Veggies on the Street: The Rise of Plant-Based Food Trucks
Written by Sadi Mosko
Along with fancy facial hair, mason jars, and oversized glasses, food trucks are a growing trend often associated with today’s hipster culture. As the food truck industry expands, so has the diversity of the foods they offer. Gone are the days of cheap hot dogs on a street corner. Instead, city dwellers are now being presented with the emergence of unique plant-based options.
Many vegan and vegetarian-friendly food trucks are popping up across the country. Cities along the West Coast like Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Portland have an especially large number of plant-based food trucks with meals ranging from vegan tacos and BBQ to veggie burgers and kettle corn. Similar trucks are appearing in other parts of the United States from Boston to Miami and Chicago to Austin.
Although popular, these food trucks can have their setbacks. Holdups are not necessarily the result of a truck’s plant-based menu, but rather the consequence of the general difficulties of running a food truck. New York City’s premier vegan truck, The Cinnamon Snail, had to shut down due to difficulties involving permits and other logistics. Fortunately, The Cinnamon Snail remodeled its business plan and moved to a permanent location so that vegan street food lovers of New York could continue to enjoy its delicious concoctions.
Next time you are in the mood for some street food, be sure to check out some plant-based options in a city near you!