The Triangle’s (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) Food Trucks news related to business happenings, events, and other whatever food trucks, fans, and those interested want to know.
Hot off the Grill this Week
Recent news sizzling on hot asphalt and in conversations
Sōl Tapas estarán en el centro de Raleigh
Translation (I hope my years of Spanish doesn’t fail me), Sōl Tapas will be in Downtown Raleigh early 2015. That’s all fans got this weekend. Arguably, Sōl Tacos has been hugely popular and probably the hottest truck this year. No details on the location, but people are already lined up. One possible hint of what to expect: Chef Schaumann is doing a Pop-up Dinner at Deep River Brewing November 5th.
Deli-icious gets a “deli”
More details on Deli-icious was revealed at Double Barley’s Food Truck Rodeo. They were advertising the location is in Clayton. Still hungry for information, I found out it is really close to US 70 and near the Garner/Clayton boundary. Chef Suzie is very excited (and anxious) since the location will offer a strategic location for the catering side of their business. I’ve been told the next few weeks a larger reveal is happening. Deli-icious’ concept is a fresh concept. With their custom hashtag #getfreshwithus and slogan “vegetarians in disguise” they offer options that are healthier and cater to special diets.
A Stampede of Rodeos!
You’d be amazed how many people come up and ask me if I knew about the below rodeos… be the know-it-all in your group and study these dates below!
Earlier last week, both Knightdale and Garner mentioned organizing a rodeo. While Durham and Raleigh have a pretty decent following, the “smaller” city rodeos are nothing to scoff at. They have been well received and attended. If you attended the Cary or Wake Forest ones, you know what I mean. Knightdale is organizing one soon for September 27th and Garner has announced one for October 26th.
Knightdale’s line-up has been announced with Chick-N-Que, 101 Catering, Deli-icious, King’s Philly Cheesesteaks, Sōl Tacos, American Meltdown, Kona Ice, and Iced Cupcakes. The location is Knightdale Station, 810 N First Avenue and the event is from 11am-2pm.
Garner has announced a line-up, but asking interested parties to contact John Hodges at 919.773.4402 or email at downtown garner (at) nc (dot) rr (dot) com [broke up the email address as I didn’t want to create unnecessary emails for the Town].
Also, as previously mentioned, Wake Forest will round-up trucks again on November 9th. The line-up has not been announced, but the location is the same spot at the Over The Falls Center on Elm and Brooks in Wake Forest. The date has been set for November 9th. Check out more details on their Facebook Page here.
Also, the next Downtown Raleigh rodeo is scheduled for October 12th (Columbus Day weekend).
Big Mike’s BBQ
The blog reported earlier in the summer that Big Mike’s BBQ left View Bar on Glenwood (which subsequently closed) and hinted on Twitter of a restaurant opening. I took down the update as I hadn’t heard anything. The buzz has came back and Big Mike’s BBQ recently dropped location details, but no opening date. The restaurant is near High House and Maynard, across from Kroger at 1222 NW Maynard Road. Excited to see the Piggy Mac and Redneck Nachos finding a permanent home soon.
Every sweet potato cupcake sold by Iced Cupcakes, a $1 will be donated to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.
Nickelpoint Brewery Now Open
Part of what is become a nice pocket of breweries (Big Boss, Sub Noir, and now Nickelpoint), Nickelpoint is looking to fill its taproom hours with food trucks. The brewery has a taproom with TV and outside seating area. Wednesdays are exciting, too, as they hold a corn hole tournament (and food truck AmigoSan and Bo’s Kitchen are on the schedule this month). Contact Greg at the brewery to get on their schedule (it looks like it is filling up).
This is the big event this weekend on Saturday, September 27th.
Food Trucks announced: Stuft, Tailgater Toby, Not Just Icing, Jam Ice Cream, All American, KoKyu, Dump Pho King, Valentino’s, Baguettaboutit, Olio and Aceto, and CJ’s Steet Food.
Tickets Sales have also started with General Admission at $45, VIP at $75, and a Designated Driver at $15 (no beer access).
For Tickets and more details, see the event site.
Trucks From The Market
Do you enjoy the Durham Food Truck Rodeos, the Farmers Market, and the other Durham Central Park events? Well, come support the Park with a Trucks From The Market event. The event will have 17 Food Truck samples and 2 beers for $50 (which can be shared!). The event is ticketed and only those with tickets will be able to enjoy. The park is wide open, so bring a chair and relax. The event is advertising no long lines. If you wanted to escape the “stampede” at the big rodeos and try food trucks, this might be your event.
Event is held 6-8pm at 501 Foster Street. Details are at Durham Central Park’s website.
What looks to be a monthly tradition the Pittsboro Roadhouse organized a rodeo for this Saturday in a lot across from the restaurant. Gussy’s, Philly’s Cheesesteaks, Mr. and Mrs. Hot Dog Shack, Dusty Donuts, and Little Dippers will be there serving food. Also, Carolina Brewing and Bear Creek Brews will be there serving beer. Will Baker will perform in the Roadhouse (cover charge)
Spring Garden III Food Truck Festival
Greensboro will have a food truck festival on October 5th with 24 food trucks from both the Triad and Triangle area. The line-up announced is Taqueria El Azteca, Baguettaboutit, Bandito Burrito, Bam Pow Chow, Parlez Vous Crepes, Gussy’s Greek, Virgil’s Jamaican, Camel City Grill, Will and Pop’s, King Creole, Bo’s Kitchen, Urban Street Grill, Hibachi Xpress, F’N Wings, KocinA, Stamey’s, GiGi’s Cupcakes, Frog’s Toadity Good Eats, Marty’s BBQ II, and Mike and Mike’s Italian Ice. This is all a fundraiser for Guilford County Animal Shelter.
Pop Up Sunday at tho
This month #PopUpSunday was highlighted in Women’s Health article Social Climbers: 5 Best Up-and Coming Cities for Arts and Culture. Raleigh was mentioned #3 behind Austin and Denver. This Sunday is the Fourth Sunday, which means Ornamentea organizes another one this weekend with Chick-N-Que, D’Burritos, and Jay’s Italian Ice. Also there is HappyFoodWine, a food venture from the mind behind Sip a Wine store that was in Cary. Ornamentea is located at 509 N. West Street, Raleigh.
World’s Largest Food Truck Festival III coming
Awhile back Generation Food Truck down in Tampa, Florida organized the largest food truck parade in March 2014. Looks like they want to organize another one this March 2015. The goal is to have over 200 food trucks at the State Fairgrounds outside of Tampa. If interested, email the organizer at Generationfoodtruck (at) gmail (dot) com.
For those that follow me on Twitter and Facebook, you may have noticed I was on vacation. Of course, when you think very little is going on, something comes on the radar.
SoomSoomPita (@soomsoompita) announced they are putting on those finishing touches. No first event date yet announced.
And while I was out, Triangle Explorer alerted me that Carpe Durham tweeted about Bull City Street Food (@bullcitystfood) being at the Green Room in Durham. The truck has had a couple events, but this is one of the first events they had in the Triangle.
This Latin-Asian fusion truck has been hitting the asphalt tires screeching. Last week, they were a last minute surprise at Big Boss’ Run Club, spotted at Shop Local Raleigh’s Glenwood South Concert Series, and Railhawks games. If you haven’t seen them, follow the truck @AmigosanFood and check out their schedule at Amigosanfood.com.
Bam Pow Chow has been hitting the streets, too and making appearances in the Northwest Raleigh. They have been spotted at House of Hops, Lonerider, Gizmo Brewworks, and Person Street Bar. Their website has posted a few scheduled events bampowchow.com and you can also follow the truck @BamPowChow.
New Rest Stops
Where are trucks being spotted…
- House of Hops (6909 Glenwood Ave #100, Raleigh): This spot has been very hot with activity. Baguettaboutit. Kocina, Big John’s and Bam Pow Chow were all spotted here over the last two weeks. The craft beer shop is located near Glenwood and Millbrook/Duraleigh (behind the Walgreens), which means a nice Northwest Raleigh food truck spot.
- Person Street Bar (805 N Person St, Raleigh): I always like it when a bar/brewery and food truck can come together. Both can come in with their specialities and exceed on expectations on both ends. So far, Bam Pow Chow, Dump Pho King Truck, Hanu, Green Olive Deli Truck, Not Just Icing, and Will and Pops parked here.
- Beer Durham (404 Hunt Street, Durham): Again, beer and food trucks collaborating! This neighborhood bottle shop has 20 beers on tap where you can refill growlers and now enjoy food trucks. I spoke with Ashley at the location and they are excited to have trucks be there. The location is in a multi-story mixed building a block away from Durham Central Park. I’ve seen Bo’s Kitchen, Porchetta, Sol Tacos and The Wicked Biscuit here with Bam Pow Chow listed the upcoming week.
- Marathon Gas Station, Five Points (1641 Glenwood Ave) on Fridays from 5-10pm the as close to Philly as you can get Philly Cheesesteaks food truck will be parked here.
- Plantation Point Farmers Market: There is a new farmers market in North Raleigh, located at 6250 Plantation Center Dr (I-540 and Capital Blvd, next to BJ’s/Big Lots/Petco) that is food truck friendly. The organizers’ goal is to have two trucks, one entree and one dessert, and running the market year-round.
Recent Brick and Mortar by Food Trucks
5911 Poyner Village Pkwy #103(Raleigh)
Olio and Aceto Cafe
400 S. Elliott Road (Chapel Hill). Note new Cafe Twitter handle: @OlioAcetoCafe.
400 Southtown Circle (Rolesville)
Last week, the blog announced two trucks getting store locations. Captain Poncho’s will open a location in Southern Village in Chapel Hill. Sweet Traditions (previously used “by LeAne” in their name) will open at Wake Forest Crossing with an address of 12516 Capital Blvd in Wake Forest. Sweet Traditions has been posting pictures on the renovations on their Facebook page.
This event has been around, but this year was my first time. For beer (and spirits as local TOPO Distillery was here this year) and food truck fans, this is a prime event. Two stages on both ends of Fayetteville Street with beer and food trucks filling the asphalt in between. The date set is April 25, 2015 and is from 2-10pm. I know a bit early, but you might want to circle it and tell your family this is a great weekend to visit.
Truck and Equipment For Sale
Herban Legend (@herban_legend) out of Charlotte is selling two trucks and other equipment. If you are interested, contact them at 828.773.7073.
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