November 29, 2012
What is it?: This imaginative food truck offers up unique dishes comprising fresh produce, meats, and cheeses from sustainable Philadelphia area farms. On the menu are soups, salads and sandwiches for $4 - $8, and desserts for less than $5. Menu: Being more of a grilled cheese and french fries person, I have to be convinced, cajoled, sometimes even tricked into sampling more healthy fare than is typically found on the kids menu at a local diner. But as soon as I rolled up on Yumtown I was sold.
May 16, 2014 |
IN "CHEF," we learn that revenge is a dish best served never. The lesson comes courtesy of a trendy chef named Carl Casper (Jon Favreau, directing himself and some pals) whose hip restaurant has reached a stodgy phase. A scathing review (from Oliver Platt) causes a fuming Carl to roast the critic in person, an unhinged confrontation that goes viral, costing Carl his job. "Chef" then converts to a road movie - Carl takes his neglected son (Emjay Anthony) on the road in a revamped food truck, falling in love again with cooking and with his neglected son. All of this happens at the urging of his gorgeous and helpful ex-wife (Sofia Vergara)
September 19, 2003 |
Mike Ioannou's sudden death a few weeks ago punched a sizable hole in the community fabric of Temple University. Ioannou wasn't a dean, or an esteemed professor, or a big donor, or a celebrated alumni. Every morning at 4:30, when students were sleeping off exam angst or a beer buzz, Ioannou and his wife, Hope, rolled their food truck up to the curb on Broad Street, outside Temple's law school. There, they began to dispense coffee, egg sandwiches, Hope's delectable soups, and, most important, a genuine curiosity about the lives of those who lined up on the sidewalk.
October 4, 2013
What to eat: Ice pops! Any of them. They're all good. The truck: Bright and striped, the Lil' Pop Shop truck is the mobile arm of Jeanne Chang's brick-and-mortar operations in West and South Philly. The truck's selection of fresh, handcrafted ice pops is seasonal and always changing. The details: We tracked the truck down at the Navy Yard and were particularly impressed by the coconut cherry lime - made with juicy cherries, not the dead, flavorless cherries you'd find in store-bought ice cream, for example.
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?
April 18, 2013
SEXY GREEN TRUCK What is it? Before it was "Sexy," it was just Selim and Emina Zeka's Green Truck. But soon after they parked it on Montgomery Avenue near 13th in 2009 and began serving seductive pitas, paninis, sandwiches and salads stuffed with lip-smacking local veggies and love-me-tender meats, Temple students dubbed it the Sexy Green Truck. Passionate pita: Hug me! I'm a Hummus! (with cucumber, mozzarella and vinaigrette). Pucker-up panini: Fresh spinach, garlic, mushrooms, mozzarella.
June 19, 2015 |
The scene on the JFK Boulevard Bridge resembled a caravan with a culinary slant on Saturday, as 12 food trucks parked on both sides of the bridge for the Vendy Awards, the fifth annual Philadelphia iteration of the food-truck cook-off. "We were hoping to really put the trucks in a really public place," said Zeina Muna, the Vendy Awards' managing director. "We wanted to break the boundaries and do something new. " The hot and humid weather did not dissuade the crowds, as an estimated 1,000 people packed the bridge over five hours.
August 8, 2014
The deal: Crepes, packed with sweet and savory ingredients that are sometimes surprising. Lime in a sweet crepe? Yes, please! The Kyra crepe with cinnamon, sugar and, yes, lime is fantastic. A best-seller is the Orlando (blend of three Mexican cheeses, guacamole, chipotle sour cream, spinach, roasted chicken). Another surprise: a saucy, cheesy pizza crepe. We had: (And loved) the Ronnie (grilled chicken, three cheeses, tomatoes, pesto) and the Olivia (dark chocolate, strawberries, whipped cream)
July 8, 2011 |
USED TO BE, eating off a food truck meant grabbing a kielbasa or some General Tso's - or, if you were feeling reckless, a gyro. These days, thanks to the recession and the culinary world's teenagerlike eagerness to follow trends, Philly has a growing fleet of gourmet trucks that serve up delicacies like pork bulgagi and buttercream cupcakes. This weekend, old-school carts meet their tweeting newbie counterparts in our city's first-ever Vendy (as in "vendor") Awards, a competitive celebration of sidewalk grub.