By Brett Dassen, Michelle Frese, and Jocelyn Land; photos by Brett Dassen
There is a popular new trend in Las Vegas, the “food truck”. These mobile cafes move
constantly around the Valley, “broadcasting” their location and parking wherever they can
find enough space. Food trucks frequently draw many huge crowds in some popular
locations. Any weekday at noon, you can go to the courthouse and observe the food
trucks that park there for lunch. They inform people of their location by social networking
sites such as Facebook or MySpace. When anew truck opens, especially at a new location,
they can be extremely popular. Many food trucks have regular stops at the same time at
the same place each day .
There were so many different kinds of food at
the monthly StrEats food truck festival held the second Saturday of every month at the
El Cortez. Some of the food was Hawaiian chicken sandwiches, varieties of pizza, Chinese
food, and cheese steak sandwiches. There were also trucks with ice cream, funnel cakes,
and specialty drinks. One of our favorite foods was the Hawaiian chicken sandwich.
They also had trucks that served Mexican food, meatball lamb sandwiches, hamburgers,
churros, and French fries. One truck, called Sausage Fest, served sausages and hot dogs.
We tried food samples of chicken curry and beef curry from one of the tables in front of
an Indian specialty truck. Sin City Wings had very good hot wings. Prices ranged from
approximately five to ten dollars per meal, depending on what you ordered. Some of the
gourmet items were a bit pricier, but still quite reasonable. There was very little seating, so
it’s helpful to keep that in mind when ordering your meal. Another option would be to bring
a blanket or folding chair if you want to eat outside. Interestingly, another new arrival in
the food truck trend is called the “bustaurant”, where the food is prepared downstairs on a
converted double-decker bus, and there is an area for eating upstairs. Many food trucks
accept credit and debit cards.
Taking in the Scene
The festival was a lot of fun, though visitors should be prepared for some noise and a
little crowd commotion. Besides just eats, the event really stimulates all your senses.
The loud music playing added a festive airto the event. The food tasted and smelled
wonderful! You could smell the food cooking from far away. What was most fun was
trying all the different kinds of food. We attended the festival in May, and the area was
well-populated on a beautiful Vegas night. We really enjoyed the visual aspect of the
diverse group of people in attendance as well as the brightly colored truck decor. There
was a mixture of people from all walks of life enjoying the food and the atmosphere,
everyone from young kids and teenagers to older adults. The artwork and logos on the
trucks were fun, creative and really made the trucks stand out. There was a lot of walking
involved, so if you plan to attend in the upcoming months, wear comfortable shoes!