For many Las Vegans, there has never been a better time to check out a food truck. As traditional restaurants struggle with changing rules for occupancy, group size and reservations, the hundreds of mobile restaurants in the valley offer varied cuisine in a drive-up setting that limits personal interactions and makes it unnecessary to spend time indoors spend. In addition, the variety of dishes served from truck windows is more extensive than ever.
So what is good?
The Review Journal recently spoke to four local food truck operators about the challenges they will face in 2020 and how they will respond to them. We also asked them for details on how to find their trucks and some recommendations for others who are worth visiting.
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Follow Chef Jonathan Batista’s YourPanadas truck at @yourpanadas and facebook.com/yourpanadas. Batista also uses the truck to showcase the kitchen of his partners in the Ghost Unit Kitchen collective, including Chef Jordon Dunewood’s Creole concept and Chef JD’s Taste Kitchen. Follow Ghost Unit at @ghostunitkitchen and facebook.com/ghostunitkitchen as well as on its website ghostunitkitchen.com. Follow Dunewood at @chefjdstastekitchen and streetfoodfinder.com/ChefJDsTasteKitchen.
Follow Floriana Pastore’s Neapolitan street food truck at facebook.com/SignoraPizzaTruck and @signorapizza. The signorapizza.com website is expected to be launched before the end of the year.
For a taste of Will Staten’s Louisiana cuisine, check out the Calendar of Events section at cravincreole.com/calendar.
The cake trolley
Trish Nuckles’ truck works primarily as a private, event-based concept, but she says customers can also “find us from time to time in small food truck gatherings in the valley”. Custom orders can be made at thecakewagon.com. Follow @thecakewagonlv, facebook.com/thecakewagon.
Picks of the cooks
AlphaDawg: “AlphaDawg is known for their amazing hot dogs, but my favorite (dish) is their killer cheesesteaks and fries!” @alphadawg_lv
Poppy’s Quesadilla: Veterans in the food truck game, and if you are lucky enough to spot them, they have a variety of delicious and creative options. My favorite is the pulled pork quesadilla – and street tacos when they have them. “@Poppysquesadillas, poppysfoodtrucks.com
The cake trolley: “Chef Trish Nuckles is a great pastry chef who launched a one-of-a-kind dessert truck that makes on-site customizable sweets with a creative twist on the classics and attention to detail. @thecakewagonlv, facebook.com/thecakewagon, thecakewagon.com
El Tamalucas: “Saul has great food, the company is family owned and operated, but most importantly, they have built a following the right way and are well known in town.” facebook.com/ElTamalucas, @eltamalucas
Chopperz Roadside Grill: “Chopperz is a family company. Chef Steve Bacchetta worked as a chef in several casinos and decided to move to a food truck business last year. His gourmet grilled sandwiches are delicious. “Facebook.com/ChopperzRoadsideGrill, @Chopperzroadsidegrill and chopperzroadsidegrill.shopsettings.com
Angry tacos: “Raging Tacos is owned by two friends with a passion for food who started this adventure last year. They are already popular (thanks to) fresh, good ingredients. “Facebook.com/RagingTacosLV, @ragingtacoslv, ragingtacoslv.com
Taste tests: “They serve carnival / fair desserts. From shakes to funnel cakes, they’re something unique. “Facebook.com/tasteetemptationssd, @tasteetemptations, taste-temptations.com
Maize Street: “The operators bring Cuban and South American / Latin American flair to the valley, which differs from normal street tacos. You can’t go wrong with a great Cuban sandwich! “@ Maize.st, maizest.square.site