Vegan: n. A person who does not eat or use animal products.
Trailer Food: n. Gourmet street food cuisine served out of a repurposed cart, trailer or truck.
If you take the definition of vegan and the typical description of food trailers, a vegan food truck is an unlikely pairing at first glance. But there are several entrepreneurs taking their vegan concept to the curb with food trailers and trucks across the United States. Don’t be afraid of the V-word: Here are a few recommendations, plus a recipe to get your vegan on at the food trailers.
Arlo’s Truck (Austin, Texas)
Named for the co-owners' dog and best known for their vegan cheeseburger, Arlo’s is a vegan truck situated in the East 6th enclave among several local bars and hideouts. Serving local, organic non-GMO vegan food for dinner six days a week, their vegan fare offers a healthy alternative to those in need of a midnight meal. They are the sister restaurant to Nature’s Express in Berkley, California.
Biscuits and Groovy (Austin, Texas)
Offering comforting vegan biscuits with a variety of breakfast and brunch toppings, this trailer just off of Duval sells thousands of biscuit dishes each week. They do have items for carnivores as well, but anything on the menu can be converted into a vegan meal. The groovy part comes in with the free mixed tape swap available to all customers. Additionally each menu item has fun musically inclined names. For example, you might want to try the Philly Nelson, which contains biscuits slathered with your choice of gravy, Philly cheesesteak meat, bacon, sausage, bell peppers, onions, cheese and chives. Maybe the M.C Hammer is more your style with scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage and cheese on top of a homemade biscuit. Or there’s the simple Bee Gee for just one dollar which is a biscuit with butter and the jam of the day (as in jelly, not music).
Homegrown Smoker (Portland, Oregon)
“I’ve been bar-b-cueing for fifteen years; I wasn’t about to give up BBQ just because I decided to quit eating animals,” says owner John Ridabock. This Portland trailer has a BBQ-centric menu that is 100% vegan. The SloSmoMoFo has slow smoked soy curls (a unique Oregon product made from a soy bean paste), on a bun with maple bourbon BBQ sauce and their homemade chipotle cole slaw. The Loafaroni was created with the help of an eleven-year old customer. It has two slices of smoked field roast, BBQ sauce and mac-no-cheese on a bun. If you’re new to the trailer, you might want to get the combo meal, which allows you to pick two proteins, two sides and a piece of their famous cornbread.
Gluten Free Vegan Sweet Molasses Cornbread
Courtesy of Homegrown Smoker
Makes 2 pans.
2 cups Multiblend GF flour
2 cups Medium Corn Meal
3 cups Fine Corn Meal
2 Tablespoons Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Salt
1 ½ Cups Apple Sauce
2 Cups Soy Milk
1 Cup Canola
1 Cup Molasses
1/2 Cup Cider Vinegar
Mix dry ingredients together; add wet ingredients and mix well. Pour into two sprayed pans. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes.
Don’t forge,t you don’t have to go to a ‘vegan trailer’ to get vegan food. Many trailers have vegan items on their menu and are happy to make modifications upon your request. Many of the ethnic cuisines have prominent vegetable-based dishes that utilize their country’s spices.