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Vancouver's first permanent food cart pod

grayelf Jul 30, 2013 08:00 AM

http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2013/07/fo...

features 6 new food trucks:

•Aussie Pie Guy – Australian savory and sweet pies
•ChouChou Crepes – authentic French crepes.
•Culver City Salads – fresh, vegan salads.
•Dougie Dog Diner – gourmet hot dogs and burgers.
•Fat Duck Mobile Eatery – urban country cooking.
•Reel Mac And Cheese – gourmet macaroni and cheese.

which I suppose makes sense as the older ones will have established customers where they are. Can't say any of them really grab me but it's a good first step.

  1. moyenchow Jul 31, 2013 11:52 AM

    I was giving this a second thought and realize that the carts are clustering on their own and forming unofficial pods. No need for the city to mandate it.

    I have hope for the Olympic Cauldron/ Portal Park unofficial cluster. Good foot traffic due to the hotels, office towers and the cauldron. Ample sitting places and very stunning view on sunny days if you look north.

    Normal tenants are:
    -Feastro the Rolling Bistro
    -The Reef Runner

    Roaming Tenants are:
    -Uncle Kebab
    -Beljam's Waffles

    2 Replies
    1. re: moyenchow
      LotusRapper Jul 31, 2013 03:08 PM

      Is that what we need ...... pods cliques ??? ;-)

      1. re: LotusRapper
        moyenchow Jul 31, 2013 03:16 PM

        Exactly the Flames (in honour of the cauldron) vs. Qs (QE theatre).

        Caught in the middle is Aussie Pie guy who hangs out with both cliques.

        This musical writes itself. Throw in some Jazz Hands and we're a got a hit. ;)

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      Anne M Jul 30, 2013 10:31 AM

      I have been pretty underwhelmed by the food trucks in general so far. Good luck to them though.

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      1. re: Anne M
        Sam Salmon Jul 30, 2013 11:39 AM

        No Aussie Pie Floaters?

        http://davidbyrne.typepad.com/photos/...

        1. re: Sam Salmon
          moyenchow Jul 30, 2013 12:06 PM

          No, maybe in the winter? Right they have just plain meat and dessert pies where the options run out if you go towards the end of the day.

          The crust is buttery good ... just not sure how I feel about them yet as I've only had their pulled pork version.

      2. moyenchow Jul 30, 2013 10:28 AM

        It's not as permanent as I would like. All the carts are not always there.

        I think the Aussie Pie Guys have a roaming license as I see them everywhere.

        I often don't see Reel Mac & cheese of Dougie Dog that often either.

        They need to park one after another closer to the fountain but I find that for whatever reason Fat Duck always parks closer to Dunsmuir than Georgia.

        For the summer I was hoping for a pop-up patio near the fountain, whether its the City of Vancouver or the Viva Vancouver initiative. It would help the carts.

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        1. re: moyenchow
          grayelf Jul 30, 2013 02:33 PM

          Yeah, I noticed that disclaimer in the article -- having only four of the six carts there would significantly diminish your choices.

          I'm still hopeful that we may achieve critical mass in certain places, though it's unlikely we'll ever get to where some of the pods in Portland are with dozens of options all within two blocks.

          And I agree with Anne, there are no more that a handful of trucks I would seek out again.

          On a positive note, Fresh Local Wild is featuring steelhead as an option in their fish and chips. It is quite lovely.

          1. re: grayelf
            moyenchow Jul 30, 2013 02:53 PM

            Actually Vancouver will never have pods like Portland as I found out that for the downtown core the city limits it to 5 carts per block to prevent congestion if they park on the street.

            It makes sense as pedestrians need to able to get where they want to go.

            The only way for the a super Pod to work is in a parking lot. I'm actually thinking the city owned parking lot near Stadium Sky train station (and potential site of the art gallery) is an option.

            1. re: moyenchow
              LotusRapper Jul 30, 2013 03:07 PM

              Yeah, but you know eventually parking lots just get transformed into 30-story condos .....

              1. re: LotusRapper
                moyenchow Jul 30, 2013 03:15 PM

                I know .... if the art gallery can actually get its private donations in place it's suppose to be the brand new Vancouver Art Gallery site with a possibility of a mixed use building tower.

                But until that happens a pod of Food trucks with a pop up garden or patio would be nice.

                I just find it funny that half empty parking lot is actually called Larwill Park on some maps.

                1. re: moyenchow
                  LotusRapper Jul 30, 2013 03:23 PM

                  Actually the current VAG site would be the perfect site for perm. food truck pods. I mean, the next Occupy movement folks gotta eat too, right ? LOL

                  1. re: moyenchow
                    Sam Salmon Jul 30, 2013 04:49 PM

                    That's because it was Larwill Park before it was sold to Greyhound.

                    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larwill_...

                    1. re: Sam Salmon
                      moyenchow Jul 30, 2013 11:33 PM

                      Thanks for the info, learn something new every day. Not too keen about it as rally point for racist organizations.

                      Wonder what the DT would look like if that stayed a park.

                      That parking lot is such a poor use of land as it stands.

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