A List of Street Food Vendors Using Twitter

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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.

California

Southern California

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.

Don Chow Tacos Twitter: @donchowtacos URL: donchowtacos.com More Mexican-Asian fusion from Los Angeles.

Calbi BBQ Twitter: @CalbiBBQ URL: calbibbq.com/blog And another...

Yuri Truck Twitter: @YuriTruck URL: yurijapanesecafe.com Rolls, bowls, and teas.

Coolhaus Twitter: @COOLHAUS URL: eatcoolhaus.com All-natural ice cream sandwiches designed and imagined by two architects.

Heartschallenger Twitter: @hrtschallenger URL: heartschallenger.com An ice cream truck traveling through Los Angeles, Miami, and New York. Or really anywhere, if you want to book them.

Joes on the Nose Twitter: @joesonthenose URL: joesonthenose.com/Aloha.html An organic espresso bar from an orange truck in San Diego.

Green Truck Twitter: @Green_Truck URL: greentruckonthego.com From the packaging to the organic produce to the solar-powered commissary, this truck is all green.

Marked5 Twitter: @Marked5 URL: Marked5.com "Call it a mix of old school Japanese and new school American" in the Los Angeles area.

Let's Be Frank Twitter: @letsbefrank URL: letsbefrankdogs.com Grass-fed beef hot dogs from a trailer in both Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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.

Northern California

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.

Urban Nectar Twitter: @urbanectar URL: urbanectar.com A juice cart selling fresh-squeezed lemonade, watermelon juice, and strawberry juice, where a portion of earnings go to a local charity.

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.

Roli Roti Twitter: @RoliRoti URL: roliroti.com Sustainably-farmed meats grilled rotisserie style, served with organic produce.

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.

Sam's Chowder Mobile Twitter: @chowdermobile URL: samschowdermobile.com A truck selling East Coast lobster rolls and chowder in the Bay Area.

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).

Dessert Truck Twitter: @desserttruck URL: desserttruck.com Also dessert-themed. They beat Bobby Flay in a chocolate bread pudding Throwdown.

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?"

Treats Truck Twitter: @TheTreatsTruck URL: treatstruck.com Cookies, brownies, bars, crispy treats and more. Tweets the whereabouts of their main truck Sugar and its vehicular little sister Dot.

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream Twitter: @benwvl URL: vanleeuwenicecream.com Scooping up flavors like currants and cream, pistachio, gianduja, espresso, and ginger, all made from hormone-free milk.

Wafels & Dinges Twitter: @waffletruck URL: thedinges.blogspot.com Sweet and savory Brussels and Liege waffles.

Cupcake Stop Twitter: @CupcakeStop URL: cupcakestop.com A mobile cupcake shop starting June 3.

The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck Twitter: @biggayicecream URL: biggayicecreamtruck.com "Serving the queerest dairy treats in NYC!"

Washington, D.C.

Fojol Brothers Twitter: @fojolbros URL: fojol.com Chicken curry and mango lassi popsicles sold from four dudes (two are actually brothers) in fake mustaches and psychedelic turbans.

OnTheFlyDC Twitter: @OnTheFlyDC URL: dconthefly.com D.C.-based foods (like Julia's Empanadas and Rocklands BBQ) sold from zero-emission, battery-powered vehicles.

Sweetflow Mobile Twitter: @SweetflowMobile URL: sweetgreen.com The small salad chain Sweet Greens will launch a fro-yo truck this summer selling their "Sweet Flow" with toppings.

Pacific Northwest

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.

Koi Fusion Twitter: @koifusionpdx URL: koifusionpdx.com "Korean Oregon infusion." Launching this week in Portland.

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.

Marination Mobile Twitter: @curb_cuisine URL: marinationmobile.com Korean-Hawaiian fusion cuisine served curbside in the Seattle-area.

Savor Soup House Twitter: @savorsouphouse URL: savorsouphouse.com Soup cart in downtown Portland featuring homemade soups, stews, and grilled cheese using local, sustainable products.

Food Carts Portland Twitter: @PDXfoodcarts URL: foodcartsportland.com Tracks the street-food scene in Portland.

New England

Cupcake Truck Twitter: @cupcaketruck URL: followthatcupcake.com/welcome.html An old-fashioned bakery truck with fresh-baked cupcakes scooting around the New Haven, Connecticut area.

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.

Midwest

Chef Shack Twitter: @chefshack1 URL: chefshack.org A Minneapolis-based truck operated by two chefs with 20 years of experience in notable fine dining kitchens.

Tamale Tracker Twitter: @tamaletracker URL: spotd.me/about.aspx Since the Chicago tamale vendors can be tough to track down, some friends decided to create a Twitter account to follow them.

Texas

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.

South

Only Burger Twitter: @onlyburger URL: durhamcatering.com/onlyburger Burgers and fries in Durham, North Carolina.

Southwest

Sweet Republic Twitter: @sweetrepublic URL: sweetrepublic.com/events.html The artisan ice cream shop also has a 1959 Chevy that drives around to farmers' markets and other events in Phoenix.

Canada

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.

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href="http://www.twitter.com/YOURTWITTERNAMEHERE">@YourTwitterNameHere</a> URL: <a href="YourURL">YourURL</a> Type of food goes here.

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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.)