If you’ve ever eaten at a food truck, you’ll know that it’s quite different from a sit-down restaurant. Take away the servers, tablecloths and silverware and you’re left with the just the basics. Don’t let the truck intimidate you! These tips from fellow food truck-goers will prepare you for a great food experience from this new, moving food phenomenon.
1) Danielle Look - “Just because it’s mobile, doesn’t make it any faster. Be prepared to wait.” Love is being sautéed and deep fried into your food, so give them a few minutes to make your meal superb and you’ll be thankful that you waited.
2) John Mattox – “Cash is faster than a card.” While most food trucks have the option for you to swipe a card, cash is preferred and can get you (and those behind you) through the line faster.
3) Kelly Scott – “Always be prepared to have a second choice because they may run out of what you really wanted.” There’s not a lot of room for storage on the truck, so once they’re out of an item, they’re OUT for the day. This allows you to explore other menu options and get to know the food that truck offers.
4) Bring your own napkins – I’ve fumbled around with food while walking on Georgia Street, and it’s helpful to keep a few napkins in your purse or pocket in case you walk away from the truck and need one later.
5) Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the food – The people working in the truck know their food in and out. Ask if there’s nuts in the pesto, or how they made their lentil soup and you’ll always get a complete answer. They may even offer you a sample!
6) Twinkle VanWinkle – “Bring your own Sriracha and/or hot sauce.” This also goes for condiments in general. If you want it, don’t assume they’ll have it. Limited space on a truck means the focus is on the food and not on the extras.
7) Heather Tallman – “Have your hands free of purse/phone.” Food trucks hang out on the street, at festivals and anywhere they can park for the day. The likely hood that you can talk on your phone while eating a gyro sandwich is slim. But of course, you’ll mouth will be full of flavor that I doubt you’ll want to be talking, anyway!
8) Keep an open mind – You’re going to run into creative menus, and I can bet that you’ll find something you’ve never heard or seen before. The experience of walking up to a truck to order food is just as unique as what will come through the window and into your hands. Allow your tastebuds to be wowed and your tummy will thank you.
9) Allison Carter – “Bring your own drinks.” Limited space in a truck = limited drink options. Most trucks offer water bottles and Coke/Diet Coke, but if you prefer Diet Cherry 7-Up, you’d be better off bringing it yourself.
10) Share your experience with others – Food trucks survive by word-of-mouth experiences from people like you. Tweet, Instagram and blog about your favorites so that your friends can see what food trucks Indianapolis has to offer. Many don’t even have websites, so they rely on social media to get the word out.
Do you have any tips to offer first-timers? We’d love to hear them!