Season five of Food Network Canada’s Eat St., has recently hit the screen and features double episodes. Visiting 124 trucks, not to mention the hundreds previously seen throughout the series, host James Cunningham knows his stuff when it comes to street food. We caught up with him to get the latest on the food truck scene.
Where It All Began
“Los Angeles is where the food truck revolution really started. In 2008, when the economy took a bit of a dive a lot of high-end chefs found themselves out of work so they opened their own restaurants on wheels. From LA it went to San Diego, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Dallas, Chicago, Florida and beyond. It’s really something to behold.”
Top Food Truck Cities
“Austin, Texas is a Mecca with maybe 500 food trucks. Portland, Oregon has around 700 food trucks and there are great food trucks in Los Angeles, San Diego, New York City, Miami, Las Vegas and Orlando. In Canada, I would say Vancouver is probably the best food truck city with over 100 trucks, Montreal and Toronto also have great trucks.”
Cunningham’s Top Food Truck Picks:
The Pink Tank Truck, Denver, Colorado
Try: The Mad Platter, three pieces of homemade French toast, two fried eggs and four slices of crispy bacon. Served with caramel-maple syrup.
The Grilled Cheese Truck, Los Angeles, California
Try: The Cheesy Mac and Rib, southern style macaroni & cheese with sharp Cheddar, BBQ pork, and caramelized onions on French bread.
The Cinnamon Snail, New York City, New York
Try: The Lemongrass Five Spice Seitan with curried cashews, arugula, sichuan chili sauce and wasabi mayonnaise on a grilled baguette.
The Biryani Cart, Midtown West, New York City
Try: The Chicken Tikka Kong Kati Roll served with lashings of raw onion, lettuce and white sauce.
Drift Truck, Edmonton, Alberta
Try: The Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich on a light sour dough bun with a locally sourced herb and garlic chicken breast, breaded in peppers, oregano and thyme and fried until crisp. Served with creamy slaw and thin sliced house pickles.
Wafels and Dinges, New York City, New York
Try: de Throwdown Wafel, a Brussels waffle with spekuloos spread (a cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger-spiced shortcrust biscuit), powdered sugar and whipped cream.
Chaud Dogs Truck, Montreal, Quebec
Try: The Putanesca Dog with tomato sauce, cheese, candied olives and fried capers
East Side King, Austin, Texas
Try: The Brussels Sprouts Salad served with beet fries, Jasmine rice and a tofu curry bun. The beet fries are delish!
Cunningham Top Tip: Go to the iTunes store and download the Eat St., app. The GPS enables your phone to find all the food trucks that are in your immediate area as soon as you step off the plane.