In 2010, Chow Truck became Salt Lake City's first mobile food truck, serving tacos and sliders with an Asian twist.
Since then, a dozen of these traveling restaurants have rolled into Utah, specializing in everything from sushi and pizza to hamburgers to cr?pes.
Unlike taco carts and hot dog stands that are anchored in one location, food trucks move around the city, parking at video stores, call centers, banks, college campuses, concert venues, festivals and fairs. The only way hungry diners know where to find them is by following them on Facebook, Twitter or a website.
Intrigued by the growing number of road food offerings, The Salt Lake Tribune staff hit the streets to get all the details.
Bento Truck • Japanese
Owner/vibe • Katsu Yamazaki, the former sushi chef at Kyoto and Takashi restaurants, and his wife, Tokiko, offer traditional bento boxes made fresh-to-order. Each meal comes with steamed white rice, sides, and a choice of teriyaki chicken, barbecue beef, shrimp or vegetable tempura or five-piece gyoza (potstickers) filled with pork or vegetables.
What to try • The teriyaki chicken is the safe favorite, but aficionados follow this truck for the daily special, made with fresh, in-season ingredients. On a recent visit, it was a perfectly cooked portion of miso-glazed salmon with a side of creamy potato salad. If you have children -- or are just a kid at heart -- order a bottle of Ramune for $2. This soda has a unique-shaped glass bottle with a marble inside that rattles around when you drink it.
Follow • www.BentoTruck.com
Better Burger Truck • Hamburgers, fries
Owner/vibe • Stephen Helfenbein operates Better Burger Truck June through October and is a ski instructor at Alta during the winter. His hamburgers boast all-local ingredients -- the buns are from Stoneground Bakery in Salt Lake City, and he uses grass-fed beef from southeastern Utah.
What to try • The signature burger, the Better Burger, includes pickles and tomatoes with cheese for an extra cost. While that may seem sparse on the condiments, it really lets the taste of the beef come through. And they're fries are sweet potato fries.
Prices • $6.50-$7.50 for the burgers, $2.50 for fries
Follow • Twitter: @BetterBurgerUT or www.betterburgertruck.com
Como Lomo • Peruvian