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Al fresco find: Wood-fired pizza from Pizzahood in Puyallup

The wood-fired oven of Pizzahood, a new food truck in Puyallup.
The wood-fired oven of Pizzahood, a new food truck in Puyallup.

I know when winter strikes, the first thing I think about is dining outside!

Yeah, no. I’m a wimp. I hate eating outside in December unless my job forces the issue. And that brings me to today’s blog post – al fresco wood-fired pizza.

Despite the chill, I had to check out one of Pierce County’s newest mobile food vendors – Pizzahood in downtown Puyallup. Read more »


Mobile eats: Bella Amore sandwiches and Gibson’s frozen yogurt in downtown Tacoma

Serving at the Post Office building in Tacoma - Bella Amore and Gibson's.
Serving at the Post Office building in Tacoma – Bella Amore and Gibson’s.

Spotted in downtown Tacoma  – two food trucks at the old post office building.

Bella Amore, a new Tacoma truck featuring meatball and sausage sandwiches for $4.99, is serving alongside Gibson’s, the frozen yogurt truck that is the mobile offspring of the Gibson’s yogurt cafes in Westgate and Stadium. Read more »


Filipino food trucks: Big Boys now open in Pacific, Lumpia World stops serving at UWT


The grating chill blew in sideways through the window on the Big Boys Filipino food truck, but the couple working inside didn’t seem bothered much. My teeth chattered and I winced at taking my hands out of my pockets to fetch my credit card. Such is life for a hired belly researching mobile food businesses in January. In January? Yeah. January. Although most of us think of May-October as the more sane food truck season, plenty of trucks and carts operate year round in South Sound. Yesterday, I wrote about Jay Dogs, a hot dog cart that set up shop Nov. 1 on Center Street. Today, I’m taking a bite out of the Big Boys, which opened just a few months ago in Pacific. Read more »


Moveable Feast: Tacoma will have its first mobile food truck meetup

Barrel No. 51 is one of many trucks that will be at the inaugural Moveable Feast, July 29 at Cheney Stadium.

Restaurants on wheels grill up good eats all over the South Sound, but no real gathering place exists here for mobile food trucks to convene like they do in Olympia, Seattle or Portland.

Until now.

On July 29, Cheney Stadium will host the first mobile truck gathering in Tacoma. Called Moveable Feast, the event is organized by Alyson Jones, director of media and events for the Tacoma Rainiers. The one-day feast has room for about 40 mobile restaurants. Read more »


More al fresco dining: Barrel No. 51, the barbecue truck, is back

This pulled pork sandwich from Barrel No. 51 is quite the porky, saucy mess.

The next few days, I’m going to write about restaurants with outdoor dining to enjoy our stretch of warm weather  – because who knows when it will just poof, leaving us with soggy socks under our sandals (I’ve seen waaaaay too much of that bad fashion lately). Today’s featured al fresco dining spot is another mobile truck – Barrel No. 51. This will be the third al fresco season for the truck and I’ve appreciated watching its evolution. Right now, the truck is parked at Cedar and South 23rd, near Target in the old movie theater parking lot. Read more »


More proof of summer: Tacoma’s Barrel No. 51 mobile barbecue truck is back in action serving pulled pork, chicken and ribs

The pulled pork sandwich at Barrel No 51 BBQ.

After an inaugural summer last year of changing menus and the evolution of its barbecue offerings, the mobile food truck Barrel No. 51 BBQ is back in operation. Now all diners have to do is find the truck. For now, the truck is serving barbecue in the parking lot of the Destiny City church, which is right behind Target. The truck previously tested two locations, last summer in Lakewood and then moving to the Lincoln District last fall.

For a food business with “BBQ” in its moniker, I found the truck’s limited sandwich menu last summer lacking. But when I checked back in on the truck last fall, they finally had real slow-and-low barbecue on the menu – ribs, pulled pork, smoked pulled chicken sandwiches, and baked beans and cole slaw.

My most recent visit found Read more »