The list of official nominees for the next category in the Swamplot Awards for Houston Real Estate is parked here! It’s the award for the Best Mobile Food Vendor Location in and around the city.
Where’s the best go-to spot for H-Town grub-on-the-go? And what makes it that way? The nominees in this category were picked out by Swamplot readers. Now it’s time to look over the menu and vote for the winner.
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The nominees for the 2014 Best Mobile Food Vendor Location are . . .
1. Houston Food Truck Park, 1311 Leeland St., East Downtown. “It’s proven so popular, it’s expanded to a second location a few blocks away, and a third is reportedly being considered as well. The park provides Downtown employees a regular handful of wheeled-food options — in spite of metered parking and inflated parking lot prices.”
2. Museum of Fine Arts Parking Lot, Bissonnet St. at Main St., Montrose. “If you eat lunch there, you can pick up a card that grants you free admission to the museum right then and there. It’s a lunch date! Even if you don’t go inside, you can sit down in the shade of the Cullen Sculpture Garden to eat your meal. That’s quite a dining room.”
3. West Alabama Ice House, 1919 West Alabama St., Montrose. “The ice house is a great place to kick back all day and is dog-friendly, too, but the lack of food is a problem. I’m glad a couple of mobile eateries now call it home.”
“The line at the Tacos Tierra truck across from the West Alabama Ice House speaks volumes.”
4. Any outdoor festival. “Before the modern Food Truck Era, food at large outdoor events was almost uniformly awful. You’d have captive concession stands with highway truck-stop convenience-store-quality food or a carny-esque traveling food vendor with a tent, grill, and lots of undercooked turkey legs and burgers made from frozen Sysco meat. Houston has a lot of great outdoor festivals and venues. For the ones that allow mobile vendors onsite (or nearby), it’s nice to be able to go these events and have your pick from a bunch of different food trucks.”
5. Central Park, Post Oak Central, 1980, 1990, and 2000 Post Oak Blvd., Galleria. “The second Tuesday of the month, food trucks gather around the central park at the Post Oak Central office building complex for Tasty Tuesdays. Wish they would do it more often!”
6. Anywhere Downtown. “For certain mobile food vendors looking to set up shop Downtown, it’s been a long journey. Rules barring truck-kitchens powered by propane tanks — motivated, it appeared for some, by fears of food truck terrorism — kept the shifty-looking vehicles out of Houston’s central business district for decades. It took a campaign that lasted more than 2 years and an assist from the mayor (shown contemplating a burger but settling for brussels sprouts outside the Central Library, above) to change that. Downtown was at last made safe for the food cavalry — as long as the propane tanks don’t get too big — this September. Time to celebrate!”
Which one of these nominees oughtta be the winner? Put down that taco and add your vote now!
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Photos: Curbside Sliderz (Houston Food Truck Park); Lisa Crispin (Museum of Fine Arts parking lot); Flickr user blogjam_dot_org (Tacos Tierra Caliente; license); Christine Ha (Free Press Summer Fest); Post Oak Central; Houston Public Media (Mayor Parker at the Modular)