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the cinnamon snail

Mobile Cuisine is always proud to provide our readers articles designed to share a multifaceted culinary lifestyle program that is spreading throughout the country and world. As many of you already know, we have designated many of our Monday features to help promote the Meatless Monday’s program which not only do we support on the website, but our staff actually has adopted in our Monday dietary lifestyle.

Today we want to follow up a recent article in which we asked our readers to submit their choice for America’s favorite vegetarian or vegan food truck or cart. The submissions have been counted and many of the trucks were too close to eliminate some, so instead of a top 10. we have a top 15.

Bombay Food Junkies – St. Louis, MO

The Cilantro Truck – Golden, CO

Cinnamon Snail – NYC/NJ

Custom Confections – Houston, TX

The Farm Concessions – Keene, NH

Good Karma Kitchen – DFW, TX

The Green Radish – New York, NY

Homegrown Smoker Vegan BBQ – Portland, OR

Karma Chamealeon – Toronto, Canada

Like No Udder – Providence, RI

Mama Juice – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

PAC Pastries – Jupiter, FL

The Randy Radish – Sterling, VA

The Squeeze – New York, NY

Unity Vegan Kitchen – Austin, TX

If you are a food truck that feels you should have been included, we apologize. The trucks selected for this poll were determined by our readers, and by the number of votes they received in the first phase of the contest.

THE POLL IS CLOSED

This poll will stay open for 2 weeks to make sure everyone gets a chance to vote for in the poll and the truck operators will have a chance to let their fans know to come help them collect votes. The poll will close on August 8th at 12AM CT. The results will be announced on the following Monday.

If you run into issues with submitting a vote in the poll, you can submit via email (contest@mobile-cuisine.com), however we will be making sure that only 1 vote is counted per person.

The winner of this contest will be featured on Mobile Cuisine in a feature article, to help share information about the vendor, their menu, and how they came up with the idea for serving meatless fare.

Tell your friends and family to help spread the word.

Please do your part today and join the Meatless Monday movement? Signing up is fast and easy! Follow them on Twitter.

Mobile Cuisine looks forward to continued coverage of Meatless Monday for our readers!

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Food Truck BBQ

In 2008 Roy Choi introduce the mobile food industry to something it had never seen before…Korean food truck BBQ. Since then the industry has exploded with nothing but growth projected through the year 2017. Barbecue truck cuisine varies by region, with the four main US styles named after their place of origin: Memphis, North Carolina, Kansas City and Texas.

Just like Choi’s Kogi Truck, other food truck owners model their barbecue on cuisines of other countries such as Korean, Argentinian asado, or even Mongolian barbecue.

To honor this industry staple, we are starting a contest to find out which food truck or cart is serving our reader’s favorite food truck BBQ.

Like all of our other contests, this contest will open today and will be run in two stages. For the next two weeks (we will accept emails submitted by 12 PM Central Time on Friday June 20, 2014)  we will give our readers the opportunity to submit their choices via contact form below or by email at: contest@mobile-cuisine.com. Once the data has been collected and counted, we will open a poll (Monday June 23, 2014) that allows for voting for the top 10 email submissions.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the final poll, the vendor needs to have opened before June 2014 and must regularly serve bbq from their truck, cart or trailer. The vendors need to sell to their local community on a regular basis which means competition BBQ teams who own a trailer will not be considered. Vendors can be located in any country so feel free to submit choices from outside of North America.

We look forward to receiving your submissions. BBQ vendors are free to submit their own carts or trucks for consideration and voters may vote as often as you wish. The only request we have is that you submit one entry at a time and include the name of the vendor, as well as the city  or area the they operate in.

So let the voting begin. And remember, vote early and vote often.

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Congratulations to Marty’s Waffles of Alexandria, Kentucky for winning our 2014 Best Food Truck Graphic Design contest!

Marty Meersman perfected his waffle recipe while, his wife, Julie Mader-Meersman created their signature look.  Later this week, we’ll learn the story of the bright red and orange truck and how Julie developed the Marty’s Waffles branding.

Stay tuned for more about their vision and inspiration.  Now go celebrate with Marty and Julie and enjoy their delicious waffles!

Rounding out our top 5 Best Food Truck Graphics for 2014 are:

2. Baron von Schwein – Lancaster, PA

3. Urban Grill – Cincinnati, OH

4. Sunflower Truck Stop – Pottstown, PA

5. Doner Men – Chicago, IL

Thank you to all of our readers who voted.

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white food truck

Over the years we have asked our readers who they feel has the best custom designed food truck or food cart design. This year has been no different. For the last couple of weeks we have asked readers to submit their choices to help us determine a Top 10, we’ll they did it. We received nearly 2,500 submissions so we are thankful we had an extra day this weekend to sort through all of the candidates.

We have found that this year’s field is a little different than other years, as it seems many of the favorites are coming from the East Coast. Pennsylvania and Massachusetts specifically where 5 of the top 10 hail.

So we are happy to announce that starting today, we are asking for your vote for your favorite food truck graphic design for 2014.

Check out your choices below and vote for your favorite:

Baron von Schwein – Lancaster, PA

Chaos Bistro – Alamogordo, NM

Doner Men – Chicago, IL

Evan’s New York Style Deli – Boston, MA

Heart Food Truck – Philadelphia, PA

Marty’s Waffles – Alexandria, KY

Mess Haul – Andover, MA

Quiero Arepas – Denver, CO

Sunflower Truck Stop – Pottstown, PA

Urban Grill – Cincinnati, OH

THIS POLL IS CLOSED!!!

PLEASE NOTE: If you have issues with submitting votes in the poll, we have found the problem can be corrected if you register as a subscriber to the site. You can also submit a vote via email to contest@mobile-cuisine.com. We have the ability to track ip addresses and will only allow one vote per IP (votes via email from IPs that have already submitted votes from the poll will be disqualified)

The winning truck of the contest will have a profile interview posted on Mobile Cuisine, and the design group that installed the artwork will be given one month of free advertising on Mobile Cuisine.

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Flo's Food Truck Contest

Progressive Insurance has launched its second annual “Flo’s Fabulous Food Truck Contest” today, May 16th. The contest is geared towards people hoping to start a food truck business or new food truck business owners, entrants can submit to win $5,000 to help spruce up their vehicle.

Last year’s winner, Kim Baxter, owner of Orlando-based goodfood, used her prize money to make all the necessary updates to her truck, including a fire suppression system and fryer – allowing her to get her business “rolling.” These updates allowed her to almost double her profit margin.

Here’s how it works:

  • Share a photo of your food truck or catering vehicle
  • Tell us how you would spend the $5,000 to spruce up your vehicle
  • Invite your friends, family and customers to vote for your entry.

Not a food truck owner? Vote daily for your favorite food truck to help determine who gets to drive away with the $5,000 prize.

Contest Timeline:

Submission roundMay 16, 2014 @ 12:00 AM (EDT)June 30, 2014 @ 11:59 PM (EDT)
Voting roundJuly 1, 2014 @ 12:00 AM (EDT)July 31, 2014 @ 11:59 PM (EDT)
Judging roundAugust 1, 2014 @ 12:00 AM (EDT)August 15, 2014 @ 11:59 PM (EDT)

The winner will be announced on September 15, 2014.

Visit www.ProgressiveCommercial.com/foodtruck for additional information and to enter.

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Renny's Oki Doki

The movie “Chef” launched last week (in LA and NYC) which is bound to attract even more food trucks to the consistently growing mobile food industry in the next couple of years. This means jobs will be created across the country, ranging from line cooks to service staff, but one of the area of job creation often missed in the discussion is the graphic designer.

Designers provide the creative flair that helps to differentiate their clients from the other trucks on the road. Over the years this has resulted in some really cool art on wheels.

We at Mobile Cuisine would like to know who our readers feel has the best custom designed food truck or food cart design. 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 food truck design for 2014. In last year’s contest we had a fantastic turnout and our final winner was Renny’s Oki Doki from Tampa, FL. The designer that came up with the winning graphic design was Ruben A. Aquino.

You may submit as many times as you would like, but each submission must be submitted individually. We will accept entries until Friday, May 23rd. At that point we will narrow the field down to your top 10 selections. On Monday, May the 26th, we will open up a poll for you to determine this year’s winner. The final poll will wrap up on Friday, June the 6th. The truck with the most votes from the poll will be declared our winner.

The winning truck will have a profile interview posted on Mobile Cuisine, and the design group that installed the artwork will be given one month of free advertising on Mobile Cuisine.

  • Designs must be of a food truck or cart that has been operating since the end of April 2014 (anywhere in the world). Previous winners are able to be submitted.
  • Designs can be painted or wrapped onto any mobile food platform.
  • Feel free to submit one or more trucks or vote for a single truck more than once, however each entry must be submitted individually.

You can submit your vote 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 it operates in. We will contact each vehicle owner that makes it to the polling stage to submit images of their graphics, so don’t worry about attaching images of vehicles in your submission.

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hot dog contest

Grilled, gourmet, dirty and even chili dogs being served from a food truck were the bulk of the nearly 1,500 votes cast in part 1 of our 2014 best hot dog vendor contest started 2 weeks ago. And today we are proud to announce our Top 15 and the opening up of part two.

We received votes from all over North America, but for this poll we could only select the mobile food vendors with the 15 most votes submitted. We will be running this poll for the next two weeks and will close it out on Friday, May 2nd at 12 PM (midnight) Central Time. The winning truck or cart will be profiled here at Mobile Cuisine and will hold the title of Top Mobile Hot Dog Vendor for 2014.

This years contestants are:

American Wiener – Tampa, FL
Biker Jim’s Gourmet Hot Dogs – Denver, CO
Dang Good Dogs – Durham, NC
Detroit Coney Island – Kansas City, MO
Dogzilla Hot Dogs – Orange County, CA
Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs – Buffalo, NY
Good Dog Hot Dogs – Houston, TX
The Greasy Wiener – Los Angeles, CA
Haute Sausage – Chicago, IL
Japadog – Vancouver, BC
Let’s Be Frank – San Francisco, CA
Nana’s Heavenly Hot Dogs – San Diego, CA
Sassy Hot Dogs – Dallas, TX
Short Leash Hot Dogs – Phoenix, AZ
Willy Dog – Hamilton, Ontario

THE POLL IS CLOSED.

Please note, if you have issues voting with the polling software, you can submit your vote to contest@mobile-cuisine.com or in the form below. The software we use only allows one vote per individual and from time to time, the software can block users from voting based on their ip address.

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hot dog contest

The mobile food industry is chugging along and gourmet food trucks have been a big part of the recent uptick in its growth. With that said, prior to the launch of the Kogi BBQ truck in 2008, there have been plenty of street vendors making a living by selling on of the most beloved street foods in the US…HOT DOGS!!!

Encased meats have been part of Americana since their invention. There is a long history of hot dogs and a lot of disputed “facts” about their origin. Never disputed has been the love Americans have for them. No matter what region of the country or what style you prefer your doggies…hot dogs are one of the most eaten foods in America.

The hot dog has many connotations: an American classic with a squiggle of yellow mustard, a “dirty water dog” at an NYC street stand and the savior and bane of parents with picky eaters. Nowadays, it also rivals the hamburger as a canvas for chef-driven experiments in comfort food. And the results are delicious.

Because of this, we are starting a contest to find out which food truck or cart is serving our readers favorite hot dog.

Like all of our other contests, this contest will open today and will be run in two stages. For the next two weeks (we will accept emails submitted by 12 PM Central Time on Friday April 18, 2014)  we will give our readers to submit their choices via email at: contest@mobile-cuisine.com, and once the data is collected, we will open a poll (Monday April 21, 2014) to allow voting from the top 10 email submissions.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the final poll, the vendor needs to have opened before January 2014 and must regularly serve hot dogs from their truck, cart or trailer (sorry hot dog stands are not eligible). The ingredients of the hot dog or the condiments served on them can be any combination of flavors, or cuisine and the hot dog can be served in or out of a bun. The vendors can be located in any country so feel free to submit choices from outside of North America.

We look forward to receiving your submissions. Hot dog vendors are free to submit their own carts or trucks for consideration and voters may vote as often as you wish. The only request we have is that you submit one entry at a time and include the name of the vendor, as well as the city  or area the they operate in.

So let the voting begin. And remember, vote early and vote often.

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lloyd taco truck buffalo
Image by: Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News

Today, we’ll take a deeper look into the 2014 Food Truck Taco Of The Year Winner that is Lloyd.

Childhood friends, Chris Dorsaneo and Pete Cimino knew they wanted to create something big and exciting.  Neither of them had any inkling that it would be Lloyd.

While Chris studied at the University of Hawaii Kapiolani Community College receiving two Associates in Science for Culinary and Pastry Arts, his passion was ignited for food creation.  Culinary inspirations like David Chang and Jose Andres and culinary school mentors like Chefs Ernst Hiltbrand and Alan Tsuchiyama coached and molded him into the professional he is today.

Pete’s mathematics background has served him well in this partnership.  Thankfully, he realized soon that the teaching gig out of college wasn’t his thing and turned to his life of “serial entrepreneurship.”  While dabbling in several ventures, he visited Chris in Hawaii and made a point to visit Giovanni’s Original shrimp truck.  “Little did I know that this unassuming, unofficial state institution was about to change our lives! Standing in line I had much time to ponder.” The idea of waiting in line was ridiculous, but Pete was taken by the “unique social atmosphere, the one that only occurs outside a food truck.”  This experience made him feel connected to the food in a way he’d never experienced.

Years later, when Chris returned to Buffalo, food trucks had started to explode.  The timing was right and they went to work.  The concept of “Lloyd” was born.

“Lloyd,” is a 4th degree sash in the fine art of Taco Kune Do, a farmer that Pete worked for, a gnome found behind Chris’ grandmother’s garage, a flavor scientist that teaches at MIT, and a sage that left them his recipe Bible from his world travels.  In reality, Lloyd is a figment of Pete’s imagination.  The company needed a name and a personality.  Pete’s sister Nina Barone was not only instrumental in helping them launch the truck, but boldly suggested the name “Lloyd.”  Lloyd’s mission is “street food on the edge.”  This means REAL food using the best ingredients one block at a time.

After launching OG Lloyd in 2010, Lloyd dos and Lloyd the III came on in 2012 and 2013 respectively.  Lloyd will cater your events with their Drop Off service or Truck On Site options.  With Lloyd’s growth, Chef Chris brought in CIA graduate Teddy Bryant.  Both have won the Nickel City Chef contest, a local Iron Chef-style competition.

“Quite a spectacular taco!” boasts one Yelper.  “The truck is full of incredibly friendly workers ready to serve up some taco goodness,” claims another. Lloyd’s customers are among the most loyal in the country.  They are rewarded with incredible food after waiting in line, even in the heart of winter…  Lloyd is thankful for the support they received from the Buffalo area, especially in the winter.

Lloyd offers taqueria-style street food with a Lloyd “spin.”  Their favorites sound so yummy, we may have to take a quick trip to Buffalo to try them all.  One favorite is the Dirty South, which is filled with Southern-style fried chicken thighs (arguably the best part of the chicken, IMHO), bacon aioli, maple syrup, baby kale, and crispy waffle chips made in Chris’ grandma’s pizzelle machine.  Their other favorite is the Hombre taco made with Mexican-style chorizo, fried potatoes, fresh onion, cilantro, avocado crema and a wedge of lime. They even have a play on the infamous Big Mac, albeit a much healthier version.  If it’s got the Lloyd spin, I’m IN!

It seems as if the Lloyd team has built a recipe of hard-working, fun deliciousness.  They are excited every day to meet their customers and find new places to serve them.  The keys to their success is KISS – Keep It Simple Stupid, adaptability, and being active in their food truck community.

We asked them where they might be in the future.  They were a bit tight-lipped on their future plans, but something tells me they will continue to serve the Buffalo area and evolve and grow into something huge.  Honestly, we can’t wait to see the future of Lloyd!

After their first day in operation, Pete’s friend looked at him and said, “Man, do you realize this truck is gonna be epic?” What a feeling!  What a feeling, indeed!

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With nearly 25,000 votes between our poll and individual email submissions it took us a little more time to tally things up than we originally planned.But now that the hard part is over, we are pleased to announce our winner…

llyod taco truck

Congratulations to the Lloyd Taco Truck in Buffalo, New York on winning the Mobile Cuisine 2014 Food Truck Taco of the Year Contest!  We’re super excited to tell you a little about them.

Childhood friends Chris Dorsaneo and Peter Cimino wanted to create a business concept that would take Buffalo by storm.  Chef Chris and self-proclaimed, “serial entrepreneur” Peter dreamt up the concept that is Lloyd.  Lloyd is so many things, but to the lucky and devoted folks of Buffalo, “he” is the purveyor of authentic, creative and delicious Mexican street food.  Whether you’re dining from OG Lloyd, Lloyd dos, or Lloyd the III, you’re bound to get tasty tacos, nachos and more!

Hungry for more?

We’ll take a deeper dive into Lloyd in our feature article tomorrow…<here>

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