Today I will finally have the option to walk to a food truck parked just around the corner from my office in downtown Raleigh. Food trucks have been part of the Raleigh food scene for more than six years now, but up until this point they have only been allowed to park on private property or at festivals. However the Raleigh City Council recently approved a Pilot Program that will allow food trucks to park at four designated locations on city streets across downtown: 100 E. Polk St., 300 S. Harrington St., 300 South Bloodworth St. and South State Street at the NCDMV Headquarters and N.C. State Employees Credit Union.
Trucks have to apply for a permit to park in these spots but once approved they will be able to get on the schedule for these spots which are available for use seven days a week between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Trucks will also be able to schedule to operate between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. It’s nice to see Raleigh adding more options for food trucks and I’m hopeful that this program will be extended beyond the originally planned six months and that even more locations will be added across downtown. To find out what trucks are scheduled at these locations you view the truck calendar here.
Hadley’s Martini Bar located on West Morgan Street in downtown Raleigh has made plans to start hosting Food Truck Pop-Up restaurants featuring your favorite local food truck chefs. Each weekend a local food truck chef will take over the kitchen and create their own special menu. The first Pop-Up launches this Thursday, June 9th through Saturday 11th. Chef Susan Tower of the Deli-icious food truck will helm the kitchen and offer a unique tapas menu featuring seven different items to choose from. The menu will range from Korean style fried chicken dumplings to vegetarian options like watermelon & feta salad and veggie sticky buns. You can view the full menu below.
June 9th through June 11th
These Pop-Up restaurants are a great way to enjoy food from your favorite local food truck chefs in a fun new environment. They also give the chefs an opportunity to experiment and build upon their already popular menu offerings. Hope to see you there!
About Chef Suzie of Deli-icious
Owner & Operator, Chef Suzie, culinary background started in Albany, NY at a deli & delicatessen, “Scratch Bakery”, creating artisan panini(s) and healthy entrees for local families on the go. To obtain more experience and skills, she began working for a catering company whose specialty became creating unique menus for themed events and weddings. Before moving to NC Suzie was offered a position at a well known upstate Korean & Portuguese fusion restaurant now called, “Mingle”. These culinary experiences are reflected in the menu, offering a wide range of global entree items to her new home in Raleigh, NC.
Hadley’s Martini Bar
317 W. Morgan Street
Raleigh, NC (Map)
Captain Cookie & The Milk Man
Photo courtesy Paul Prause
Update: Due to the snow and ice from the weekend storm, the Winter Food Truck Rodeo in Durham Central Park has been rescheduled for Sunday January 31st from 12-4pm. There are 50 trucks scheduled including a few new trucks like the Captain Cookie & The Milkman truck pictured above. There will also be live music as well as local craft beer and cider from Fullsteam, Ponysaurus, Triangle Brewery, and Bull City Cidery. You can view the full list of all 50 trucks here.
Special thanks to my friend Paul Prause for the truck photo above. If you are a fan of North Carolina breweries and food trucks I highly recommend you follow Paul on twitter at @paprause.
Durham Food Truck Rodeo
Sunday January 31st, 12-4pm
Durham Central Park
501 Foster Street
Durham, NC 27701 (map)
CockADoodleMoo Food Truck
“Takeover Tuesday” is a special night at the Berkeley Cafe in downtown Raleigh that gives some of your favorite local food truck chefs the opportunity to “take over” the cafe’s kitchen for the night and serve their popular fare. The next “Takeover” is Tuesday, January 12th, and will feature Chef Doug Rollins of the popular Triangle food truck CockADoodleMoo. The menu for this truck features traditional and global BBQ along with gourmet sandwiches made with fresh, all natural and local ingredients. To get a sense of just how good the dishes are I’ve heard their ribs described as “life changing”. The special Prix Fixe Menu for next Tuesday evening at the Berkeley Cafe is provided below. Cost is $25 per person. Dinner service runs from 5-9pm. Reservations not required but recommended (919) 821-0777. The Berkeley Cafe is located at 217 W. Martin St. Raleigh. Make sure you come hungry!
January 12th, 2016
Smoked Crab & Avocado Salad/Local Greens/Bell Pepper Coulis
Roasted Beets/Baby Arugula/Roasted fennel/Candied Pecans/Farmer’s Cheese/Apple Cider Vinaigrette
Pulled Pork and Crispy Slaw Spring Roll/DMZ Dipping Sauce
Raleigh Brewing Hidden Pipe Porter Braised Angus Beef Short Rib
Raleigh Rum-Browned Butter Smoked Spaghetti Squash
Local Mushrooms/Tangerine Gremolata/Crispy Leeks
Smoked Pork Belly/Stone Ground Polenta/Red Eye Gravy/Fried Collard Greens
Semi-Boneless Buttermilk Fried Chicken Breast/Sweet Potato Malted Waffle/Spiced Maple-Molasses Butter
Warm Bread and Butter Pudding/Whiskey Creme Anglaise/Almond Cookie
You can learn more about the husband and wife team (Jolie and Doug) behind CockADoodleMoo and their inspiration for the truck in The Wandering Sheppard’s “Behind the Wheel” post here.
This Tuesday, January 5th, Cousins Maine Lobster will be parked in front of White Street Brewing Company in downtown Wake Forest from 5:00-8:30pm for a Shark Tank “Viewing Party”. Then at 9pm the brewery will air the latest Shark Tank episode which will include an update on the local owners of this popular Triangle food truck. In addition to ordering a lobster roll from the truck, while you’re there I recommend getting a pint of White Street’s Hoptimist IPA. It’s one of my favorite local beers.
For more information about Cousins Maine Lobster and the local couple behind the truck check out this in-depth look by The Wandering Sheppard food truck blogger in his “Behind the Wheel: Cousins Maine Lobster” blog post. To find out where the truck will be next visit their facebook page and follow them on twitter.