the tostada next time. She also has carne asada but, it's not on the menu you have to ask.

                                                                  1. re: cstr

                                                                    Thanks. I will definitely try those!

                                                                    1. re: cstr

                                                                      Just got back from Mariscos German. I had just finished a 10-mile run so figured I was fine ordering both the tostada w/ceviche mixta and a carne asada taco con queso. I was wrong. Both were massive and I barely finished them. Both pretty damn tasty, though my vote for ceviche still goes to the insane ceviche bar at North Gate (19 ceviches!).

                                                                      Btw, the carne asada IS on the menu -- look for arrachera.

                                                                  2. re: cstr

                                                                    dang cstr..I was going there for lunch but my friend from out of town got sick so I had to drop her off at the hotel..

                                                                    1. re: Beach Chick

                                                                      Could have made a detour and dropped by. I went directly from the airport, see my post to you under messy crab shacks and drool, to the truck.

                                                                      1. re: cstr

                                                                        Today, there was a truck with a long line out by the old first national bank building on ash street, downtown. The korean tacos looked very tasty.

                                                                  3. Food Junkies truck is one that most people haven't heard about, because it sets up Friday nights behind the Office bar on 30th.

                                                                    The main reason I need to mention them is their 'brisket on a biscuit'. Wow. Delicious and only $2-3, so yeah, I'm a fan. They also have other items like quesadillas (which looked good, but I haven't tried) and TJ hotdogs (which are not my thing, but some people really like).

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                                                                    1. re: logovo

                                                                      I just saw this food truck at a light and gave the driver a thumbs up..good to know where they are...and there good!

                                                                      www.foodjunkiescatering.com

                                                                      1. re: Beach Chick

                                                                        Hey BC, what do you mean "know where they are"? I looked at their web page and it looked like they are a catering truck. Do they ever park that bad boy anywhere where we can just roll up and try the food?

                                                                        1. re: Captain Jack

                                                                          It looks like logovo's post above Beach Chick's states the set up Friday nights behind the Office bar on 30th.

                                                                      2. re: logovo

                                                                        Are they in the alley behind The Office? We tried to hit it up a couple of weeks ago on a Friday night around the time Toronado closes and nothing was there. Do you know the hours?

                                                                        1. re: DougOLis

                                                                          Tabe BBQ (I think someone mentioned it earlier but called it Kabe) is really good. They are on Twitter at @tabebbq and their website is here www.tabebbq.com

                                                                          Today I was driving around Mira Mesa and saw a Bareback Grill food truck!! I almost crashed my car!! They are on Twitter at @SDkiwicoach

                                                                          Also this guy says he is opening up shop soon @KALBIQ

                                                                          I looooove food trucks. I spent a month on Portland, OR and was in heaven. My dream is to open a food truck. If anyone knows anything about opening or running a food truck, let me know. ;)

                                                                          1. re: uberkelly

                                                                            The last time I checked (which was about 5 years ago) the cost to purchase a new coach was between $100 - 125,000 depending upon how you equip and configure it. I would think you could pick up a used truck for considerably less, tho' it still might need some refurbishing to suit your needs. Since you're driving and operating a business, figure in both vehicle and business insurance. And don't forget your gas money :-). Even if you're stationary, unless you're leaving your truck in one place all the time, you will have to move it and that generally requires gas.

                                                                            All of these operations have to be licensed and inspected by the County of San Diego Department of Environmental Health. This, of course involves both start-up and annual fees. You could go "guerilla" and try and fly under the radar, but they eventually do catch up with you. The SD dept. of health is pretty rigid, but it's certainly not impossible to get licesnes or permits. Figure out what laws you have to comply with and how to do it and the system is pretty easy to work. For a newbie considering trying to own and operate a food/catering truck (aka roach coach) this is where I would start.

                                                                            Employee overhead is usually pretty low. 2, sometimes 3-person operation. A cashier and 1 or 2 people cooking/finishing. Plan to spend a lot of time standing on your feet and even though you can get these things air conditioned, anytime you're cooking in a small space it will get hot...and so will you.

                                                                            Food trucks are fun to eat off of and some of them turn out some really great chow, but it can be hard and heavy work with long hours. Before you invest a lot of your time and hard earned $$$ make sure it's what you want to do.

                                                                            1. re: DiningDiva

                                                                              "You could go "guerilla" and try and [fry] under the radar,"

                                                                            2. re: uberkelly

                                                                              I actually went to Tabe recently and wasn't that impressed. The meat was fine but the accompaniments to the taco were kind of blah and it was on like a standard cheap Mission tortilla. I've made significantly better myself and it's also nowhere near as good as Kogi.

                                                                              1. re: DougOLis

                                                                                Thanks for the info. Maybe I could just get a hog dog cart. :)

                                                                                Looking forward to checking out the MIHO place!

                                                                        2. Miho Gastrotruck is also about to launch.

                                                                          http://twitter.com/MIHOgastrotruck

                                                                          Seems to have a loca/sustainable slant as well. Looks interesting.

                                                                          1. Strictly speaking this is not a food truck and instead it is just some guys who set up a street side taco stand on Adams Ave right next to Lestat's Coffee House. They don't even have a name for the place but there are four guys who set up a taco stand on the side walk right in front of the liquor store next to Lestat's coffee house. I believe the place is only open Friday and Saturday nights but it seems to do a good business selling tacos to people walking around Adam's ave or visiting the bars & coffee shops.

                                                                            I didn't have time to do a full tasting but I did try one of their tacos al pastor (they had a real trompo) and an adobada taco both of which were good but not great. I wish they had marinated or spiced up the meat a bit more. I noticed they also had carnitas, carne asada, and pollo though I didn't try those. The salsa bar was well stocked and everything looked fresh while they gave away all the free goodies you'd normally find at a taco stand down in TJ (hot carrots, avocado, grilled onions & peppers, etc...) and tacos cost just $1.25 each. That's not bad since these are slightly larger then regular street tacos plus they use two corn tortillas instead of one and the chef makes sure to dip the tortillas into the trompo juices before heating them up on the grill. All in all not a bad deal though I'll have to go again to do a full review.

                                                                            -----
                                                                            Lestat's Coffee House
                                                                            3343 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

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                                                                            1. re: oerdin

                                                                              Wow, I wonder if they're there legally. Be willing to bet they aren't. Do you know what time the start up? This would be very cool if they can keep it going.

                                                                              1. re: DiningDiva

                                                                                I was at Lestat's about three weeks ago (on a Friday night) and this taco stand opened up right before sun down; it was located in front of the liquor store next door to Lestate's and I believe the guys either worked at the liquor store or got permission from the liquor store as the fellow in the liquor store came out and chatted with them and didn't seem bothered by it. There was quite a line and they were good but not as spiced as my favorite places down in Baja. Still, it's a nice development to see in San Diego.

                                                                                Oh, I forgot they also had those bacon wrapped hot dogs and they used the Mexican rolls instead of the regular American hotdog buns. I believe the bacon dogs cost $2 each.

                                                                            2. I've been doing some research and although I haven't tried them all yet here is a list of promising gastrotrucks in the San Diego area:

                                                                              Miho Gastro Truck: http://www.mihogastrotruck.com/
                                                                              Kal Bi Q (seems like a knock off of Kogi from LA): http://twitter.com/kalbiq
                                                                              Tabe BBQ (traditional Korean & Thai with Kogi like fusion food): http://www.tabebbq.com/index.php
                                                                              Copper Chimney (South Indian): http://www.yelp.com/biz/copper-chimne...
                                                                              Dave Dejour (Euro-American food): http://www.davedejour.com/

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                                                                              1. re: oerdin

                                                                                This is so exciting! I wish I was closer to downtown/Balboa Park, since that is where I imagine most of these are visiting...

                                                                                1. re: oerdin

                                                                                  There is also one called Food Junkies
                                                                                  http://www.foodjunkiescatering.com

                                                                                  And there is Joes on the Nose (coffee & drinks) and Sweet Treats Truck (ice cream and sweet things)

                                                                                  1. re: uberkelly

                                                                                    Adding the Food Junkies twitter account to thread. I need another brisket on a biscuit asap.

                                                                                    http://twitter.com/FoodJunkieTruck

                                                                                2. We split off a tangent about a TV show called The Great Food Truck Race to its own topic on the Food Media & News board. Since that tangent was about the show rather than the food served on trucks in San Diego, we moved it here

                                                                                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7205...

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                                                                                  1. re: The Chowhound Team

                                                                                    the tangent was about finding the trucks. Specifically in San Diego so it seems like it should have been on topic.

                                                                                      1. re: DougOLis

                                                                                        Eh, it seems like from reading the thread and the show description, none of the trucks were actually FROM San Diego anyway; they were just passing through. So unfortunately I don't think we'll get a chance to sample them, assuming they've already filmed here.

                                                                                    1. Article in the UT night and day section on SD growing food trucks..

                                                                                      Dave De Jour
                                                                                      Miho Gastrotruck
                                                                                      Tabe BBQ
                                                                                      Food Junkies
                                                                                      Joes on the Nose

                                                                                      What's your fav food truck?
                                                                                      I wish them all the best...just wish there was more of a food truck presence in North County!
                                                                                      Need to get my vegan patty melt food truck going and park it near Swami's.. ; )

                                                                                      www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/aug/...

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                                                                                      1. re: Beach Chick

                                                                                        Hey BC, gotta work on that vegan patty melt thing, just the thought of the word vegan in the same sentence as patty melt is kinda oxymoronish!

                                                                                        So are you jonesing for a PM?? So predictable, just like a cat in heat!

                                                                                        BTW - check out this possibility for SD, BOS just had a Food Truck Festival.

                                                                                        1. re: Beach Chick

                                                                                          OK, I simply scrolled down this string of messages. I am looking for a food truck to cater a 50th anniversary in early June of '11. I need to sample several, taste and decide.
                                                                                          Yours is the only site I have found who know what a food truck is. I can not let down my Dad. He wants a food truck. Mom will just have to shut her mouth. (she is used to it).
                                                                                          Please re: w/ any RELIABLE trucks (I think this could be the biggest problem in SD) and I will hook them up w/ a serious PARTY in a PARK that the entire county can learn from. Hopefully, other FT owners can learn from this lesson and understand that there are families in the county who want a flexible menue with a finite and quality on-demand food service. Can this happen? Please let me know. Jensobetzer

                                                                                          1. re: jensobetzer

                                                                                            There's a page on facebook called San Diego Food Trucks that tracks the location of all the San Diego Food Trucks.

                                                                                            Personally my favorite is Devilicious so I suggest you give them a shot.

                                                                                            1. re: jensobetzer

                                                                                              MIHO Gastrotruck does catering events quite frequently (according to their website and schedule):

                                                                                              http://mihogastrotruck.com/home

                                                                                              Did you just invite the entire county to your party?

                                                                                              1. re: jensobetzer

                                                                                                I would talk to Food Junkies, because I've had their food several times and loved it. I know they do all sorts of catering.

                                                                                                http://foodjunkiescatering.com/

                                                                                            2. I´m so behind the 8 ball. you know that new show with tyler florence hosting the commercials about food truck wars or whatever it´s called. I thought you were speaking of that. one of them drove by me yesterday on the 405 south on it´s way to san diego and I thougth that´s who you were talking about. tried to talk to t hem via the window down on my car but it didn´t work.

                                                                                              1. I hope they'll produce better food than their restaurants..
                                                                                                Seems like one big food truck ad..with all their restaurants...yuck!

                                                                                                www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/sep/...

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                                                                                                1. re: Beach Chick

                                                                                                  SD Hype Machine in full force?

                                                                                                  And who knew Deborah Scott had a "passion" for BBQ?

                                                                                                2. I just ordered a Koni Ice truck for the Carlsbad and VIsta markets. Another Kona Ice truck will market everything from Del Mar, Encinitas thru San Marcos. And, yet will market Oceanside. I am looking for any input on rules and regulations for my market area, ciry and neighborhood restrictions governing mobile food trucks. Also, what are the events, schools, fundraising events, athletic fields, birthday parties that would be excited to have a Kona Ice truck at their venue. This will be authentic Hawaiian shave ice. Your input of any kind will be greatly appreciated.

                                                                                                  Sorry, this isn't gourmet food or tacos, but it will be fun. I too love the mobile food trucks like Miho, etc.

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                                                                                                  1. re: Tjomsland

                                                                                                    You probably should start with the SD County Department of Environmental Health for the rules and regs regarding food trucks. Since it's county, they cover your areas. They did a whole seminar a few weeks ago that focused on the rules and regs for people interested in starting up food trucks.

                                                                                                    1. re: Tjomsland

                                                                                                      Definitely plan on showing up at the Pacific Islander Festival on Mission Bay at the end of the summer.

                                                                                                      1. re: bizzwriter

                                                                                                        Thanks for the lead at the Pacific Islander Festival. I have already done the research, thanks to you and this might work perfectly.

                                                                                                        1. re: Tjomsland

                                                                                                          I'd look at all venues that will allow a food truck..
                                                                                                          Get a schedule of City of SD events on their website..

                                                                                                          Over the line tourney at Fiesta Island
                                                                                                          Torrey Pines Golf tournament
                                                                                                          Red Bull over the Bay
                                                                                                          4th of July festivities down on SD Bay
                                                                                                          Call Bali Hai...maybe private parties for the Polynesian theme
                                                                                                          Del Mar Fair/SD County Fair..hurry entry deadline is very soon!
                                                                                                          Del Mar Horse Racing season
                                                                                                          Humphrey's concerts shelter Island
                                                                                                          Camp Pendelton for special events

                                                                                                          Nothing like fab Hawaiian shave ice and I wish you all the Aloha..

                                                                                                          1. re: Beach Chick

                                                                                                            Sounds great but unless the licensing and approval by the health department is approved, the truck will be SOL and shut down :-(

                                                                                                            1. re: Beach Chick

                                                                                                              Beach Chick,

                                                                                                              Thanks for that list and it will be useful, since no one has purchased that major franchise territory, so I can go there. But, I really need to focus more attention on Carlsbad and Vista, like the Carlsbad Village Festival twice a year. Thanks again for your input.

                                                                                                      2. Where, you ask?

                                                                                                        The Gaslamp, assuming you want to go with the new Jack in the Box food truck:

                                                                                                        http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/20...

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                                                                                                        1. re: bizzwriter

                                                                                                          That Jack in the Box Food Truck is awesome!

                                                                                                          If they park that bad boy at a concert venue, I guarantee those greasy mystery meat tacos that even I eat..stuffed with fries and extra hot sauce, will sober anyone up..
                                                                                                          Dang, I craving me some now..

                                                                                                          Here's the menu:

                                                                                                          • Jumbo Jack
                                                                                                          • Jack’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich
                                                                                                          • Ultimate Cheeseburger
                                                                                                          • Tacos
                                                                                                          • Seasoned curly fries
                                                                                                          • Regular fries
                                                                                                          • Sodas, six flavors

                                                                                                          1. re: Beach Chick

                                                                                                            What would be interesting is if they used their standard ingredients to create some fun new items. I worked the graveyard shift at Jack's one college summer LONG ago, and we enjoyed constructing (and then eating) some awesome non-menu concoctions, enhanced no doubt by the occasional free beer (and other intoxicants -- some legal, some not so much) that customers offered us from the drive-thru at 3am.

                                                                                                            1. re: bizzwriter

                                                                                                              Great marketing campaign for JnB to have a 'funky food truck' combo concept..
                                                                                                              I vote for tacos with fries..so frigging good..works with spicy chicken sandwich too with extra sauce..

                                                                                                              1. re: Beach Chick

                                                                                                                When I was in the age group that partied until 2 am (but not in the Gaslamp, that was still a red light district) JITB tacos and fries were almost always our munchie choice. I loved that JITB is calling their truck the Munchie Mobile and the graphics are kind of hippesque. This is a home run in my book. I don't do a lot of fast food these days, but ya know, if I see this truck somewhere I'm going to make an exception and try it.

                                                                                                                1. re: DiningDiva

                                                                                                                  You so rock my sista DD..

                                                                                                                  Concur, that this is a home run and I don't do much fast food these days either but when I have that glass of box wine with my early bird special and get back to the home, I always have the driver stop at JITB for a taco and fries run..

                                                                                                                  Stay thirsty my friends...
                                                                                                                  ; )

                                                                                                                  1. re: Beach Chick

                                                                                                                    What is it about those tacos. They're about as far from "authentic" as you can get and they're giant grease bombs, but man, even after 40+ years they still taste pretty good every so often. Can't figure out why we all like them so much

                                                                                                                    1. re: DiningDiva

                                                                                                                      They really need to do a scientific study on the undying love for the Jack in the Box Taco...it's quite remarkable the hold it has on me and others.
                                                                                                                      Surprised Seinfeld didn't do a 'spoof' on it when Kramer was out here in LA.

                                                                                                                      1. re: Beach Chick

                                                                                                                        It's a Left Coast thing. They weren't cool enough to "get" it ;-D

                                                                                                                          1. re: Beach Chick

                                                                                                                            I still love those things. Every now and then I'll stop and get a couple. I have no idea what the allure is, but I, too, have been enjoying them since I was a kid. No authenticity whatsoever - they almost need their own category.

                                                                                                        2. As an update I have a few links. It appears as though there are now 21 higher end food trucks with some pretty good looking new ventures appearing in just the last month or two. You can find a complete list at www.sdfoodtrucks.com (they also say the Dave De Jour & Copper Chimney food trucks are now defunct though I know the owner of Copper Chimney has opened his own brick & mortar place).

                                                                                                          Here's a couple of articles from KPBS San Diego: http://www.kpbs.org/news/2011/apr/14/...
                                                                                                          http://www.kpbs.org/news/2011/apr/14/...

                                                                                                          A few of the newish food trucks I'm dying to try are:

                                                                                                          Super Q Food Truck which promises "an All-American hickery smoke BBQ experience with elements of North Carolina, Texas and St. Louis style flavors and influence." so far the word of mouth sounds very good but I will have to try it for my self before I recommend the place.

                                                                                                          http://www.superqfoodtruck.com/bbq/

                                                                                                          I did try the Devilicious Food Truck (I got their butter poached lobster grilled & cheese sandwich with a small green salad for $9) and quickly decided I would be coming back from more from this food truck. The quality is very high and the value can't be beat for the price so I'm betting they're going to do very well here in San Diego.

                                                                                                          http://www.deviliciousfoodtruck.com/

                                                                                                          Mangia Mangia is another one I haven't tried but want to because it is the only Italian food truck I know of in the San Diego area and lord knows San Diego badly needs some better Italian places even if it is just a food truck.

                                                                                                          http://mangiamangiamobile.com/

                                                                                                          This late one comes from a friend of mine who found the Hibiscus Grill Korean BBQ truck parked in the parking lot at Plaza Bonita Mall. I haven't tried it myself (or even heard of the place until a friend mentioned it) but I am told they sell some pretty good Korean BBQ for very reasonable prices so I will be checking this place out. I doubt it will replace the old standby places on Convoy but it might do for a quick Korean flavored bite when in South County.

                                                                                                          http://www.yelp.com/biz/hibiscus-gril...

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                                                                                                          Hibiscus Grill
                                                                                                          3030 Plaza Bonita Rd Ste Fc01, National City, CA 91950

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                                                                                                          1. re: oerdin

                                                                                                            butter poached lobster grilled & cheese sandwich...sounds delicious and only $9 with a salad!

                                                                                                              1. re: cstr

                                                                                                                Well, according to their twitter feed, they're getting ready to take a road trip across the country.

                                                                                                                https://twitter.com/#!/Deviliciousfood

                                                                                                                1. re: bizzwriter

                                                                                                                  Yeah, they're closed for the rest of the week but I found them last week at Horton Plaza. They do wonder around though so check out their twitter feed or their Facebook page to find out where they are. I believe they won't be back from their road trip until next Monday though.

                                                                                                                  -----
                                                                                                                  Horton Plaza
                                                                                                                  324 Horton Plz, San Diego, CA

                                                                                                                  1. re: oerdin

                                                                                                                    I think the road trip starts on Monday. This week the truck was in the shop in preparation for the trip

                                                                                                                    1. re: karaethon

                                                                                                                      OK, sorry for the mistake. I looked it up on their facebook page and they are indeed starting the road trip on monday and won't be back for at least the rest of the month. I don't know where they're traveling to though.

                                                                                                                      On a different note it seems like a few of the local food trucks are getting a little love and some free advertising on the City's official tourism promotion website: http://www.sandiego.org/article/Visit...

                                                                                                                      1. re: karaethon

                                                                                                                        Does this 1-month road trip by any chance coincide with filming of Food TVs Great American Food Truck race? Seems awfully suspicious to me for a SD (a town to which food trucks have come late) food truck to be hauling out cross country on a joy ride.

                                                                                                                        1. re: DiningDiva

                                                                                                                          There's definitely some speculation on that front on their facebook page, but they're not giving any details.

                                                                                                                          1. re: karaethon

                                                                                                                            I'm about 90% sure they are gonna be on the Great Food Truck Race. :)

                                                                                                                            1. re: uberkelly

                                                                                                                              I hope they are and I hope they do well on the show. It wasn't that hard to connect the dots ;-). No food truck embarks on a cross country tour without a reason. They all rely so heavily on their social media networks that to do a road trip (seemingly) out of the blue bespeaks of an agenda. Food TV...truck show...Devilicious has to be participating. Here's wishing them good luck

                                                                                                                          2. re: DiningDiva

                                                                                                                            I think you've got it DD, remember those shows are pay-to-play, so they're pretty smart to get the exposure surely more than a joy ride.

                                                                                                                  2. re: oerdin

                                                                                                                    Hi all, I run sdfoodtrucks.com. Yes, the Copper Chimney truck is closed, because the owner opened a brick and mortar restaurant.

                                                                                                                    Mangia Mangia is awesome. Their asparagus lasagna was amazing.. can't wait to try them again.

                                                                                                                    Don't forget the 57 Degrees food truck event tonight starting at 5pm!

                                                                                                                  3. Thought you all might want to know about this event:

                                                                                                                    http://www.zvents.com/z/del-mar-ca/sa...

                                                                                                                    Food trucks from SD, OC, and LA. Combine this with the coffee event at Kyocera on the same day for a full day of food and drink!

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                                                                                                                    1. re: phee

                                                                                                                      I dunno, nothing on the Del Mar Fairgrounds calendar and tickets still aren't available for purchase on the "purchase tickets" website at:

                                                                                                                      http://sdfoodtruckfestival.ticketleap...

                                                                                                                      And boy, Hounders were "staining their shorts" over a $2 entry fee at the 57 Degrees truck fest so I don't know how the $15 fee will go over. I'm not opposed to the fee if it winds up being 50 or 60 trucks but......

                                                                                                                      1. re: FireFlyFiftyFive

                                                                                                                        It's not that people were "staining their shorts" over the $5 fee, it's that the previous 2 monthly incarnations of that event were free and then suddenly there's now an extra fee.

                                                                                                                        As for the del mar event, they need to get a list of what trucks are coming before I'd consider going

                                                                                                                        1. re: FireFlyFiftyFive

                                                                                                                          $30.00 for 2..plus $9.00 parking = $39.00 and I haven't even had anything to eat yet?
                                                                                                                          Don't think so..

                                                                                                                          1. re: FireFlyFiftyFive

                                                                                                                            I believe the Del Mar event has been postponed as they lost their venue. They mentioned it a while back on their FB page.

                                                                                                                        2. Ok. I just don't understand the food truck thing. And keep in mind I'm not the most sophisticated of palate in this bunch-but. But....

                                                                                                                          Philistine, I know. But what's the charm? A good-old Roach Coach, I know- eaten from many of those in many venues. But this gussied-up silliness just does not appeal to me.

                                                                                                                          I think the emperor is bereft of wardrobe.

                                                                                                                          The food is not cheaper, nor better than anywhere else I might choose. The food is not inspired, nor themed appropriate to a mobile venue (whatever that might look like) and there is no comfortable place to enjoy the company of a fellow diner.

                                                                                                                          Why would I go?

                                                                                                                          If they were cooking on the hot engine (I did this once with a chicken and a drive to Death Valley) I'd completely dig it.

                                                                                                                          But where's the beef?

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                                                                                                                          1. re: Fake Name

                                                                                                                            You said 'gussied up'...
                                                                                                                            My fave word of the decade..
                                                                                                                            ; )

                                                                                                                            1. re: Beach Chick

                                                                                                                              LOL, you alway pick the best words. AND, I understand there are no tables/chairs. How 'bout some beer? And at night...some scotch, bourbon, gimlets?

                                                                                                                              1. re: foodiechick

                                                                                                                                Screw the 'food trucks'...how about some 'Booze Trucks'!
                                                                                                                                That's what Mama's talking about..
                                                                                                                                ; )

                                                                                                                                1. re: Beach Chick

                                                                                                                                  Hahaha. I just NOW saw this post BC.

                                                                                                                            2. re: Fake Name

                                                                                                                              Well, most of them do lunchtime at office parks, in areas where folks might not have easy access to much besides fast food. I have a friend that is *eternally* grateful to have MIHO around at least once a week.

                                                                                                                              And often in the evenings you'll find the trucks parked outside of bars, where people can bring their food in and eat whict enjoying a cold one. Last summer there was a food truck at all the bird park concert events, which was great for picnicking.

                                                                                                                              As for the food, it varies widely from truck to truck, to be sure, but the good ones can be great, and you generally *are* getting the food for less than you would spend for the same item at a sit-down venue.

                                                                                                                              1. re: Jenkay

                                                                                                                                I agree with most of this, just have a little extra to add.

                                                                                                                                When we say "food truck" it's supposed to be a shortening of "gourmet food truck" meaning that these trucks are supposed to be serving restaurant quality food. Granted not all trucks (especially some mentioned in this thread) actually do this, so they probably are still more of what old "roach coach" or "grease mobile" term.

                                                                                                                                With that said, if the truck is actually a gourmet food truck, part of the attraction is that you're supposedly getting a restaurant quality meal for lower cost. It's true that you probably spend about $10 for lunch at most of these trucks, but the same meal at a restaurant would probably cost you around $12-15.

                                                                                                                                Then there's the added factor that many of these trucks serve items that you can't find in any restaurant. e.g. You're probably not going to find korean bbq tacos on any restaurant menu and probably won't also find the butter poached lobster grilled cheese. Again this is not true of all trucks, and I'll avoid mentioning any names that may derail the focus of the conversation.

                                                                                                                                For me specifically, if I eat at my work's cafeteria, I'm probably spending $7-8 for ok food. It's not particularly tasty as it's cafe style, but it's decent and I get full eating it. If I can spend another $2-3 and get wonderful tasting food that inspires me, then I'd happily go to that truck every time it comes around.

                                                                                                                              2. re: Fake Name

                                                                                                                                FN, I'm of the same opinion. Of the one's that I've tried, other than the "fixed location" trucks, I've been left nonplussed.

                                                                                                                                I'm almost tempted to think that it's only the good ones that can survive staying in place, while the rest are forced to move to new hunting grounds when their customers tire of the latest "concept food" on wheels.

                                                                                                                                I don't doubt there might be a few worth going to, but it seems to me the whole lot is getting a free ride with regards to balanced food criticism just because they're on wheels. (How many of these trucks can survive based upon the quality of their food if served in a fixed location, and would they be as highly regarded?)

                                                                                                                                While I'll drive all over the county for good eats, I don't see the point of chasing my favorite eats all over the map.

                                                                                                                                BTW a separate thread just on "fixed-location" food trucks might be interesting...

                                                                                                                              3. On Wednesdays, there are usually several food trucks that show up in the office park area of Rancho Bernardo (intersection of Via Frontera & Via Esprillo), within walking distance from companies like HP, Sony, Broadcomm, & Northrop. Today, it's Super Q, India on Wheels, and Joes on the Nose.

                                                                                                                                1. If you are looking for food trucks, here they are....

                                                                                                                                  THere will be 20 trucks at Boomers (10 from Sd and 10 from LA) on May 20th – 22nd at BOOMERS.

                                                                                                                                  Confirmed trucks include the winner of the Food Network show, The Great Food Truck Race: Grill...’em All. Other trucks include: Ahn Joo, Food Junkies, Frysmith, Kalbi Q, Lee's Philly, Lomo Arigato, Ms. Patty Melt, Sweet Treats Truck, Tabe BBQ, Tapa Boy, Tropical Shave Ice, Vesuvio, Vizzi.

                                                                                                                                  The Food Trucks and Fun weekend begins on Friday, May 20th at the Boomers! San Diego location at 6999 Clairemont Mesa Blvd from 4-10pm. Saturday, May 21st at Boomers! El Cajon1155 Graves Avenue from 4-10pm and Sunday, May 22nd at Boomers! Vista 1525 W. Vista Way from 12-5pm. Entrance into this event is $5 and includes a $5 game credit good for videogames, go kart racing, or mini golf.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: uberkelly

                                                                                                                                    nice sounds much more reasonable for an entrance fee, especially when you "get the money back"

                                                                                                                                  2. Anybody try the newish Bitchin' Burgers food truck yet?

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: FireFlyFiftyFive

                                                                                                                                      We ate there when it was at Green Flash brewing. They seem to cook all the burgers medium (even if you specify rare or medium rare) so I can't give them two thumbs up. The egg burger was pretty tasty even cooked medium though.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: FireFlyFiftyFive

                                                                                                                                        My friends ate there once.... they use ciabatta bread instead of buns for the burgers, which they claimed detracted from the experience as the stiffness of the ciabatta made it texturally challenging.

                                                                                                                                        On the positive side, they use grass fed beef....

                                                                                                                                      2. There was a 30 food truck event in Liberty Station on Father's Day. Did anyone check it out?

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: sdnosh

                                                                                                                                          Yes I went there...

                                                                                                                                          The event was advertised as 30 trucks from LA/OC/SD but it ended up being about 16 trucks total, 12 or so were from SD and 4 were from OC.

                                                                                                                                          I think they really oversold on the advertising of the event and under-delivered in terms of number of trucks. I bought the presale ticket based on wanting to get to try the LA trucks, but since they didn't show...

                                                                                                                                          Here is the text from the blog, followed with the link to the photos of all the menus:
                                                                                                                                          I came into this event feeling some large obligation to cover it and thinking that I was going to regret my $6.26 purchase of presale tickets. While there is a lot that I would like to say, the truth is I ended up enjoying this event a lot even though it burned a hole in my wallet. I'll keep my commentary to the next two photos and captions.

                                                                                                                                          Onto the food!

                                                                                                                                          Asian Persuasion:
                                                                                                                                          Asian Persuasion just launched on 6/17, two days before this event. While their first menu isn't super inspiring, their prices were certainly nothing to scoff at. Being the new kid on the block and as a matter of discussion, I did end up ordering and starting my day from this truck:

                                                                                                                                          Korean Short Ribs
                                                                                                                                          My Korean short ribs were overcooked and two sweet. The sweet coleslaw did not help to balance the ribs either. Hopefully they change the slaw to kimchee. It also wouldn't hurt to put some furikake on the steamed rice as it looks all bored and alone sitting there.

                                                                                                                                          Chomp Chomp Nation:
                                                                                                                                          Chomp Chomp - what happened to the jaws on the front?

                                                                                                                                          Chomp Chomp captured my attention with their menu (and since they're not from San Diego), so I decided to order a lot:

                                                                                                                                          Flower Power Tea
                                                                                                                                          So I'll probably take flak for ordering a chick drink, but I saw the name of the drink and I it reminded me that I needed to build my lawn defense before the zombies ate my brain. The Lychee jelly was a little too sweet, but it was a nice balance to the unsweetened tea. I really did enjoy this tea as it was good alone and it was also an excellent compliment to the food.

                                                                                                                                          Chili Crab Cake Sandwich

                                                                                                                                          First, the brioche bun was utterly offensive. It was cold, somewhat stiff, and added an element of sweetness that detracted from the main dish. Those chips were also pretty offensive as half of them were overcooked and the other half were undercooked (or at least they didn't taste any good). With that said, I ate this sandwich open faced with just the bottom of the bun and it was amazing - easily the best dish I had at the event. They got a nice char on the crab cake which sealed in the juices and the sweet and spicy garlic chili sauce was spot on. I felt as if I was eating some chili crab without having to do the work of removing the shells. The slaw of cabbage and julienned cucumbers and carrots was also pleasing and complimented the dish well.

                                                                                                                                          Surf and Turf - Kobe Beef and Tiger Shrimp Satay
                                                                                                                                          I asked for the kobe rare (which is why it's so pink), but they basically gave it to me raw. I expect the chef to at least exercise some good judgment in these situations. Even rare, I couldn't really tell that the beef was kobe, so I think it may have just been a selling point. The tiger shrimp were brined, which gave them an excellent texture. The seasoning on the shrimp was excellent and the highlight of this dish. The satay sauce appeared to be constructed from a variety of canned elements that made it quite unpalatable. I'm not sure what the starch cubes (rice cakes?) where but they could have been left off also.

                                                                                                                                          India On Wheels:
                                                                                                                                          The first time I visited India on Wheels, I pretty much have a nightmare paratha. However, that visit was the first day they operated and I later learned that they had all sorts of problems turning on appliances on the truck. I figured I would give them another shot at some point and the San Diego Food Truck Festival seemed to be the right time.

                                                                                                                                          Paneer Tikki Masala Curry Rice Bowl with Naan (no rice)

                                                                                                                                          I didn't get a nice closeup shot of the curry, but this curry really impressed me. You could actually see the ground spices that appeared to be hand grown in the preparation. While a lot of Indian restaurants suffer because they are lazy and have to use one generic curry to drive several others, running a food truck with only one or two curries a day allows the owner to focus and properly make the sauce separately for each curry. That care and attention to detail was apparent in this curry. The Naan was passable for a truck but it could have been much better. They needed to brush it in some butter and finish it by crisping it a bit.

                                                                                                                                          Samosa with Mint Chutney

                                                                                                                                          I was a little too busy enjoying the curry and committed a sin by allowing the mint chutney to make the samosa soggy. Even with that, I really did enjoy the samosa. The shell appeared to be some part pastry dough as it was slightly sweetened and it flaked very well. When it was crispy, the crunch combined with the spices of the filling and the freshness of the mint chutney made this samosa extremely enjoyable. My only regret was not eating this before the curry.
                                                                                                                                          By this time, I was pretty full and all the lines had started to become huge:

                                                                                                                                          I decided to call the day while I was ahead as I had eaten at two great trucks and one new one that needs to find its stride. If I learned something from India On Wheels, it's that the food trucks need some time to find their way. Hopefully Asian Persuasion will improve as there really aren't any Asian food trucks in San Diego (psst a good Chinese Food truck would be killer especially since there are no *good* Chinese restaurants in San Diego).

                                                                                                                                          I'll leave with photos of all the trucks and their menus from the event.
                                                                                                                                          Mangia Mangia:
                                                                                                                                          Two for the Road:
                                                                                                                                          Devilicious:
                                                                                                                                          Kalbiq:
                                                                                                                                          Crepes Bonaparte:
                                                                                                                                          The Gathering Spot Bistrotruck:
                                                                                                                                          Kona Ice:
                                                                                                                                          Ahn-Joo
                                                                                                                                          Chunk-n-Chip Cookies:
                                                                                                                                          Pierogi Truck:
                                                                                                                                          Frysmith:
                                                                                                                                          Tabe BBQ:
                                                                                                                                          Kaminski's Super Q:

                                                                                                                                          Full blow review with photos: http://www.gastrobits.com/2011/06/san...

                                                                                                                                          1. re: karaethon

                                                                                                                                            Is there a weekly food truck gathering in sd? Here in Miami the trucks all park in a city park on Tuesday nights, and at a park by the beach on Sunday.

                                                                                                                                          1. Are food trucks over? Sure seems that way to me in Austin TX, where I was recently. Some former trendy food trucks are gone. Those that are left are kind of like a tourist thing now, but not a real foodie thing. A fad? Or a permanent adjustment to the food landscape necessitated by the economy? Does anyone on here eat at a food truck regularly? (I'm not counting the real taco trucks because they are a long-lived institution.) Besides if the UT is writing about, it happened 10 yrs ago.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: pickypicky

                                                                                                                                              I don't think that it's over, at least here in the Sorrento Valley/Mira Mesa area. If you look at http://sdfoodtrucks.com/food-truck-lu... or follow them on Twitter, you will see that there are a lot of them covering the area here as well as downtown and as far as Carlsbad. Many of them have regular place that one can find them, depending on the day of the week. Quite a variety of cuisines. Mangiamangiamobile stops two buildings down from where I work every Thursday, and I love the selections.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: araknd

                                                                                                                                                thanks for the reply. you just told me a real reason for their existence, which is to carry good food to areas where it is not. In Austin, they formed a foodtrucklandia, kind of carnival of trucks in an empty lot. Not all of them are there, but the big ones are represented. That seems to me to defeat the purpose of a food truck.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: pickypicky

                                                                                                                                                  Yes. They bring a variety of cuisines to the culinary wastelands of the corporate office malls where the best you can do is maybe get a decent turkey sandwich. The problem is that when I'm in the mood for something, the truck might be some distance from here and won't be back around for another week. :-( Generally speaking (I have not eaten at all of the trucks), the food is all prepped and cooked fresh to order and prices are usually commensurate with their non-mobile competition.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: pickypicky

                                                                                                                                                    They do have a number of food truck conventions/get togethers which I know of. I believe the largest is "Mira Mesa Mondays" which is every Monday evening in the parking lot of the World Beat Center parking lot (next to the Senior Citizen's Center & the Mira Mesa Rec Center). Usually they have 8-12 trucks.

                                                                                                                                                    Most of their business seems to be the lunch trade in places like University City & Sorento Valley and dinner time meals served in allies behind popular bars since the city won't let them park on main roads.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: oerdin

                                                                                                                                                      We're seeing more and more of them in Mission Valley during the week. They park on the streets (Rio San Diego Drive, Northside Drive behind Lowe's, and up by the Art Institute), and seem to do a pretty steady business. It's nice because we all know Mission Valley isn't exactly a culinary mecca as far as restaurants go.

                                                                                                                                                  2. re: araknd

                                                                                                                                                    agree that the number of food trucks for office workers in UTC seems to increase over the last several months. First it was mainly one truck (BBQ) now there are sometimes 4-5 close by UTC

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: honkman

                                                                                                                                                      I wish they'd hit UCSD/Scripps/Salk more. Any ideas who I can beg to make this happen? Salk just shut its cafeteria down, leaving a thousand hungry folks with very few close options.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Manta raya

                                                                                                                                                        You can probably contact each food truck that you are interested in to see if they are interested in parking there. Usually you will probably need to provide a street address location for them to park where they won't get in trouble....

                                                                                                                                                  3. re: pickypicky

                                                                                                                                                    In addition to the reasons cited by araknd, a trend that has been developing in some of the more mature food truck markets, is that they are moving in to "brick and mortar" locations rather than continue the mobil operations.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: DiningDiva

                                                                                                                                                      DD- any ideas as to why the trend to brick and mortar is occuring? Is it primarily the opportunity to secure a liquor license or is it the current state of regulation in SD county that limits where they can set up shop? I can only imagine without some form of alcohol sales, that the mobile food biz is a wicked grind.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Stiflers_Mom

                                                                                                                                                        I don't think this is true anymore of food truck owners, but for many of the chefs running food trucks (see Miho and Devilicious), these were chefs that wanted their own restaurant but didn't have the capital or the reputation to find an investor to help them open their own restaurant. The cost of opening a food truck in this case was less than opening a restaurant. By having a successful truck, you both build your reputation and/or the money to open your own restaurant.

                                                                                                                                                        I'm guessing the Miho guys have enough money to open their own restaurant if they wanted to, but they have decided to stay in the food truck business since it is profitable. For Devilicious, they are opening a new B&M restaurant soon

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: karaethon

                                                                                                                                                          Ah...you beat me to it :-D.

                                                                                                                                                          I agree it's more an issue of capitalization than local reuglations or a liquor license. A food truck costs less to open and run than does a full restaurant.

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: DiningDiva

                                                                                                                                                        Opera Patisserie and Cafe went the other way and they have a truck in addition to their two fixed locations.

                                                                                                                                                    2. Chop Sooey, one of Deborah Scotts creations, is always at the Little Italy farmers market on Saturdays up near the dog park.

                                                                                                                                                      Jim

                                                                                                                                                      1. Check out Miho gastro truck http://mihogastrotruck.com

                                                                                                                                                        their schedule will tell you donde 'stan.