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Trucker Talk

25 June 2009
Truck Stop Food Alternative

All workers expect to get breaks for meals, and there is certainly no exception for truckers, who get hungry on the long haul.  But stopping for food can be particularly bothersome for the trucker who wants to keep putting miles behind him. And it’s no easy feat to get the 18-wheeler through the McDonald’s drive through.  

While there aren’t any drive-throughs for truckers yet, mobile food is on the rise, and there are a few interesting joints that are just as on the go as you are cooking up tasty fair around the country.  You can read about all of them by visiting USA Today’s city guides, but here are a few just to whet your appetite:  

  1. San Francisco’s RoliRoti

No matter what you’re transporting, it’s probably not as good as this.  Swiss chef Thomas Odermatt serves rotisserie…anything!  From lamb, his specialty, to chicken, pork, and roast, Odermatt is the master of split roasting, and he’s not doing it in any restaurant.  Instead, he has a rotisserie truck stocked with good eats and an aroma you can smell for miles.  You can let your nose or local information centers point the way, as Odermatt takes his truck to several San Francisco locations.  So if you have some spare time in San Francisco, you can enjoy some of Odermatt’s mobile rotisserie or perhaps even apply to be the truck driver! 

  1. New Orleans Que Crawl

If there’s one thing that New Orleans excels at, it’s good food with zest and a unique twist.  Its “restaurant,” a big purple truck, makes the Que Crawl even more unique.  Whether you’re looking for some barbecue of Cajun fare, Nathanial Zimet can give you a meal that’s sure to please.  Specialties include fried boudin balls, gumbo, and a good time.   

  1. Marfa’s Food Shark

Everything’s bigger in Texas, and Marfa’s Food Shark isn’t an exception.  Big flavor can be tasked through the chefs’ Mediterranean street food, such as kebobs, hummus, and falafel.  But what’s even bigger is Adam Bork and Krista Steinhauer’s restaurant, a BIG truck!  Food is served out of a former Ford delivery vehicle.  So if you’re looking for big flavor and big fun, visit the pavilion across from the Marfa Book Store for a tasty treat.   

So whether you’re thinking of turning your truck into one of the next biggest attractions or you want to chase down some food while you’re on the road, these are just a few of the mobile food options available to you in major cities.  Just because you’re on the go a lot doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a great mean, and these restaurants think so too, so no matter where you eat—eat well.  

Posted by TruckerJim at 1:03 PM  |  LINK to this post  |  4 comment s  |  Subscribe

Thanks for the great list. It is always nice to have somewhere else to go then the standard burger joint.
Posted by Ryan on June 25, 2009 at 8:45 PM

Great post Jim! It's good to see other tasty options exist on the road.
Posted by Nicole on June 30, 2009 at 8:24 AM

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Posted by "We Deliver" on December 2, 2009 at 1:29 PM

Nice tip "We Deliver"!
Posted by TruckerJim on December 2, 2009 at 1:47 PM