Yesterday, we told you about the trend of food trucks turning into brick and mortar restaurants. Perhaps trend isn't the right word, though. Some food truck owners will tell you it's a necessity or that it was the plan all along. Who wants to work on a food truck forever?
Judging by the number of trucks that have opened in the past year, plenty of people are perfectly content to sling food on a truck for the time being. Yes, a food truck can be a stepping stone to bigger things, but it's also a business and it provides a career for a chef/owner unsure of what to do next. Some people choose to get their starts on trucks, showing off their skills for the first time to hungry customers while parked outside a bar. Others are getting back into a kitchen through whatever means possible, even if said kitchen happens to be on wheels.
We asked the city for a list of all the trucks that have been granted permits in the past year to find out exactly how many new trucks have opened. What we got back was a 92-page list of all the permitted trucks in the city--every old truck, every taco truck, every snow cone stand and every random truck that seems to have no online presence. Still, we were able to identify more than 25 trucks that are relatively new to the Houston scene.
Check out this week's feature story for an in-depth look at five of the new trucks on the block, and peruse this list for the rest of the latest and greatest in mobile cuisine.
Blaze it Up Caribbean trucks must be the next big thing, as Blaze it Up is also roaming the streets providing jerk chicken as well as tacos and fries to hungry Houstonians. Houston Food Truck Reviews has checked out this spot as well.
Curbside Sliderz Exactly what it sounds like. Classic sliders (prepared curbside, duh) with quality ingredients and delicious extras like sweet potato fries. See what Houston Food Truck Reviews had to say about them.
GreekEatz Authentic Greek gyros on pitas, halloumi, Greek salads and, of course, fries (cause it's a food truck). The blue and white truck is often at Agora or Costa's, serving Greek food in apropos spots.
The Hungry Lumberjack This big truck specializes in good, old-fashioned Southern eats like fried stuffed chicken wings and dirty rice. Check out Houston Food Truck Review's thoughts, and be sure to come hungry.
Katmania Crepes Like the wonderful Melange Creperie, Katmania makes sweet and savory French pancakes with a huge variety of filling options. Find the vibrantly colored trailer frequently at Houston Food Park.
Lone Star Samwich It's one of the newest food trucks in town making classic bar food like sliders, chili cheese fries and barbecue sandwiches. Many "samwiches" are named after Texan figures in a tribute to the melting pot that is Houston.
Menchie's Frozen Yogurt The frozen yogurt chain opened its first food truck earlier this year, and now there's froyo on-the-go all over Houston. Check out our impressions of the innovative vehicle online.
Moon Rooster The truck is named for the owner, who was born in the year of the rooster on the day man first walked on the moon. Check out Moon Rooster for Mexican food like fajitas, tacos, nachos and quesadillas.
Pierre's Poutine This just might be the most legit poutine you'll find outside of Canada. Interestingly, the poutine truck also serves Chinese fare like fried rice and beef and broccoli. It's the best of both worlds.
Pitas Bites For Mediterranean food, check out Pitas Bites, making schwarma, falafel and hummus, for options a little healthier than what you get at the average food truck.
Pur-Fek-Cat-Ch All things Cajun, crawfish and fried corn like fried catfish and peach cobbler. It's a blend of soul food and Texas food from a chef/owner who's a native of Cleveland.
Raw Chef Renee Not your typical food truck grub. Raw Chef Renee makes gourmet vegan and raw food that she sells out of a cute green trailer. You can also order healthy meals for delivery.
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Skratch Food Truck For "an eclectic ethnic American culinary experience," check out the offerings at Skratch Food Truck. There you'll find lobster rolls, poutine, Cuban sandwches and fried chicken sandwiches, representative of the entire United States.
Sticky's Chicken All chicken, all the time. The house specialty is the twice-fried chicken wings in a top secret "Sticky Sauce." Sticky's also serves a variety of fries, chicken and rice and chicken sliders.
Swallowin' It Latin Style The quesadillas, flautas and Tijuana dog all look and sound really good--if you can get past that terrible, terrible name. Don't Google it without including "Houston food truck" in the search as well.