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Sol Tacos ~ Gourmet Southern Tacos with Local Ingredients

Sol Tacos

When summer rolls around I can pretty much live off tacos. Thankfully my friend Art over at the Wandering Sheppard shared the news earlier this spring about a great new food truck  called Sol Tacos. It’s a gourmet food truck that serves southern inspired tacos using soft hand made tortillas filled with locally sourced southern organic ingredients that compliment classic Mexican street food.

The truck is based out of Cary and operated by chef Andy Schaumann (follow him on twitter @Sol_Tacos). Schaumann has a long history of working in great restaurants having most recently worked at well the known Vivaci in North Hills. You can tell he pours his heart & soul into his business and it really comes out in the culinary creations he serves from the truck.


When I first visited the truck the daily tacos being offered included a Buttermilk Fried flounder taco with cilantro sour cream, lettuce, and citrus radish salad. Other offerings include a blackened chicken nacho taco and the cheddar chuck burger. I’m a big fan of the fish taco but look forward to trying the chicken nacho taco next!

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A new addition to the taco menu this 4th of July weekend is a special pork taco made with local beer braised pork, pickled okra, hot banana peppers, chicharones, and western BBQ.

Sol Tacos

Sol Tacos also features a selection of creative sides that rotates seasonally. This week’s side items include local sliced heirloom tomatoes from birdland farms with lime aioli, maldon sea salt, balsamic, and olive oil. Another new offering is the “personal nachos” with organic corn chips, ground chuck, black beans, shredded cheese, queso dip, tomato salsa, sour cream, hot sauce.

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You can find the bright green Sol Tacos truck this fourth of July weekend all over the Triangle. Starting on Thursday night (7/3) at Deep River Brewing in Clayton, Friday (7/4) at Knightdale Station Parks fireworks celebration, Saturday morning (7/5) at Apex Farmers Market, & then Sunday (7/6) at Raleigh Brewing Company. To keep tabs on where the truck will be next and visit their monthly calendar here.

Sol Tacos 
website: http://www.soltacosnc.com
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/soltacosnc
twitter: @Sol_Tacos

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Belgian Waffology Food Truck

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Thanks to a tip from my friend Art over at The Wandering Sheppard I recently caught up with a new food truck I have been looking forward to experiencing for quite some time. Now this is no ordinary food truck. This is the Triangle’s very own waffle truck called Belgian Waffology. It is operated by owner François Kerckhof of Belgium and features both sweet and savory Belgian waffles! If the crowd around this truck last week is any indication, I’d say it is a huge hit!

Now, a little about the waffles. Liege waffles are waffles made from a dough containing pearl sugar. This waffle is thicker, heavier and chewy. Brussels waffles are what most people think of when they think of a Belgian waffle. They are made from a batter and are typically light, crusty, golden and rectangular.

Toppings offered for both range from fresh strawberries and homemade whipped cream to nutella, bananas, cinnamon, and honey. There are also savory options like goat cheese, walnuts, apples, tomatoes and mozzarella. I am a huge fan of liege waffles so I tried one of those with fresh strawberries. I loved the crispy outside and chewy inside. Absolutely perfect.

Francois and his crew make all the waffles from scratch on the truck using waffle irons from Belgium. A plain waffle (a treat in itself) runs $4. Prices range up to $8 depending on the various sweet and savory topping combos. You can also grab a drink to wash the waffle down including coffee roasted right here in the Triangle from Carrboro Coffee.


To keep tabs on where the waffle truck will be next (the truck’s name is “Freddy” by the way) check out the schedule on belgianwaffology.com. You can also follow the truck on twitter to get updates on their daily location. If you plan to be in town the Memorial Day weekend you can find the waffle truck at Deep River Brewery in Clayton this Sunday 5/25 from 1-6pm. Belgian Waffles and local NC beer sounds like a great way to spend a Sunday!

Belgian Waffology
website: http://belgianwaffology.com
twitter: @Bewaffology
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/belgianwaffology
instagram: belgian_waffles

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Picture of the Week: “Stuft” – The Gourmet Stuffed Potato Food Truck!

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Yesterday I made a quick stop at Big Boss Brewery to snap this picture of “Stuft” – a gourmet stuffed potato food truck that is relatively new on the Triangle food truck scene. I didn’t get a chance to try their menu, but I never met a carb I didn’t like and can’t wait to try some of their food soon. For more food truck action make sure you follow my friend Art over at The Wandering Sheppard. He has the scoop on all the new food trucks and shares weekly updates on the latest Food Trucks events like the upcoming Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo this Sunday from 1-6pm.

Stuft – Gourmet Stuffed Potatoes
wesbite: http://stuft.org
twitter: @_Stuft
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/STUFTllc

 

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A New Food Truck in the New Year! Dump Pho King Truck


A great new food truck is coming to the Triangle but they need your support. The Dump Pho King Truck  will be a Raleigh based truck that specializes in authentic Asian food, with a healthy serving of humor. They have launched a kickstarter campaign to retrofit the FedEx fleet truck they purchased to start their mobile food business. Several pop-up tastings are also planned in the coming weeks to give you chance to try their culinary delights.

“Two Girls, One Truck. Our Dump Pho King journey to merge our American dreams and Asian stomachs. Here’s to celebrating our inner fat kid, giving back to the city that we love, and having a blast while doing it.” ~ Sunny & Sophia

The Food
Their specialties are Dumplings and Pho, but the main goal of Sunny and Sophia, the dreamers and chefs behind this new gourmet food truck, is to source locally, give back to our community and have a sense of humor while doing it. Check out some of the planned menu for the Dump Pho King Truck below:

Appetizers:

  • Vietnamese Carpaccio: (Bò Tái Chanh) – Moo!
  • Korean BBQ Tacos: AKA “thebomb.com”
  • Spicy Garlic Eggplant: Veggie/Vegan friendly
  • Spring Onion Pancakes: Taiwanese street food at its best.

Entrees:

  • Pork and Chive Dumplings:Traditional as heck 
  • Shiitake Mushroom and Ginger Dumplings: Veggie/Vegan Friendly
  • Vietnamese Beef Pho: Asian Windex – Cures everything.
  • Vietnamese Chicken Pho: Lighter than the beef

Drinks:

  • Passionfruit Green Tea
  • Guava Grapefruit Fizz
  • Traditional Taiwanese Milk Tea (with or without bubbles)

Pop-Up Tastings
Don’t miss your chance to sample some of their menu items at their upcoming tasting events. The first event will be at FullSteam Brewery in Durham on Saturday 12/28 at 4:30pm. See the flyer below for additional pop-up dates!

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Dump Pho King Truck
website: http://dumpphokingtruck.com/
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DumpPhoKingTruck
twitter: @DumpPhoKngTweet
instagram: http://instagram.com/dumpphokingtruck#

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KoKyu BBQ Food Truck Needs Your Support – Help them Open a Brick & Mortar Restaurant!

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KoKyu BBQ Food Truck

The Kokyu BBQ Food Truck is one of my favorite Triangle trucks. For the past three years they have been my “go to” food truck when I visit Durham. They serve unique dishes like “Carolina Carnitas” Sliders, Pekin Duck “TaKos”,  “Unreal Buffalo Chicken” Sliders, and Philly “CheeseFakes”. The people behind Kokyu are now ready to take the next step and are working on opening a brick & mortar restaurant in downtown Durham.  They have an ongoing kickstarter fundraising campaign to help raise the seed money to do this and are so very close to reaching their goal, but they need your support!

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Korean BBQ Taco

I’ve always enjoyed KoKyu’s Korean BBQ tacos. I have many fond memories of scarfing them down between sets when my band played the “garage stage” at Motorco Music Hall where the KoKyu truck was usually set up. It was a great inexpensive way to eat something delicious and unique, which is a big deal when you are dining on a musician’s budget!

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Duck Fat Tots!

Another KoKyu favorite of mine is the duck fat tater tots! At first I was somewhat skeptical of tater tots made in duck fat but I was quickly won over after my first bite. They quickly became a staple that goes very well with a nice cold pint of beer.

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KoKyu

The good news is that KoKyu has plans to keep their food trucks running even after they open their restaurant and they have some neat plans for the restaurant as well. But time is running out and they really just need a little bump from all of us to help them make their funding goal. Their Kickstarter campaing ends in a little less than than 20 hours and they need that last little push to send them over the top! Please consider supporting their quest to open a brick and mortar restaurant and visit their crowd source funding page here and show your support!

About KoKyu
In the winter of 2010, KoKyu BBQ first hit the streets of the triangle in North Carolina. Packing an array of extremely fresh produce and delicate, slow-cooked meats, lines quickly formed in front of the distinctive graffiti adorned trailer.

Lines formed at a number of local food truck hotspots and KoKyu eventually landed on Rigsbee Avenue. The fans followed and KoKyu became an icon of The Triangle food scene while amassing an ongoing list of excellent reviews ranging from local bloggers to the New York Times, so KoKyu decided to stay for a while.

Look out for KoKyu Ondo in the Fall of 2013, the newest addition to the KoKyu family of trucks. Ondo will specialize in the same principles that made KoKyu BBQ a hit- extremely fresh, perfectly cooked street meals, all on a dime budget. Keep us posted if there are any locales you’d like to see us roll up to.

Website: http://www.kokyubbq.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kokyuBBQ
Twitter: @KoKyuBBQ

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