GPS-Enabled Food Trucks5 Apr 2012
There’s a food truck phenomenon going on, and we’re not talking about hot dogs, burgers, and fries either.
These days, food truck entrepreneurs are cooking up gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, Korean BBQ, sweet potato fries, hand-made sandwich cookie and ice cream combo, Black Angus, organic grass-fed beef, and a host of other delectable goodies sure to raise your cholesterol level by 10 points.
While Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco may be pioneers in the gourmet food truck explosions, chefs nationwide are using their trucks to bring their high-quality creations to the masses.
Even more clever than the food they are creating are the names these mobile chefs are coming up with. Just check up some of following names of food trucks around the nation:
- Two Pitas in a Pod
- Tacos Straight from the Truck
- Asian Persuasion
- Asian Cravings
- Kogi Korean BBQ Truck
- New York on Rye
- Let’s Be Frank
- The Munchie Machine
- Casanova Fish Tacos
- Food Truck Fiesta
- Munchie Mobile
Not only are food trucks diversifying their offerings and improving the quality of their cuisine, but they are becoming more high tech. Cities such as Boston and Hoboken are requiring mobile food truck owners to purchase and install a GPS tracker on their trucks. Among other reasons, the food trucks installed with the GPS tracking device will make it easier for parking officials to keep track of the food trucks and make sure the truck operates in specified zones.
With the expected growth in the food truck business coupled with stricter city government rules regarding food trucks, we can expect to see more GPS tracking requirements for food tracks to come.
For instance, Sacramento has some food-truck owner unfriendly rules that require them to constantly move their location. A GPS tracker may help uses find their favorite “Taco Straight from the Truck” mobile food truck more easily.
Besides being able to locate your favorite food truck, perhaps an even bigger benefit of GPS-enabled trucks is: surprise and impromptu food inspections. That’s a good thing right?
So, until the GPS-enabled food trucks become more widespread, how do you find your ever moving taco? Here are a few sites offering to help you fulfill your food truck fix:
- Road Stoves (LA)
- TruxMap (LA, Austin, NY)
- Mobile Cravings (smaller cities)
- Food Truck Fiesta (DC)
- Mobi Munch (smaller cities)
- Roaming Hunger (many cities)
Time will tell is the food truck revolution is a craze, fad, or here to stay. In the meantime, enjoy your gourmet grilled cheese straight from the truck.