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You may have missed it, but the mobile food industry is growing faster than anyone would have guessed two years ago. It can be difficult to keep up with the new trucks and carts as they pop up throughout the country. Because of this, Mobile Cuisine Magazine assists our readers weekly by posting the names and information about these trucks, so if they happen to be in your area, you can begin to follow them, or at least keep any eye out for them on the roads and cart pods.

What The FORK truck

This week’s new entries are:

Atlanta, GA

Just Good Food Now

Twitter: @justgoodfoodnow

Baltimore, MD

Woodys Tacos

Twitter: @WoodysTacos

http://woodystacoisland.com

Boston, MA

Captain Marden

Twitter: @codsquadtruck

The Captain’s food truck serves up the freshest seafood on the streets of Massachusetts. Look out for us, we might be in your town next!

Calgary, Canada

The Happy Truck

Twitter: @theH_appytruck

Indonesian fusion and appies on the go! Look for our food truck cruising the streets of downtown Calgary. Come satisfy your appy.tite and get happy here!

http://thehappytruck.com/

Fayetteville, GA

SoKoFood

Twitter: @sokofood

Healthy down-home cuisine

Kansas City, MO

Wilma’s

Twitter: @wilmasgoodfood

Converted to a commercial kitchen in 2011, Wilma’s travels around Kansas City producing some of the best street food in town.

http://wilmasrealgoodfood.com

Knoxville, TN

Farm to Taco

Twitter: @FarmtoTaco

http://www.farm2taco.com/

Savory and Sweet Truck

Twitter: @SavoryandSweetT

The Savory & Sweet Truck is Knoxville’s first Gourmet Food Truck. Our focus is serving fresh, local and seasonal food. We are Driven to create great food.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Savory-and-Sweet-Truck/283598151693769

Los Angeles, CA

GO CHEW

Twitter: @gochewinc

its not about the size of the bowl, its about the quality ;)

http://www.gochewinc.com

The Urban Oven

Twitter: @TheUrbanOven

We are a mobile wood fired artisan pizza company. That’s right, authentic delicious Napoletana pizzas made from our one of a kind wood fired oven food truck!

http://theurbanoven.com

Miami, FL

Mushaboom

Twitter: @MushaboomVegan

Mushaboom is a vegan burger truck coming soon to Miami, FL.

http://www.mushaboomvegan.com

Minneapolis, MN

SushiFix

Twitter: @SushiFix

we are very first sushi truck in twin cities yet in mid west. truly we are trying to bring back edo style sushi into street, to the peole with modern flair

http://www.sushifix.net

New York, NY

Andy’s Italian Ices

Twitter: @AndysItalianIce

Gourmet italian ice truck serving all of NYC. Follow us to stay up to date with our latest flavors and locations!

http://AndysItalianIcesNYC.com

Norwalk, CT

LobsterCraft

Twitter: @LobsterCraft

Stay tuned for LobsterCraft’s first launch May 22nd! Serving Lobster Rolls to Fairfield County!

http://www.lobstercraft.com

Phoenix, AZ

Shinobu Diego’s Tacos

Twitter: @ShinobuDiego

Japanese and Mexican cuisines fused together in a simple yet unique and very delicious package.

http://shinobudiego.com

SweetJonez Cupcakes

Twitter: @SweetJonezPHX

Sweet Jonez Cupcakes is the first mobile cupcake food truck in the Phoenix metro area. Over 100 flavors, try our cocktail and extreme cupcakes! We rock!

http://www.sweetjonez.com

San Francisco Bay Area, CA

Grillaz Gone Wild

Twitter: @GrillazGoneWild

Grilled Cheese Bandits

Twitter: @CheeseBandits

Grilled Cheese Bandits (GCB) is mobile food kitchen delivering gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and sides to busy patrons across the San Francisco Bay Area.

http://www.grilledcheesebandits.com/

Scranton, PA

What The Fork Truck

Twitter: @WTForktruck

smart. handmade. cuisine. NEPA’S FIRST #gourmet food truck!

http://wtforktruck.com

 

If you are aware of any new rolling bistros, please let us know so that we can add them to our weekly listing of new food trucks as they hit the streets near you. Email us at MFV@mobile-cuisine.com

 

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In our quest to keep our readers up to date with the latest stories relating to the food truck industry has compiled a list of the stories that hit the wire this weekend from Charlotte, Port Jervis, Baltimore, Bozeman, Montreal and Houston.

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How to tell if a food truck has been inspected by officials – CHARLOTTE, NC. – Now that summer is here, more and more people are out at events and tempted to grab a bite to eat from a local food truck.

At a food truck rally in Charlotte’s South End a woman named Ashley was pondering a choice from a line of seven trucks.

Find the entire article <here>

Common Council debates future of Port mobile vendors – Port Jervis, NY - As Port Jervis business owners struggle in a weak economy, Common Council members on the Code Committee have wrestled with how to regulate pushcarts and food trucks on public property — and come to no decision.

So last week, they held a special workshop meeting attended by both mobile vendors and owners of brick-and-mortar businesses.

Find the entire article <here>

June 23

In battle of food trucks, Baltimore bests D.C. – Baltimore, MD - On Friday night, it was the 29-year-old right-hander Jason Hammel pitching Baltimore on to victory over Washington to open a weekend series.

Leading Baltimore over D.C. on a scorching Saturday afternoon was a three-year old food truck named the Gypsy Queen.

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Food truck owners face potential increase in laws and fees – Bozeman, MT – Street Food vendors may see some additional laws and fees tacked onto their businesses after Monday night’s Bozeman City Commission meeting.

Some of the issues sure to come up are where these food trucks are allowed to park, how far away they need to be from restaurants and schools, noise levels, outdoor seating, and hours of operation.

Find the entire article <here>

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Street food laws might finally be changing in Montreal – Montreal, Canada - The opposition municipal party Vision Montreal proposed on June 18 a motion at city council to legalize street food all year long, and last week city councilor Richard Deschamps opened a public consultation on the subject. Since then Facebook pages and bloggers’ comments are everywhere; the debate is open.

Valérie Impala co-owns Lucky’s Truck which, like all the other food trucks in Quebec, is under the jurisdiction of the Ministère de l’Agriculture, Pêcheries et Alimentation du Québec. The MAPAQ has begun issuing sanitary certificates and last week food trucks around the city became eligible to receive accreditation.

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Food truck chefs get the Grand Prize – Houston, TX - Food and alcohol: They’ve gone together since the ancient men left their caves, squinted up at the sunlight and grabbed a few nuts and berries to wash down the fermented Jaegermeister that was in their goatskin bota bag. (This is a completely accurate picture of ancient times. I’m a history major, you can trust me.)

Since then we’ve come a long way, from beer nuts to bar menus to bars working with food trucks to sell their wares to the hungry drunk people.

Now Grand Prize Bar, which was one of the first in Houston to engage with food trucks and their chefs, is taking this partnership to the next level by inviting a rotating crew of chefs out of their trucks and into the GPB kitchen.

Find the entire article <here>

 

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You may have missed it, but the mobile food industry is growing faster than anyone would have guessed two years ago. It can be difficult to keep up with the new trucks and carts as they pop up throughout the country. Because of this, Mobile Cuisine assists our readers weekly by posting the names and information about these trucks, so if they happen to be in your area, you can begin to follow them, or at least keep any eye out for them on the roads and cart pods.

Blazin Burgers SA

This week’s new entries are:

Baltimore, MD

Hula Honeys Shave Ice

Twitter: @HulaHoneysTruck

https://www.facebook.com/HulaHoneysHawaiianShaveIce

Calgary, Canada

The Naaco Truck

Twitter: @TheNaacoTruck

Calgary food truck serving neo-retro Indian curbside eats without compromising social responsibility – A Spicy Affair. My Naaco, your mouth ;)

http://www.thenaacotruck.com

New York City, NY

Hibachi Heaven

Twitter: @hibachiheaven

NYC’S FIRST HIBACHI TRUCK TO EVER HIT THE STREETS for info please call 5168300021 Please call us for corporate parties

http://hibachiheaven.com

Salt Lake City, UT

Como Lomo Food Truck

Twitter: @comolomo

Serving Gourmet Peruvian Cuisine on the streets of SLC in a food truck.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Como-Lomo-Peruvian-Food-Truck/114110765364614

San Antonio, TX

BLAZIN BURGERS TRUCK

Twitter: @BLAZINBURGER

San Diego, CA

Artistica Food Truck

Twitter: @ArtisticaFood

COMING SOON! ARTISTICA MEXICAN GOURMET FOOD TRUCK will be in your San Diego Area! Please help us spread the word :)

http://artisticafood.com

Epic Eatz

Twitter: @EpicEatz

http://epiceatz.com

San Francisco, CA

Tres Truck

Twitter: @TresTruck

Syracuse, NY

Street Eats

Twitter: @SteviStreetEats

Street Eats is a mobile vending unit that sells iconic street food with a culinary twist. Street Eats is chef owned & operated by Steve LeClair.

Toronto, Canada

UrbanSmoke BBQ Truck

Twitter: @UrbanSmokeTruck

Another culinary adventure by www.TheGourmetGroup.com. Launching June 2nd, 2012

http://TheGourmetGroup.com

 

If you are aware of any new rolling bistros, please let us know so that we can add them to our weekly listing of new food trucks as they hit the streets near you. Email us at MFV@mobile-cuisine.com

 

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You may have missed it, but the mobile food industry is growing faster than anyone would have guessed two years ago. It can be difficult to keep up with the new trucks and carts as they pop up throughout the country. Because of this, Mobile Cuisine Magazine assists our readers weekly by posting the names and information about these trucks, so if they happen to be in your area, you can begin to follow them, or at least keep any eye out for them on the roads and cart pods.

This week’s new entries are:

Baltimore, MD

Greenhouse Cafe

Twitter: @GreenhousesCafe

The best of natural and organic ingredients with a taste of the Mediterranean. Prepared FRESH daily. #OrganicKosherMovement CURRENT LOCATION: BALTIMORE, MD.

Road 2 Seoul

Twitter: @road2seoul

We are a brand new food truck serving authentic Korean BBQ in Baltimore City Were adding more to our menu as we go. We will post out location daily. Come Try Us

Birmingham, MI

Ned’s TravelBurger

Twitter: @TravelBurger

Ned’s Gourmet Mobile Food Trailer makes pure Michigan meals for private events, festivals. You can find out were we are daily through Twitter!

http://www.nedstravelburger.com

Burbank, CA

Cambalache’s

Twitter: @CambalachesLA

A food truck that brings you traditional Argentinean style gourmet food in the Los Angeles County area. Buen Provecho!

Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

Antojitos Cali-Mex

Twitter: @AntojosCaliMex

Representing The West Coast to the fullest. From the fresh crisp tastes of the beaches to the savory full flavors of the streets, CaliStyle.

The Bacon Wagon

Twitter: @BaconWagon

We sell #bacon! Bacon Sandwiches, Tomato Bacon Soup, Bacon Treats. BACON! New #foodtruck coming soon to 7th St, Fort Worth.

http://thebaconwagon.com

Denver, CO

Biker Jim’s

Twitter: @bikerjimsdogs

Biker Jims knows his wieners.

http://www.bikerjimsdogs.com

New York City, NY

Vic’s Bagel Bar Truck

Twitter: @vicsbagelbar

Innovative Bagel Company Mixing seasonal ingredients into freshly whipped cream cheese every morning! Brewing Stumptown Coffee…

http://vicsbagelbar.com

Orange Country, CA

Home Skillet Truck

Twitter: @HomeSkilletTrk

Whatever we find that is super fresh is what we’re serving. Everything will be local, street food inspired, spontaneous, affordable and made from scratch.

http://www.homeskillettruck.com

Orlando, FL

The Crepe Company

Twitter: @TheCrepeCompany

Entree & Sweet Crepes made on-site via Crepe Cart, Foodtruck or Crepe Station. Event Catering; Follow us for locations in Orlando & Central Florida area.

http://www.TheCrepeCompany.com

Providence, RI

Little Billy’s

Twitter: @LittleBillys

Rhode Island’s premier mobile american cuisine!

http://www.billysllc.com

If you are aware of any new rolling bistros, please let us know so that we can add them to our weekly listing of new food trucks as they hit the streets near you. Email us at MFV@mobile-cuisine.com

 

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BALTIMORE, MD - It is always midway through November, right with Thanksgiving around the corner, that I start to get a bit homesick for those ever-familiar New York City streets.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Baltimore.

But home is home. What can I say?

That is why all the recent food truck sightings around Hopkins have made me beyond happy.

Food trucks are a New York staple (alright, Los Angeles too).

It is more of a full-fledged phenomenon, really. Walk any corner in Midtown and you will run into one—whether it is selling cupcakes, Korean BBQ, vegan cuisine or even grilled cheese (Gorilla Cheese, it exists).

However, the food truck and the table pads for dining room tables phenomenon seems to have been shifting south a bit, heading straight into Charm City.

Now more than ever, food trucks have integrated themselves into Baltimore street culture.

And food here has never been better.

Just this month, the Harold and Kumar Munchies Truck Tour came to Hopkins. They brought with them the infamousKooper’s Chowhound Burger Wagon to North Charles Street.

The burgers were, of course, amazing — as was the line that roped around Charles Commons.

But beyond just one-time events, Homewood campus has become a destination for quite a few well-known food truck names.

On Mondays, the Gypsy Queen Café stops by St. Paul Street and 33d Street by Barnes & Noble.

It offers an eclectic mix of cuisine, to put it mildly, from Middle Eastern falafels to kimchi to Greek salads to classic Baltimore-style crab cakes.

Also, mac & cheese…in a waffle cone.

I kid you not.

It is simultaneously the most terrible and the most wonderful thing I have eaten all year.

So on the days Levering sushi just is not cutting it, believe me, I know where I will be.

These food trucks have also got you covered on desserts.

Iced Gems Baking, for example, frequently pulls up around Hopkins.

Sure, they have their standard flavors, but they also offer amazing options like S’mores, Chocolate Lava and Raspberry Lemonade.

As food truck prices go, they are not too expensive, and if you are in a sweet fix, you will not find anything better.

The list of food trucks honestly goes on and on: Curbside Café that stops in Hampden, Creperie Breizh in Charles Village, Ms. Shirley’s by the Rotunda, Souper Freaks by Barnes & Noble and more.

It seems that overnight, Baltimore has caught on to the food truck craze.

But is it just a craze?

The boom in “gourmet” food trucks started around 2008, when restaurateurs were looking for ways to cut down on costs after the financial crisis.

The great innovation? Abandon the classic restaurant concept and instead put the entire operation on wheels.

Despite whatever image we have of trucks, most of these businesses actually take great pride in the quality of their ingredients and their recipes — strikingly so.

They definitely do not fit the 20th century conception of street food (or, in other words, pretzel carts and hot dog stands).

Most food trucks, I think, can be called legitimate food.

But what they do share with last generation’s street food is their ability to formatively shape city culture.

Food trucks, in their own little, quirky way, give city life a bit of adventure.

When someone stumbles across a food truck, there is a sense of discovery; it is an unexpected moment among what is, unfortunately, life’s fairly routine days.

But there is also a sense of accessibility.

While some traditional restaurants might come off as both upscale and exclusive, there is something so inherently friendly about a food truck. It does not cater to one person or another.

Rather food trucks are for everyone.

Find the entire article by Vicky Plestis <here>

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Lunch for Two or Five-Meal Punch Card (Up to 60% Off)

Food trucks’ mobility and lunch-producing efficiency gradually led to their adoption over coal-coated breakfast trains and hazardous bicycle grills. Avoid chowing down on passing vehicles by picking up today’s Groupon to the Cazbar On the Go food truck. Choose between the following options:

  • For $10, you get a wrap or salad meal for two (up to a $22 total value). This option must be used for two people on the same visit. The meal includes:
    • Two wraps or salads (a $6 value each)
    • Two sides of hummus, baba gannouj, lentil soup, or pumpkin soup (up to a $4 value each)
    • Two sodas (a $1 value each)
  • For $20, you get a punch card good for five wrap or salad meals (up to a $50 total value). This punch card can be used across multiple visits. The meals include:
    • Five wraps or salads (a $6 value each)
    • Five sides of hummus, baba gannouj, lentil soup, or pumpkin soup (up to a $4 value each)

Cazbar On the Go’s grill maestros hand out fresh, authentic Turkish street fare to customers who congregate on the sidewalk wherever the food truck stops. Grilled chicken kebab or spiced doner meat pile atop wraps and salads like hungry linebackers piling atop a fresh lettuce football, followed by savory onions, peppers, and dollops of sauce. Sides include hummus, baba gannouj, and lentil or pumpkin soup. To locate the truck from day to day without using a spy satellite, check out Cazbar On the Go’s Twitter or Facebook account.

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BALTIMORE, MD - The heat may keep hungry Baltimoreans away from outdoor seating, but it won’t keep them away from the city’s food trucks.

Despite temperatures expected to reach a sweltering 103 degrees today, Baltimore’s food trucks are rolling out and setting up shop as usual.

It seems the heat won’t keep people off the street, so why should it keep the food trucks off, said Eddie Dopkin, a partner of the Classic Catering People, operator of the Miss Shirleys Cafe food truck.

Wednesday “was one of the best days we’ve ever had and it was pretty hot,” Dopkin said.

Even though it broke 93 degrees Wednesday, Dopkin said Miss Shirleys’ truck sold 20 percent more than it does on an average day when it made its first visit to Towson.

Sitting at Charles and Baltimore streets on Thursday morning, the Miss Shirleys truck received two or three times more menu requests than usual since setting up around 9 a.m. — so Dopkin is expecting another good day.

Kooper’s Chowhound Burger Wagon has been sweating success, too. Operator Bill Irvin’s truck will be out Thursday after he didn’t see too much of an effect from the heat Wednesday. But he said he’d have a tight leash though, considering the truck runs on hot temperatures.

“We’re going to go out and give it a try today,” Irvin said. “If it’s just too hot, I’m not going to send the boys out tomorrow.”

Find the entire article <here>

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You may have missed it, but the mobile food industry is growing faster than anyone would have guessed two years ago. It can be difficult to keep up with the new trucks and carts as they pop up throughout the country. Because of this, Mobile Cuisine Magazine will assist our readers weekly by posting the names and information about these trucks, so if they happen to be in your area, you can begin to follow them, or at least keep any eye out for them on the roads and cart pods.

This week’s new entries are:

Baltimore, MD

Big Chok’s HOT BUNS

Twitter: @BigChoksHOTBUNS

An upcoming farm to streets food truck in the Baltimore and Washington DC metropolitan area. You’re gonna love our HOT BUNS!

http://bigchoks.com

GrrChe

Twitter: @GrrChe

Gourmet Grilled Cheese Truck traveling all over Baltimore… stop by and get your Grilled Cheese

http://www.grrche.com

 

Buffalo, NY

Roaming Buffalo

Twitter: @RoamingBuffalo1

Biggest, baddest, and best Mobile food truck serving the WNY area. We are proud to say we represent the city and people of Buffalo, NY!

http://www.theroamingbuffalo.org

 

Fort Worth, TX

YES! TACO

Twitter: @yestaco

looks like a taco, tastes like awesome

http://yestaco.com/

 

San Diego, CA

Jack’s MunchieMobile

Twitter: @MunchieMobile

Launched in 2011, Jack’s Munchie Mobile™ is hitting the streets of SoCal as the ultimate food truck. Want Jack’s Munchie Mobile at your event? Message us!

http://www.facebook.com/munchiemobile

 

St. Louis, MO

Wanderlust Pizza

Twitter: @WanderlustPizza

Pizza the way it was meant to be! Cooked in an 800 degree wood-burning oven. Served from an Airstream Trailer.

http://www.wanderlustpizza.com

 

Washinton DC

Curbside Crabcakes

Twitter: @CurbSideCrab

Chef Keith K James is one of the most talented chefs in the Washington, DC area. “To whom much is given, much more is required.”

http://chefupnorth.com

If you are aware of any new rolling bistros, please let us know so that we can add them to our weekly listing of new food trucks as they hit the streets near you. Email us at MFV@mobile-cuisine.com

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The fate of Baltimore’s growing fleet of food trucks — including whether they will be able to park and sell downtown — will begin to get sorted out at a meeting scheduled for June 1.

That’s according to Alvin Gillard, who chairs the city’s Commission on Human Relations and made waves among the food truck faithful May 11 when he informed some trucks they lacked proper permits. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake encouraged the city’s Street Vendors Board to grant the trucks a grace period until the truck permitting process is better defined.

Discussions of that process are likely to include a push to ban trucks from downtown, in the interest of protecting local bakeries, lunch spots and other eateries from competition. City street vendor ordinances prohibit vendors from setting up shop within 300 feet of competing brick-and-mortar establishments, something that Gillard said might be impossible downtown.

Find the entire article <here>

 

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For the mobile bistros, location is everything, but finding prime spots has gotten harder

BALTIMORE, MD - After getting chased off the Johns Hopkins Hospital campus for the second time in two weeks, then shooed away from Harbor East, where she only paused to strategize, Irene Smith pulled her orange truck, sloshing with soup, to a spot near Fallsway and Gay Street, trying to salvage the day.

Her motor had barely turned off before a hotel manager told her she had to move. When she pulled forward to satisfy the hotel manager, a meter maid warned her away from the two-hour parking area. After pulling up still farther, a property owner began yelling that Smith’s truck — with its gourmet, organic bisques and chowders — would attract the wrong element.

“That’s the life of a food truck,” says Smith, with no small amount of exasperation. “It’s not about the food, it’s about finding a parking spot and getting yelled at.”

Baltimore’s fledgling food truck community is learning that despite being a doted-on darling of the foodie lunch crowd, the city streets can be unforgiving. With conflicts popping up as fast as the mobile lunch vendors themselves, a summit among truck owners and traditional downtown businesses is already under discussion.

“This is a phenomenon,” says Mike Evitts, spokesman for the Downtown Partnership, where officials have already heard a smattering of complaints from owners of brick-and-mortar restaurants who feel threatened by the trendy trucks. “The question is how do we handle food trucks? How do we handle one type of vendor versus another? We’ve just begun to have conversations about this.”

The granddaddy of Baltimore’s food truck movement, Kooper’s Chowhound Burger Wagon, celebrated its first birthday last fall. The other five that frequent the city, selling items that include burritos and crepes, are stalked by aficionados eager for a taste of the concept that’s so wildly popular in cities like Los Angeles, New York and Portland, Ore., the Food Network devoted a reality show to it.

Yet not everyone in town is so welcoming.

Smith, who launched her Souper Freak soup truck in March, selling exotic stews and homey favorites, runs into parking trouble almost daily. Besides being asked to leave several times from Hopkins Hospital, where an official told her she was competition for the campus cafeteria, the rolling Souper Freak has been chased away from Morgan State University, a spot near the Waverly Farmers’ Market and from Herring Run Park.

Just last week, no-parking signs popped up in the spot Smith likes near the University of Maryland Medical Center, forcing her to take a last-second detour on Monday to Paca and Fayette streets, where, she says with a sigh, “I can’t even see the medical center.”

“You would think a place would be excited about this as a possibility in their city,” she says. “But people don’t yet know what to do with us. … I don’t think Hopkins, a multimillion-dollar player in the state, should be concerned about a lady selling gazpacho on Tuesdays.”

When asked about the food truck situation, a Hopkins official diverted questions to the Baltimore Police Department. A police spokesman said the truck had been parked in a 15-minute zone.

“We have the vehicle on tape being there from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.,” said police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. “When she was confronted, the only thing the vendor produced was a health certification, not any other permits or vendors’ licenses.”

Guglielmi said the truck owner was not cited, only asked to move.

Owners of the Gypsy Queen truck, which opened for business on New Year’s Eve, ran into issues almost immediately. Partners Annemarie Langton and Tom Looney staked out what they thought would be a sweet spot near Power Plant Live. They couldn’t have been there more than an hour or two before a restaurateur — Langton isn’t sure who — came out and told them they’d have to move.

“He was very rude and very upset,” Langton says, remembering how she told him, “I’m sorry but my permit says I’m fine as long as I’m 300 feet from any restaurant serving the same product.” The man insisted he served the same product. “I’m pretty sure they didn’t have crab-cake tacos, black truffle sliders and a mac-and-cheese cone with bacon relish on their menu. But we went ahead and moved.”

All Baltimore food truck owners will tell you they follow posted parking rules — feeding meters if needed. They’re also to stay 300 feet from schools. (The laws have long been on the city books, originally intended to regulate hot dog carts and the ice-cream man.)

Unlike Souper Freak, Gypsy Queen has had great luck parking near Hopkins Hospital. In fact, Langton boasts about her choice of spots — mainly because her nook at Ashland and Wolfe streets is essentially a commercial dead zone. They made it work by creating buzz on Facebook and Twitter, luring customers off the beaten track.

“We hustled,” says Langton, who now serves about 200 lunches there most Thursdays. “It took months.”

Bill Irwin, who owns Kooper’s burger wagon, has had big success — and big failure — trying to park at Commerce and Pratt streets near the Inner Harbor. When he can get the truck there, business is great. Other times, he’s ticketed for a variety of reasons and forced to find another spot.

“I think someone knew someone who knew someone, and they just pushed us away,” says Irwin, who sometimes tries to avoid these parking hassles by setting up in business parks, often in the suburbs.

It’s hard to find business owners in the city who openly wish flat tires on the new food trucks. James Hughes, general manager of Rosina Gourmet downtown, gently concedes that the trucks have cost him business — “a couple of sandwiches’” worth.

Boheme Cafe owner Martha Lucius says she was certainly leery of them at first — before adopting a live-and-let-live philosophy. “I’m sure if they weren’t here, I’d probably get more business,” she says. “But what’s wrong with a little variety? If my customers don’t want to eat my food every day, that’s OK.”

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