BlogAsheville food truck roundup

by Jennifer Saylor on July 21, 2011

Image of the Lowdown food truck staff by Jonathan Welch of Mountain Xpress

Food trucks are rolling as Suzy Phillips of Gypsy Queen Lebanese Street Food leads the controversial charge to bring them to downtown Asheville for the first time.

Meanwhile, the trucks serve on the outskirts of downtown or in neighborhoods, with several already gathering foodie raves.

Facebook’s the best way I know to know to track the daily location of the mobile eateries of this growing and tasty new food scene, so follow the trucks you like.

Serving now:

Gypsy Queen Lebanese Street Food

Serving shawarma, kibbeh, salads and other treats form her home planet of Beirut, Suzy Phillips makes falafel that makes the cut with friends who’ve lived in NYC – and NYC falafel is the gold standard, I hear.

Her trusty truck Spartacus is currently being fixed, but look for the blue and green truck soon on Haywood Road, at the Bywater on Riverside, and on Broadway down from the Dripolator.

Gypsy Queen on Facebook

The Pink Taco Truck

It’s not a joke! The truck that needs to back up to Camp Lickalotta serves, according to Mountain Xpress, “Navajo-style tacos featuring Indian fry bread shaped into big-as-your-head edible bowls [filled] with adobo chicken, green-chili pork, barbecued beef or vegetarian fillings.”

Also on the menu are roasted-poblano queso, tamales, breakfast tacos–and pink dessert tacos.

I’ve spotted the Pink Taco Truck on Patton Ave. in West Asheville, serving breakfast tacos in the parking lot of Alan’s pawn shop. It’s Facebook page says it serves 7 a.m. -2 p.m., and also vends at the Bywater bar on Riverside.

Pink Taco Truck on Facebook

The Lowdown

A big hit with Xpress staffers, who know good food when they taste it, IMO, the Lowdown serves “a braised beef po’ boy with horseradish mayo and a crispy pickle. For the vegetarians, there’s a tofu ‘bahn mi’ with lemongrass tofu, pickled veggies, fresh cucumber, cilantro and Sriracha mayo. Both are served on a crunchy-crust baguette baked by Fiore’s.”

There is also a GRILLED NUTELLA AND PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICH. OMG.

According to Facebook, look for the Lowdown at the Citgo on Broadway 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Lowdown on Facebook

Ursa Minor Coffee Truck

From their Facebook page:

Ursa Minor Coffee is a fun, friendly mobile espresso caravan serving up local, fair trade and organic coffees from Dynamite Roasting in Black Mountain, fine teas, delicious all natural smoothies from Sweetbird, bulk coffee, coffee accessories, and fresh organic baked goods from West End Bakery in Asheville! Find us soon M-F in front of Eagledove Greenhouse & Garden Center @ 216 Swanannoa River Rd. between Tunnel Rd. and Biltmore Village and at fairs and festivals around the area!

About Ursa Minor:
Eli Masem, the owner and creator of Ursa Minor Coffee is a damn fine barista who learned the art of pouring great coffee in Portland, OR.

Eatbox

According to the Food & Wine blog, this truck I’ve seen vending in front of the Get Down serves dirty South meatloaf balls with pepper-crusted bacon, hash browns and bacon-scallion sauce. DANG.

And according to Edge New York, they were a standout vendor at Bonnaroo:

One of the star attractions was Eatbox, representing Asheville, North Carolina. Ingeniously conceived by Meg Alt and Molly Clark, Eatbox’s concept is simple: meatballs – and lots of them. Using locally sourced meats and farm-fresh ingredients, the couple brought more than 25,000 meatballs with them to Bonnaroo and left with just a handful. The women are handy with more than just a meat grinder, too. They built out the truck themselves, spending more than two and a half months to customize what was originally a step van into a veritable meatball machine.

Photo courtesy of Eatbox, via Edge New York

Eatbox on Facebook

Venezeulan Food Trailer

Again, from Mountain Xpress:

“Through a pass-through window, the owners of the little red truck Sheila and Genaro (aka Rino) Cassano serve a number of arepas and empanadas. They do offer meaty fare, like arepa burgers (beef patties served on simple corn-dough buns for $4) and hot dogs, but everything can be had vegetarian at this truck.”

The Gypsy Queen herself, Suzy Phillips, says the VFT vends on on Haywood Road in front of O’Reilly’s auto parts, noon-10 p.m. Sun- Thu.

Not yet rolling but coming soon:

Veggie Love

From their Facebook page: “Our mission is to supply organic, healthy, top-quality entrées, snacks, smoothies, drinks, juices and desserts to the Asheville area and to regional festival and farmers’ markets attendees.”

Their truck is called Vidalia, the veggie bus of bounty.

Veggie Love on Facebook

The Flying Falafel Brothers

Another falafel food truck? Here’s the scoop from Ashvegas.

Flying Falafel on Facebook

Did we miss anybody?

  • http://betterthanmore.com Cat K.

    Don’t forget the Ursa Minor Coffee Truck! Eli serves locally roasted coffee from Dynamite, as well as teas and smoothies and West End Bakery organic baked goods. Most days he is parked off of Swanannoa River Rd, but I believe he’s also been involved in the new Paris of the South Flea Market.

  • http://jennifersaylor.wordpress.com/ Jennifer Saylor

    Cat, is Ursa Minor a truck or a cart? Carts are the next roundup! Let me know…

    • http://betterthanmore.com Cat K.

      Ursa Minor is a truck! Check out some of their photos on FB: http://www.facebook.com/ursaminorcoffee/

      • http://jennifersaylor.wordpress.com/ Jennifer Saylor

        Sweet, I will add it (and TRY it) ASAP! Thanks!

  • Frinkazoid

    Don’t forget about the “Eat Box” as noticed at Bonnaroo by Food and Wine magazine

    http://www.foodandwine.com/blogs/mouthing-off/2011/6/8/what-will-eminem-be-eating-at-bonnaroo

    • http://jennifersaylor.wordpress.com/ Jennifer Saylor

      Thank you, will add ASAP!

  • http://gypsyqueencuisine.com Suzy Phillips

    The Venezuelan food Trailer, I just helped them get a spot on Haywood rd. in front of O’reilly’s auto part store, they got booted from their last location off of Patton. Just had lunch there today, delish! Open 12-10 everyday except fridays and saturdays.

  • http://jennifersaylor.wordpress.com/ Jennifer Saylor

    Thanks Suzy!

  • Matt

    There’s a truck at the North Asheville Farmer’s Market that serves empanadas and such. Is that one of the ones listed, or a separate entity?

    • http://jennifersaylor.wordpress.com/ Jennifer Saylor

      Truck that sells empanadas? Sounds like the Venezuelan Food Trailer. It’s in there.

  • lil bit

    The food truck at the North Asheville tailgate market isn’t the same as the Venezuelan food truck. The owner of the North Asheville truck makes argentine empanadas, sweet and savory crepes, tamales, and occasionally other foods as well. I think empanadas are her big thing as most people know her as the ‘empanada lady’. Her food is awesome! You can also buy her empanadas frozen in bulk. She’s had her truck for a while now, at least two or three years. You can also find her truck at the Montford tailgate market and at the Wedge, and probably elsewhere too, who knows!

  • http://none(inthefuture) VENEZUELAN FOOD,GENARO AND SHEILA

    I WANT TO THANKS EVERYBODY FOR YOUR NICE COMMENTS ABOUT OUR VENEZUELAN FOOD..RIGTH NOW WE ARE LOCATED IN HAYWOOD Rd NEXT TO GET DOWN BAR PARKING LOT EVERY NIGHT 8PM TO 2AM EXEPT FRIDAYS….YOU CAN CHECK OUR MENU ON FACEBOOK ( venezuelanfood gs ) AND SEE THE SPECIALS THAT WE HAVE FOR PARTYS…………….

  • David Perkowski

    Hey, any food truck owners/operators/collaborators — PLEASE get yourselves onto Twitter! I was in Indianapolis for the last year — the food truck scene there is amazing, and it’s all woven together by Twitter. Each truck tweets their upcoming/current locations, status of food availability, specials, etc. It worked amazingly well.

  • 123

    Don’t forget El Kimchi Food Truck

  • Shunmur

    What form of payment do they accept? Is it cash only?

    • http://jennifersaylor.wordpress.com/ Jennifer Saylor

      Shunmur, some accept cash only, some take cards as well. It depends from truck to truck, I think. I’d bring cash.

  • Bob

    There is a food truck called Jalapeno Heat that goes to T.C. Roberson High School that only caters to the mexican/spanish culture. Not cool.

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