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SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Food trucks along the Wasatch Front continue to roll along, with new offerings hitting the streets all the time.

No matter what you’re craving — Korean barbecue, Canadian poutine, Mexican-style fresh fruit or American grilled cheese — there’s something to satisfy a hunger for street food.

Chow Truck, Salt Lake City’s first food truck, arrived in 2010; since then, the field has grown. Today, 36 mobile food trucks are licensed to operate in Salt Lake City alone, said Jessica Thesing, the city’s economic development manager.

Maybe the best indicator of the popularity of food trucks is the Thursday Food Truck Rally at the Gallivan Center in downtown Salt Lake City. Every Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., hundreds of people fill the street between 200 and 300 South to savor street-style foods.

It’s so popular, new food trucks that want to participate in the event sometimes find it difficult to get a spot.

Every week, 15 to 20 trucks apply for the seven available spaces, Thesing said. “We try to rotate them through, so that everyone gets a turn.”

But the competition is so fierce that some trucks don’t even bother to apply, opting instead to have weekly spots at area farmers markets or businesses near the airport, the University of Utah or industrial parks where food options are scarce.

The city ordinance that was developed in 2011 to govern mobile food vendors would allow for the creation of another “food court” somewhere else in the city, Thesing said. “But no one has come forward to do that yet.”

Find the entire article at sltrib.com <here>

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SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Salt Lake City could become a friendlier place to food trucks. On Tuesday, the City Council discussed a proposed ordinance to govern mobile food businesses.

Presently, there are four such businesses licensed in Salt Lake City, but they are limited to parking in public stalls for no more than two hours.

“The current regulations we have … didn’t anticipate the kind of mobile food vending carts we’re seeing explode around the country and in the Salt Lake Valley, as well,” said Joel Paterson, the city’s planning manager.

Under the proposal, food trucks could park in an on-street stall for up to 12 hours in a 24-hour period so long as they cover any associated parking fees and they serve customers on the sidewalk.

To avoid unfair competition with brick-and-mortar restaurants, food trucks would have to be at least 100 feet from other eateries — unless restaurants grant permission for food trucks to be closer.

The distance requirement also applies to special events, such as the downtown farmers market and the Living Traditions festival.

Mobile food businesses would have to comply with health regulations and have a signed agreement for use of a restroom within 500 feet.

Food trucks would not be allowed to park in residential neighborhoods but could park in commercial and industrial areas in public stalls or on private property with the owner’s permission. Only one food truck would be allowed per block face.

But operators hoping to cluster together could seek a permit for a “mobile food court” where two to 10 food trucks could park on private property at least 2,000 square feet in size.

Find the entire article by Rosemary Winters at The Salt Lake Tribune <here>

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:

getta polpetta

Chicago, IL

Getta Polpetta Truck

Twitter: @GettaPolpetta

Philadelphia, PA

Lucky Old Souls

Twitter: @LOSBurgerTruck

Grass-fed burgers, hand-cut fries, & thick shakes all made with fresh, locally produced ingredients. And great music playing from our roof-mounted speakers.


Salt Lake City, UT


Twitter: @eatbeli


St. Louis, MO

Chop Shop STL

Twitter: @ChopShopStl


Tampa, FL

Cafe Getaway

Twitter: @CafeGetaway

Cafe Getaway brings coffees, lattes, teas, smoothies, frappes and snow cones right to you! Find us on our weekday route, at markets, or book us to come to you.


Tasty Stacy

Twitter: @Tasty_Stacy

Best Eats On The Streets! Serving homemade hot and cold sandwiches, pastas, soups, salads, and desserts! It’ll be the best homemade cuisine you’ll ever have!


Tucson, AZ


Twitter: @MaFooCo

The Mexican-Asian Food Company @MaFooCo will bring a new perspective to the culinary scene in Tucson. Wait and experience true fusion.


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


SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Have a hankering for a late-night burger or sushi roll served fresh on a downtown sidewalk? Hoping to grab a healthy, albeit quirky, lunch on the run?

SLC Food Truck

Get your snack on, Salt Lakers, because relaxed rules for long-restricted food trucks appear ready to satisfy City Hall.

The Planning Commission voted Nov. 30 in favor of a new ordinance that would give food trucks 12-hour stints (not the current two hours) to operate. It also would allow vendors to set up their mobile cuisine on city streets and sidewalks, on private property with permission, and in a cluster called a “mobile food court” with a permit.

Oh, and like bigger cities that provide barflies and theatergoers some after-hours grub, Utah’s capital finally may loosen the red tape limiting early-morning chow trucks.

“The reality is, the market really wants them here,” says Jessica Thesing, the city’s small-business liaison. “They provide a different food experience, so people are pretty excited to see them around town.”

The City Council is expected to take a final vote on the proposed changes early next year.

The mobile-food craze rolled into Utah late. But since 2010, high-quality vendors such as SuAn Chow’s Chow Truck — forced to update her roaming whereabouts via Twitter — have built a customer base and spawned imitators.

On Thursdays at lunchtime, it is not uncommon to see a half-dozen food trucks lining the Gallivan Center plaza — allowed through a Gallivan-initiated permit. The new rules would allow one truck per block on a public right of way, so long as it is at least 100 feet from a restaurant and the vendor pays for parking.

Find the entire article from the Salt Lake Tribune <here>

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – We found out from The Salt Lake Tribune that it’s been tough getting food from a street cart in Salt Lake City this week.

On Monday, the Salt Lake Valley Health Department shut down nine food carts, mostly those that sell tacos around 800 and 900 South and State Street. Here’s the list of those affected.

  • A and J Foods
  • Sanook Thai
  • El Rey  Del Taco #2
  • Tacos Don Rafa #2
  • Tacos and Mariscos El Paisa
  • Tacos and Taueria El Paisa
  • Taco LuLu
  • El Rey del Taco
  • El Toro Tacos Food Cart

The number one violation for all the carts was lack of an approved commissary, the commercial kitchen where they must prepare their food.

It seems the owner of the commissary has been in jail. Without the certified person on site to oversee operations, the commissary is no longer acceptable.

The taco carts and health department officials are meeting this morning to figure out a solution.

While not the mobile food capitol of the country, Salt Lake City has begun its own plunge into the world of mobile dining with a bright yellow truck serving haute Asian cuisine from a rolling bistro named The Chow Truck.

In Mobile Cuisine Magazine’s 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.


Grandma’s Secret Fried-Chicken Recipe Reappears on Hawaiian-Chinese Food Truck – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Food trucks and the customers who love them are gathering at Fort Mason tonight for another “Off the Grid” street food party, a mobile food festival that serves up tasty treats in various locations every week. One of the food trucks featured at tonight’s event is IZ IT Fresh Grill, which serves up Hawaiian-Chinese fusion — and a secret fried chicken recipe known to many who have visited Kwong Shing market on Clement Street.

Read more: <here>


The Great Food Truck Race stops in SLC – SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Food Network fans or even just fans of food had quite a treat Saturday. The Great Food Truck Race parked in Salt Lake City.

Read more: <here>


10,000 savor Mobile Food Festival at Fremont Park – SACRAMENTO, CA – A crowd of nearly 10,000 swamped midtown’s Fremont Park on Saturday for the Sacramento Mobile Food Festival, hungry for food trucks and sending a message that Sacramento is ripe for a mobile food scene.

Read more:  <here>

Food truck opens in SF’s Dolores Park – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – After much debate, one of those trendy food trucks began operating in San Francisco’s Dolores Park this weekend.

Read more: <here>



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