Meet Naomi and Joel of Pizza Politana. They make Neapolitan-style pizza with seasonal ingredients, hot out of the oven at Bay Area farmer's markets and festivals. In addition to the classic margherita pizza, they also serve a "market" pizza with toppings that change every week depending on what's fresh at the market.
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What's on the menu at Cap'n Mike's? Lox sandwiches, soups, salads and a very special tea from the Hopi Indians. They make their own cream cheese, use Acme organic sourdough, and almost all the produce comes from market farmers. Mike ("The Cap'n") was a Methodist minister before getting into the smoked fish biz.
Today we chat with Max Kraushaar of the Piecycle in Seattle. "It gets difficult when I have two whole pies in my bag, but luckily I live uphill from everyone, so my journey is downhill."
The city of Los Angeles is in the midst of a street food boom, and Alex Chu, owner of The Dim Sum Truck, is one of the younger food truck owners on the scene. At just 23, the USC graduate already has a loyal following for two reasons: 1.) He left the making of his steamed and fried Chinese dumplings to the professionals, and 2.) Previously, good dim sum could only be found way out in the San Gabriel Valley, a treck most Angelenos were unwilling to make. Add to that the fact that dim sum is usually only sold during lunch hours and you've got a million dollar idea for a food truck.
Growing up in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, Adam Dragotta considered himself a hot dog fanatic. According to him, there was no better hot dog than the New Jersey-style dogs he grew up eating: deep fried, on a steamed bun, and topped with a pickle spear.
You might spot the Biscuit Bike riding around Portland, Oregon, serving vegan biscuits and gravy and Kombucha on tap. It combines many very Portland elements: food carts, bicycles, vegan food, and Kombucha.
It's time for another street food profile. This time we chat with the people Dan Dan BBQ in Southern California, where the Korean-Mexican fusion menu includes Korean short rib tacos, sliders (the favorite), burritos, kimchi quesadillas, bulgogi burgers, and fries.
It's time for another street food profile. This time we chat with the guys behind Sugar Philly Truck, a truck in Philadelphia that serves gourmet desserts including peanut panna cotta, spicy Mexican layered chocolate cake, and French macarons.
It's time for another street food profile. This time we chat with Jae Kim of Chi'lantro, a Korean-Mexican fusion truck in Austin with tacos, burritos, quesadillas, hamburgers, hot dogs, and fries on the menu.
It's time for another street food profile. This time we chat with Truckin' Good Food in Phoenix, Arizona. Local watermelon and feta salad and chickpea frites with anchovy and lemon, from a truck? Yes please.
It's time for another street food profile. This time we chat with the people behind Fusion Cafe in Columbus, Ohio, where the menu combines Caribbean, Latin and American flavors—jerk chicken wings with blackberry dipping sauce, bison sliders, mango-blueberry crème brûlée, veggie kebabs, and stewed goat.
It's time for another street food profile. This time we meet Savor Soup House in Portland, Oregon. Ever heard of soup flights? They have them, in addition to a grilled cheese bar and a fresh lemonade du week, like pineapple ginger with habanero.
It's time for another street food profile. This time we meet Teresa Mason of the Mas Tacos Por Favor truck in Nashville, which has been around since the summer of 2008. They have seven tacos in rotation, including fish tacos with spicy dill yogurt and cast-iron chicken with roasted tomatillo salsa. And we can't forget the elote and watermelon agua fresca.
It's time for another street food profile. This time we chat with the people behind Sam's ChowderMobile in the Bay Area, possibly the only gourmet seafood truck on the West Coast (or in the nation?). They have a double fryer on the truck for on-the-spot sizzling of fish and chips and fish tacos.
It's time for another street food profile. This time we chat with Philip "Lefty" Francis of Lefty's Silver Cart at the Harvard University farmers' market, who sells local, organic, fair-trade (and cheerful) soups and sandwiches.
It's time for another street food profile. This time we meet a cart that's selling unique Chicago foods like their hot dogs, Polish sausage, Italian beef, and Italian sausage to the Northern Virginia/DC metro area.
It's time for another street food profile. This time we zoom over to Seattle to meet Skillet Street Food, where Joshua Henderson is serving up burgers (made with grass-fed beef on a brioche bun with bacon jam), poutine (hand-cut fries, cheddar, herbs, gravy), and other rotating menu items from his mobile kitchen.
It's time for another street food profile. This time we zoom over to San Diego to meet a drink truck, not a food truck. David Wasserman sells socially responsible coffee, teas, hot chocolates, cold brewed iced coffee (and tea), blended drinks, and more to a Southern California beach bum clientele.