It's easy to wonder what Denver did before the food-truck craze. No longer a novelty, these meals on wheels are popping up at every turn. From Civic Center Eats to block parties and even private catered events like weddings, chances are you've sampled the fare of more than one mobile kitchen. Here now are five food trucks that are relatively new to the scene worth checking out soon.
Vader is the roving truck for Blackbelly, the catering company founded by chef Hosea Rosenberg—who won season 5 of Top Chef. The stealth-looking trailer finds its way to breweries like Upslope, Gunbarrel Commons and other locations around Boulder. Dishes fall along the lines of lamb sliders and grilled cheese with pork belly.
The Long I Pie Shop
This mobile pie shop got its start from a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds toward the revamping of a 1966 Airstream trailer. Owner Shauna Lott learned to bake from her mother and grandmother, and is now spreading the pie love on the streets. Selections include both sweet and savory pies that are baked in a cast-iron skillet. The result is a flaky and crispy crust, perfect for housing fillings like strawberry rhubarb, salted lavender honey or peach-rosemary chicken pot pie.
When you're out imbibing at places like Don's Club Tavern and Prost Brewing, it's handy to have a food truck on hand providing sustenance. American Grind draws on the nostalgia of 1950s Americana with a menu of burgers and ice cream. Look for a brick-and-mortar location in the future, which the owners hope to work up to.
Fat Green Bowl
No, this wheeled eatery isn't touting marijuana edibles; the fat green bowls refer to salads despite the tongue-in-cheek name and menu. Organic ingredients and sustainable packaging are priorities at the green-centric truck. Menu options include the Strawberry Kush (greens, strawberries, oranges, walnuts, feta and balsamic dressing) and a version of taco salad in the Mexican Delight.
Mix sweet and salty with bacon-infused noshes from the Bakin' Bakery, which specializes in rustic sweet and savory baked goods. Doughnuts, angel food cake, cronuts, hand pies and bacon jam are all possibilities here. There's even some foraging involved to provide local and seasonal ingredients.