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ajcraig Aug 13, 2010 05:32 PM

It seems that the latest foodie fad is food trucks, you know, what used to be called a "roach coach" and no one would be caught dead, yadda, yadda, but now serve the famous Korean tacos, mac n' cheese, and all sorts of treasures with Twitters. And they all have such clever names.

I keep day dreaming about doing this, not that practical in the frozen north......what would I serve that would be easy enough, fun enough and versitile enough. First I thought Mac and cheese, cuz' who doesn't love it, and there's a million variations you could use. Then I figured noodle bowls, again, so many variations and a personal favorite.

All I need is to win the lottery, quit my job and think of a clever name. What would your truck be?

  1. Cherylptw Aug 13, 2010 06:05 PM

    1. Chocolate...cakes, candies, sorbets, etc. Anything chocolate

    2. Cheesecakes

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      bluemoon4515 Aug 13, 2010 07:33 PM

      Cannoli.

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        Cameraman Aug 13, 2010 07:34 PM

        BBQ

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          howchow Aug 13, 2010 09:05 PM

          tuk tuk truck - THAI

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            Kelli2006 Aug 14, 2010 08:26 PM

            Definitely Thai, or Vietnamese.

          2. mariacarmen Aug 13, 2010 11:33 PM

            Spanish tortillas. I think the mac-n-cheese truck already exists....

            1. soypower Aug 14, 2010 12:30 AM

              I've always dreamed of an International Dumpling Truck maybe call it the Every Dumpling Gang?

              I would have on the menu:
              -Gyoza
              -XLB
              -Siu Mai
              -Pierogi
              -Kreplach
              -Empanada

              Of course I'm sure doing all of these quickly and doing them well is a completely impossibility, but that's why it's a fantasy food truck, right?

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                kattyeyes Aug 14, 2010 06:18 AM

                That's a nice fantasy...I'd be a proud member of the Every Dumpling Gang!!! :)

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                  soypower Aug 14, 2010 08:58 PM

                  We're accepting applications! What is your dumpling specialty? :o)

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                    kattyeyes Aug 15, 2010 04:19 AM

                    HA HA, my dumpling specialty is EATING them, but I'm willing to learn! ;)

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                      soypower Aug 15, 2010 01:06 PM

                      Ding ding ding! You passed! :o)

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                  corneygirl Aug 14, 2010 09:05 PM

                  I would tie myself to the truck so I wouldn't have to track it down.

                3. souschef Aug 14, 2010 06:31 AM

                  Foie gras. This IS fantasy, right.

                  Personally, I don`t care for mac n`cheese. I find it hard to swallow.

                  1. Veggo Aug 14, 2010 06:39 AM

                    From what I read on NAF, the food wouldn't really matter as long as the truck takes debit and credit cards.
                    And kattyeyes is not telling the whole truth here. Her fantasy truck would also have every dessert in the world...:)

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                      ajcraig Aug 14, 2010 09:59 AM

                      OOoooo! Desserts of the World, featuring a different continant each day of the week! I'd Tweet that!

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                        kattyeyes Aug 14, 2010 10:11 AM

                        Don't encourage me. ;) Please!!! >>^..^<<

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                          cheeseisheaven Aug 14, 2010 10:33 AM

                          ....from the land of food truck heaven, Portland, OR...I think Desserts of the World is an awesome idea...

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                            Kelli2006 Aug 14, 2010 08:28 PM

                            That sounds like a fun gig for a baker. I'm game if anyone else is?

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                              kattyeyes Aug 15, 2010 04:18 AM

                              If only any of us lived near one another. :)

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                                KaimukiMan Aug 19, 2010 10:17 PM

                                misplaced, sorry.... wish we could delete as well as edit.

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                                tracylee Sep 10, 2010 04:25 AM

                                Yep, I've been to potluck work dinners in PDX with pretty much the entire menu bought from food trucks of various ethnicities. Such a great adventure!

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                            lexpatti Aug 14, 2010 10:00 AM

                            a dim sum truck!!!

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                              EWSflash Aug 18, 2010 07:46 PM

                              Oh hells yes!

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                                KaimukiMan Aug 19, 2010 10:18 PM

                                drive it and they will come

                              2. goodhealthgourmet Aug 14, 2010 08:48 PM

                                a mobile version of the create-your-own salad places that are all over Manhattan where you choose all the elements and they toss it for you. all the dressings would be my own recipes, made from scratch...and i'd have a juicer as well, for made-to-order fresh fruit & veggie juices.

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                                  piccola Sep 12, 2010 05:17 PM

                                  I would totally go for that.

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                                    onceadaylily Sep 12, 2010 07:16 PM

                                    Me too. I've been to many places with fantastic salads, but none seem to hit my sweet spot, unless I want to look like a pain with no-this-or-this and can-you-add-that-and-that, which I don't. I can see something like this going over big in this suburb.

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                                      goodhealthgourmet Sep 12, 2010 07:32 PM

                                      nice to know i have approval from a fellow Hound :) but seriously, doesn't it just make sense?

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                                      hyacinthgirl Jan 10, 2013 11:38 AM

                                      I know this is old, but why doesn't this exist?! Do it, GHG!!

                                    3. Tripeler Aug 15, 2010 07:01 AM

                                      Japanese light grilled food, centering on Yakitori, meets tacos and other hand-held Mexican delights. A yakitori taco is not hard to imagine, but go from there, and FURTHER...

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                                        AdamD Jan 10, 2013 12:13 PM

                                        With takoyaki and okonomiyaki too!

                                      2. pikiliz Aug 15, 2010 07:05 AM

                                        Living hear in South Florida we are inundated with food trucks unfortunately most of them shop at 2 or 3 places where they buy food. Very few of them here make there own stuff every now and then something different shows up on the truck usually homemade and that is the first thing to go because it's different from the regular stuff we see day after day. Now how about a coal-fired pizza food truck with crispy personal pizza's that would be great or a Pho truck( my dreams)

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                                          dmckean Sep 9, 2010 09:32 PM

                                          You could call it "Phở King Truck"

                                        2. souschef Aug 15, 2010 07:07 AM

                                          How about a soup truck manned by The Soup Nazi ? :)

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                                            coll Sep 10, 2010 12:56 AM

                                            If he got mad, he could just drive away from you!

                                          2. souschef Aug 15, 2010 07:15 AM

                                            There is a restaurant called SoBo, in Tofino on Vancouver Island that got started by selling fish tacos from a truck. They were very well-known for their quality.

                                            Here's a link, including a picture of the truck.

                                            http://www.gotofino.com/tofinophotopg...

                                            1. bagelman01 Aug 15, 2010 09:33 AM

                                              The BIG GREEN PIZZA TRUCK
                                              http://www.biggreentruckpizza.com/

                                               
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                                                HillJ Sep 11, 2010 10:36 AM

                                                http://www.nomadpizzaco.com/truck.html
                                                Nomad Pizza truck rocks!

                                              2. mcel215 Aug 15, 2010 09:39 AM

                                                There are probably taco trucks in the Southwest, but not up here in Boston.

                                                Would love a Baja style fish taco.. El Pelon is too far for me to drive.

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                                                  Florida Hound Aug 15, 2010 07:43 PM

                                                  Nostalgia rules my fantasies on this topic- the "Food Trucks" of my youth- to bring them back!!! (NY area) The mouth watering goodies within a Dugans Bakery truck. Ditto the Krugs Bakery truck. The smell of apparently fresh-baked pastries, with sweet icing in the air! And the sounds of Spring and Summer were the bells of the ice cream trucks roaming the neighborhood- real Good Humor and Bungalow Bar. Those were the days.
                                                  Florida Hound

                                                  1. onceadaylily Aug 15, 2010 09:32 PM

                                                    I would call my sushi truck One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.

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                                                      grayelf Aug 16, 2010 06:15 PM

                                                      There's a Red Fish Blue Fish in Victoria BC that is sort of a truck. It sells sustainable fish and chips on the wharf from a converted container: http://www.redfish-bluefish.com/05jan...

                                                      They don't make you bring your own dishes but everything they serve in/with is compostable, which is pretty cool. And their tempura pickles are evil good.

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                                                        onceadaylily Aug 16, 2010 07:04 PM

                                                        And you linked to a recipe . . . fantastic (as is their compostable dinnerware).

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                                                        EWSflash Aug 18, 2010 07:47 PM

                                                        Yes!

                                                      3. pdxgastro Aug 15, 2010 11:14 PM

                                                        Soup and sandwich. But everyone would have to bring their own 'tiffin' containers. No throw-away containers at my truck. (It is fantasy, right?)

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                                                          ajcraig Aug 16, 2010 06:39 PM

                                                          Food great and GREEN! I can picture a line of folks anxiously waiting for their soup and sammies, banging on their containers like tamborines!

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                                                            souschef Aug 16, 2010 07:52 PM

                                                            How about an ince cream truck? You go one further and eat the container.

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                                                              funniduck Aug 16, 2010 08:46 PM

                                                              My fantasy has always been a bio-diesel ran food truck. It drives me crazy that no one ever thinks of the gas these things run on. Wouldn't it be awesome if they use their fry-oil to then drive the truck? This has been my fantasy for awhile.

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                                                                souschef Aug 18, 2010 12:48 PM

                                                                So everywhere they went you would smell frying ?

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                                                                  funniduck Aug 18, 2010 05:46 PM

                                                                  uh no. they don't smell at all. It's quite common to use fast food fry oil to run their biodiesel-converted-from-diesel engine cars.
                                                                  But it would help sales, no? :)

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                                                                    souschef Aug 19, 2010 11:41 AM

                                                                    "But it would help sales, no? :)"

                                                                    But think about all those poor people on diets craving fries ! Ah what the hell, I never think about them anyway.

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                                                                  sweetTooth Aug 18, 2010 02:04 PM

                                                                  The Green Truck in LA does this.

                                                                  As for my fantasy food truck - aloo tikki, bhelpuri, samosa, dahi vada, pani puri, sev puri, dahi puri and of course fresh matar (peas) chaat in the spring. It has to be run by someone who's owned a successful chat business in Uttar Pradesh, India. I would certainly tie myself to this truck. Drool.

                                                              2. RealMenJulienne Aug 16, 2010 06:47 PM

                                                                The French Fry Truck! I mean think about it, the profit margins are sky high, and who doesn't like fries. When you have a plate in front of you with fries and a bunch of other stuff, what do you reach for first? Chances are, it's the fries. No need for complicated or multi-step cooking equipment, just a big vat o' peanut oil. We'd serve up 3/8" thick russets, double fried (once at the commisary, once on the truck) to a dark golden brown. Then the customer gets a choice of the world's greatest fry sauces and seasonings: ketchup, mustard, malt vinegar, hot sauce, aioli, seasonings and spices of all descriptions! Or just coarse salt, whatever you like!

                                                                Set up next to a fry-less hot dog, burger, or street meat stand for a mutually beneficial relationship. Perfect!

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                                                                  grayelf Aug 17, 2010 10:53 PM

                                                                  RMJ, you need to head to Ottawa or Montreal.

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                                                                    RealMenJulienne Aug 18, 2010 12:51 AM

                                                                    How so? Because of an absence of fry trucks, or to sample the abundance of fry trucks?

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                                                                      grayelf Aug 18, 2010 09:09 AM

                                                                      The latter, +/- poutine . And you could always set up your truck, following the cluster marketing principle :-).

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                                                                        souschef Aug 18, 2010 12:46 PM

                                                                        Montreal does not have food trucks. Ottawa does.

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                                                                          grayelf Aug 18, 2010 09:20 PM

                                                                          Oops, my bad, the first place I ever had poutine was in Montreal but that was more than 20 years ago. I was sure I had it from a fry truck somewhere near a little market. The joys of getting decrepit...

                                                                2. chowser Aug 18, 2010 01:07 PM

                                                                  I've thought about doing a fry truck at carnivals and fairs. I wouldn't sell food, just bring whatever you buy, we'll have a batter that's slightly sweet, one that's for savory and deep fry it. "You buy it, we fry it." Pizza, sausage, ice cream cones, candy bars...refried donuts anyone?

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                                                                    grayelf Aug 18, 2010 09:21 PM

                                                                    I would be the first one in line, chowser. You fry it, I'll try it :-).

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                                                                      chowser Aug 19, 2010 05:46 AM

                                                                      Sounds good--since you're first, I'll give you free lifetime frying. ! I'd call it the Fry Queen. The limitation is that I have no clue how to deep fry, other than a high school stint at McD's with their fries and pies.

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                                                                        kattyeyes Aug 19, 2010 06:54 AM

                                                                        Oh, man...trashy confession: I miss those fried pies!!!

                                                                  2. mamachef Aug 18, 2010 03:09 PM

                                                                    We'd do marinated fried chicken, real slaw and potatoes, vegetable sides, biscuits, cornbread, gravy. And I would call it the Fried Freakin' Chickenmobilel.

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                                                                      EWSflash Aug 18, 2010 07:50 PM

                                                                      A friend swears she came within an inch of buying a hot dog cart with a college friend (also female) and calling it Two Chicks With Weiners.

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                                                                        onceadaylily Aug 18, 2010 08:00 PM

                                                                        I just laughed so hard I scared my cat.

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                                                                          soypower Aug 19, 2010 12:37 AM

                                                                          I laughed so hard, I scared myself!

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                                                                            goodhealthgourmet Aug 19, 2010 09:55 PM

                                                                            +1. love it!

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                                                                          tracylee Sep 10, 2010 04:31 AM

                                                                          Too funny!

                                                                          My Uncle Butthead's goal in life was to buy a hot dog cart. Yeah, he was ambitious, but passed away last year before attaining his goal.

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                                                                        Big Bad Voodoo Lou Aug 18, 2010 09:48 PM

                                                                        I'd love a mobile salumeria, kind of a charcuterie caravan. We'd offer the finest cured meats: different salamis, hams, sausages, various cheeses, picked vegetables. And then we'd put together the most drool-worthy Italian hoagies around, overstuffed sandwiches made to order on crusty rolls with all the fixins. Genoa salami, prosciutto, spicy soppresata, sharp provolone, roasted red peppers, thin-sliced balsamic-glazed onions, beautiful fresh tomatoes on a roll spread with spicy mustard, house Italian dressing, and possibly even a thin spread of smoky lardo. And that would just be one of the many options. If it existed, I'd follow it like a fanboy.

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                                                                          mcap Aug 19, 2010 10:50 AM

                                                                          Oh man. Not only would I follow this truck, I'd eat out of your garbage.

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                                                                            french5000 Jul 14, 2012 02:54 PM

                                                                            The Muffeletta-mobile!

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                                                                              shoo bee doo Jan 6, 2013 08:27 AM

                                                                              I love this idea.

                                                                            2. mamachef Aug 22, 2010 07:08 AM

                                                                              Neglected to mention that here in the SF Bay Area, we have The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck.

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                                                                                kattyeyes Aug 22, 2010 02:59 PM

                                                                                Priceless! That's super (thanks for asking!). ;) I hope they play that song when the truck rolls through your neighborhood.

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                                                                                  mamachef Aug 23, 2010 09:39 AM

                                                                                  <<Kattyeyes: they play, "It's Raining Men." : )

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                                                                                    kattyeyes Aug 23, 2010 04:01 PM

                                                                                    HA HA HA!!! That's hysterical! And perfect!

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                                                                                      Veggo Aug 23, 2010 04:09 PM

                                                                                      I don't mind when it rains cats and dogs, but for this one I want an umbrella...

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                                                                                  funniduck Aug 22, 2010 11:14 PM

                                                                                  We have one in NYC too. I see him around Union Square.... Are they related?

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                                                                                    mamachef Aug 23, 2010 09:40 AM

                                                                                    <<Funni, they must be. I'll be sure to ask next time a buy a big ol' gay ice cream!

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                                                                                    mariacarmen Sep 10, 2010 02:38 AM

                                                                                    wait, really?? i live in SF - where does that exist??? i LOVE it!!!

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                                                                                      mamachef Sep 10, 2010 07:38 AM

                                                                                      I misnomered when I said SF/East Bay, mariacarmen. It's over here in Beezerk., and it's totally guerilla and funny as hell.

                                                                                  3. mamaciita Aug 24, 2010 03:42 PM

                                                                                    Deviled Egg

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                                                                                      rHairing Sep 9, 2010 06:36 PM

                                                                                      Can we get a Cafe du Monde truck in NoVA??? I could also use a pho truck.

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                                                                                        chowser Sep 10, 2010 04:37 AM

                                                                                        Ooh, Cafe du Monde trucks with beignets. I love it--simple and easy.

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                                                                                          BuildingMyBento Jan 9, 2013 08:20 PM

                                                                                          Cafe du Monde is quite big in Japan, if that's on your radar... apparently, an affinity for jazz helped that come to fruition.

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                                                                                            BuildingMyBento Jan 9, 2013 08:30 PM

                                                                                            One that didn't actually travel too far every day, and with diplomatic (or even press) plates.

                                                                                            It would have a panoply of spices, herbs and seasonings, and a good variety of pickled items (hot peppers, cucumbers, a la giardiniera, but NEVER lime aachar). Small placards would briefly describe the tastes of each spice/herb, and they'd source their petrol from Venezuela...well that last one is a bit more wishful thinking, huh...

                                                                                        2. coll Sep 10, 2010 01:00 AM

                                                                                          I'd do what half the trucks do here, lobster rolls. They sell them for $10, which is half the price a restaurant charges, and make a decent profit. Let me work on the name thing.

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                                                                                            mariacarmen Sep 10, 2010 02:40 AM

                                                                                            there was a truck here doing lobster rolls during the Oakland Eat Real festival at Jack London Square, but i don't know (don't think) it was a local truck, and the line was too long for me to try it....

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                                                                                              coll Sep 10, 2010 02:50 AM

                                                                                              Yeah it's usually the most popular item, despite the price. Here these are sold on Sabrett trucks, not by itself: almost all trucks here are hot dogs but they are really branching out lately. The good thing is they already have plenty of buns!

                                                                                          2. achefsbest Sep 10, 2010 09:20 AM

                                                                                            Gosh, I would have a truck that served different kinds of cold noodles and springrolls. Like stuff that China Moon used to make.
                                                                                            Now, what would be a good name?????

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                                                                                              mamachef Sep 11, 2010 12:57 PM

                                                                                              chinois on wheels?

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                                                                                                achefsbest Sep 15, 2010 05:31 PM

                                                                                                I like it!!

                                                                                            2. Emme Sep 10, 2010 07:43 PM

                                                                                              in addition to the aforementioned sushi truck, i'd like a breakfast truck with made to order omelettes, pancakes, waffles, etc.

                                                                                              1. goodhealthgourmet Sep 10, 2010 09:17 PM

                                                                                                after giving it some more thought, i may have to change my answer to Gluten-Free [Insert Food Here]...there's only one here in LA - a tamale truck, and it's all the way out in Silverlake.

                                                                                                1. fmed Sep 11, 2010 02:07 PM

                                                                                                  A truck serving Jian Bing (Chinese breakfast crepes) http://www.quirkybeijing.com/?p=12

                                                                                                  1. Peachie Sep 11, 2010 07:25 PM

                                                                                                    For me, I would buy several food trucks and always have them available outside my house when I don't want to cook.....

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                                                                                                      weezycom Sep 13, 2010 02:20 PM

                                                                                                      Pie. Whole or by the slice. All the fruit pies, chocolate pies, coconut cream/custard/chess.

                                                                                                      And good vanilla ice cream to top them off.

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                                                                                                        piccola Sep 13, 2010 06:28 PM

                                                                                                        Hand pies, too, I hope. The ultimate portable dessert!

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                                                                                                          HillJ Sep 13, 2010 08:48 PM

                                                                                                          There is a pie food truck in the town of Julian. San Diego county.

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                                                                                                            weezycom Sep 14, 2010 01:10 PM

                                                                                                            Good -- no competition! I'm on the other coast.

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                                                                                                              bagelman01 Jan 6, 2013 08:46 AM

                                                                                                              Last month, after the tragic shootings in Sandy Hook, Ct, I wasdriving through Newtown and parked in front of town hall was a food truck labelled 'Pies Across America' and they were busy serving out free pie to the townspeople as a gesture of comfort and support.

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                                                                                                                HillJ Jan 6, 2013 08:48 AM

                                                                                                                http://www.google.com/#hl=en&suge...

                                                                                                                true, the story went viral and made for an inspiring read.
                                                                                                                TheWorldNeedsMorePie.com, and in her book, "Making Piece, a Memoir of Love, Loss and Pie."

                                                                                                      2. free sample addict aka Tracy L Sep 13, 2010 09:16 PM

                                                                                                        Dungeness Crab truck. Freshly caught live crabs that are cooked on the truck. Choice of drawn butter or cocktail sauce and of course lots of lemons. Of course it would have to be at the farmers market close to my house. An egg roll truck would be cool too, sort of build your own with a variety of dipping sauces.

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                                                                                                          trvlcrzy Sep 15, 2010 10:37 PM

                                                                                                          Noodles truck ranging from Italian pasta types to Asian noodles.

                                                                                                          1. goodhealthgourmet Sep 17, 2010 09:33 PM

                                                                                                            i don't have the patience to read through all the responses to see if anyone said bacon, but..

                                                                                                            http://www.getyourlardon.com/

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                                                                                                              tdouglas9 Jul 13, 2012 06:48 AM

                                                                                                              aj, wouldn't you also need to know how to cook or would you hire a chef?

                                                                                                              1. Bill Hunt Jul 14, 2012 10:12 PM

                                                                                                                OK, I will play along.

                                                                                                                My "fantasy food truck" would be Olaf Magnusen's (from Magnusen's House of Seafood, Gulfport, MS) fried shrimp. I would travel across the globe for those fried shrimp. I have had great shrimp, in my long life, but his were the ultimate, and the ones, by which, all others shall be forever judged. May he rest in peace. He had "the secret," and took that to his grave. Still, should he come back to life, open a shrimp truck anywhere, I would fly there, in a heartbeat.

                                                                                                                Hunt

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                                                                                                                  Isolda Jul 15, 2012 03:50 PM

                                                                                                                  My fantasy food truck would serve delicious food and desserts (everything from sticky rice with mango to sfogliatelle), have a wine list, and most importantly, it would park in front of my house, but only when I called it. Sort of like a genie with lamp, only instead of rubbing the lamp, you rub, I don't know, a tire on your car? This is fantasy, right?

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                                                                                                                    HillJ Jul 15, 2012 03:56 PM

                                                                                                                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I79Jmg...
                                                                                                                    sorta like this, Isolda?

                                                                                                                  2. alliegator Jan 5, 2013 01:27 PM

                                                                                                                    I can't believe I've never seen this thread before. Food trucks are huge in my neck of the woods. I thought of this after having a philly cheesesteak eggroll in a sports bar--you can put anything in an eggroll. From classic to cheesesteak, you could do a chicken cordon bleu variety, taco meat with cheese and jalapenos, etc. In my head, EggRollin' was born. Hehe...

                                                                                                                    1. chefathome Jan 5, 2013 01:32 PM

                                                                                                                      A naturally gluten-free food truck - no possibility of cross contamination. Those with celiac disease just cannot utilize food trucks, unfortunately. A big fantasy, but hopefully in the future a reality!

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                                                                                                                        goodhealthgourmet Jan 5, 2013 03:59 PM

                                                                                                                        I actually started putting together a business plan to do this very thing a couple of years ago. Unfortunately family matters pulled me away and I never finished it...

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                                                                                                                          chefathome Jan 5, 2013 04:16 PM

                                                                                                                          Really? What a great project that you would be so great at. Perhaps sometime in the future? It makes me sad not to be able to enjoy food trucks. :(

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                                                                                                                            goodhealthgourmet Jan 6, 2013 10:42 AM

                                                                                                                            I'd still like to do it, though I'm hoping to focus on the development end of it and train someone else to run the actual truck(s). We'll see.

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                                                                                                                        shoo bee doo Jan 6, 2013 08:21 AM

                                                                                                                        Goulashwagen.

                                                                                                                        I'd serve authentic Hungarian goulash of the highest quality. Made with beef broth, onions, pastured beef, and loads of paprika simmered through the night.

                                                                                                                        I'd also have a more watered down version, goulash soup available.

                                                                                                                        Each day I would have a different starch. Polenta, gnocchi, boiled potatoes, noodles, or buckwheat.

                                                                                                                        Homemade naturally fermented sauerkraut.

                                                                                                                        A good crusty bread from a bakery.

                                                                                                                        Some nice eastern European dessert such as strudel or potica.

                                                                                                                        The truck would have to be able to stay warm enough in the Minnesota winter. I would not be out there in the summer except for some very cool days.

                                                                                                                        It's an odd fantasy, but I've been developing this idea for the last few years since this trend started. Maybe someone will take off with it because I don't see myself able to do this in this lifetime.

                                                                                                                        1. MsMaryMc Jan 6, 2013 05:49 PM

                                                                                                                          An I the only one who saw this topic and thought "One that parks in my driveway?"

                                                                                                                          Oh, and a different cuisine every day, please. Don't want to let my palate get tired.

                                                                                                                          1. melpy Jan 10, 2013 10:37 AM

                                                                                                                            Persian food

                                                                                                                            1. hyacinthgirl Jan 10, 2013 11:42 AM

                                                                                                                              I just moved to an area that's lacking in trucks but has a lot of dense office buildings and I have been seriously considering how to do a lunch truck. My thought is:
                                                                                                                              Grilled Cheese

                                                                                                                              Specialty breads, different types of cheese, some with extras like prosciutto or carmelized onions... Seems so straightforward to me. Sigh.

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                                                                                                                              1. re: hyacinthgirl
                                                                                                                                goodhealthgourmet Jan 10, 2013 12:54 PM

                                                                                                                                We already have a GC truck here in LA!
                                                                                                                                http://www.thegrilledcheesetruck.com/

                                                                                                                                Go find it...and please indulge in some gluteny, cheesy goodness for me while you're at it ;)

                                                                                                                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                                                                                                  hyacinthgirl Jan 10, 2013 01:15 PM

                                                                                                                                  I'd seen it when I lived in LA (mere months ago), but my new area doesn't have one. And what I envision is something a bit grander than the what the original GC truck offered. Maybe even gluten free bread and some vegan cheese? : )

                                                                                                                                  1. re: hyacinthgirl
                                                                                                                                    goodhealthgourmet Jan 10, 2013 01:27 PM

                                                                                                                                    I didn't know you moved! Where to?

                                                                                                                                    Real dairy cheese works for me (actually can't have soy so no vegan stuff). Unfortunately there's no point in offering GF bread unless you use a dedicated press/griddle for those sandwiches.

                                                                                                                                    This discussion is really making me want to revisit the possibility of starting one...

                                                                                                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                                                                                                      hyacinthgirl Jan 10, 2013 01:30 PM

                                                                                                                                      To PA... It's cold and grey here :(
                                                                                                                                      I think a dedicated press in my fantasy truck can be accomodated. And thank goodness you can do dairy, because in reality vegan cheese scares me.

                                                                                                                                      I think your mobile salad truck would be AWESOME though.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: hyacinthgirl
                                                                                                                                        goodhealthgourmet Jan 10, 2013 01:42 PM

                                                                                                                                        Well in that case, you definitely need soups to go with the grilled cheese. I'm all too familiar with that weather - I grew up in Jersey.

                                                                                                                                        If I ever do something about a salad truck you'll have to come back for a visit to check it out!

                                                                                                                                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                                                                                                          hyacinthgirl Jan 11, 2013 10:07 AM

                                                                                                                                          I will be there on opening day!

                                                                                                                                          Good call on the soups, you will get official credit should my dream ever make it to reality.

                                                                                                                              2. jrvedivici Jan 10, 2013 01:05 PM

                                                                                                                                Well since it's fantasy how about Princess Leia's Hot Sticky Buns?

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                                                                                                                                  MonMauler Jan 10, 2013 02:26 PM

                                                                                                                                  Well, I guess this is a fantasy food truck, so I would lay a naked woman on a table, cover her with sushi, and let the patrons choose the options they want. Pay at the counter.

                                                                                                                                  On the other hand, they don't have food trucks near where I live or work, so anything would be a step up. Even a hot dog cart or something would be nice. Unfortunately, I believe food trucks are all but outlawed near me...

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