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Eating Across Boston

by Matt Cohen on Mar 20, 2013

First and foremost Happy Spring! Wait a second, it doesn’t feel like Spring at all with inches of snow & ice on the ground…Snow aside, as we march closer to the end of the month, and the start of April something exciting is about to go down in Boston.

April 1st marks the new calendar year for the blossoming Food Truck business inBoston. Years ago food trucks weren’t popular or even in existence in this city. You would never think about grabbing lunch or dinner from a truck; now years later, food trucks are “the craze” and provide some of the best meals around, for not a lot of money. A few years back there were under 10 trucks operating in the city; now in 2013 there are over 60 trucks you can find on a daily basis.

To clear up some confusion for people not familiar with food trucks reading this blog; food trucks are not those old silver canteen trucks that visit construction sites – Food trucks are typically old UPS vans which are converted to feature fully functioning kitchens with grills, fryers, refrigerators and flat tops. Crepes, vegetarian tacos, corned beef dumplings and bacon & cheese riddled poutine are some of creations the trucks inBostonare bringing to the table. Food trucks serve gourmet meals for sometimes half the price a brick & mortar would charge.

Overall, Food trucks have taken the country by storm. Since 2009, the number of food trucks in theUnited Stateshas grown by 710%. In 2014, it is anticipated that this figure will grow by an additional 260%.Bostonhas embraced the Food truck culture and is widely considered among the top 10 food truck hotspots in theUSalong with NYC,San Francisco,Los Angeles,SeattleandTampa. Food trucks have made such an impression that it was announced this week that Disney will start to allow trucks on site and at their popular Downtown Disney shopping destination. If Mickey approves so should you.

Though a majority of trucks operate throughout the year in Boston, April 1st is the date the remaining trucks come out of hibernation and will grace us in their usual and new city appointed parking spaces. April 1st also marks the debut for a handful of new trucks that are sure to quickly become fan favorites. Big changes to the Boston Food Truck program this year were the addition of Food Truck spots inMaverick Square,Dudley Square and inCharlestown by the Navy Yard. These spots, coupled with the crowd favorite Cleveland Circle, Boston Public Library and Northeastern University spots, make Boston a food truck Mecca. If you are in the mood for a grilled cheese with avocado and bacon to Falafel, to a divine Ice-Cream sandwich, you can find it one of these trucks. I suggest the next time you can’t figure out what you want for lunch or dinner, to try one of these kitchens on wheels. The easiest way to track them down is via Twitter, Facebook and by using the City ofBoston’s schedule which can be found at:

http://www.cityofboston.gov/business/mobile/schedule-tabs.asp

If you own a Food Truck, or are interested in possibly opening one, we’d love to help. One of my specialties is insuring Food Trucks. I’ve partnered with a company who allows us access to a product geared towards making sure Food Trucks are properly insured.

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