A Seattle taco truck became a most welcome sight recently after a propane tanker rolled over, spurring a multi-hour traffic snarl on Interstate 5.
The bright green Tacos El Tajin truck happened to be in the middle of the mess. So, like making guacamole when life gives you a surplus of avocados, taco truck owner Thomas Lopez simply opened for business.
“We’re ready to serve food, everywhere,” Lopez told The Seattle Times.
Sometimes being mobile has its perks. Here’s a look at some other on-the-go food establishments that have caught our attention:
1. Neapolitan Express; Austin, Texas
This eco-friendly New York City-based pizza truck recently opened two trailers in Austin, Texas. Neapolitan Express started in 2013 and is known for sourcing Italian ingredients and powering its vehicles with renewable natural gas. The trucks also offer gluten-free and vegan pizzas with Daiya cheese.
2. Hoof, Wing & Fin; Denver
Bone broths and charcuterie are two of the offerings from this truck, which is focused on whole-animal cookery. Chefs Brett Langstaff and Greg Loonie source ingredients from area farmers to create items like beef-tongue pastrami, pate and kielbasa, Eater Denver reports. The two are strategically locating their truck near Denver breweries in hopes patrons will want to pair some protein with their hops and barley.
3. Killa Wasi; Austin, Texas
Peruvian cuisine crafted with Texas ingredients is the aim of this food truck, scheduled to start serving at the end of the month (after its chef wraps up her Snickers-inspired dinner pop-up for SXSW). Chef Kati Luedecke plans to offer breakfast, lunch and brunch out of the truck, with dishes like vegetable ceviche, boar sausage benedict and quinoa porridge with smoked egg, according to Eater Austin.
4. Courage Bagels; Los Angeles
Owner Ari Skye is literally pedaling her Montreal-style bagels around LA—via her bright red bicycle, Eater LA reports. Unlike their New York City counterparts, Montreal-style bagels are boiled in honey-sweetened water before being baked. They’re traditionally smaller, denser and have a larger hole than the bagels most people are used to. Skye plans to upgrade her operation to include a toaster soon.
5. From food truck to brick-and-mortar
Three Las Vegas food trucks are debuting permanent locations in the same retail center in the coming months, Eater Las Vegas reports. The strip mall will feature the second Las Vegas unit of Fukuburger and the first for Los Angeles-based food trucks Jogasaki Sushi Burrito and Fist of Fusion.