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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Food worth its concrete

A food truck roundup at the Museum of Science a few years ago.
I was watching No Reservations and Anthony Bourdain was in a Brazilian city on the edge of the Rain Forest and the night before he set out on the river into the Rain Forest he got excited to see food trucks along the streets and he said this as he giddily approached the food trucks:

"What city worth its concrete, doesn't afford it's citizens the opportunity to eat on the street?"

We are that city, or village anyway, Coconut Grove still does not allow food trucks in the Center Grove and as we get more concreted up, you would think we would have food trucks worth our new concreted up village.

I miss Dim Ssäm à Gogo and  Ms. Cheezious and Health Nut on Wheels at Food Truck Friday at the Coconut Grove Bank lot, but ironically, that lot is being all concreted up with new condos, so the food trucks had to go.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Lone Wolfe Food Truck stops by the Mayfair offices loading dock (Mary street side) on some Fridays. They've got pretty good food. But yea, stinks that the Grove didn't let this fad catch on when it was hot. Too late now really. The food truck rallies aren't as popular as they used to be.

January 28, 2015 10:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is enough endless and senseless construction everywhere in the Grove to find your beloved food trucks. They're everywhere on 27th ave, for example, cheap lunch for the workers, if you don't mind, not for the most demanding gourmets.

January 28, 2015 11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Anon 11:22 Huge difference between a roach coach serving the construction workers and a food truck

January 28, 2015 1:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The official in charge of Coconut Grove has not allowed free enterprise for the benefit of a handful of businesses who by the way have started feeling the pinch as a result of less foot traffic. To see the best food trucks congregating you should go to Young Circle in Hollywood Florida every Monday 5:30PM to 9:30PM, the event is called Food Truck Invasion. Why is the official in charge of Coconut Grove incapable of creative ideas like the Food Truck Invasion? I suppose because he is constantly playing fetch for the big developers.

January 28, 2015 2:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think when it was in the bank parking lot it was great, but there isn't room in Center Grove. Besides, when I go out in the Grove, I'd prefer to support the local establishments like Barracuda, Jaguar, Taurus and Lulu...

January 28, 2015 3:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More construction, less places to go.

More commercial properties, fewer options to shop.

More big developers, shrinking small businesses.

January 28, 2015 3:36 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

I there no end to us being screwed

January 28, 2015 3:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never understood the food truck phenomenon. I prefer to sit down to eat and not scrounge down a meal while standing around in an empty parking lot.

There are too many places to eat in the Grove to wring our hands over a couple of food trucks in an empty parking lot.

January 28, 2015 4:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Umm.... Why can't we open the field around the old expo center site for food trucks?

January 28, 2015 8:23 PM  
Blogger Tony Scornavacca Jr. said...

Food truck prices are the same as most mid-priced restaurants. The experience is kind of a hassle, and I am not sure if they have inspections by the health department. I agree with anon 4:29.

January 28, 2015 11:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure that plot of land is contaminated.

January 29, 2015 12:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony, I am sure many feel the way you do. But the point is the Grove, and no other neighborhood in Miami, is not giving people a choice.

If the trucks are here, you are free not to attend, but many did. If you work in the Grove, the local restaurants get old, and once a week, a change was nice.

January 29, 2015 6:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about a splendid Food Mall at Florentine Plaza? Complete with a delicious Dunking Doughnuts, Pizza Hut, Greek Grease Gyros, Chinese and Taco Hell. Much better than food trucks, to enhance the modern, new Grove $pirit.

January 29, 2015 7:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem with the Grove is highly connected, entrenched and inflexible people making new changes in the name of progress without consideration for fresh progressive ideas. Food trucks are a new phenomenon, a lot of people enjoy them once in a while and besides that, in the event of a hurricane they could be a life saver.

January 29, 2015 4:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's wrong with cooking meals in your own homes. You'd know where the food comes from, organic, fresh, etc. Invite a few friends, couples, neighbors, talk some trash and eat right!

January 29, 2015 5:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:39PM How about make a proposal to your commissioner for a city statute forcing people to do exactly what you posted and forcing restaurants to not serve a customer more than one meal per month, my guess is it will pass unanimously as long as it is only enforced for the Grove.

January 29, 2015 6:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can't both support Grove businesses, complain about the empty store fronts, and then demand that a former Sysco delivery truck is made available in order to buy overpriced nachos from.

January 29, 2015 7:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why are we arguing about whether or not to allow people to go to food trucks? let the trucks set-up and if you want to go you can and if you don't then don't. Some of these trucks have real followings and would bring people into the area.

January 30, 2015 5:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Set-up? Just set-up and someone will stick a big fat weird ordinance ticket on your business and your livelihood flushed down the drain. Grove is not small business friendly.

January 30, 2015 7:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


And I'm glad a ticket will be handed out. I'm not sure I would want half a dozen food trucks parked this way and that, generators chugging and diesel fumes wafting, across from a residential area or condo.

January 31, 2015 10:45 AM  

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