Restaurants on wheels

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El Charrito, a Mexican food truck in Stamford, is known for selling Stamford’s finest Taco’s. Jessica Johnson ’15

Adhering to the fast-paced lifestyle of today’s consumers, restaurants have taken on a new form in food trucks. With the ability to cruise through the city, food trucks are spicing up traditional dining experiences.
“Food trucks are a part of the culture in the city. You can smell them on the street corners and everything smells so good that you can’t help but want to indulge,” Convent of the Sacred Heart senior Vanessa Raskin said.
Food trucks have the ability to travel to their consumers, a feat that restaurants can only achieve through delivery and catering services. This convenience adds to their continually rising popularity.
According to fao.org2.5 billion people eat street food everyday. Therefore, food trucks are able to attract a wide audience.

El Charrito, a Mexican food truck in Stamford, is known for selling Stamford's finest Taco's. Jessica Johnson '15
El Charrito, a Mexican food truck in Stamford, is known for selling Stamford’s finest Taco’s.
Jessica Johnson ’15

Like their consumers, all food trucks are unique. Each truck is specific to a certain type of food or delicacy. For example, in Houston, Texas, Bernie’s Burger Bus specializes in gourmet burgers and hand cut fries. In New York City, The Cinnamon Snail is a vegan organic food truck that focuses on making healthy foods taste delicious, and in Tampa Bay, Florida, the Taco Bus provides consumers with authentic Mexican dishes.
“I feel like every food truck has a theme and I love how they focus on making that one thing really good” senior Emily Sabia said. “For example, the Melt Mobile is a food truck that focuses on melts, so they make really good grilled cheeses.”
As the popularity of food trucks rises, schools are joining the trend. Colleges across the country, including Babson College, Tulane University and Pennsylvania State University are adding food trucks to the on-campus dining menu to expand food options for their students.
Prices for these diverse foods, treats, and desserts usually range from around $8 to $12, providing gourmet quality food at low prices.
Food trucks are even becoming a popular trend at Sacred Heart. The junior and senior classes recently used The Melt Mobile and the Big Green Truck Pizza for class lunches rather than opting for the traditional lunch of Garden Catering or Planet Pizza.
“Food trucks are what the grade wants,” junior class President Yahnah Johns-Woodby said. “It’s the new big thing.”
– Jessica Johnson, Sports & Health Editor and Co-Video Content Editor