Food & Drink

Connecticut's Food Trucks: What's Behind The Wheels

They're parked at busy office buildings, farmers' markets, festivals and universities, vending everything from cupcakes to barbecued ribs to lobster rolls. Food-truck culture has come a long way over the past several years, as more and more passionate chefs have brought their talents to the streets.

Throughout this weekly summerlong series, we're taking a look at the stories behind Connecticut's restaurants on wheels and their owners. We've chosen trucks that are newer to the state or that haven't received past coverage, as a way to share new tales of mobile food success. Check back weekly for a new profile.

  • Chicken Is King On Yardbird Food Truck

    Chicken Is King On Yardbird Food Truck

    The "better burger" craze is still going strong in Connecticut, but Eric Stagl thinks it's time for chicken to have its turn in the spotlight. "Everybody loves chicken," he says. "You can do so many different things with it. … And why not? Who doesn't love the yardbird?" Stagl, a longtime Connecticut...

  • Caffeine On Wheels: Jitter Bus Perks Up New Haven

    Caffeine On Wheels: Jitter Bus Perks Up New Haven

    The name Jitter Bus came to them first. Three longtime friends, all experienced baristas, decided they wanted to bring their coffee knowledge to a new business — a mobile café. "We thought it would be a fresh spin on something that's pretty abundant in New Haven," says co-owner Dan Barletta. He...

  • Lizzie's Curbside: 25 Years Of Serving Up Comfort To UConn Crowd

    Lizzie's Curbside: 25 Years Of Serving Up Comfort To UConn Crowd

    On Feb. 1, 1991, Lizanne "Lizzie" Searing, a 27-year-old newlywed, set up her hot dog cart for the first time on the University of Connecticut's Storrs campus and waited for customers in the frigid weather. By day's end, braving the winter elements, she was excited to have made about $100. Twenty-five...

  • Hardcore Sweet: Cupcakes From 'Crazy To Classy'

    Hardcore Sweet: Cupcakes From 'Crazy To Classy'

    For years, Jeremy Braddock traveled the world as a guitarist with the Waterbury-based hardcore punk band 100 Demons. In his newest creative venture, he and his wife, Nicole, travel throughout Connecticut with their 3-year-old cupcake business, Hardcore Sweet. Nicole, a former nurse, was a stay-at-home...

  • UConn Expands Dining Options With Campus-Run Food Trucks

    UConn Expands Dining Options With Campus-Run Food Trucks

    The University of Connecticut's dining halls turn out approximately 80,000 meals a week, from waffles and Yankee pot roast to pizza and — yes — bacon jalapeño macaroni and cheese. And with the addition of two new campus food trucks serving ice cream and exotically flavored tacos, students, faculty,...

  • Chief Brody's Banh Mi: Vietnamese Sandwiches With Bite

    Chief Brody's Banh Mi: Vietnamese Sandwiches With Bite

    Greg Martell first tried to buy his food truck in 2009. He was bidding on the fully outfitted vehicle in New Jersey, and when the owners called to tell him they had sold it to another buyer, he was crushed. Less than a month later, when he was reporting to his first day of work as a chef de cuisine...

  • Rice Rolled: Have A Ball's Eclectic Arancini

    Rice Rolled: Have A Ball's Eclectic Arancini

    You're likely to find arancini — fried risotto balls filled with cheeses, vegetables or meats — on many high-end Italian restaurant menus. But that's not how Chris Dall'au wants you to eat them. "That's not really what was intended," he says. "It's really blue-collar food meant to be sold on the...

  • Munchies: Burgers, Chicken, Falafel With Middle Eastern Flair

    Munchies: Burgers, Chicken, Falafel With Middle Eastern Flair

    When Aiman Saad and his wife, Manal, first opened Munchies four and a half years ago, the Connecticut food truck scene was in its infancy, and that posed some unexpected challenges. "When we started, we couldn't find anywhere to park. People didn't want us here or there. It was foreign around here,"...

  • Spud Stud: Loaded Potatoes Make A Meal In A Peel

    Spud Stud: Loaded Potatoes Make A Meal In A Peel

    There may not be a whole lot of similarities between Craig and Krista McCarthy's past career in the bail bonds industry and their current role as food truck owners. But it was during a trip to court on a bond matter when Krista first told her husband she'd been thinking about an idea for a truck:...

  • Hapa: Street Food With A Pacific Twist

    Hapa: Street Food With A Pacific Twist

    When Chris Gonzalez and his wife, Nicole Samela-Gonzalez, were living and working in Maui, Nicole's Hawaiian coworkers repeatedly told her that she and her Philippine-born husband "would have the most beautiful hapa babies someday." She learned that the term was used to describe a person of mixed...

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