On our way out of Durham, we couldn’t resist stopping by a food truck meet-up, glamorously headquartered in the parking lot of Sam’s Quik Shop. We’d already tried the best known local lunch-on-the-go after tracking down OnlyBurger on Twitter. But, Food Truckapalooza promised not just burgers, but baked goods from a WaDuke’s pastry chef, Indian snacks, crepes, fancy sandwiches and Korean BBQ. Having all these options in one pre-planned and well-advertised space was a rarity, as the OnlyBurger folks are the only ones who seem to have caught on to the power of advertising through social media.
Unfortunately, by the time we arrived, most of the food trucks were sold out. The Indian food truck was still passing out plates, but it had switched over from samosas to tacos. Yes, the Indian food truck sells Mexican food by night – all it takes is a sign change. Next time we’ll have to be on our toes if we want to enjoy the full menu.
I should also mention that lucky little Dukies now get to experience a plethora of mobile eating options parked on the BC Walkway during prime meal times. The growing variety of carts includes my personal favorite, Locopops. In my day, we were lucky to get an overpriced Pauly Dog.
Now that we’re in the nation’s Capitol for the summer, the food truck getting the most buzz sells cupcakes. Cupcakes are a genius way to make 5000% profit by charging $3 a pop for what essentially becomes a vessel for frosting. But, I’m not ashamed to admit that I fully embrace the trend. Anyone who doesn’t love a healthy serving of frosting from time to time is, in fact, super lame.
Curbside Cupcakes is especially genius, because they allow their Facebook and Twitter fans to determine where their “Wildcard” stop of the day should be. Unfortunately they have yet to include charter school networks in Northeast DC on their route, but I’ll sway them yet. Our educational system needs a boost from something, and that something might as well be chocolate ganache!