While we've long been fans of Twitter, one of the biggest digs critics take at it is that it's full of pointless chatter.
But one of the more interesting and truly useful trends sparked by the microblogging service is the way street-food vendors have flocked to it to relay info to customers. This is particularly helpful with vendors who switch up locations from day to day—or hour to hour. In retrospect, it almost seems like Twitter was made for this purpose. What better way for a roving kitchen to publish crucial intel, from the field, without a dedicated internet connection?
For your convenience, we've compiled a list of street vendors on Twitter, divided by region. You'll find it after the jump.
Kogi BBQ Twitter: @kogibbq URL: kogibbq.com Korean-inspired tacos, burritos, drinks, and more for hungry late-nighters. Based in Los Angeles, but starting to travel more. Read our Q&A with the truck itself.
The Icycle Bicycle Twitter: @locali URL: localiyours.com A custom-built adult tricycle selling vegan ice cream sandwiches, snow cones sweetened with brown rice syrup, and other frozen treats from Locali, the "conscience convenience" store.
Creme Brulee Cart Twitter: @cremebruleecart Sugar-crusted treats in the Mission, usually at Dolores Park, torching the desserts to order.
Magic Curry Kart Twitter: @magiccurrykart Choice of chicken or tofu curry and lots of veggies (broccoli, string beans, and carrots), served with rice. Usually near the Creme Brulee Cart.
Amuse Bouche Cart Twitter: @AmuseBoucheSF Muffins and chai for a dollar. The self-proclaimed "home of the original recession buster breakfast."
Mobile Pho Truck Twitter: @whatthepho Fresh noodles and broth all over the Bay Area, including Millbrae, outside AT&T Park, and the piers.
Spencer on the Go Twitter: @chezspencergo URL: spenceronthego.com/home.html Fine French cuisine (grilled sweetbread with sherry, ratatouille, truffle boeuf bourguignon) sold from a converted taco truck.
CookieWagSF Twitter: @cookiewagsf A cookie/ice cream sandwich cart.
The Tamale Lady Twitter: @tamalelady Her Twitter feed is blank right now, but surely the Tamale Lady will get around to updating (after making her pork with red sauce).
Left Coast Smoke Twitter: @leftcoastsmoke A barbecue outfit rotating among several Mission District bars.
I Love Street Food Twitter: @streetfoodsf Tracks national street food news, but specifically the San Francisco scene.
New York City
Calexico Carne Asada Cart Twitter: @CalexicoCart URL: calexicocart.com Three California brothers making carne asada tacos, chipotle pulled pork, and other Mexican-inspired food. They won the 2008 Vendy Awards, an annual street food contest held in New York.
Cravings Truck Twitter: @nyccravings URL: sites.google.com/a/nyccravings.com/cravings/ Taiwanese-style fried chicken over rice with secret pork sauce and handmade steamed dumplings (vegan, pork, or mix).
Le Gamin Truck Twitter: @legamintruck URL: legaminmobitruck.blogspot.com Sweet and savory crepes, quiche Lorraine, baguette sandwiches, ratatouille salad, and other European café-type foods. Photos of food here.
Rickshaw Dumplings Twitter: @RickshawTruck Dumplings and dipping sauces from a truck covered in funny slogans like "Who's Your Edamame?"
Brunch Box Twitter: @BrunchBox URL: Brunch Box on Facebook Based in Portland, they specialize in sandwich and burger fare, including YouCanHasCheeseburger, a Fatty Melt knock-off (patty stuck between two grilled cheese sandwiches).
Whiffies Deep-Fried Pie Cart Twitter: @Whiffies Sweet and savory deep-fried handpies, like empanadas, usually in Portland, but also spotted around Seattle.
Skillet Street Food Twitter: @skilletstfood URL: skilletstreetfood.com A CIA-trained chef making "seasonally relevant, locally sourced" bistro style food (like a fried chicken sandwich with apple/celery root slaw) up and down the West Coast.
Clover Food Truck Twitter: @cloverfoodtruck URL: cloverfoodlab.com An MIT alum who used to love the trucks around campus. The seasonal menu includes fresh-cut french fries, juices, sandwiches, and soup.
El Charrito Twitter: @elcharrito Taco truck in Stamford, Connecticut.
Food Shark Twitter: @foodshark URL: foodsharkmarfa.com Based in Marfa, Texas, this truck sells Mediterranean-by-way-of-West-Texas food. Like "marfalafel," or falafel served extra spicy (with lettuce and onion) in a flour tortilla rather than pita bread.
Japa Dog Twitter: @japadog URL: japadog.com/en/ Vancouver-based hot dog stand where the namesake Japa Dog comes in three versions: the Terimayo (with Japanese mayo, nori, teriyaki sauce, and fried onions), the Oroshi (bratwurst with special soy sauce, green onions, and daikon) and the Misomayo (turkey smokie with special miso sauce, Kaiware, and Japanese mayo).
Two Ways to Get Your Truck/Cart Out There
Add Yourself to This List
If you're a street vendor on Twitter but not on this list, leave a comment below with your truck or cart's name, your twitter name, and city. <!--simply copy the following code and paste it into the comments below, filling in your own info.
<strong>Your Cart/Truck Name</strong> Twitter name: <a
href="http://www.twitter.com/YOURTWITTERNAMEHERE">@YourTwitterNameHere</a> URL: <a href="YourURL">YourURL</a> Type of food goes here.
Use '#streetvendor' Hash Tag to Make Yourself Searchable on Twitter
We might also suggest tweeting out a #hashtag tweet that simply says #streetvendor. That way, anyone doing a Twitter search for "#streetvendor" will see you in the results and can start following you. (#streetvendor seems the most logical hashtag to use; as of initial publication of this blog post, no one has yet used it.)