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Jan 31, 2012 06:10 PM

Chapel Hill finally approves food trucks

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  1. Yay! As soon as some start popping up, let's try to keep a note of when/where on this board.

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    1. re: LulusMom

      Most of the trucks are very good about tweeting their schedules and I find that the good folks at Chirba Chirba will often tweet which other trucks are at a location with them. That info will be a lot more up to date than trying to post on this board.

      1. re: rockycat

        I'm a Luddite, no tweeting for me. Guess that means I'll just have to catch them at the right time. What does Chirba Chirba sell?

        1. re: LulusMom

          Chirba Chirba is the dumpling truck. Their XLB are really very good, better than most restaurant versions I've had. Despite loving edamame, I'm not a bif fan of their porkadame dumplings, although many people are. They also have veggie dumplings, Chinese sausage, and are occasionally coming up with new varieties of dumplings.

          Chirba Chirba and Bulkogi are my favorite trucks, although Bulkogi has a remarkably erratic schedule. There are new trucks popping up almost daily, some quite good, some just jumping on the trend. And some prices can make your head spin. Still, it's pretty fun to try them out.

          And I'm usually the one claiming to be a Luddite. :-)
          I do twitter but I WILL NOT do Facebook. Ever.

          1. re: rockycat

            The thing I like about twitter feeds is that you can use them the same way you might use a website (hmm, where is Pie Pushers tonight? link). I'm on twitter and I still keep the food truck twitter links in a bookmarks folder because its faster than sifting through my feeds.

            The best resources though are Cranky Diners' food truck twitter aggregator and the Carpe Durham foodtruck map.
            Basically all the food truck twitter feeds in one place (and off twitter)
            map of current food truck positions

            1. re: brokegradstudent

              I don't use Twitter out of principal, but I have added a few food truck twitter feeds to my google reader. I suppose you could do the same with whatever news reader you choose to use.

              Also, there's another twitter feed aggregator for local food trucks:


              1. re: ToothTooth

                okay, so will the Durham food trucks come to Chapel Hill? cause I'd have lunch then!
                [note: must exercise more]

      2. re: LulusMom

        it seems as though chapel hill still wants to make it challenging for food trucks to come to their town.

        "Vendors will have to pay a $600 annual fee, get a $118 zoning permit and a $50 privilege license. The property owner that hosts the truck will have to get a $118 permit."

        "Raleigh charges the trucks $150 to sell their food and a $76 permit for property owners.

        Durham requires a $50 zoning permit and a $25 privilege license for vendors, and no permit for property owners.

        Carrboro charges $25 for a privilege license, $60 for a zoning permit for vendors and no permit for property owners."

        1. re: cervisiam

          Thanks for posting this. I'm going to write to the local officials. They're usually pretty good about noting voters preferences. Please, all Chapel Hill residents - do the same.

          1. re: cervisiam

            Let's just say this does not surprise me - at all!