Phoenix isn't exactly on a roll -- yet. But a mobile street food revolution is slowly taking shape here.
Stringent laws in Valley cities have made it hard for food cart culture to flourish locally, but a new group that calls itself the Phoenix Street Food Coalition
is working to change that. Yesterday, the group announced its involvement with a new weekly event coming to the Phoenix Public Market, a Mobile Food Court
that will open for lunch every Friday starting October 1.
Elsewhere, there's plenty of inspiration. There's a huge cluster of food carts in downtown Portland, offering everything from meatball subs to sopapillas to Thai noodles. And in Los Angeles, locals follow their favorite vendors on Twitter to see which neighborhood they're parked in at the moment. The phenomenon even has its own Food Network series, The Great Food Truck Race.
Once the Mobile Food Court starts up, you'll be able to sample an excellent crepe from Truckin' Good Food, bite into a gourmet hot dog from Short Leash Dogs, indulge in some creme brulee from Torched Goodness, and snack on homemade treats from other coalition members, including La Vida Locavore, Puro Sabor, FruFru Pops, Udder Delights, What's Your Grind, and MF Tasty.
The Mobile Food Court will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Friday at 14 E. Pierce St.