February 8, 2013 |
Go ask Rob Mitchell what a cheese curd is. A few years ago, he himself didn't know. Now they're his life. Like many schoolteachers, Mitchell, of Philadelphia, had a summer job to keep cash flowing. He runs a mobile food concession feeding the masses at soccer and lacrosse games, rock concerts, carnivals, and strawberry festivals in five states. Much like urban food-truck ooperators, festival vendors need something to set them apart. Mitchell, 40, raised this issue with his wife, Laura Windham, a psychologist.
August 23, 2012
What to eat: In a city long underserved by Thai cuisine, Robert Zapata has taken the food truck world by storm with a Thai and Mexican lunch fusion. There may not be a more original dish in Philadelphia than Cucina Zapata's Cap'n Crunch-crusted tilapia burrito. If you aren't a fan of the flaky white fish for its texture, the Cap'n makes it crunch with an unmistakable childhood flavor before it is piled with avocado, a mild pico de gallo and a tangy peanut sauce. Insane value: Two juicy Thai short rib tacos ($6)
May 3, 2013
What is it? Philly's first Hawaiian-themed food truck, operated by island expat Kiki Aranita and her partner, Chris Vacca. The duo took the lessons they learned while slinging hash at Foo Truck and added a Pacific twist, plating delicacies hard to find outside the 50th state. Aloha, lunch crowd: The food cart, named after a now-extinct breed of dog native to Hawaii, debuted early last month, setting up an exclusive residency at 13th and Montgomery, smack dab in the heart of Temple's campus.
April 12, 2012
What's to eat? Real South Philly Italian sandwiches: Slick Nick ($6.50), breaded chicken cutlet with spinach or broccoli rabe and provolone on a Liscios Bakery roll; the Bella ($6), balsamic chicken with spinach or broccoli rabe and roasted peppers. Plus Italian pork, homemade meatballs, Maglio sausage ($5.50-$7.50). Get the picture? Find it: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday and Friday at LOVE Park, Tuesday at 8th and Poplar, Thursday at Drexel (33rd and Arch). Call: 215-252-1677.
February 7, 2013
What is it? Homestyle comfort food, served up by charismatic chef Verna Swerdlow: "We make stuff we have hankerings for, nothing too over the top. " Expect sandwiches, mac n' cheese and other classics straight from mom's kitchen. What to eat: Verna's menu rotates seasonally, and this winter's top dishes are the tender and juicy flank steak sandwich with chipotle mayo, and the pulled-pork grilled cheese. Come summer, the truck will switch to jambalaya and banh mi - the Vietnamese equivalent of hoagies, yo. Not a carnivore?
February 4, 2013 |
Jaeden Lieberher is a South Philly kid at heart, but lately, he's gone Hollywood. He has a starring role in a Super Bowl ad, playing a kid who uses a Hyundai Santa Fe to recruit a team to beat the neighborhood bullies at football. "It was a really fun commercial to film," Jaeden, 10, said from his home in Los Angeles, where he moved two years ago, after his father began operating a food truck there. In the spot, a bully pushes Jaeden off the football field and tells him to come back when he has a team.
September 22, 2011 |
FOOTBALL, EVERYBODY from Domino's to Doritos will tell you, isn't only about winning, losing or playing the game. It's about how much junk food fans can consume from approximately two hours before coin toss until the final pom-pom wave. It's about cheesesteaks and hoagies and cookouts and all-u-can-drink beer. Garden salads need not apply. So it's seemed odd for the past eight years that when it came to handheld grub, Lincoln Financial Field never, well, satisfied. It wasn't that the fast fare wasn't there - by the end of last season, Chickie's and Pete's was selling crab fries from eight locations - it just seemed hard to find.
July 9, 2011 |
A new breed of food truck is giving the ubiquitous cheesesteak a run for its money as the city's preferred curbside delight. The inaugural Philadelphia Vendy awards, a culinary showdown among eight of the city's elite mobile food vendors held Saturday in Northern Liberties, sought to identify and reward the leaders of that breed. And nary a steak was in sight. "It's been a long hard day, but it's been a beautiful day," Thomas Bacon, also known as Gigi, of Gigi and Big R Caribbean/American Soul Food, the crowned victor of the event, said as he clutched a gleaming trophy cup. "The Vendy Cup is a trophy that I can drink cool beer out of - after standing over a deep fryer, frying chicken, cooking cabbage and greens, and serving the customers.
August 25, 2014 |
A day in the life of a Philadelphia pop-up beer garden begins hours before the suds start to flow. At 11:30 on an overcast Sunday morning, Jason Blacketer was doing battle with mulberries, clearing the spiky orange-reddish fruits that had fallen from a giant tree in the once-fallow lot tended by the Philadelphia Horticultural Society at 15th and South streets. Blacketer wiped the remnants of the early morning rain, from the tables and chairs. More unwelcome weather was forecast.
July 26, 2012
Champagne and hors d'oeuvres are in order from 5-8 p.m. Friday as Weavers Way Co-op ( weaversway.coop ) holds an open house to celebrate the co-op's new wellness and pet supply store, Weavers Way Across the Way, at 608-610 Carpenter Lane. It's across from Weavers Way's Mt. Airy store, currently undergoing renovations. Street food enthusiasts have narrowed the field a bit, but there are still difficult choices to be made as 12 food-truck vendors compete in the Philadelphia Vendys, 3-7 p.m. Saturday?