Truck Stop: Tyson Bees

Posted: September 21, 2012

What to eat: Korean with a Mexican twist.

How's that? Tyson Bees offers tacos in unexpected flavors (Thai basil chicken, edamame and Korean BBQ beef short-rib), kimchi burritos, rice dishes (BBQ lemongrass pork, curry of the week or Thai basil chicken over rice) and hot dogs with exotic toppings like spicy aioli and red cabbage or beef short ribs.

Don't miss: Thai ice tea. Always worth the calories.

Insane value: The $6 rice bowls are belly-bustingly filling.

Find it: On 33rd Street near Spruce in University City, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Look for: The fat, happy bees local artist Yis "NoseGo" Goodwin painted in a trippy mural across all four sides of the truck.

Backstory: The owners of Girasole, an Italian restaurant at Broad and Pine, and Chew Man Chu, the Korean restaurant that operated at Broad and Pine until it closed two years ago, teamed up to create Tyson Bees in late 2010.

The truck originally made Italian and Korean grub until the owners decided Italian food was "a little too heavy for lunch," Girasole manager Michele Iovino said. Two of the original five owners - including the truck's namesake Tyson Wong Ophaso - have since moved on to other opportunities, Iovino said.

And the unusual name? "When we went to buy the truck - it was an old mail truck, a UPS truck, originally - and there was a bee hive inside. There were just bees all over. So we called it Tyson Bees."

This week's food-trucker, Dana DiFilippo, normally covers murder, mayhem and everything in between at the Daily News. Reach her at difilid@phillynews.com.

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