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ST LOUIS, MO - Roaming Hunger, a website and iPhone app that tracks food-truck locations, has added St. Louis to its lengthening list of cities and vendors.

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The site is the brainchild of Ross Resnick, a 28-year old with a background in marketing and a profound love of street food.

Resnick, who lives in Los Angeles, launched Roaming Hunger back in 2009 with maps and information about food trucks in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Today the site maps more than 2,800 trucks in 30 cities. St. Louis is slated to join the list on Wednesday, January 23, with Honolulu, Sacramento and Kansas City close behind.

“We’re really excited about adding St. Louis to the site,” Resnick says by phone from LA. “There are some great vendors there. We wait until there are about 25 to 30 vendors to add a city to the site, and St. Louis has been a slow creep up. Once a city reaches that point, though, it’s really possible for it to explode from there.”

In order to map a city’s food trucks (which in some cases number in the hundreds), Roaming Hunger scours social-media sites, extrapolates location data and plots it on Google maps. The St. Louis page is tracking 30 vendors, and as more food trucks pop up, they’ll be added to the list.

Resnick says his list has become a rite of passage for food trucks, whose operators often request to be added before they’re actually up and running. (He’ll add food trucks to Roaming Hunger’s radar when eaters suggest them as well.)

“We get so many letters and praise for the service,” he says. “It’s bigger than the individual vendor — it’s about creating a lifestyle and an entirely new way of eating that’s happening nationally and in pockets locally. We have these amazing trucks individually, but together it creates a really, really nice portfolio.”

Find the entire article by Kaitlin Steinberg at the Riverside Times <here>

 

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Eating from mobile trucks around the country has become a new way of life of many foodies across the country. The hardest part to indulging in this new trend is actually finding a truck that is near you. If you are a frequent traveler as I am, it can become difficult to track down a truck you would like to try out, even if you happen to follow them on Twitter.

Having a simple one or two step process to find a food truck in your area has become much easier if you happen to own a smart phone.

Using Twitter feeds, GPS and truck-reported location data, several smartphone applications are aiming to even the reliability playing field by plotting gourmet food trucks on mobile maps. None of them have developed a completely accurate system, but depending on where you live, these three apps will give you a much better shot at tracking down your favorite mobile meals.

Eat St.

Food Network’s Eat St. show highlights the most innovative mobile cuisine in North America. Its free iPhone and Android apps are attempting to help viewers track down gourmet meals on wheels near them.

With somewhat of a different approach than most of the food-tracking apps on the market, Eat St. allows food truck owners to update their own locations, menus, hours and profiles. Other food trucks can be added by users, but their profiles remain barren and their locations dubious.

“We’re devoted to finding new ways to keep locations accurate and are constantly improving,” reads the current app description. “In the meantime, the most accurate cities are those with mostly stationary food carts. L.A., New York, Miami and San Francisco have mainly roaming food carts and while the database has grown, it’s best to get location from the carts’ Twitter feed.”

These limitations aren’t unlike those of most food truck tracking apps — Eat St. just seems to be more honest about them.

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