The street food scene in central Arkansas seems to be growing by the week with trucks and carts dishing up everything from catfish to barbecue to Mexican and Indian food.
The Arkansas Department of Health lists roughly 130 licensed mobile food units in Pulaski County alone. Some of those are mobile versions of brick-and-mortar restaurants, while others are snow cone stands or other concession trucks only seen at festivals and fairs. Some of the rest are seen regularly throughout the year in parking lots and on street corners throughout the year.
The recent addition of Food Truck Fridays to downtown Little Rock has been a hit among the 9-to-5 crowd. The weather seemed to put a damper on the second food truck event because even the threat of rain or cold or wind can have the potential to scare away finicky outdoor diners.
But when the sun is out at the new University Market at 4Corners, those co-workers looking for a way to please everyone at lunch show up by the car-ful, plop down at the new picnic tables or on tailgates and chow down on some grub in the great cement-covered outdoors.
The lot at Asher and University avenues has become the latest gathering place for food trucks from Monday to Friday for lunch. The business on evenings and weekends is more sporadic, says the park’s manager Jennifer Harrison. The best way to stay up to date on which trucks will be featured is to check the site’s Facebook page.
In honor of this street food boom, we’re wondering what’s your favorite kind of food truck?