Here’s the first in what (at least, for me) will hopefully be a regular series. Unpaid Gourmet readers, I would be so grateful if you read, Tweet, Digg, or “Like” my latest article on Salon’s Food page, “Are bustaurants the new food truck?.” The story describes the rise of the latest street food trend, the bustaurant, and muses whether these behemoth vehicles are just the latest fad or the future of restaurants. Here’s an excerpt to give you a taste:
Ever since Kogi started dishing out kimchi quesadillas and hipster attitude on the streets of Los Angeles, the Twittering food truck trend has only gotten hotter. Critics proclaimed 2009 the year of the gourmet food truck, as trucks serving everything from designer cupcakes to Belgian waffles to Vietnamese banh mi spread across the country. But now, a new breed of restaurants is emerging and taking mobile dining to a whole other level — literally.
World Fare, America’s first official bustaurant, opened its doors in Los Angeles this past March. Like Kogi, World Fare uses Twitter to alert customers to its whereabouts. Diners order their food from the bus’s street-level window, where they can peer into the full kitchen and watch chef Andi Van Willigan prepare their dishes. But while food trucks leave customers to fend for themselves once they have their plate in hand, World Fare’s guests head upstairs and dine on the bus’s deck, where marble countertops, white umbrellas and views of the streets await. And for those who might be nervous about losing their lunch, don’t worry — the bustaurant does not move while customers are eating.
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Photo courtesy of WorldFare/flickr
UPDATE: As of 11:15 a.m. today (6/9/10), the story is the most read on Salon’s Food page!