Three years ago, there were no food trucks in Calgary. Now, there are more than 40 road-worthy restaurants serving the city, and that number is likely to grow. The first food trucks hit the streets in 2011, part of a City of Calgary pilot project to determine the viability of food trucks and the regulatory system necessary to sustain them. Calgarians responded in droves, lining up for street food, following the trucks on social media and booking them for private events. Food trucks have come to stay. Here are some highlights.
A culinary marriage between Mexico and India has brought a tasty result to Calgary streets. Naan bread is wrapped, taco-like, around ingredients like spiced chickpea fritters, butter chicken and spicy beef vindaloo, topped with fresh chutneys and veggie. It’s a modern take on Indian cuisine.
Grilled cheese gets a local, sustainable and flavourful update on the Cheezy Bizness truck. Owner Nicole Fewell has some unusual additions, like her homemade kimchi, pulled pork and pineapple and, when we’re lucky, mac ’n’ cheese, for her sandwiches, making them good gourmet on the go.
RED WAGON DINER
It’s smoked meat on the go, but more than just basic sandwiches. The special, with its addition of tomatoes and grilled onions, has a fresh taste, while the smoked meat hash topped with soft basted eggs has us grateful breakfast isn’t just for mornings anymore.
WAFFLES ‘N’ CHIX
With the classic pairing of southern-fried chicken and warm Belgian waffles, this truck offers the perfect combination of sweet and savoury, crispy and chewy. Topped with white gravy and maple syrup, it’s a satisfying, sticky handful.
Three years ago, there were no food trucks in Calgary. Now, there are more than 40 road-worthy restaurants serving the city.