I’ll state my position from the outset: I believe that gourmet food trucks should come to every town in North America. There really couldn’t be a better family dining option, especially in a city like Vancouver where you might find four or five completely different choices within a few city blocks. Got a meat-loving child? There are trucks selling barbeque or tacos or rotisserie sandwiches. Or maybe someone really prefers veggies – you’ll find salads and stir fries too. And of course the option to eat on the go is perfect – no need to really stop what you’re doing, no need to even sit down if you don’t want to. You can grab meals and snacks when you feel like it and be on your way to bike around Stanley Park. I knew of someone who would love to own a fleet of trucks and just go out on the road whenever they want. Everyone loves food, so what’s there to lose? He’s already looking into sites like autoconnectgps.com to at least make a start into making his dream a reality. More food for us!
I was pretty busy when I was in Vancouver, but I did manage to check out two of the food truck options. Amy Whitley of Pitstops for Kids was my lunch date and she is a vegetarian, so we hunted down the Roaming Dragon truck on the corner of Robson and Burrard Streets. I had the Korean short rib taco, which came served in a corn tortilla and topped with sautéed spinach, shitake mushrooms, carrots and bean sprouts.
The next day I lunched with Corinne McDermott of Have Baby Will Travel, who like me is an avowed carnivore. We headed over to the plaza in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery (which just happened to be right across the street from the Four Seasons, where I was staying) for pulled pork barbeque sandwiches and homemade rhubarb soda at Re-Up BBQ. This is the kind of sandwich where the coleslaw comes right in the bun. It was smoky and delicious.
Another thing about these food trucks that makes them great for family dining? You can satisfy your hunger for between five and ten bucks. And most of them are totally hip and tech savvy and use websites, Twitter, and Facebook to let people know where they’ll be and when so you can find them using your smart phone while you’re out and about (you’ll find the two examples I mention above on Twitter @RoamingDragon and @reupbbq).
One food stand I didn’t get to try while I was there, to my deep disappointment, is Japa Dog, where they sell hot dogs and bratwurst topped with items like nori and fried cabbage (they also offer plain hot dogs for the less adventurous). I consider this alone a definite reason to return!
I share this for Wanderfood Wednesday at Wanderlust and Lipstick.