Food trucks: Stepping outside of the poutine box
Food trucks are all the rage in the culinary world, putting gourmet and inexpensive food on wheels and popping up throughout North America, including Ottawa, which has recently welcomed an onslaught of these mobile restaurants. Initially conceptualized as a way for urban office workers to grab a quick bite to eat during their lunch break, food trucks have become an entirely new genre of cuisine, taking to the streets with festivals and competitions across Canada.
Kathy Ferguson, a confessed food truck fanatic, recently spoke with Ottawa Magazine about the best ones she's come across during her adventures in the city.
"Unlike the 'in-your-face' style of our cousins in the Toronto street food scene, Ottawa vendors are generally much quieter in social media circles and keep to their tight schedule of festivals and farmers' markets throughout the summer," Ferguson told the news source. "Whether it's this summer or next, I am confident that Ottawa will catch up with the gourmet food truck trend."
Although Bite This owner Donna Kyd couldn't avoid putting poutine on the menu, she more than makes up for it with healthy food options inspired by her Thai background. Bites like Thai-one-on (pad thai) and Momo-Chow-Wow (sesame ginger noodles) keep faithful customers coming back for more nearly every day. Kyd even dabbles in classic Canadian eats like the Big Honk'n Juicy Burger and Big Honk'n Sausage.
Trailer Pork Boys
The name says it all - the owners of the Trailer Pork Boys food truck specialize in all things swine, from pulled pork poutine (whoa) to a decadent Cuban - two thin slices of ciabatta bread stuffed with pulled pork, black forest ham, swiss cheese and pickles. Usually located on the corner of Carling and Merivale streets near the Westgate Shopping Centre, this eatery on wheels fills the entire block with the smells of home-cooked barbecue.
Stone Soup Foodworks
When the summer draws to a close, the folks at Stone Soup Foodworks perk up with steaming bowls of homemade delights like summer vegetable and corn chowder, zucchini dill soup and heirloom tomato soup. Although the menu caters to herbivores, meat eaters can also munch on crunchy tacos filled with organic adobo chicken and locally sourced beef.
Before the summer comes to an end, travellers staying in Ottawa accommodations should get a little adventurous with their lunch and order some meals on wheels.