There are a lot of food trucks in the area that I live. I have tried a few of them but I never really got into the whole food truck craze. While I think the concept of a “mobile restaurant” is pretty cool I do think it’s kind of strange that someone can cook a whole meal inside of an automobile. Doesn’t it seem a little weird to eat food that was cooked right next to a transmission or an engine?
First off, I always worry about the cleanliness of food trucks. The same hands that handle the food also handle my money. Sometimes I see the workers use gloves but they don’t always take them off when handling cash. And that’s just not right. With so many hands grabbing at everything, how can they possible keep everything completely sterile? Besides, is the food from these trucks even made on location? What if the food is made in someone else’s kitchen & brought into the food truck before they open? Who knows where these meals really come from.
Secondly, I don’t like standing outside in the heat (or in the cold for that matter). Who wants to be outside in the sweltering heat just to get a burger? Sure food trucks have an awesome menu, but unless your food is THAT good it’s just not worth the wait. And in the wintertime when it’s raining cats & dogs that probably means the food trucks that I like won’t even be outside. Extreme weather conditions make it difficult to patronize food trucks.
Thirdly, because food trucks are always moving around it gets harder & harder to keep track of where they are. If I have a midnight craving for macaroni & cheese, how am I supposed to find my favorite mac’n’cheese truck if it’s moved across town? Not all food trucks are listed on the internet and can be very hard to find. The ones with the larger followings are easily traceable but unless you’re a “foodie” who can keep up?
I guess what I’m trying to say is that I think food trucks are good for niche meals. You just have to be careful in choosing the right one.