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Tag: Mobile Food Command Center

Aug.
5th

Taco Tuesday: Head to Parkland and Puyallup

A trio of awesome tacos.
A trio of awesome tacos.

It’s Tuesday and you know what that means – taco time.

With Tacoma bars pushing Tuesday Taco specials, I assigned myself a mission of finding the best tacos around town. I’m talking ingredients that go beyond bar tacos made with crunchy shells and ground beef. You can find my taco Tuesday series here about once a month, or whenever the taco mood strikes.

Today’s taco trip takes me to a smokehouse in Parkland and a food truck that knows its way around chopped steak. Read on. Read more »

Aug.
1st

Restaurants on wheels: A guide to Pierce County’s food trucks

Ande Dunn and Darrin Shaw were happy to split a "Bad Ass Burger" from Budha Bear Bagels when the truck appeared last month at Food Truck Fest in Tacoma's Wright Park.
Ande Dunn and Darrin Shaw were happy to split a “Bad Ass Burger” from Budha Bear Bagels when the truck appeared last month at Food Truck Fest in Tacoma’s Wright Park.

A diner complaint I hear too often: “We don’t have a food truck community.”

Or do we, and you just don’t know where to find it?

That’s where I come in, your handy newspaper restaurant critic.

I traversed every pocket of Pierce County, cross-referenced with the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department, hunted down social media, and relied on readers to assemble my most comprehensive list to date of food trucks based in Pierce County. The list is current as of today, but an unfortunate consequence of businesses that operate on wheels is that they might be serving today, but could easily roll out of town tomorrow. My advice: Call first, or check social media before trekking across the county.

In all, I found nearly 30 trucks serving — and licensed — in Pierce County that I’ve categorized into three groups. The first is the region’s oldest category of mobile dining: taco trucks serving traditional taqueria eats. The second is a list of trucks with semipermanent locations or regular serving spots. The third is a list of what I call “floater trucks.” Those are for-hire trucks you’ll occasionally encounter at public gatherings or festivals, but are trucks without permanent homes.

After all that traveling – and eating – I might’ve missed a truck or two. That’s where you come in. Have a Pierce County truck you want to tell me about? Call me at 253-597-8270 or email sue.kidd@thenewstribune.com and I’ll update this story with your additions. Read more »

July
8th

Tacoma’s Food Truck Fest lineup announced; plus other dining events

The Budha Bagel truck on the University of Washington Tacoma campus.
The Budha Bagel truck on the University of Washington Tacoma campus. The truck will serve at the July 20 Food Truck Fest in Tacoma at Wright Park.

The lineup for Tacoma’s Food Truck Fest on July 20 in Wright Park has been announced. I’ve also got two other food truck events for your calendar. And save the dates for these events -  wine dinners at Maxwell’s Restaurant + Lounge and JW in Gig Harbor; the Brew Five Three Festival and Gig Harbor Food and Wine festivals. Details here: Read more »

May
29th

New Tacoma food truck – Mobile Food Command Center will serve Mexican street eats

X Group's Mobile Food Command Center, serving Fridays and Saturdays near Engine House No. 9 in Tacoma's Sixth Avenue neighborhood.
X Group’s Mobile Food Command Center, serving Fridays and Saturdays near Engine House No. 9 in Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue neighborhood.

Tacoma’s X Group Restaurants got its first whiff of mobile cooking during the last two Moveable Feasts. Now the company is going mobile on a more permanent basis with its Mobile Food Command Center. The truck debuted last week. I like the truck’s logo, “In butter, we trust.”

For now, the food truck is serving a menu of Mexican street eats from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays just outside Engine House No. 9, the restaurant owned by X Group, along with neighboring Asado and Masa. The company also owns Choripan, the casual cafe at Tacoma’s Museum of Glass. Check out the truck’s menu below. Read more »