Ah, probably one of my favorite places to dine is at a taco truck. Depending where you are in the country, or even in Mexico, you may find traditional delicacies at an actual taco truck, a taco bus, a taco stand, a taco cart, etc.
Essentially, there really are no rules as to what you have to serve good food out of. It’s all about the pleasing the palate, whether the location pleases the eye or not. I lovingly refer to these types of usually hole-in-the-wall places as street food.
Street food holds a special place in my heart, as well as many of my closet friends and family. It’s actually pretty amazing the fond memories that can develop over street food.
Interestingly enough, the street food craze has truly swept across the United States. You will find food trucks and food stands all over many American cities.
Food trucks are practically a developing culture now, as are the people that frequent those places. You can find all types of food as well, from Mexican (or more commonly Tex-Mex), to Chinese, to grits and southern cooking, to cupcakes, to lobster, and everything in between.
The food trucks and stands are becoming social media icons in and of themselves. I would dare say that a good social media presence is almost required to be in this industry.
Like artists or street performers, this businesses have to have a “pull” or something that makes them special.
Some have crazily decorated trucks, while other may have signature menus items with crazy names or ingredients.
I have even seen some have their very own mascots. Talk about some cool marketing!
And with this growing craze, you are seeing people from many different industries coming and trying out the street food business angle.
Corporate attorneys? Yep.
Former professional contractors with successful window installation companies? Sure.
How about high school teachers and college professors? Definitely.
Nurses and other healthcare professionals? Absolutely.
Why is that? Well, several reasons. But I will reserve that post for another day.
For now, just go out and support your local street food scene. Don’t be afraid to try new things and experiment a little.
Maybe even consider a date night at a local food truck event. You may be pleasantly surprised at some of these guys excellent quality food!