This past Saturday I ventured over to Carrboro to check out the latest Food Truck Round Up. This one was hosted at Johnny’s in Carrboro. It was the perfect day for an outdoor event like this given the warm temperatures we have been having recently. There were seven food trucks featured at this round up set up in a ring in the parking lot surrounding Johnny’s. A good sized but manageable crowd was on hand to enjoy the beautiful weather, great food and jazzy music.
The seven trucks at the event included Only Burger, Will & Pops, Slippin Sliders, Parlez-Vous Crepes, Valentinos, Joey-D’s Hotdogs, and a Taco Truck. All of the trucks looked fairly busy, but unlike some of the other food truck rodeos I’ve been too, having such a large number of trucks there made for more manageable lines with the waits only on the order of 5-10 minutes to place your order and get your food.
Johnny’s is the perfect venue for this kind of an event because their setup provides ample room for the trucks with lots of open space left for people to mingle. They also have a nice patio out back of the store that makes for an excellent band stage. The musical group there on Saturday included a steel guitar, organ, and drums that made for some cool jazz tunes.
There was a good amount of room for seating and several large park benches located along the side of the building. I really liked that you can buy beer and wine inside the store to enjoy with your food. Johnny’s features a wide variety of beers including several local brews like LoneRider bottles and growlers from Fullsteam and Aviator.
This is the first food truck round up at Johnny’s that I know of, but they are big supporters of the movement and I understand that the Parlez-Vous Crepe and Taco Truck are regualrs there on weekends. Given the overwhelming success of this event, I bet they will host similar events in the future and I will be sure to post about them here. For more of my pictures you can view my flickr photo album of the food truck round up.