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Old 02-20-2012, 06:31 AM
 
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idk where you live but it's not like that at all in DC. dunno how you could make things like indian butter chicken "in little or no time at all" but ok... sounds like you're just an elitist.

Exactly.

There's a lasagna truck that sells three different types of lasagna accompanied by a fresh greens salad.

Korean bulgogi, enchiladas, ficelle sandwiches, wraps, crepes, barbeque, tacos, lobster rolls, indian fare, deep dish pizza, flatbread pizza, you name it.

I'm thinking the other poster is remembing the "roach coaches" of 20 years ago that would deliver stuff to construction sites, usually consisting of boiled hot dogs, slim jims, chips, sodas, and pickled eggs.
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Old 02-20-2012, 02:30 PM
 
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Leave it liberals to treat vending trucks like drug dealers.
I'm sure there are some food trucks that offer "non-menu" items...
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Old 02-20-2012, 02:36 PM
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Location: Topton and Nescopeck, Penna.
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"Roach coaches" - that term brings back some great memories of when I worked in L. A, too many years ago).
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Old 02-20-2012, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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"Roach coaches" - that term brings back some great memories of when I worked in L. A, too many years ago).
Oh no, not anymore (and we did that in NYC as well).

Now they are upscale. Austin has cupcake trucks that people actually hunt down so they can buy from them.

Small business owners have taken to the roads and have left the brick & mortar behind because of rent and other overhead expenses.

Truly, some of these food vendor trucks are more like restaurants on wheels with what they serve. You can even hunt down gluten-free !

Austin has a map and an iPhone app to locate the vendors.
Austin Mobile Food Cart & Trailer Map | AustinFoodCarts

Nope..these are not the "roach coaches" some of us remember from the past.
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Old 02-20-2012, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Eugenius
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I see it as an opportunity for a drug dealer to go straight. Sell soda and snack food on the corner out of the trunk of your car. What are they going to arrest you for? Possession with intent to sell potato chips?

Or aiding and abetting a pothead!
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Old 02-20-2012, 03:07 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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Why would I want my kids leaving school property to get food from a truck? If I don't like their lunch, I'll send them to school with one we make.

I actually agree with this. I don't want a bunch of idiots running around school grounds everyday, and kids leaving the school to attend their food trucks.
Children should not be leaving school grounds to purchase items that may have been handled improperly or unsanitary by a food truck vendor. I used to work in an office where there were limited food options in the area. There was this particular food truck that parked by my building and I was appalled at the flies that I saw on top of the trays of food, which I could clearly see through the window of the truck. The food itself was junk and not something I'd endorse for children to be eating. Yeah ... Our government can be overreaching at times but I think this is a good policy.
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Old 02-20-2012, 03:10 PM
 
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Children should not be leaving school grounds to purchase items that may have been handled improperly or unsanitary by a food truck vendor. I used to work in an office where there were limited food options in the area. There was this particular food truck that parked by my building and I was appalled at the flies that I saw on top of the trays of food, which I could clearly see through the window of the truck. The food itself was junk and not something I'd endorse for children to be eating. Yeah ... Our government can be overreaching at times but I think this is a good policy.

You must live in an area that has no regulation on food trucks. In DC, ours are inspected and clean.

As for kids leaving school grounds--some schools allow that and some don't. Where my daughter went to high school, seniors were allowed to go "off campus" for lunch.
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Old 02-20-2012, 03:16 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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You must live in an area that has no regulation on food trucks. In DC, ours are inspected and clean.

As for kids leaving school grounds--some schools allow that and some don't. Where my daughter went to high school, seniors were allowed to go "off campus" for lunch.
My office building was in Downtown Los Angeles ... In the state that's the subject of this thread.
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Old 02-20-2012, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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My office building was in Downtown Los Angeles ... In the state that's the subject of this thread.
Well then, based on your post about the flies on the crappy food, I would agree that no food trucks should be near schools.

I've seen a few in Austin and they are nowhere near what you describe.
They come down hard on the mobile food vendors in Austin.
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Old 02-20-2012, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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Not all roach coaches are the same. Some offer quality food, in some cases cooked by an actual chef (watch Food Network shows on food trucks for examples). I agree that middle and elementary students shouldn't be leaving school to eat from these trucks. I don't agree with the range the city wants to impose. High school is a different matter. Having the roach coach close to campus reduces the chances of students leaving campus to go further down the road to eat. I graduated in 1987 from a rural/suburban school. The food was cooked on the campus instead of pre packaged and nuked at school to cut cost. Food was always fresh and had a home cooked taste. No sodas ANYWHERE on our campus. Milk, water, or juice was all we had to drink. That was before people lived on soda or energy drinks. Even with good or decent tasting meals, there were still people who drove off campus for lunch. Our middle school was near a drive-in burger joint. These were fresh beef burgers complete with finger marks from forming the burger patties and fresh cut potatoes for French fries. We didn't go there during lunch due to the cooking time for such fresh made burgers and fries. If we did go during lunch, it was for their Frito chili pies made with homemade chili. We never left the campus of elementary school. I'd say no roach coaches within 500 feet of elementary and middle schools (grades 8 and below).
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