Hub grub blogger Steven Leibowitz marked the highly anticipated launch of the 2014 Boston food truck season Tuesday by trekking to some of the city's hottest mobile food havens, including Dewey Square, the Financial District and City Hall Plaza.
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"I saw a lot of enthusiasm for new and returning food trucks all over Boston [Tuesday]. Hopefully, that enthusiasm will translate to growing the program further," said Leibowitz, who as of Tuesday afternoon was just one signature shy of his goal on a Change.org petition asking Boston for a broader program.
Loyal Bon Me customer Heather Quigley said that although she frequented some trucks through the winter, she is looking forward to more options this spring.
"I also love the Chicken and Rice guys. They're super good. I heard about the new Bacon Truck, and I'm excited for that. As long as the trucks are in the [Dewey Square] area, I'll try them," said Quigley, who works nearby. "It's easy for me, and it's delicious."
Joining the city's food truck roster this seasons are: Chicken and Rice Guys #3 , Evan's NY-Style Deli , Lilian's Smokin' Rack BBQ , Mediterranean Home Cooking , Moyzilla , Stoked Pizza Company , Tea Station , Tenoch Mexican , The Bacon Truck , and Zo on the Go.
In mid-March, Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced that food trucks in three locations – Copley Square, Boston University, and Northeastern University – will stay open an extra hour until midnight, on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The locations were selected based on area foot traffic and public safety.
"This is our fourth food truck vending year in Boston, and the program has been incredibly successful," said Mayor Martin Walsh. "Food trucks are an innovative small business model for many in Boston, and we will continue to engage the public and expand the program to other locations around the City."
Visit cityofboston.gov/foodtrucks for more information.