Tuesday, June 29, 2010


Scenes from one of the newly legalized venues (5th & Race) for street food trucks in Cincinnati at noon on opening day!
I bought a white pizza from the Wood-Fired pizza guys with this seriously hot (700 degree) mobile pizza oven.
So did Laurie Quinlivan, the City Council member who came up with this plan for street food trucks. I also spotted Roxanne Qualls.

I went for an early lunch, to bypass possible press and crowds. Others may have experienced larger crowds later? Despite the new law allowing street trucks to start serving as early as 6:00 a.m.and remain open until 3:30 p.m. (please correct me if I don't have this straight), it will be individual decisions on the part of each of these entrepreneurs as to when they come and go. Habanero's was just arriiving at noon. By 4:00 in the afternoon, Senor Roy's was the only truck still at the designated 5th & Race parking lot.

Best of luck to all the brave vendors. Hope the downtown office crowd realizes you are a geat new option!


Dani said...

I want that brick oven!

buffalodick said...

Not allowed in our city..If they were, I would have one!

LaDivaCucina said...

In Sydney was have a little pie cart on the harbour called Harry's Cafe de Wheels! It's very yummicious and I could go for a meat pie with mash and gravy on top right now! We've got a couple of these mobile food stands in Miami and I actually thought about doing one a few years ago. But it's a huge commitment and if you are not out, you don't make any dough! And where does one park this? Enjoy them Eggy! (think they'll be around in the winter?)

Sharon Rudd said...

Dani, me too!

B.D., too bad about the ban in your city. If you could, would you be serving bbq?

Diva, there are three designated parking locations for food trucks under the new plan. I think they're all in parking lots. As for the winter question, our Cafe de Wheels operated last winter (this was before anyone became concerned about regulating them). After all, this is basically grab and go food. Just today I read that someone is exploring the possibility of a food truck "igloo," where patrons of the pooled trucks could eat. Other suggestions I've read are to use big outdoor heaters, or maybe find a space in a vacant building downtown where patrons could eat after purchasing at the trucks. Goodness knows, we've got enough vacant buildings.

Chef Dennis Littley said...

now that is some serious street food!!! wow, not the roach coaches we have in philly!!
thanks so much for sharing! I need to send this link to Philadelphia city council!