Thursday, July 7, 2011

Nashville's Food Truck Craze Rolls On: This Week's Cover

Posted By on Thu, Jul 7, 2011 at 9:39 AM

This week's Scene cover story looks at Nashville's booming food truck subculture, near and dear to the stomachs of many of you Bitesters out there. Obviously, with only so many pages in the paper — and yes, I realize you're not reading this on paper — we couldn't cover every truck, any more than we can write about every good band playing in a given week. But we mention as many as is practical, and even put together this little guide (PDF) if you're so inclined. (There's also our online dining guide — now with Twitter feeds!)

We tackle the issue from a few different angles, including the whole question of where to park a truck once it's up and running, how some of the wheel-less businesses around town view their latest competition and what the Metro rule book has to say (or not) about the rolling restaurants that are turning heads and stuffing guts all over town. We also talk to Eat St. director Peter Waal about why his Food Network Canada show came to Nashville. I know I saw a few Bites commenters at the various shoots around town — Riffs in The Gulch, Barbie Burgers in Five Points and The Grilled Cheeserie on Music Row. I, for one, hope none of you have to watch me squatting in the Red Door East parking lot stuffing a burger into my face in hi-def. Or contending with a Benton's bacon grilled cheese on the sweltering steps of a music publishing house. But I did sign the release forms, alas.

My camera shyness aside, hopefully you'll get something out of the story even if you're already following the food truck scene obsessively (as I know some of you are). I, for one, am suddenly craving the chase. And truck lovers might have something pretty cool to look forward to by fall.

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