Thursday, July 26, 2012

Philly's Food Truck Scene

 Gone are the days of a questionable hot dog from a questionable cart.  These days, food trucks offer serious, high quality fare crafted by legitimate chefs.  They are peppering neighborhoods all around town.   Put simply, I'm hooked.

With the Vendy Awards coming up Saturday, July 28, we thought we'd highlight some of our favorite food trucks.  The Vendy Awards honor the thriving food truck scene in town, and recognize the talented sidewalk chefs that are creating this exciting culinary trend. 

Spot Gourmet Burgers, Steaks and Pork can usually be found at 33rd and Arch, on Drexel's campus.  The burgers are made from top quality sirloin that the owners grind daily.  They have a great assortment of interesting sauces and combos, and their simple approach to fresh, straightforward food totally works.

Buttercream Philly is a cupcake lover's heaven.  Owner Kate Carrera punted lawyering for baking in 2009 and she never looked back.  I'm delighted with her career change.  I sampled a lovely sextet of her creations; one was better than the next:  vanilla/vanilla; vanilla/ganache; vanilla/nutella; cookies and cream; chocolate/ganache; lemon/strawberry.  Good thing I only bought six.

SugarPhilly also aims squarely at the sweet tooth.  Their theory is that people want high quality, sophisticated, elegant desserts without the three-course commitment or cost of a full restaurant meal.  And they deliver.  Their macarons, which come in a variety of flavors, are transformational.  Their creme brulee is fantastic--if you have a hankering arrive early, the creme brulee can sell out.

Where do we go next?

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