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2012 Rookie Food Truck

Earlier this month we began polling our readers to help us determine their Rookie Food Truck of the Year. Our final poll had 18 first year food trucks to select from:

  • Best French Fries – Lake Worth, FL
  • Bloomy’s Roast Beef – Minneapolis, MN
  • Caveman Truck – Indianapolis, IN
  • Crazy Good Burgers – Morristown, TN
  • Ice-Cubed – Chicago, IL
  • JumBy’s JoiNt – Fort Wayne, IN
  • King Creole – Burlington, NC
  • Mei Mei Street Kitchen – Boston, MA
  • Messy Giuseppe – St. Paul, MN
  • Not So Fast Food – San Diego, CA
  • Papa Dale’s Diner – Sacramento, CA
  • Ravens Roost Coffee – Winston Salem, NC
  • Seis Curbside – Tuscon, AZ
  • Something Stuffed – Arlington, VA
  • Sophie’s Gourmet Pierogis – Columbus, OH
  • Tutta’s Pizza – Dallas, TX
  • The Urban Oven – Los Angeles, CA
  • Wandering Dago – Schenectady, NY

We had a fantastic turnout representing all part of the country, with a total exceeding 12,500 votes submitted through our poll and from emails. It was a close race between the top 5 trucks throughout the time the poll was running. The leads changed numerous times, and it wasn’t until we tallied and combined all of the votes that we actually knew who the 2012 winner was.

Mobile Cuisine is proud to announce the 2012 Rookie Food Truck of the Year winner. With just over 19% percent of the overall vote (just 0.4 percent votes over second place) Crazy Good Burgers from Morristown, TN has claimed the title.

The top 5 trucks receiving votes in this years contest were:

  • Crazy Good Burgers – Morristown, TN (19.1%)
  • Ice-Cubed – Chicago, IL (18.7%)
  • Mei Mei Street Kitchen – Boston, MA (11.1%)
  • Not So Fast Food – San Diego, CA (8.9%)
  • Caveman Truck – Indianapolis, IN (7.8%)

We would like to congratulate the crew from Crazy Good Burgers and thank our readers for helping us with this poll. We will be providing a feature article on this truck soon.

 

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It has been a long year, and many things have happened over the course of the last 12 months. In the mobile food industry we saw the same type of growth around the world as we have seen since it’s rebirth in 2008.

2012 Rookie of the YearFor the second year in a row, we are conducting a contest to find out who our readers feel is the food truck rookie of the year. Last year’s contest was won by the the Staff Meal Truck out of Boston, MA. This year we had numerous submissions from around the country, and today, we are opening the the voting to help us determine who will be the Mobile Cuisine 2012 Food Truck Rookie of the Year.

We would like to thank all of those who voted for their choice of rookie food truck of the year. We originally had planned on only allowing 15 trucks into this poll, but due to the fact that we had a large number of trucks tied with over 50 votes each, we have opened this poll up to 18 trucks. Voting will remain open until Friday, 1/18/2013 at midnight Central time. Once the votes are counted we will announce the winner the following week.

Once the poll is closed, the truck with the most votes will be declared our winner.

Not only will the truck(s) lay claim to the title of 2012 Food Truck Rookie of the Year , the winning truck will have a profile interview posted on Mobile Cuisine.

Good luck to the contestants…and let the voting begin!!!

NOTE: Because we have had some issues with our polling system and individuals not being able to submit votes, we will provide the form below or email us at: contest@mobile-cuisine.com to allow you to submit your choice. We are only accepting 1 vote per ip address, so we will be monitoring the results and only count a single vote per submission from the polling system or through email.

UPDATE: The Polling is Closed. Thank you to all of the competitors as well as the voters. We will be sharing the results early next week.

 

 

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The mobile food industry is continuing to grow throughout cities around the world. Last year we began to track the the growth of the industry and posted a weekly article covering the new food trucks popping up on the streets. We have seen a continued increase of food trucks of at least a dozen a week. While some have closed, for the most part, many of these food trucks have flourished in their local markets.

2012 Rookie of the Year

In 2011, the Staff Meal Truck from Boston, MA won the title of 2011 Rookie of the year, and since then, they have had fantastic success.  In recent days, they even announced the opening of a restaurant that will carry their concept from the truck into a permanent brick and mortar location.

To continue this award, today we are starting the submission process for the 2012 Food Truck Rookie of the Year.

We will collect your submissions through the remainder of the year. In January we will narrow the field down to your top 10 selections and will open up a poll for you to select from to determine the Rookie of the Year. Once that poll is closed, the truck with the most votes will be declared our winner.

Not only will the truck(s) lay claim to the title of Food Truck Rookie of the Year , the winning truck will have a profile interview posted on Mobile Cuisine.

Eligibility:

There are no requirements to the location (hint hint to Canadian and overseas food truck owners), type or style of food this mobile vendor sells, so feel free to submit a new savory food vendor, dessert truck or even a mobile hot dog vendor. The only stipulation is that they opened for business after December 31st of 2011.

Feel free to submit a single truck more than once, however each entry must be submitted individually.

You may submit your votes on the form at the bottom of this page or email us at: contest@mobile-cuisine.com

Please include the name of the truck and the city, state (or country if they operate outside of the United States) the truck(s) operate in. We will contact each vehicle owner that makes it to the polling stage to submit images of their trucks or desserts, so don’t worry about attaching images of vehicles in your submission.

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2012 Dessert Truck Sarah's Cake Stop

Earlier this month we began polling our readers to help us determine their favorite dessert food truck. Our final poll had 12 dessert trucks to select from:

  • 3 Girls Cupcakes – Kansas City, MO
  • BSweets Mobile – Los Angeles, CA
  • Flirty Cupcakes – Chicago, IL
  • Frozen Hoagies – Boston, MA
  • Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats – Washington DC
  • Sarah’s Cake Stop – St. Louis, MO
  • Street Sweets & Eats – Sal Lake City, UT
  • Sugar Shack Sweets – Little Rock, AR
  • Sweet Treats – Seattle, WA
  • Sweetery NYC – New York, NY
  • Trailercakes – Dallas, TX
  • Twirl & Dip – San Francisco, CA

Voting was consistent and very close during the entire 2 week voting period, and in a surprising twist the two Missouri trucks from the Kansas City and St. Louis areas were able to claim nearly 60% of the total votes. After counting the 5,600+ votes, Mobile Cuisine is proud to announce the 2012 Dessert Food Truck of the Year winner. With 29 percent of the overall vote (just 2 percent or 125 votes over second place) Sarah’s Cake Stop from St. Louis, MO has claimed the title.

We would like to congratulate the crew from Sarah’s Cake Stop and thank our readers for helping us with this poll. We will be providing a feature article on this truck later this week.

You can follow Sarah’s Cake Stop on Twitter: @Sarahscakestop

 

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2012 Food Truck Dessert of the Year

Earlier this month we began polling our readers to help us determine their favorite dessert from a food truck. Our final poll had 5 desserts to select from:

  • Coolhaus/NYC,LA,Austin, Miami – Mascarpone Fig (ice cream sandwich)
  • Sugar Philly/Philadelphia – Salted Caramel French Macaroons
  • Sweet Ride/Chicago – Red Velvet Sweetie Pie (whoopie pie)
  • Twirl & Dip/San Francisco – Vanilla Cone dipped in Tcho Dark Chocolate, sprinkled w/ sea salt
  • Wafels & Dinges – De Verdekke (Belgium ice cream sandwich)

After counting the nearly 1,000 votes Mobile Cuisine is proud to announce the 2012 Food Truck Dessert of the Year winner. Capturing 28% of the votes was the Whoopie Pie from Chicago based Sweet Ride. We would like to congratulate the crew from Sweet Ride and thank our readers for helping us with this poll. We will be providing a feature article on this truck as well as our readers favorite dessert later this week.

You can follow Sweet Ride on Twitter: @SweetRideChi

 

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The votes from our initial polling for our 2012 favorite dessert and dessert food truck are in. Let your friends and family know that the final voting has begun. We had great turnout for so many trucks across the country, it was difficult to narrow the field down to just ten. Because of this, we extended the  list to include the top 12 trucks that our readers submitted votes for in regards to the dessert truck of the year.

2012 Dessert Truck of the Year

Here are your top 12:

Here are the top 5 desserts nominated for food truck dessert of 2012:

PLEASE NOTE THE POLLING IS OVER. THE FINAL RESULTS WILL BE PUBLISHED NEXT WEEK. THANK YOU FOR VOTING!!!

These polls will wrap up on Friday, December the 7th. The truck and dessert item with the most votes from each poll will be declared our winner.

Not only will the truck(s) lay claim to the title of Dessert Truck of the Year and/or Best Dessert from a Food Truck , the winning truck from each of these categories (they could actually be the same) will have a profile interview posted here on Mobile Cuisine.

So spread the word, and help your favorite lay claim to the title.

 

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Who doesn’t have a sweet tooth from time to time? Because there are very few individuals who can make this claim, food trucks that specialize in desserts have exploded everywhere. From cupcakes to ice cream, adding dessert trucks to a food truck community has proven to be a necessity and boon to the consumers in those areas.

2012 Dessert Truck

We at Mobile Cuisine would like to know who our readers feel is the best dessert food truck in the world and which truck has the best dessert item. Because of this, we are starting a competition to find out who it is.

Starting today, we are asking for you to submit your favorite dessert food trucks as well as your favorite dessert menu item. You may submit as many times as you would like, but each submission must be submitted individually. We will accept entries for this portion of the contest until Saturday, November 24th.

At that point we will narrow the field down to your top 10 selections (favorite dessert truck and favorite dessert). On Monday, November 26th, we will open up two polls for you to select from to determine the winner in each category. This poll will wrap up on Friday, December the 7th. The truck and dessert item with the most votes from each poll will be declared our winner.

Not only will the truck(s) lay claim to the title of Dessert Truck of the Year and/or Best Dessert from a Food Truck , the winning truck from each of these categories (they could actually be the same) will have a profile interview posted on Mobile Cuisine.

Eligibility:

The trucks eligible for Favorite Dessert Food Truck must specialize in desserts (i.e. cupcakes, ice cream, yogurt, whoopee pies, pudding, etc…), while the Favorite Food Truck Dessert; can be from any truck, even if they only sell one dessert from their menu. Submissions must be of a food truck, trailer or cart that has been operating since the end of October 2012 (anywhere in the world).

Feel free to submit one or more trucks or desserts or even feel free to vote for a single truck more than once, however each entry must be submitted individually.

You may submit your votes on the form at the bottom of this page or email us at: contest@mobile-cuisine.com

Please include the name of the truck, the name of the dessert and the city, state (or country if they operate outside of the United States) the truck(s) operate in. We will contact each vehicle owner that makes it to the polling stage to submit images of their trucks or desserts, so don’t worry about attaching images of vehicles in your submission.

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Subject

Your Message

 

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The mobile food industry has been growing in cities across the world since 2008. With this growth, a group of bloggers have been covering their local food truck scene and providing news, review and updates to their readers. As each new food truck city starts up, it usually has someone that wants to cover this trend for the people of their community. Outside of creating their blogs, many of them have also gotten involved in their food truck communities by hosting or organizing food truck events, or have gone a step further and created smart phone applications for local foodies to track their favorite local trucks.

Because of all of the blood, seat and tears these writers/journalists/foodies put in, we thought we would create a way for our readers to select their favorites and give them recognition for their hard work. Over the last couple of weeks we ran a poll to give you a chance to submit your choice. In that time, nearly 2,000 of you cast your vote and today, Mobile Cuisine is proud to announce the results of this contest to determine our Favorite Local Food Truck Blog for 2012.

In first place with 26% of the votes:

Food Truck Freak

1 Favorite Food Truck Blog 2012

In second place with 20% of the votes:

DFW Food Truck Foodie

2 Favorite Food Truck Blog 2012

3rd Place with 19% of the votes:

Stitches ‘n Dishes

3 Favorite Food Truck Blog 2012

The other competitors who combined for the remaining 35% of the votes submitted by you (alphabetically ordered):

Atlanta Street Food Coalition – Atlanta, GA

Burger Beast – Miami, FL

Food Carts Portland – Portland, OR

Food Trailers Austin – Austin, TX

Food Truck Fiesta – Washington DC

Food Truck Nerd – Silicon Valley, CA

Hub Food Trucks – Boston, MA

Looking for Food Trucks – Los Angeles/Orange County, CA

New York Street Food – New York, NY

Orlando’s Food Trucks – Orlando, FL

San Diego Food Trucks – San Diego, CA

Saturday Night Foodies – Los Angeles/Orange County, CA

Seattle Food Truck – Seattle, WA

Stitches ‘n Dishes – Bay Area, CA

Toronto Food Trucks - Toronto, Canada

Keep an eye open for our feature article in which we delve into the background of the Food Truck Freak, and why she does what she does for the Chicago food truck scene. Again, we would like to thank all of you that voted in this contest. It is our readers are what let Mobile Cuisine continue to be the complete online resource destination for the mobile food industry.

 

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Governor’s Island, NY - Hordes of hungry foodies munched sidewalk style at the eighth annual Vendy Awards on Saturday, savoring a taste of the city’s best street food.

Vendys Winner 2012 NYC

Piaztlan Authentic Mexican Food, a fixture at the Red Hook Ball Fields in Brooklyn for more than 20 years, took home the prized Vendy Cup at the competition on Governor’s Island.

The food truck, owned by Eleazar Perez, who immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico almost 40 years ago, dished out flavorful pork, beef and goat tacos.

“This is my American Dream,” Perez said through a translator, addressing the attendees. “Thank you all for being here and thank you all for what you did.”

Perez hopes the win will help her and her family expand the business.

“All the hard work paid off,” said her equally emotional son, Fabian Perez, who helps run the family business. “I grew up doing this. This is all I know.”

Foodie Alexis Diaz, 27, of Jersey City, N.J., raved about the truck’s sauces and fresh vegetables — as well as the event itself.

“You get to sample a lot of different food all in one place,” said Diaz, a social worker, as she chowed down on a plate of tacos. “And the portions are small so you can try a lot of stuff.”

Adam Sobel, owner of a vegan and organic food truck known as The Cinnamon Snail, which operates in Manhattan and New Jersey, said he was excited to win the People’s Taste Award.

The award’s recipient was selected by the event’s roughly 1,500 attendees, who voted for their favorites out of the two dozen vendors.

“It’s a huge win for vegetarianism,” said Sobel, whose fluffy fig pancakes with chamomile blood-orange syrup and pine-nut butter were a big hit.

The Competitors:

The Cinnamon Snail Vegan Organic Food Truck
Schedule: Always on the move, for latest Manhattan coordinates, visit:@VeganLunchTruck

Piaztlan Authentic Mexican Food Truck
Schedule: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 8pm, May-October at the Red Hook Ballfields, Brooklyn @PiaztlanBK

Uncle Gussy’s Traditional Greek Cuisine
Schedule: Monday-Friday, 11am -3pm at 51st St and Park Ave, Midtown, Manhattan@UncleGussys

Tortas Neza 
Schedule: Daily from 1pm-1am at 111th Street and Roosevelt, a few blocks away from Citifield, Queens

Hamza & Madina Halal Food
Schedule: Everyday, 10am – 4am at 254-05 Hillside Ave, Glen Oaks, NY

Xin Jiang Prosperity Kebabs
Schedule: Monday-Sunday 10:30am-8:30pm at the corner of Forsyth St & Division St, Chinatown

Find the original article by Clare Trapasso at the New York Daily News <here>

 

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Mobile Cuisine readers have voted and we are proud to announce their choice for the 2012 Vegetarian Food Truck of the Year.

Cinnamon_Snail

We originally asked for fans to submit their favorites, and after 2 weeks of collecting names, the top ten trucks were selected for the poll.

  • The Cinnamon Snail – NY, NJ – 719 votes 41%
  • Clover Lab Food Truck – Boston, MA – 11 votes <1%
  • DC Vegetarian – Portland, OR – 14votes <1%
  • Fojol Bros| Merlindian – Washington DC – 49 votes 3%
  • Good Karma Kitchen – DFW, TX – 266 votes 15%
  • The Green Truck – San Diego, CA – 52 votes 3%
  • Liba Falafel – San Francisco, CA – 209 votes 12%
  • The Seabirds Truck – Orange County, CA – 221 votes 13%
  • The Vegan Yacht – Austin, TX – 11 votes <1%
  • The Zombie Food Truck – DFW, TX – 206 votes 12%

With trucks representing all areas of the country the votes from our readers started pouring in from every state in the United States, and the poll was closed last Friday with a clear winner.

The Cinnamon Snail out of New York and New Jersey received 40% of the vote to pull out a victory over the competition.

In winning this polling contest, Mobile Cuisine will present its readers with a future feature article (starting next week) covering this truck, the owner and the fare they are serving their customers across New York and New Jersey. We would like to congratulate The Cinnamon Snail for winning this MC reader poll. Our readers have shown their support, so in return, we will give them all of the details to complete this chapter in this food truck operation’s history.

The Cinnamon Snail

Twitter: @VeganLunchTruck

The Cinnamon Snail is the country’s most raunchy mobile Vegan Organic restaurant! Blasting supreme bliss & zany antics all over NYC, & dirty Jersey

http://www.CinnamonSnail.com

UPDATE: Added total votes for each truck with their percentages.

 

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