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Jun 27, 2010 11:04 AM

Durham Food Truck Rodeo - Today 6/27 - 4:00-7:00


Just heard that the Durham Food Truck rodeo will be happening again today

The last event was held at Sam's Quick Shop, this one is being held at Durham Central Park

Time listed as 4:00-7:00 today

I guess this takes care of the "what's for dinner" question - at least for me!!

Happy eating,


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  1. Went to this despite the heat. It was empty until right at 4 and then everyone and their mom came walking in. Tried the ABLT which was good, an OnlyBurger burger and fries which were also good, Maple Cupcake with cream cheese frosting and candied bacon was alright, and Pop T-Arts, which was good, but lacked flavor in the pastry though the blueberrys were fresh. Maybe it is just me but I don't get the big whoop about cupcakes. To her credit, the proportion was right on and it was quick. The burgers I expected a wait for as you usually have a wait at places like Five Guys. Come on though, the Mom's Delicious cart was making sandwiches. If it takes you that long to make a sandwich than you need more help. If that were a truck making Philly Cheese Steaks and it took that long they'd be done before they got started. So in short food was tasty, but the efficiency is lacking in a lot of the carts. To be fair, they usually aren't hit with a line of people.

    Philly Cheese Steak
    134 Saint James Ave Ste 8, Goose Creek, SC 29445

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    1. re: burgeoningfoodie

      Thank you for the quick report. I too was a little disappointed with the turnout and representation, especially given the fact that there was such a big article in the Indy this week about our "burgeoning food cart scene".

      Thanks again for reporting in so quickly - btw - I'm not new to the boards but have just gotten back into the Triangle food scene. I've noticed that you've become a staple on the board! Congrats to you and all the others that keep the Triangle food scene alive.

      1. re: chicaraleigh

        Yeah I don't know I just became obsessed with it. Though it is nice to know you can offer an honest opinion without most people calling you an idiot or dumb. I mean if someone says it in a different way it may cast a certain light on them. I don't know if becoming a staple on the boards is a good thing though.

        I too was hoping for the Korean cart. I think a lot of the taco trucks have their own set up and maybe you have to clear a bunch of things to be part of the rodeo. Also the cupcakes are run by a woman and the man does the front end. When I was there there was only 1 other person in front of me. The burgers I can understand the wait time, but not the time it takes to place an order. I didn't realize that OnlyBurger did cards or I'd have used them. Also while I was in the back of that line.. I thought about calling in my order.. but no one picked up. I know sneaky, but also smart.

      2. re: burgeoningfoodie

        This is a really cool idea, but they need more vendors to keep it going. There were what? About six, maybe seven vendors (Only Burger, Parles Vous Crepe, the Indian/red taco truck from Sam's Quick Stop, a hot dog/saugage cart, Mom's Delicious, the cupcake guy, a Locopops cart, and Sam's Quickstop selling sodas (and sadly, not high gravity Belgians)? Many of the truck/cart/Airstreams had lines about twenty people deep. I waited 15 minutes at Only Burger to order and 15 more to get my burger. I waited 45 minutes for a crepe. More vendors could help spread the people out.

        I was really hoping the Korean taco truck would be there as I was hoping to try it. It would also be nice to see more of the local taqueria trucks too. Wonder how many of them even know about this event?

      3. I know this has managed to happen at least 2 more times since june, anyone know if there's one scheduled for september? no word on the DCP site...

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        1. re: TSQ75

          Sometimes it is posted on Mouthful blog on News and Observer website or try Carpe Durham.

          1. re: burgeoningfoodie

            If you're looking for a similar scene on a regular basis, check out Johnny's on Main St. in Carrboro. Every weekend they have 1 cart and usually another food vendor onsite. They sometimes have bands also. They have a good sized lot and seating, PLUS you can buy beverages including beer and wine for takeaway or onsite consumption. The vibe reminds me of a certain food cart pod in Portland, OR. As far as carts, Parlez Vous crepes is there Saturday during the day and a taco truck is there Thursday-Sunday nights. When I was last there the cart was Latin Grill, which immediately became my favorite taco cart in the CH area. They also had a person selling grilled pork ribs. On another night, they had someone selling Indian food. There's a Mexican convenience store in front. On the backside of the building is the store you're looking for,

            Latin Grill
            528 W Center St, Mebane, NC 27302