August 25, 2012

Travel NW – Food trucks in Vancouver, British Columbia

This is a just-for-fun-post. No real deals – just food on wheels! Last week my darling husband and I escaped to Vancouver, British Columbia for a little kid-free getaway. Almost the entire trip was 50% off thanks to Groupon. Nearly everything – our hotel (which included breakfast), dinner vouchers, activities – we used a ton of coupons and Groupons to make it happen.

While walking around downtown I saw food trucks everywhere! Last spring I got hooked on the Great Food Truck Race on the Food Network and I just love the concept! Anyone can own a restaurant in the middle of million dollar real estate when they own a food truck! It’s inspiring to see food trucks become popular because they are usually family owned and operated businesses – each with it’s own flair.

We only ate at one food truck – we probably would have liked to try more but we were stuffed and we already had Groupons for other locations. We shared a huge Lamb Kebab sandwich/pita and it was AMAZING for only $8, plus tip – very frugal! If we had sat down inside a restaurant I guarantee you it would have been $20-$30 before we walked out! Plus we got to sit on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery, right next to a fountain, in the sun. It was perfect. 🙂

So just for fun, and because I think they are cool, I’m sharing some food truck photos from Vancouver, B.C. I took all these photos in only one afternoon of walking around – I’m sure there were countless others that we didn’t get to see. Thanks for humoring me. 🙂

Moms Grilled Cheese Truck was hopping! It probably had the longest line of all of the food trucks. With a tagline of Home, on the Road and a menu with every kind of grilled cheese available – you can probably guess why it was so popular.

Check out their specials. . . .

Mom’s Daily Specials $8.50
Monday – Mom’s Meatloaf
A hearty slice of homemade meatloaf surrounded by melted mozzarella and marinara sauce on crusty French bread.
Tuesday – Sam’s Special
Turkey and brie on cranberry pecan bread. Yes, it is as good as it sounds.
Wednesday – The Hot Angie
Oh she’s hot! Hot capicola, hot peppers and havarti on sourdough.
Thursday – The Jackson 3
A triple threat…three slices of sourdough with brie, Boursin, and gruyere.
Friday – The La Di Da
Thinly sliced prosciutto, rosemary infused honey and creamy goat cheese on crusty French bread.

What’s your favorite?

Then we have Fresh, Local, Wild which also seemed to be a happening place! I liked that it had a moose on the front of the truck.

Some of their sandwiches:

Albacore Tuna Melt – tuna confit, jalapeno havarti, whole wheat
Shaved Naturally Raised Horseradish Cheesesteak – romaine julienne, freshly grated horseradish
Chicken Fried Oyster ‘Po-Boy’ – Sawmill Bay jumbos, trailer made tartar, sesame seed bun
The Chicken Club – roasted thigh, hand sliced bacon, lettuce, tomato, spicy mayo, whole wheat

And just right outside of the Fresh, Local, Wild  food truck they were filming something!
Maybe one of those travel shows or something for the Food Network – I wanted to know!

Mogu Japanese Street Eats was right outside our hotel and was always busy! I love Japenese food and would have loved to give it a try.

Not your typical hot dog stand – every possible variety available. Plus veggie dogs!

Halal Food Truck, I have no idea what they served. Nice and bright but they needed some signs!

Another hot dog “restaurant”

Finest At Sea looked amazing and it seems they catch all their own seafood!

Cazba restaurant sells Middle Eastern foods. Check out that lady looking at their mascot, ha!

Feastro, the rolling bistrowas busy, colorful and looked delicious!

Apparently The Re-Up BBQ is so popular they sold out of two out of three lunch options. Love that!

Someone rescue that chicken from that wrap! Ha.

Tacofinoanother taco truck! They make everything from scratch, when you order it!

And finally we have Mangal Kiss Mid-East BBQ. This is the food truck we ended up picking. It’s not fancy but it was amazing! We had the special Lamb Kebab with organic young greens, cucumbers, radish, daikon, fresh mint with hummus and sweet pepper aioli wrapped in a pita – $8!
The picture doesn’t do it justice . . .

And before I end this random post, I must tell you that while researching this post I found a FREE iPhone app for finding Vancouver Food Trucks! Pretty sweet and as you can see from the map below you will have lots of options! I’m definitely downloading this for my next trip!

AND if you want to be a refined food truck diner be sure to read this: Food Truck Customer Etiquette

What’s the best thing you’ve ever eaten from a food truck before?

Do you have a favorite food truck? If so – please share the name and location so fellow readers can support it too!

Food Trucks: Dispatches and Recipes from the Best Kitchens on Wheels

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  1. I know Portland, Oregon has lots of these, too.

  2. I want that Burger Bus to come to my town…it has gluten free food! 🙂 We’ve only tried the food from one of the “taco trucks” in Oly. Colin liked the food, but I wasn’t that fond of it. They always have a line, so other people must agree with Colin! 🙂

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