Come Out To Eat
May means bumper-to-bumper business for food trucks.
If there were an official start of food truck season, May would be it. After months of cold and wishy-washy weather, it’s when the city comes out of delivery-service hibernation to start enjoying the great outdoors with their meals. This is good news for the four dozen mobile meal-makers on city and county streets—and many of them will be celebrating May 8 at the season’s unofficial kick-off, when Food Truck Friday returns to Tower Grove Park.
New to the scene this year are several operators extending from their brick-and-mortar restaurants. Rise Coffee House fired up its truck in January, caffeinating neighborhoods outside its home base in The Grove with teas, coffees and espressos from its onboard Astoria Gloria machine.
The legacy of the shuttered Roxane in Clayton lives on in The Southerner, which has been wheeling out barbecue and soul food since January. Its chicken and waffles on a stick is one of the most charming dishes around—which is saying something, because food truck operators tend to be creative, resourceful and, above all, willing to think outside the box.
Most recently, Athlete Eats’ healthy fare from Cherokee Street went mobile in April. And two more just-renovated trucks are joining the group: Totally Toasted Truck (from the Shaw coffeeshop Restituo) and Ices Plain and Fancy (from Shaw’s nitro ice cream parlor).
Online location aggregators and Twitter feeds are still the best way to find out which trucks are parking near you on a given day. Or, if you’d rather sample a slew of dishes all in one sitting, keep an eye out for events at parks throughout the metro area, including Faust Park in Chesterfield, Jefferson Barracks in South County, Frontier Park in St. Charles and Laumeier Sculpture Park in Sunset Hills.
Photo credit: Jennifer Silverberg