Big metropolitan areas have long been home to a variety of food trucks, but the interest in mobile restaurants has recently reached fever pitch, and Roanoke is now home to two trucks that have taken serious aim at the lunchtime traffic around the city.
Check out tomorrow’s paper (Saturday) for my Extra story about the entrepreneurs who run Bruno’s GastroTruck and Noke Truck. Interest in these trucks has been phenomenal; I could hardly do my own interviews with the owners without other media showing up to interview them, as well.
I would attribute the rise in food trucks to a couple of factors:
1. Exposure. Television shows about food trucks have popped up, and I don’t know about you guys, but they make me ravenous. And they have made me really wish we had some cool food trucks around Roanoke on a regular basis. Wish granted!
2. The economy. Although not cheap, it is far less expensive to start a food truck business than to start a restaurant in a permanent space.
What you’ll see if you read tomorrow’s article is that the owners of Bruno’s GastroTruck (Bruno and Tiffany Silva) and Noke Truck (Juan and Claudia Urrea) are extremely interesting people and are different in their own unique ways.
My article is not a first-person column, so I didn’t mention that I have eaten at both trucks. I will tell you here what I had and how it was.
At Bruno’s, I tried the M.K. Naan Fish Taco ($9) with sauteed tilapia, tomatoes, avocado, pickled onions, spicy Peruvian slaw and huancaina sauce on grilled naan bread. It was served with homemade potato chips. I also tried the Far East Rice Bowl ($10) with tenderloin tips, grilled peppers and onions, bean sprouts, peanuts and Asian sauce over jasmine rice. Both were really delicious and of the quality you would expect from a nice sit-down lunch restaurant. I felt as if I got enough for the price.
At Noke Truck, I tried the Noke Enchiladas ($6.59), which is a homemade crepe stuffed with shredded chicken, cream cheese, Mexican cheeses and green salsa, and topped with cilantro. I also tried the Napoleon, a Nutella and strawberry crepe ($5.99). I loved them both and again felt as if the value for the money was pretty good.
If you have any questions about these trucks after my article runs in tomorrow’s paper, please feel free to leave them on this blog entry. And if you have tried one of the trucks, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Check out Bruno’s GastroTruck on Facebook here.
Noke Truck is on Facebook here.
Both are also on Twitter.