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Zappi Factory - new "street" food coming to Toronto? (portable restaurant concept)

ylsf Nov 25, 2009 06:13 AM

Saw this posted on Blogto.com . Looks interesting. I am hoping for more street food options in the future (the A la Carte thing is run so bad, hopefully the changes to that program will help bring some interesting options too).

Anyone tried it?

Link to Blogto article:


Link to the Zappi Factory website ($1 discount for month of November



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  1. Kagemusha RE: ylsf Nov 25, 2009 06:45 AM

    Melted cheese on toast? Somehow I don't sense a breakthrough here. I especially liked the lame sandwich "trademark" pitch--c'mon... Nothing will change until licensed mobile trucks appear like the LA Korean BBQ and taco vendors whose websites announce menus, locations and hours. Zappi looks less like a solution than a continuation of the current street food problems, sorry.

    1. skylineR33 RE: ylsf Nov 25, 2009 06:51 AM

      That is considered street food ?! Does not looks like it to me...but I doubt we will have some "street food" ever in Toronto like the one in the pics below.

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        simplepieman RE: ylsf Nov 25, 2009 06:59 AM

        Well I for one support the idea and hope it does well. The street food situation in Toronto is dire, but Rome wasn't built in a day. If there was a food cart near me offering zapiekanki and sweet potato fries, I'd definitely be giving it a try.

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          fellini RE: ylsf Nov 25, 2009 07:07 AM

          what does it take to get a taco truck around here!?!? Quick, easy, and the food is cheap to make. It's win-win!

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          1. re: fellini
            atomeyes RE: fellini Nov 25, 2009 12:47 PM

            what does it take to get a good taco in toronto?? :)

            1. re: atomeyes
              jamesm RE: atomeyes Nov 26, 2009 05:24 AM

              Go to one of the good Mexican restaurants that are constantly mentioned despite the endless refrain that there is no good Mexican in Toronto.

            2. re: fellini
              bytepusher RE: fellini Nov 25, 2009 06:28 PM

              Three ways to get a taco truck

              1) rewrite the current "nanny state" provincial food safety regs that currently only allow food trucks to sell "french fried potatoes", precooked sausages and hot dogs and commercially packaged sealed food packages.

              2) there are currently a very small number of locations where the city licenses trucks where there are also nearby public toilets (MTCC, NPS and U of T) if you could somehow acquire one of those licenses you could run a taco truck instead of the existing trucks

              3) set it up on private property somewhere, technically you are then a restaurant and must meet the minimum standards which includes being within a certain number of feet of a bathroom customers can use, portapotties count as long as there is also a handwash station.

              3) is the closest to what Zappi Factory is doing but without a loo he'll get the book thrown at him, probably pretty soon now that there is media attention.

              1. re: bytepusher
                jayt90 RE: bytepusher Nov 25, 2009 07:31 PM

                Re:1 Hamburgers , fish, salads, and chicken are among those foods allowed if the the truck has a refrigerator in Ontario.
                Re: 2, 3, You won't find a loo near the chip trucks on 7, or fish 'n chips along the Great Lakes from Port Stanley to Killarney, and that is just like getting street food in Bangkok or Hong Kong.

                1. re: jayt90
                  bytepusher RE: jayt90 Nov 25, 2009 09:41 PM

                  I stand corrected. On re-reading reg 562 somehow I had not noticed that there is a distinction between "catering vehicles" and "mobile preparation premises" the former is limited to french fries and packaged things, the latter can serve anything as long as they adhere to all of the regs except the bathroom ones. Mobile premises are specifically exempt from the bathroom provisions.

                  Reading the regs is enlightening, if sleep inducing. For example my reading of section 30 suggests that the way Starbuck's and many other coffee shops decant their milk is technically illegal.

                  In any case as long as the Zappi guy has all the mandatory equipment, including screened windows and hot and cold running water for handwashing it seems he is legal, at least as far as the health regs go, he may be on the wrong side of zoning or licensing by-laws but that's a different issue.

                  1. re: jayt90
                    atomeyes RE: jayt90 Nov 26, 2009 05:18 AM

                    so there's no need to wash your hand or take a dump if you eat french fries?
                    why are french fries this holy non-function-inducing food?

                    1. re: atomeyes
                      bytepusher RE: atomeyes Nov 26, 2009 11:40 AM

                      I've long since given up trying to understand some of the stuff in out laws, our foood safety laws doubly so.

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                        atomeyes RE: bytepusher Nov 26, 2009 04:30 PM

                        the best was a few years ago, when the health inspectors insisted that fried onions and corn relish were health hazards and couldn't remain at hotdog stands.
                        so hot dogs (nitrates) and sauerkraut (who knows what is in the bulk stuff vendors use) and pickles are fine. but fried onions can kill you.

                        1. re: atomeyes
                          simplepieman RE: atomeyes Nov 27, 2009 06:15 AM

                          I don't think corn relish is banned.. I believe the forbidden items are fried onions, cheese, and mayonnaise.

                2. re: fellini
                  graydyn RE: fellini Nov 27, 2009 06:52 AM

                  What it would take to get a taco truck would be somebody willing to operate outside of the law. Somebody who will serve you a taco and then disappear into the night. Like Taco-Batman!

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                  Pincus RE: ylsf Nov 25, 2009 07:38 AM

                  I passed by this last week. I plan to return and check it out.

                  1. mlukan RE: ylsf Nov 25, 2009 03:13 PM

                    Can't win, don't try, right everyone????

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                      ylsf RE: ylsf May 19, 2013 10:02 PM

                      Bumping a very old thread for nostalgia and because I happened to post it over 3 years ago! I just saw this set up in Kensington today (on Augusta). I don't think it was in Kensington before this spring was it?? Has anyone had one before? Curious to hear about it. Was googling around trying to find a recent page for them/etc.

                      Edit - Came across the twitter feed here:


                      Facebook here:

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                        ylsf RE: ylsf Aug 4, 2013 09:04 AM

                        I tried them at the Oakville Waterfront festival. I am still tasting the salt in my mouth from their veggie zappi one day later. All it seemed to have on it was mushrooms (It was really dark at the festival with not much lighting) so I couldn't see it very well but that is all I tasted.

                        That is two for two of overly salty food from food trucks this weekend.

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