5 Valley Food Trucks That Won't DisappointLooking for a fun way to spend an evening in the Valley? Grab your family and head to a food truck to help satisfy everyone's cravings. With the debut of the Phoenix food truck festival in 2010, mobile cuisine is becoming a popular way to liven up the traditional dining experience with an appetizing twist. Here are 5 Valley food trucks that won't disappoint:
1. Waffle Crush
Lifelong friends Rachel and Lisa decided to take the breakfast experience to a whole new level. They wanted to bring the taste of Belgium to the streets of Phoenix. Waffle Crush creates fresh Liege dough treats topped with imported sugar crystals. Bite into a crispy exterior and taste the soft goodness inside. Choose a special topping to coat your handmade waffle - everything from Nutella, strawberries, homemade cream and chocolate. These fun waffles are perfect for breakfast, dessert or an afternoon snack.
2. Queso Good
When quesadillas meet gourmet, the taste is unforgettable. Queso Good creates fun variations on traditional Mexican favorites. Stuff tortillas with marinated grill steak, roasted pull pork or mushrooms. This food truck doesn't forget vegetarians with a choice of tacos, nachos and cheesy quesadillas. It is no surprise that they were voted as one of the top food trucks by the Phoenix Business Journal since their menu caters to a wide variety of tastes.
3. Short Leash
Short Leash is a mobile hot dog truck that isn't hard to find in the area. With appearances at Downtown Phoenix Public Market, First Fridays, as well as private venues, there is no need to wait to try a gourmet hot dog. For those who prefer skipping the hot dogs, there are plenty of side dishes that will help with your appetite - warm pretzels, jalapeño poppers, poutine, and green chile fries. Cap off your meal with a choice of fun desserts like a root beer float, strawberry cheesecake doughnut or an apple fritter. A fun fact - Short Leash allows customers to submit pictures of their unique hot dog and there is a chance it might appear as a special on a future menu.
4. Carte Blanche
Who doesn't love tacos? Pair gourmet tacos with salsas, guacamole, soup shots and more. The braised meats and the variety of salsas makes Carte Blanche stand out from the typical Mexican dining experience. The owners strive to represent all of the various cuisines from the Mexican region and aren't afraid to make it an upscale experience. They are happy to cater for special events and appear at various food festivals in the city.
5. Demarco's Italian Ice
The owners of Demarco's Italian Ice don't believe in skimping on ingredients. In the Valley for over 20 years, their goal is to recreate the authentic taste of New York Italian ice. The flavors are fresh from mango and strawberry ice to pistachio and french vanilla ice cream. They make small batches of each dessert so the taste is fresh and powerful. With the sun shining on most days in Phoenix, this cold dessert definitely makes the heat more bearable.
Rudri Bhatt Patel is a lawyer turned freelance writer and essayist. Her essays have appeared in The Washington Post, Brain, Child Magazine, Raising Arizona Kids, The Huffington Post and elsewhere. Connect with Rudri on her blog, Being Rudri, Twitter or Facebook.