Beefhearts

Beefhearts is a popup and catering restaurant that specializes in gourmet meat dishes. They most commonly show up at M Special Brewery and Draughtsmen Aleworks, in Goleta. When I went to eat there, they were only serving one thing, their pork sliders, so my view of their food is very limited. Since they are a pop-up, it could be debated that they are not really a food truck, but also, I would argue that they are a mobile food service, that have no official business front, that they are at least similar enough to count.

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Front table, with chef Nick Bodden

From what I can tell, when they do a pop up, they usually only bring one food to serve that has already been pre-prepared, so they only need to assemble the food. Sliders, which is something that they commonly serve, is one example of a way to do this. This isn’t the only thing they sell though; on their website they show items such as Creole Cassoulet, a dish of prosciutto, chicken, and pork with white beans, pickled sweet peppers, cilantro and scallion creme served over Fritos chips, Nashville hot chicken, served with coleslaw, pickles, cornbread and honey, and many others!

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Sliders from top
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Sliders from side

As for the sliders; they were stuffed with pork belly and coleslaw, with a Habanero tomato sauce, on a Hawaiian roll. This was so delicious! The flavors all complimented each other and worked impossibly well together. The spicy sauce played with the sweet bread and the savory pork created a large arrange of flavors; the coleslaw keeps everything in the slider fresh, too.

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Individual pork slider

They don’t have any ratings on yelp as of yet, but they seem to be fairly popular, and are getting lots of catering jobs, and with what I tasted of their food, I can see why. The chefs, too, were very nice and let me take lots of pictures. All in all, this pop up is so good and I would highly recommend it to anyone who finds themselves in Santa Barbara for a couple of days.

I’ll see you next week and always remember,

Keep Trucking On!

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Burger Bus

The Burger Bus is a food truck that sells, well, burgers. It has many varieties of burgers, and even has some vegetarian options. They move around town in an old school bus that has been converted to serve food, which is where their name comes from, and it’s a fresh change to food trucks.

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Side view of the bus

Their menu is very diverse, as well, with burgers from a normal cheeseburger to a banh mi burger, which has cilantro mayo, pickled carrots and cucumbers, and fried pickled jalapeños. They also have sandwiches, like their sausage sandwich, and their falafel sandwich, which is also one of their two vegetarian options; the other is a grilled cheese that they make, which has cucumbers, pickles, grilled onions, and grilled tomatoes.

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Burger Bus menu

I went with my family to try their food over the weekend, when they were at Municipal Winemakers. We sadly weren’t very hungry, so we only got one cheeseburger and shared it, so I can’t speak for the other, more unique burgers that they sell. Also, while we were there, they weren’t selling their sides at the moment, I’m not sure if they were out, or if they just hadn’t started up their fryer that day, but either way I didn’t get to try them.

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Burger Bus cheeseburger

With those exceptions in place, I have to say that their food was good! It wasn’t the best burger I’d ever had, but the unique experience of going to the burger bus made up for it.  With this in mind, it is probably one of the best places to go to to have catering for an event. They make their burgers as they come, and with their many options, everyone can find something they will like.

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Inside view of cheeseburger

Other people, on their yelp page, say that it was a unique experience, both for food trucks and for burgers. They also have an average of 4 stars (out of five) from 88 reviews.

In the comments, tell me about your favorite type of burger, or the best burger you’ve ever had! See you next week and remember,

Keep Trucking On!

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Fernando’s Churros

Fernando’s Churros is a churro truck that mainly stations itself at 827 East Montecito St, Santa Barbara, CA. Previously, it was right next to Santa Barbara High School, occasionally moving over to Santa Barbara Junior High, but it’s there anymore. It’s technical name is Fernando’s Churros and Deli, but most people do not refer to it as that name.

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Truck from the front/side
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Truck from the back/side

 

The thing that brings people to this truck most is their churros, obviously, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only thing they sell. They also sell lots of other foods, like burgers,  sandwiches and other “actual” food items, but these are a lot less popular.

At this truck, the most popular item is a small bag of homemade churros, which costs only $5. This is an amazing deal, as they use the term small very loosely. The amount of churros we got we couldn’t even finish between the three of us, and we thought they were delicious. This can be payed with cash or with a credit card, according to their yelp page. When I was there, I didn’t see a card machine, and we payed in cash, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist.

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Bag of churros, it was about half full

Also according to many people who have reviewed their yelp page, they are the “best churros in Santa Barbara” and have an average rating of 4.5 stars from 17 reviews. After buying a bag of churros myself, I can see why. These churros were delicious, warm enough to burn your mouth, and covered in cinnamon and sugar. My mom described them as “exactly like they’re from Mexico”, which is high praise in her book, as she values authenticity.

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Churros being fried

Also, the guy working in the truck (who I assume to be Fernando) was so cool and fun. Despite the fact that it was late, and he’d probably been working for at least an hour straight, he still humored us and posed for us.

Overall, the churros were amazing, the service was great and it was a fun experience over all. Let me know what you think of Fernando’s Churros in the comments!

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How to find and contact this truck

See you next time and remember,

Keep Trucking On

Making A Dave’s Dog

Ever wonder what makes a Dave’s Dog so good? Well so did I, and that’s why I decided to make my own a couple of night ago. I chose to remake the original Dave’s Style, and the BBQ Bacon dogs.

In the Dave’s Style, there’s bacon, tomato, chopped onion, mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, and sour cream. I decided to not include tomatoes for my own creation, since I don’t like them. The BBQ Bacon, however, includes BBQ sauce, bacon, and mayonnaise. Simple but delicious.

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Bacon, onion, hot dog buns, and hot dogs
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Mayo, BBQ sauce, sour cream, mustard, and ketchup

First, I started with cooking the bacon, since that would take me the longest and was necessary for both dogs. When the bacon was about halfway done, I started cooking the hot dogs, and popped the buns in the oven. This way everything was done at roughly the same time.

However, what I made was not exactly like an original Dave’s Dog, most particularly because of its presentation and the way they’re cooked. At the Dave’s Dogs truck, they cook everything that they need to on a grill, but I didn’t have access to one, so I had to use an oven and stove in replacement. Also, I couldn’t even begin to imagine that I had the same exact condiments used for a Dave’s Dog.

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Despite this, my hot dogs were delicious! They didn’t taste exactly like a Dave’s Dog, but they were definitely something that I would make again if I had the time and was willing to put in the effort. I gave my dad the BBQ Bacon one, and he seemed to really enjoy it too, so I can assume that they were both really good.

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Anyways, be sure to leave in the comments what your favorite Dave’s Dog is, or if you’ve never been to Dave’s Dogs, let me know your favorite dish from your favorite food truck! Have a good week and always remember,

Keep Trucking On!

What Is A Food Truck?

The definition of food truck is “a large vehicle equipped with facilities for cooking and selling food,” but what exactly does that entail?

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Dave’s Dogs, a MFPV

There are two types of food trucks, the MFPV, or mobile food preparation vehicle, which actually prepares and cooks food by the customer (like Dave’s Dogs), and the ICV, or industrial catering vehicle, which sells pre-made food (like the Mobile Cafe). A MFPV has a small kitchen that varies depending on what is being sold from the truck; if they’re scooping ice cream then they’ll have a freezer, if they’re all about churros, then they’ll most likely have a fryer in their truck. A ICV on the other hand might have just a freezer or something to keep food warm or heat it up.

Of course, not all mobile food services work out of trucks either. There are carts and other vehicles, called mobile food devices. These have similar qualifications as an ICV, with no full oven or cooking device, but just devices to keep food warm or cool.

Of course, to have any mobile food device officially recognized and legally accepted as a place that can sell goods and wares, you must have quite a few licenses and permits, at least in the state of California.

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A sunny day photo of Neighbor Tim’s BBQ truck (and Neighbor Tim’s wife), which I believe is an ICV

You must have a business license, a mobile food facility permit, a health permit, a food safety certification, and a food handler permit, and those are simply for owning and selling food from a mobile unit. There are other permits and registrations needed, but those are for opening a business in general (such as workers comp).

With all of these legal regulations and physical requirements dealt with, there are only a few other legal requirements to meet until you have a running and successful food truck. These requirements include having a trash can (that you have provided) near your truck to prevent littering and excessive amounts of trash, you have to work in conjunction with a food facility, for storage, and possibly production, and you have to secure a place to sell your food that is not affecting traffic or possibly on specific streets, according to your town’s own laws about food trucks.

This may not be true for all people, as all of these laws and regulations are based off of California standards.

Thank you and remember, Keep Truckin’ On!

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Save The Food Trucks

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Recently, when I went to a food truck in Goleta, called Neighbor Tim’s BBQ, my mom started a conversation with Tim himself, and started talking about the food truck business. Something that came up was the recent lack of other trucks and we were wondering why they suddenly stopped selling. Tim told us about a new set of regulations that the city of Santa Barbara is going to put in place regarding food trucks. He was talking about how these regulations are strict and could possibly send him out of business, so I decided to research them a bit.

When I actually read the list of regulations to be set in place, I suddenly understood his concern. Some of these new rules, such as only being able to set up for an hour at max, and only being able to serve food from 7am to 4pm, would absolutely lead to at least one truck going out of business. And this is purposeful, as they originally tried to ban all trucks from all streets in the city of Santa Barbara, but couldn’t since state laws forbid that.

(Here is the actual list of regulation to be put in place in case anyone is curious -> http://civicaweb.santabarbaraca.gov/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=167621 )

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After discovering that, I decided to base my blog off of that: food trucks. Of course, this blog’s purpose is only to bring awareness and a sense of understanding about to this subculture (not to have an excuse to go to a food truck at least once a week, not at all..)

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Throughout this blog, though, I won’t just be focusing on the specific trucks and the people who work there, (though I’m hoping I can make that a big part of it!) I will also be making posts about food trucks in general and about the whole culture. I will also hopefully be able to, with other people’s experiences, blog about food trucks and food truck events that happen outside of Santa Barbara!

So please, go out and support and enjoy your local food trucks, no matter where you live, and always think about the people who run them, who are just trying to start a business!

And always remember to Keep Trucking On!

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