Utah is home to over 100 food trucks
Summertime is the right time to venture out of our home spaces, collect new memories and perhaps be somewhat adventurous at mealtime. The Food Truck League is a network of over 100 Utah mobile food vendors that provides the ideal outdoor eating venue for a group of individuals who have different menu expectations, or for those who can’t decide just quite what they are hankering for. Whether you choose to hit them up on Sugarmont Monday, Food Truck Thursdays at the Gallivan Center or elsewhere, this coalition of food trucks fills all five senses, allowing you to take in the sights, scents and conversation before selecting your fare. From cheesesteaks to funnel cakes, before the warm season and summer nights end, be sure to dedicate a night, download their app, and go follow that food truck!
The scene during Sugarmont Monday (located in the parking lot of the former Deseret Industries on Simpson Avenue and Highland Drive in Sugar House) features six or seven trucks with their engines continually humming, and tantalizing aromas of a wide array of foods. Reminiscent of a state fair without the rides, while there isn’t much seating or shade, you’ll be sure to find lots of happy, chatting local folk, enjoying some comfort food in the company of other food-truck thrill seekers.
A food truck with flair, giving new life to chicken wings with flavors ranging from mild to five alarm, The Satisfactory Truck is a fun choice. Along with their breaded-by-hand, fresh and never frozen chicken wings, they feature original quesa-”dillas” and Wachos, or fully loaded waffle fries, that are no exception to the yum. Owner and chef Landan Gollaher has created some very clever menu items, such as Factory Hash and the combo plate Chicken and Not So Waffle. Traditional or boneless wings are served with seven sauces, including lemon pepper and mango habanero. Gollaher’s Wacho creation and recommended must-try is the Bacon Beauty, a basket of just-right seasoned waffle fries, topped with cheddar jack cheese, real bacon, ranch, Greek onions and sour cream.
The Satisfactory Truck
If you’re craving something that’s both satisfying and situated between buttery, perfectly toasted slices of sourdough, then head to the Urban Press truck. Along with the Trufflin’ Cheesesteak, their No. 1 dish to date is the Crispy Cuban pressed sandwich. Local chefs and owners Chip Jarman and Tasha Erickson are both uniquely trained as fine-dining cooks, and culinary school educated with a dedication to the traditional techniques and time that is required to create the best Cuban pork possible. “Consistency is key but we do strive to get better with every batch,” Jarman says. Along with being slow-cook masters and entrepreneurs, these two are engaged (wedding on September 2), both claiming that the only thing on earth they are more passionate about than food is each other. With hopes of opening a restaurant in the city someday, Jarman goes on to say, “We have a concept and overall style in mind of a place that is much needed in this town, and we think [it] will knock people’s socks off.” Until then, SLCers, the best way to find out where to find Urban Press is to follow them on Instagram @urbanpresstruck, however, urbanpresstruck.com works, too, as they post their food truck schedule there also.
“Do good while eating well” really resonates from this slightly trippy-colored food truck. Funnel cakes are the focus here, and, oh, the ways they go with them! The Other Side Food Truck is a nonprofit, culinary-specialized training school for students at The Other Side Academy (TOSA) in downtown Salt Lake. Not a “re-hab” in the traditional sense, TOSA is a re-educational, two-year self-help community for men and women and offers its students a unique opportunity to develop skills that get them back on track while learning how to create healthy relationships. Beyond serving our community, TOSA operates one of the most fun, impeccably clean and professionally run food trucks in the line-up, and serves a sought-after dessert item—the glorious funnel cake—and does it extremely well.
An off-menu summer favorite is the blackberry cheesecake. This sweet funnel cake is topped with blackberries, cream cheese frosting, white chocolate, whipped cream and a perfect graham cracker crumble. TOSA takes truck fair to a supremely decadent level. To get going on your food fruck adventure follow the The Food Truck League at: thefoodtruckleague.com/findtrucks
The Other Side Food Truck